'Tis the season for sweaters, so now's your chance to replace those shameless numbers that your great aunt sends you every year with smart and stylish cable, cowl neck and argyle regalia from Banana Republic.

The accessible luxury brand, a division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. , has partnered with Goodwill Industries to collect gently worn sweaters in exchange for a 30 percent discount on a regular-priced sweater (excluding 100 percent cashmere) from participating Banana Republic locations.

The duds you donate — no more than three sweaters per person will be honored with a coupon — will be sold in Goodwill retail stores across the country, and proceeds will fund Goodwill job-training programs.

Spread the warmth at these Lowcountry Banana Republic stores today through Wednesday: 247 and 249 King St. downtown and at 1232 Belk Drive in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Need for speed

A rather intense sign emblazoned with the words "Velocity Sports Performance" has sprung up at the base of the Wando bridge along U.S. Interstate 526, revealing the purpose of the massive building behind it.

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Velocity Sports Performance is a franchise training facility and program designed to improve athletic performance by focusing on speed, agility, mobility and flexibility. Athletes typically train with a coach two to three times per week in groups no larger than eight.

The 25,000-square-foot facility on Wando Park Boulevard, the access road off Long Point Road, features indoor sprint tracks, a turf field, an Olympic weight-lifting area, and basketball and volleyball courts. Co-owners Dirk and Tracy DeWitt bought the property about two years ago and hope clients start breaking a sweat Jan. 1, just in time for those New Year's resolutions.

Created in 1999, Roswell, Ga.-based Velocity Sports Performance has more than 70 training centers across North America. The Web site is www.velocitysp.com/mountpleasant.