Torch on Charleston's Upper King St. to reopen as Moroccan lounge

Would-be artists participate in a Paint Nite event at a Philadelphia sports bar earlier this year. The concept is making its way to Charleston.

Torch, a nightclub at 545 King St. that shuttered several weeks ago, will reopen late next week after a remodel and name change.

The Upper King Street bar is being transformed into a Moroccan hookah lounge called Priya, which means "beloved" in Sanskrit.

Mike Vitale, former owner of Torch, is assisting in the rebranding effort. The bar remodeled about a year ago to become an upscale nightclub, but Vitale said that concept didn't go over well with longtime customers.

"People who went to the old Torch weren't really nightclub people," Vitale said. "They just had a certain expectation for it to be a lounge. When we went more toward a club, I think it just kind of threw people."

Priya will have all-new decor that Vitale said will be "much more warm and inviting." The lounge is expected to reopen Aug. 22, he said.

Stylez Exchange, a new resale shop in West Ashley, opened last week in the Crossroads Centre anchored by Total Wine at Ashley River Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

The shop pays cash for gently used name-brand clothing and accessories for men and women. It's open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Drinking and painting may not be a new combination in Charleston - there are several bring-your-own-beverage painting studios around town - but now, aspiring artists have the option to hit a restaurant to practice their brush strokes.

Paint Nite, a program started in Boston that has spread to dozens of cities across the United States, launched in Charleston this month. It's essentially a traveling painting class taught by local artists that's held in a few different bars each month.

The next painting class will be 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Sticky Fingers at 235 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston. Haley Metcalfe, a local artist who specializes in acrylic paint, will teach the entry-level session. All materials are provided, but drinks and food aren't included in the $45 class fee.

For more information about the program and to view details of upcoming Paint Nites in Charleston, visit and search for Charleston under "Find events."

The Charleston RiverDogs and Harris Teeter are partnering on a food drive for the Lowcountry Food Bank during the team's home games in August.

Attendees who donate at least two nonperishable food items Tuesday and Aug. 26 at the Riley Park Stadium box office will receive $2 off their tickets. Harris Teeter will donate 50 cases of nonperishable foods to the cause.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.