You're invited to Whole Foods' birthday party

Whole Foods

Steven Senne

Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant will turn 7 years old on Saturday. To celebrate, the store will feature food-focused events and give-aways throughout the day.

Grill master Jimmy Hagood will share some secrets from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for backyard summer barbecues. The grill will be open until 4 p.m. with hotdogs, hamburgers and more.

All proceeds will benefit Feed the Need, a local organization made up of chefs that feed the hungry at area shelters once a week.

Customers also can meet and greet some of Charleston's finest chefs during free tasting and cooking demonstrations by Charleston Grill's executive chef Michelle Weaver from 11 a.m. until noon, Red Drum's owner and chef Ben Berryhill from 1 to 2 p.m. and McCrady's sous chef Daniel Heinze from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

A free wine-tasting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., with Whole Foods wine experts featuring wines for summer entertaining.

Also, each department in the store will feature its favorite recipe or product for tasting from noon until 4 p.m. Customers can vote for their favorite and enter to win a $100 gift card from the supermarket.

Free joe

To celebrate the system-wide introduction of Lavazza, an Italian coffee, Atlanta Bread will offer free samples of the beverage Monday to all of the restaurant's Facebook fans.

The new Lavazza coffee flavors include a 100 percent Arabica House Roast, a Dark Roast, a Decaf House Roast, as well as a 100 percent Arabica Vanilla Nut and a Decaf Vanilla Nut.

Also, new iced and hot tea options could roll out this summer.

Privately held Atlanta Bread has more than 80 locations in 20 states, including three stores in metro Charleston, in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Summerville.

That's Italian

Osteria la Bottiglia, the Italian wine bar and newest creation of Charleston restaurateurs Massimiliano and Natasha Sarrocchi, is now open at 420 King St. in downtown Charleston. The Sarrocchis' previous Charleston ventures in fine Italian cuisine included Il Cortile de Re and Pane e Vino.

Tucked between Blue Bicycle Books and Modern Trousseau, Osteria offers authentic, regional Italian recipes, an extensive wine selection and a full bar. It's open for lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.

Old threads

Ensemble Consignment Boutique is now open at 1027 Folly Road on James Island. The women's consignment boutique carries clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories, and owner Kristen Armstrong hopes to add home goods such as curtains or decorative pillows in the future.

The 1,382-square-foot shop is in Sumter's Landing shopping center.

Food line

Brick Lane Catering has moved from 289 East Bay St. to 38 Romney St. in downtown Charleston. It will start offering a cooking class series in June.

Fresh market

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre will have its own farmer's market on Saturday. The fruit and vegetable stands will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 29 on Belk Drive.

The market will offer food demonstrations, tastings, wine-pairing suggestions and recipes for in-season produce as well as a chance to win promotional giveaways.

Customers on opening day will receive free sustainable tote bags that can be used for shopping.

Closet cleaner

Take your old clothes to Gap stores in metro Charleston and Myrtle Beach through May 29 and receive 30 percent off a Gap purchase.

The promotion is part of the Donate Movement, an effort powered by Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina to educate the public on the positive impacts donations can have on both people and the planet.

Troop salute

Armed Forces Day is Saturday and, to celebrate, Big Lots stores will offer all armed services members 10 percent off their entire purchases, even on sale and clearance items.

Just present a valid military ID card. Locally, Big Lots can be found in West Ashley, North Charleston, Summerville, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner.

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