A Florida-based restaurant chain now offers two locations in the Charleston area and is the third new dining venue to set up shop in a Mount Pleasant shopping center this year.
Maple Street Biscuit Co. opened Tuesday at 996 Queensborough Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center near U.S. Highway 17 and Anna Knapp Boulevard. It follows Paisano’s Pizza Grill, which opened earlier this year, and Groucho’s Deli, which opened in the fall.
Maple Street’s specialties include freshly made biscuits, never-frozen chicken and newly ground beans every day for fresh coffee. Full-plate offerings are on the menu as well.
Owned by Sandy Powers, it’s open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Richard Starling will oversee the new location.
Maple Street previously opened is at 1739 Maybank Highway in the Harris Teeter-anchored James Island Center.
Jacksonville-based Maple Street has 41 restaurants in seven Southern states, including two Upstate locations in Simpsonville and Greenville.
A new vintage women’s apparel shop is opening in downtown Charleston.
Portal will offer pre-owned threads in a 1,023-square-foot shop at 189 St. Philip St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s scheduled to open Dec. 10.
Tina Heath-Schuttenberg, co-owner of James Island restaurants Kwei Fei and Micho, said she has been walking past the site for the past five years and dreaming of opening her own clothing store.
“I come from a retail background with my history spent as a buyer and merchandiser for a quirky mix of high/low brands (such as) Buffalo Exchange, Zac Posen, The Plaza Hotel and Dean & Deluca,” she said.
During the past few years, she and her husband and business partner David Schuttenberg worked to create the two restaurants at Charleston Pour House on Maybank Highway, which she said kept her busy.
“The stars finally aligned, and I’m making the move back to my first love of retail,” Heath-Schuttenberg said.
Portal, she said, will be a buy-sell-trade-rental concept for vintage threads. She also plans to include contemporary brands. With an all-inclusive size range, she says clothing styles from edgy to demure will come in “an odd mix” that will be offered at an “affordable luxury price point.”
The shop also plans to offer curbside pick-up service and appointments for those who might need a safer shopping experience during the pandemic. All selling and trading will be done by appointment.
Stepping back in
A shoe store that closed earlier this year in West Ashley is now open again.
SAS Shoes can be found at 1755 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., at the same address it occupied previously.