For months now, Lower King Street between Broad and Calhoun streets blocked out vehicles on the second Sunday of the month to allow pedestrians to roam free, dine outside and not worry about getting hit by a car when they cross the one-way thoroughfare.

That hasn't changed, and the streets will be closed again from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

What has changed is that organizers are reaching out to businesses north of Calhoun to include them in the so-far-successful venture.

King Street north of Calhoun won't be closed to cars, but organizers urge participants to enjoy food and drinks at places such as Halls Chophouse, Closed for Business, Cupcake, Monza, Juanita Greenberg's and The Swamp Fox in the Francis Marion Hotel.

It's a departure from previous promotions for the event, so time will tell if this means the monthly street-closing event will spread northward to an area that has two-way traffic.

As for Lower King on Sunday, watch for a special demonstration by Eye Level Art. Peter Kiral and Charleston Virtuosi will provide music, followed by a special group of young musicians from Cario and Laing middle schools in Mount Pleasant.

For more details and free two-hour parking vouchers redeemable in Lower and Upper King Street garages, go to

Pool party

Leslie's Pool Supplies recently opened at 1211 N. Main St. in Summerville, and the swimming pool supply store will hold its grand opening Friday through Monday with special events and 20 percent off everything. Managed by Dallas Brozena, the store will be open seven days a week.

Old and new

Former Hungryneck Antique Mall dealer Millie Maier now operates the new Antique Mall of Charleston at 2061 Savannah Highway that opened last week.

The 2,000-square-foot former bank is now home to 10 vendors selling all sorts of antique objects from jewelry and baskets to garden figures. It's open seven days a week with limited hours on Sunday.

Old threads

Uptown Cheapskate, a teen and young adult fashion exchange, will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at 665 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. The local franchise owner is Dana Berry. The shop also will offer an internet cafe with free Wi-Fi and premium organic coffee. It's open Monday through Saturday, with limited hours on Sunday.


Canvas Salon opened its expanded quarters at 436 King St. this week, adding just over 850 square feet to its floor area in the upstairs space of the building it has occupied for more than two years.

The business is owned by Marie Lorentz and Turner Watson. The property is owned by Theodore D. Stoney Jr.

Child's play

Belk will host its annual KidFest in-store event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will highlight Belk's latest fashions and trends for children, featuring fashion shows, refreshments, music, games, face painting, balloons and prizes.

KidFest attendees at all Belk stores will be eligible to win various prizes, including a grand prize weekend getaway trip to Atlanta for a family of four.

A special 25-percent-off in-store discount will be offered to the families of children who serve as models for the event. All other participants will receive a 15-percent-off shopping pass for use on the day of the event for purchases of sale and clearance merchandise within the children's store. Contact Belk for more details.

Tsunami relief

Through April 19, Bi-Lo Charities is offering to match customer donations up to $50,000 made to the American Red Cross to assist the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month.

Through a Bi-Lo partnership with Google, donations can be made on-line at or

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524.