The wholesale warehouse club Costco announced Wednesday it will raise annual membership fees Nov. 1.
The fee will rise by $5 to $55 for individual, business and business add-on members. Executive membership annual fees will also increase to $110 from $100. The maximum 2 percent reward tied to the executive membership will rise from $500 to $750.
The fee increases will affect a little more than 22 million members.
Its local store is in West Ashley at 3050 Ashley Town Center Dr.
Jackson-Ard Vision Center in St. Andrews Shopping Center has closed after 46 years. Co-owner Marvin Ard, 75, is retiring, and all records have been transferred to sister business Jackson-Davenport Vision Center at 379 King St. in Charleston, according to Dick Davenport, owner of the downtown shop and half-owner of Jackson-Ard.
The lease was up on the 2,500-square-foot shop in West Ashley, and the increased rent made it difficult the keep the business operating, Davenport said.
The "Jackson" name on the businesses came from Davenport's late father-in-law J. Hugh Jackson, who started the company around 1952. Jackson-Davenport has another shop in Summerville.
Graffito, a jewelry and gift shop, will open Friday at 151 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston. Owner Bill Thomasson of Aiken and Charleston also will carry art and women's accessories in the 1,200-square-foot shop. The opening coincides with the French Quarter Art Walk.
Gypsy Lady antiques and alice and daisy vintage clothing have joined together to open a 500-square-foot shop at 54 1/2 Broad St. Their grand opening also is set for Friday.
The Shoe Fairy at 1404 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is setting up a shop inside Nancy's clothing and accessories store at 342 King St. in Charleston. Shoe store owner Marjorie Small will open Saturday in the new location.
Eli's Table, formerly the site of Joseph's, at 129 Meeting St. opens this weekend in downtown Charleston. It's the newest restaurant venture for Charleston Hospitality Group CEO Sam Mustafa.