It's time again to save a bit on back-to-school purchases.

Tax-free Weekend kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Friday and runs through midnight Sunday in South Carolina.

Thousands of items from clothing to computers will be exempt from state and local sales taxes at retailers across the state.

Many merchants will offer specials during the period, so check with individual retailers for sale items that qualify for the tax exemption.

Ink N Ivy

Ink N Ivy restaurant and bar opens Thursday on King Street in downtown Charleston. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Now serving

Three new restaurants are opening or recently opened in the Charleston area.

Ink N Ivy at 565 King St. in downtown Charleston will begin serving at 11 a.m. Thursday. The eclectic-menu, multi-level establishment with decorative art pieces is the latest offering from the Charlotte-based Bottle Cap Group, which also owns Snapper Jacks on Folly Beach. Sister Ink N Ivy restaurants can be found in Charlotte and Greenville.

An offshoot of the restaurant group recently purchased the former Cure dance club on Ann Street in downtown Charleston and plans to transform it into an upscale nightclub. It should open in the fall.

Also, Mount Pleasant's newest restaurant opens Monday.

Southern seafood restaurant Grace & Grit at 320 Wingo Way will serve dinner 5-10 p.m. seven days a week and begin serving brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends starting Aug. 19.

Over in West Ashley, another new dining option is open.

Black Wood Smokehouse began serving this week at 90 Folly Road in South Windermere Shopping Center.

The restaurant's Facebook page says the pork comes fresh from farms in Pamplico and Florence. A product of chef Joseph Jacobson and his wife, Allison, it's open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Jacobson served as chef at the short-lived Wild Hare Smokehouse at the site earlier this year after The Med Eatery and Bar closed in January. Jacobson and his wife then purchased the business to launch the new restaurant.

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A new waxing studio is coming to James Island.

European Wax recently leased 1,820 square feet in the Harris Teeter-anchored James Island Center at 1739 Maybank Highway, according to the commercial real estate firm Avison Young. The firm also reported Sixth-Man Sneaker Boutique recently leased 1,200 square feet in Mark IV Shopping Center at 5121 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

Also, Haven Hair & Skin Salon recently leased 2,383 square feet at 895 Island Park Drive, Unit A, on Daniel Island, according to the commercial real estate firm Lee & Associates.

Natural Spa recently leased 1,500 square feet at 3032 W. Montague Ave., Suite 202, in the Market at Montague Shopping Center in North Charleston, according to the commercial real estate firm Belk|Lucy. It should open this fall.

Road block?

A West Ashley shoe store believes construction work on a new drainage line in front of the shop is crimping business.

A Charleston County spokesman said a sign reading "We're Open" was placed in front of SAS Comfort Shoes at 1755 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. at no cost to the owner and the county has met with the business owner on several occasions to smooth out construction areas near the store for accessibility.

The store is near Ashley River Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, one of the region's busiest intersections. It has been undergoing improvements since December to help with traffic flow.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.