Got a craving for soul food?

Craves opens this Saturday at 616-A Meeting St. in Charleston.

From its heritage-style hoppin' John to chicken, fish, pork chops and locally grown collard greens, Craves aims to evoke memories of home-cooking.

Led by Ruth "Momma" Scott, Craves got its start when a family member decided to serve the community by catering a citywide event. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will be closed Sunday. For an interview with Craves chef Landen Ganstrom, see today's Preview section.

Geared up

O'Reilly Auto Parts has opened its sixth store in the greater Charleston area. The new store at 3958 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston joins others in Goose Creek, James Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and another North Charleston location on Rivers Avenue.

It will celebrate its grand opening through Aug. 11. Darrell Lawson is the store manager. The Springfield, Mo.-based company dates back to 1957. It has since grown to more than 3,337 stores in 38 states and more than 40,000 employees.

Giving back

The Firewater Grille at 109 Holiday Drive in Summerville will donate 10 percent of its proceeds each Thursday to a local charity or cause. "All of us at the Firewater Grille believe that when you help the community out, it will come back to you a hundredfold," restaurant owner Bob Shipley said.

Tuning in

In May, RoomStore gave away four Chrysler/Dodge minivans to customers or prospects who simply came to its stores and registered with no purchase. In August, the Richmond, Va.-based company plans to give away televisions to entice people into its stores, CEO Curtis Kimbrell said. The chain has a showroom on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

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