A new wedding and events venue will open soon in Mount Pleasant.

Sanctuary Hall and Gardens will be available for weddings and other special events on May 17 at 2125 U.S. Highway 17, just north of the Isle of Palms connector. The venture is the product of local entrepreneur Susan Cass, who wants to tap into the rising demand for weddings and other special events in the Charleston market.

Sanctuary Hall has 30-foot exposed beam ceilings, an abundance of natural light, hardwood floors and an Italian marble aisle. A wooden gazebo and private courtyard, featuring an iconic Charleston pineapple fountain, provide guests with an outside garden setting.

Plans also are in the works for the site to become a certified wildlife habitat for butterflies and birds. It can serve as a meeting venue as well.

The upstart business will launch a contest on Wednesday to win the “Venue for a Day.” The Love Letters Photo Contest will run through May 25 and must include a creative way to write or photograph the word “love.” Contestants must be engaged with plans to marry this year. For complete rules, go to www.sanctuaryhall.com.

Tina’s African Hair Braiding recently leased a 1,500-square-foot shop at 8410 Rivers Ave. in North Rivers Plaza in North Charleston. Also, Gaea Yoga Center LLC recently leased a 1,200-square-foot space at 730 Coleman Blvd., Suite M, Mount Pleasant.

Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center and Lowcountry Beauty and Wellness Spa has moved to 1205 Two Island Court in Mount Pleasant. A grand opening is set for 3-8 p.m. May 3. It will include giveaways, food and a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross.

Bair’s Garden Day Spa, 210-A E. 1st North St., Summerville, will hold a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Jerry and Annette Waldrop, owners of Waldrop and Co. Jewelers in North Charleston, will open a second location in early May at 186 Seven Farms Drive, Building 500, Suite B, Daniel Island. The current shop is at 5750 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.

Pie’s Pizza will open in early summer at 6398 Savannah Highway in a 1,200-square-foot restaurant in the new Ravenel Commercial Center, according to Palmetto Commercial Properties.

Square Onion Too sandwich shop at 411 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant closed Saturday because it was too small for the amount of business it received. Owners Mary and Cary Zapatka are scouting around for a larger location. In the meantime, fans can enjoy their favorites at the original Square Onion at 18 Resolute Lane in I’On in Mount Pleasant.

The shop next to the former Square Onion Too, Earthly Artifacts, reportedly will expand into the vacant space.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524, wwise@postandcourier.com or twitter.com/warren lancewise.