Good Wood Furniture at 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley is expanding.

The longtime locally owned furniture store is going from 10,000 square feet to about 21,000 square feet by taking over a former fabric shop next to it, owner Vincent Gibbs said.

The new space will feature two new lines of upholstery and a new bedding gallery. It should be ready in a couple of weeks. The expansion also will mean the addition of four employees. Two have already been added.

Good Wood is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Ready to hatch

Diners yearning for a Southern-fried meal might want to try James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Stehling’s soon-to-open new restaurant. Chick’s Fry House at 1011 King St. on Charleston’s upper peninsula will feature fried chicken, hot doughnuts and cold beer when it opens mid-June.

Stehling hails from Hominy Grill as chef and owner. His business partner in Chick’s is Dave Uecke, operations director at Hominy Grill.

The new eatery marks Stehling’s first foray into another venture since launching Hominy Grill on Rutledge Avenue in 1996. It will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, and will seat 40 inside with additional seating outside on a shaded patio. Chick’s also will have a pickup window for preordered meals.

Fit opening

Pure Barre will celebrate the grand opening of its West Ashley studio 7-9 p.m. June 11 at 1300 Savannah Highway. It will feature food from local restaurants, cocktails, wine, door prizes, local vendors and one-time-only special packages for the fitness center. Its other locations are in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston. Jen Leitch is the owner.


A Louisiana-based heavy-equipment repair business now has a new store in Summerville. H&E Equipment Services opened earlier this week at 1115 Newton Way in a 16,000-square-foot remodeled building to serve the eastern part of South Carolina. It’s on nearly 4 acres with a large yard area, offices, parts warehouse and an eight-bay repair shop. It offers equipment rentals and new and used equipment sales, service, parts and training. It’s a third store for the Baton Rouge-based company in the state. It joins 70 others nationwide. Mark Forsyth is H&E’s local manager.

Giving back

Wal-Mart Foundation’s State Giving Program recently donated $25,000 to East Cooper Meals on Wheels. The money will help provide daily meals and other services to members of the community in need.

Doughnut Day

To celebrate National Donut Day, Bi-Lo supermarkets will offer free doughnut holes at their in-store bakeries on Friday while supplies last. Limit is one per guest per store visit. Also participating: Dunkin’ Donuts shops will offer a free doughnut, while supplies last, with the purchase of a beverage. The chain will also unveil two new doughnut variations: Chips Ahoy Creme and Chips Ahoy Crunch.

New to King

A small home-and-garden shop will soon open in downtown Charleston.

Terry Stephenson plans to launch Juxtaposition in late June at 424 King St. It’s the former site of Felice Designs, which moved recently to James Island. The shop will carry furniture, gifts and antiques.

Green scarves

Well-known Charleston artist Jonathan Green has launched a scarf collection featuring seasonal images.

The scarves can be found at The Boutique Shop in Belmond Charleston Place, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and online at

The scarves are designed and manufactured by Victoria Ubina of Nine Yards International of the Isle of Palms.

Opening celebration

Lily Rain will celebrate the opening of its new store at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre 4-8 p.m. Thursday at 1239 Belk Drive, No. 101. It offers clothing, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Refreshments will be provided.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or