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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No. 1 South Carolina women rout Charleston in season opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zia Cooke was so excited to get to play again that she could barely sleep. She and her teammates with top-ranked South Carolina picked up where they left off in a runaway victory to start the fragile season.

Victaria Saxton had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Cooke scored 18 points as the Gamecocks overwhelmed Charleston 119-38 on Wednesday for their 27th straight win.

Cooke was worried her team might not get to play at all as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact college sports as it did last spring, when SEC champion South Carolina missed out on a chance at a national title.

“I had huge worries about that,” she said.

The Gamecocks had no worries about their basketball, though.

“Everybody’s growing, so it’s going to get better and better each year,” Cooke said. “We’ve got so much in store, I’m not going to give away everything we’ve got.”

South Carolina had seven players score in double figures and four had double-doubles, including Aliyah Boston with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

After last season’s NCAA Tournament was canceled, this team’s goal is simple — finish what it couldn’t last spring.

“It felt really great to get back on the court. We were real excited to get back and playing because COVID messed things up for everybody, not only us,” Saxton said.

It was the same quick, offensive-minded Gamecocks.

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USC women’s basketball vs College of Charleston score, recap

After an eight-month, COVID-19 induced break, South Carolina women’s basketball is back. The Gamecocks didn’t miss a beat, rolling to an easy 119-38 win over College of Charleston to open its season Wednesday.

Returning three starters and every key reserve from last year’s SEC championship squad, preseason No. 1 USC overwhelmed the thoroughly out-matched Cougars squad in a Colonial Life Arena reduced to 3,500 capacity and significantly altered to implement coronavirus protocols.

The 119 points are the most ever scored by USC under coach Dawn Staley and tied for third most in program history. The victory, by the second-largest margin in program history, also extends the team’s program-record winning streak to 27 games.

All 11 Gamecock players scored, with seven reaching double figures, led by 19 from junior forward Victaria Saxton and 18 from sophomore guard Zia Cooke. Saxton also pulled down 12 rebounds, tied for the team lead, and blocked a game-high five shots. Sophomore forward Aliyah Boston, freshman forward Laeticia Amihere and senior guard LeLe Grissett all recorded double-doubles as well.

3 Observations

1. Never in doubt

After practicing nonstop since July, Staley said her team was eager to finally face an opponent. The Gamecocks quickly went to work, with junior guard Destanni Henderson scoring the game’s first points in five seconds. From there, they were off to the races, as College of Charleston missed its first 16 field goal attempts and USC jumped out to a 24-3 lead.

The lead hit double figures within four minutes and never dipped below 40 in the second half. Carolina had 50 points with 3:26 to play in the first half, 75 with 6:47 left in the third quarter and 100 with 7:46 still to play.

2. Paint dominance

Charleston’s tallest starter stood just 6-foot-1, and the much-larger Gamecocks imposed their will in the paint, scoring 74 of their points there. They also collected 23 offensive rebounds compared to 10 defensive boards for Charleston for an staggering offensive rebounding rate of 69.7%.

3. A little hiccup

If there’s one area for Staley to harp on moving forward, it will likely be South Carolina’s turnovers. The Gamecocks lost four-year point guard Tyasha Harris to graduation after last season. In her place, Henderson and sophomore Zia Cooke both scored plenty and showed flashes of passing brilliance — a behind-the-back feed from Cooke on a fast break was particularly impressive — but the Gamecocks turned the ball over nine times in the first half compared to seven assists. That ratio did improve in the second half though, with 19 helpers compared to 15 turnovers.

Next game

Who: No. 1 South Carolina vs. South Dakota

What: Women’s Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Watch: Streaming online on FloHoops.com (subscription required)

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Ladson shopping center being redeveloped; new retailer to open in downtown Charleston | Business

LADSON — A strip shopping center that once housed a supermarket and more recently a discount store is being redeveloped.

Commercial real estate firm Avison Young, which owns the site, is upgrading College Park Center on College Park Road at U.S. Highway 78 on the edge of Berkeley County near the Exchange Park Fairgrounds.

Fred’s discount store operated in the shopping center with some smaller tenants until the discount shop closed in May 2019 and then went out of business across the nation late last year.



College Park Center sign

A strip retail site called College Park Center is being revamped in Ladson. Warren L. Wise/Staff


Prior to Fred’s, the property served as the original location of Piggly Wiggly before the grocer moved across College Park Road into a new shopping center several years ago, according to longtime Ladson resident Phillip Frierson.

An affiliate of Avison Young bought the 76,000-square-foot shopping center as well as the corner lot where Burger King operates for $2.5 million in 2003. The firm added an undeveloped outparcel along College Park Road next to Burger King in 2014 for $174,000, according to Berkeley County land records.

The owner is now redeveloping about 25,000 square feet of the shopping center into three retail spaces. They range from about 4,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet, according to Craig Massey with Avison Young.

Massey said no leases have been signed, but the firm is in negotiations with a couple of different prospects.

The redevelopment project, headed by Hill Construction, is slated for completion by early spring.

Holiday arrival

A new handmade jewelry, apparel and gift shop plans to open in downtown Charleston ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The Tiny Tassel will be located in a 750-square-foot store at 46-B Spring St. The opening date has not been announced.



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“Over the past five years the business has grown so much, and it led me to making the decision to open a brick-and-mortar (shop),” founder Mimi Striplin said.

The store, she added, is designed for women who love to live colorfully through their wardrobe.

Called the flagship store, it features tassel wallpaper and a display of tassel earrings, along with a pink refrigerator and a work space where visitors can peek at what happens behind the scenes.

Striplin designed her first piece of jewelry called the Signature Tassel Earring in 2015. After a year of working in men’s fashion, she became affiliated with a gift shop called the Cannonborough Collective at 185-A St. Philip St. in 2017. This year, she parted ways with the gift shop to launch her own walk-in business.

The new shop is a family affair as Striplin’s mother, Keiko, hand-makes the clothing, while Striplin’s sister, Aiko, helps to design pieces for the curated collection.

New shops

Two new retail shops recently signed leases in the Charleston area, according to the commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

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