Toy festival set for Saturday at Wonder Works

It might feel like summer outside, but the forecast calls for snow Saturday at the second annual Wonderfest at Wonder Works toy store in West Ashley.

As part of the five-hour, free family toy and games festival, Wonderfest organizers plan to add a little wintry mix to the lineup of events in a fun science experiment for children.

The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event in St. Andrews Shopping Center at 975 Savannah Highway will feature hot summer toys in the store’s testing area, free games and activities, live music, entertainment, prizes, child and local entrepreneurs, free food and more.

Every child who attends will receive a free toy from Wonder Works as well as five free tickets to redeem at activity stations operated by Wonderfest’s charities, which were created by children to benefit children. They are: Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels, Abby’s Friends and Keys for Hope.

The stations will include an obstacle course, jump castle, dunking booth and slide. Additional tickets can be purchased for a nominal fee, with all proceeds benefiting the four charities.

Other free activities include arts and crafts, Legos, face-painting, tattoos, hair spray, equestrian skills and more.

Lots of special guests, including Charlie the RiverDog and Cupcake the Clown, will be on hand, as well as 20 child entrepreneurs, five national toy companies, child-run companies, local artists and authors.

Harris Teeter will provide free hot dogs, chips and water, while local food trucks Happy Camper Snoballs and Freezy Breezy will hand out free mini-snowballs and Hunter Farms ice cream. Pet Helpers also will have puppies and kittens for adoption.

TJ’s Beef and Brew is adding a second Lowcountry location on Daniel Island in the former home of at least three taverns.

Now at 214 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek, the additional site will be at 245 Seven Farms Drive in the short-lived Dublin Down, an Irish pub that opened just over a year ago. Before that it was Two Rivers Tavern and earlier was McCaffrey’s Irish Pub.

The new TJ’s is set to open Monday.

Marigolds antique and gift shop in Summerville is expanding.

The 6-year-old business is adding 1,200 square feet to its retail shop at 145 Central Ave. It will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

It’s the product of mother/daughter team Frankie Liady and Laura Liady Gaskins.

Iron Bridge CrossFit, a new 4,200-square-foot fitness gym without machines, will open Friday at 1038 Jenkins Road in West Ashley. Look for it off Gardner Road just off Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

It’s the product of Beth and Keith Adamson.

Barsa has expanded its seating with an outdoor patio area and now offers an express lunch menu. The product of Drazen Romic, it’s located at the corner of King and Line streets.

Bella Vista Bridal and Wedding Boutique at 60 Calhoun St. has closed after just over two years. It originally opened in February 2010 at 211 King St.

Also now dark is Brandina the Original at 318 King St. The handbag and accessories shop closed abruptly just before the holiday weekend last Friday.

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