3rd restaurant opens in Mount Pleasant center this year; Charleston clothing shop to open | Business

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.

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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.

Portal on St. Philip St.

Tina Heath-Schuttenberg will open a new vintage clothing shop called Portal at 189 St. Philip St. on the Charleston peninsula on Dec. 10. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Vintage threads

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.

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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.

SAS Shoes

SAS Shoes recently reopened on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. It closed earlier this year when the former owners retired. Warren L. Wise/Staff

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.

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A look at 2nd, 3rd District races

Kansas saw a historic number of women running for congress in 2020. All five Democratic candidates for House and Senate were women, as was the Republican nominee for the 3rd Congressional District.

In Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties, voters will chose between incumbent Congresswoman Sharice Davids and businesswoman Amanda Adkins.

Regardless of votes Tuesday, Kansas’ 2nd congressional district will have a new congressperson next year, either State Treasurer Jake LaTurner or Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla.

Before polls opened in Kansas Tuesday, more than 800,000 Kansans had already voted, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office. With polls closing at 7 p.m., the office anticipates a record breaking year for voter turnout.

Adkins, the third district Republican candidate, faced an uphill battle as she entered the general election behind in fundraising. As election day neared, FiveThirtyEight gave her increasingly small odds of unseating Davids.

Davids raised and spent roughly $3 million more than Adkins by October 14. According to the most recent FEC data, Davids reached the final stretch of the election with $673,000 compared to Adkins’ $259,000.

University of Kansas political science professor, Patrick Miller, said Johnson County has seen more change in its voting patterns than Kansas’ other three congressional districts.

“The third is like a poster child for a stereotypical suburban district right now that has actually been trending Democratic slowly for two decades and then kicked into high gear when Donald Trump got elected,” he said.

In order to win, Miller said, Adkins will need to have persuaded multiple Joe Biden voters to support her.

The gap between the candidates was further accentuated in September when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opted to endorse Davids over Adkins, an executive at health IT giant, Cerner.

The chamber, which usually endorses Republicans, endorsed Davids along with 29 other Democrats. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce president, Alan Cobb, criticized the chamber’s decision as lacking local input.

Adkins, a longtime GOP insider ran for office for the first time after years working behind the scenes as the chairman of the Kansas GOP, on the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and on Former Governor Sam Brownback’s Senate Staff.

Throughout her campaign she highlighted her experience at Cerner as a key asset in her ability to confront questions of economic and healthcare policies while drawing criticism for her connections to Brownback, whose tax policies triggered a budget crisis.

In ads and debates, Adkins presented Davids as a radical liberal despite the Democratic congresswoman’s claims of bipartisanship.

Voters arriving at the polls on the first day of advanced voting in Miami County were often voting down the party line, influenced by their opinions of President Donald Trump.

Linda Lewis, a Miami County voter, said she planned on voting for Amanda Adkins because she was the “lesser of two evils.” Davids, she said, was far too liberal for her, but something about Adkins just “doesn’t sit right” with her.

“I’m too old fashioned and don’t like the way the country is going,” Lewis

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Greenhills’ Mert Oral claims 3rd individual tennis state title in dominant fashion

MASON – Mert Oral has done it again.

The Ann Arbor Greenhills junior standout cruised to his third overall individual state title at the Division 3 No. 1 singles championship Wednesday at Mason High School.

Oral, a University of Michigan commit, secured his second straight title in No. 1 singles competition in D3, adding to his No. 3 singles title in Division 4 in 2018.

It didn’t take long for Oral to get going as he won 6-0, 6-0, in the opening round of the tournament over Forest Hills Eastern’s Sreejay Ramakrishnan, then took down Grand Rapids Christian’s Simon Volkema 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals, before defeating Owen DeMuth of Bloomfield Cranbrook Kingswood in the title match 6-1, 6-0.

The top-seeded player in Division 3 closed out the postseason with a perfect 7-0 record after going unbeaten in last week’s team state finals, helping the Gryphons finish second in the state behind Cranbrook Kingswood.

Oral also defeated DeMuth 6-1, 6-0 in the team’s state finals and finished the playoffs dropping only three games in the 14 total sets he competed in between the two tournaments.

Oral will return next season as the favorite to win a fourth straight state title and could become only the sixth player in Michigan high school tennis history to win four overall state titles and only the eighth to win three No. 1 singles championships in a career.

Three other Ann Arbor-area tennis players also competed in the No. 1 singles tournament in Division 1 competition Wednesday.

Pioneer’s Stanley Rhodes fell 6-3, 6-2 to Bloomfield Hills’ Noah Roslin, Huron’s Angie Zhou dropped his match to Joshua Portnoy 6-0, 6-0 and Skyline’s Anthony Van Oyen fell 6-4, 6-0 to Gabe Brown of Athens.


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