Market Street has lost one of its retail gems.
Black Market Minerals, a chain of specialty gift and gemstone shops based in Orlando, Fla., closed its downtown Charleston store at 77 S. Market on Sunday after more than 30 years near the historic City Market, according to Jay Geahring, owner of the company. Geahring said there are no plans to relocate the store in the Charleston area.
A post on the local store's Facebook page said a similar business by the name of Elegant Earth will open in Walterboro at the end of the summer, but further details were not available. Requests for comment sent to the operator of the Facebook page were not immediately returned Wednesday.
Black Market Minerals' wholesale arm, Village Originals, which deals gemstones and jewelry to retailers across the country, is based in North Charleston and remains in business, Geahring said.
At the mall
Northwoods Mall recently added a new boutique. Dazzle Up, a gift shop with handbags, T-shirts and other accessories for women, has opened next to Books-A-Million in the Sears-anchored wing of the mall at 2150 Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston.
The Greensboro, N.C.-based chain has shops in Myrtle Beach, Columbia and four others in North Carolina.
Men's Warehouse is collecting professional clothing donations for its annual Suit Drive, an initiative to provide business attire to underemployed men.
Gently used suits, sport coats, dress shirts, shoes and other professional apparel can be dropped off at any Men's Warehouse location through the end of the month. Donors will receive a coupon for 50 percent off their next purchases at Men's Warehouse.
The collections will be donated to more than 180 nonprofit organizations across the country, including the local organization S.C. Strong, that provide job training and other career services to unemployed and underemployed men.
The retailer has local stores in Outback Plaza at 1890 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley; Mount Pleasant Towne Centre; Citadel Mall; and Northwoods Mall.
Bringing the lumber
Lumber Liquidators opened a second store in the Charleston area last week in a nearly 7,000-square-foot space at 2093 Eagle Landing Road in North Charleston.
The flooring retailer aimed at construction companies and homeowners specializes in solid wood, laminate, bamboo and other hardwood varieties. The Toano, Va.-based company has 330 stores across the country, including six in South Carolina and one in West Ashley at 2049 Savannah Highway.
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