WISE COLUMN: Start the day with free java from Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme coffee

Krispy Kreme will celebrate National Coffee Day today by giving away free 12-ounce cups of its house-blend coffee.

It's a promotion for the company's new signature blends. The local doughnut shop is at 1491 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.

The coffee also comes in dark roast and decaf varieties, but the offer is only good for the house blend-coffee and limited to one cup per customer.

Food line

P.F. Chang's China Bistro opens Monday in a newly built structure on one of the outparcels fronting U.S. Highway 17 at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Just look for the iconic stone horses out front.

Book bound

To kick off National Cookie Month and National Book Month, Great American Cookies will give away free chocolate-chip cookies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Throughout October, customers can receive a free cookie of their choice by donating a new or gently used book at local stores during the company's "Reading is Sweet" book drive.

All books collected at each store will be donated to local libraries or charities.

Local stores are at Citadel and Northwoods malls and Tanger Outlet Center.

Full plate

Lunch cafe Stack's Coastal Kitchen, at the Bi-Lo Shopping Plaza in Mount Pleasant, has expanded to include Stack's Evening Eats. After six years of serving salads, soups and sandwiches, owners Patrick and Darcy Stack have converted the space next to the restaurant at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Suite 1107, into a dinner establishment.

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Look for freshly prepared appetizers and entrees with a full bar. Lunch is still served seven days a week, but dinner will not be served on Sunday.

Old and new

Memphis-based Biggs Powell Interior & Antiques is now open at 159 King St. in downtown Charleston. Owned by Biggs Powell, his other shop is in Memphis.

New threads

Ann Taylor's new concept store opens Friday in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. The grand-opening celebration is set for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 8, where 5 percent of sales will go to The Junior League of Charleston Inc. The event will include a live DJ, refreshments, sweets, raffles and a gift with any purchase over $100.

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/warrenlancewise.