Belk is coming back to King Street. Susan McWatters, VP and Regional Store Manager at Belk announced yesterday that the company will open a pop-up at 473 King Street (formerly Ellington Boutique) March 5th, showcasing their new Crown and Ivy label. The line features women's clothing, accessories and home decor. Belk will have a tent in Marion Square during Charleston Fashion Week, and will be featured in the Thursday March 17 runway show. The pop-up store is expected to close March 29, but we’re hoping they’ll bloom where they are planted, and stay with us.
Mead is a delicious wine made from honey. It’s believed to be the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, and picks up the characteristics of the variety and region of its honey source. According to Eater, the number of meaderies in the US has more than doubled in the last three years, making mead one of the fastest growing alcoholic beverage categories in the US. Enter our local bee visionary, Ted Dennard, whose new Savannah Bee Company location at 270 King Street will bring mead to Charleston. Taste it, love it, take it home. The store will be as beautiful as it’s former Lower King Street location, and larger.
The Gibbes is reopening soon. Charleston's beloved art museum will reopen its doors to the public on May 28. According to their press release the 111-year-old museum houses a premier collection of more than 10,000 works telling the story of American art. In addition to an innovative new layout with free ground floor admission, the museum unveiled a new logo that features a fresh take on the Gibbes name and its landmark architectural feature, the century-old Tiffany-style rotunda dome. “The museum's renovation will completely elevate the visitor experience," said Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes. "Not only will the updated space better showcase our collection, it will provide visitors the opportunity to see artists at work, all aimed at delivering on our mission of enhancing lives through art."
Jonathan Green will speak at Small Business Lunch at Halls February 4th. A gift to the community in so many ways, Green will discuss his evolution as an artist, his dedication to Charleston’s Gullah past and his involvement in the Spoleto Festival USA production of Porgy and Bess. Tickets are available at smallbusinesslunchathalls.com. From the Spoleto brochure, “Visual Designer Jonathan Green takes us on a journey from the streets of the Charleston we know to a Charleston that reveals the roots, strength, and character of the Gullah community.” Hate to rub it in but I may have purchased the last two tickets to the three+ hour original production of Porgy. Call the Spoleto Ticket Office at (843) 579-3100 to find out if any of the six performances have wiggle room. The last time Porgy and Bess was performed in Charleston there were six curtain calls. Expect that and more this go-round.
There’s a book in the works; Evening Post Books will bring Porgy and Bess to life. You’ll be able to purchase it before the festival if all goes as planned, and you can meet the parties involved in writing and production at a future Charleston Author Series event. Watch charlestonauthorseries.com for details about this book and also the upcoming History of Spoleto, also by Evening Post.
February 14th is Valentine’s Day, the last day of SEWE and 2nd Sunday on King Street, a perfect confluence. There’s no better place to be than King Street and no better time than 2nd Sunday. This month talented photographer Delk Haigler will join Wendy Pollitzer at the 2nd Sunday Information Tent to display some of the beautiful images he created for her book, The South. You can tour the new Restoration Hotel with their Port Mercantile shop, Cultural Library, The Rise Coffee Shop and Amethyst Spa, all very local-friendly. How about Valentine’s Day dinner at their Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits for a farm to table excellent meal to match the excellent 360-degree view of our fair city. Lucky us.