COLOMBIA – Bakery and Kudzu market, who opened in Acres of forest in February, spreads.
The store is currently stuck in about 1,700 feet at 4600, forest road. Adjacent space is being renovated to bring the store to approximately 4,300 feet, co-owner Kim mcmurry noted.
The store offers baked goods, ready meals, kitchen gadgets and gifts.
The original plan was to take up the larger space, but starting with the smaller store was probably a blessing as it helped manage the launch, McMurry said.
The downside, however, meant that the inventory overflow flooded all available storage, including McMurray’s and co-owner’s garages. Kristi Gibbs.
Kudzu is an offshoot of a longtime popular bakery in the Lowcountry, and this has helped the Columbia location grow. However, about half of their customers come to check it out without going to another store, she said.
The additional space will allow for a lot more shelving for groceries and will also include a small wine section with 100 to 150 labels, McMurry said.
The goal is for the store to be a friendly place to stop and get everything you need for dinner with great customer service, she said.
“We have a lot of sweet moms working for us,” McMurry said.
Gardeners outpost, the local source of plants and gardening supplies right next door Devine Street in Shandon, opens a second location.
The new location is in the Cottontown neighborhood 1211 Franklin Street
The store focuses on sustainable practices and organic products. It also offers lawn and garden services, according to its website.
The Cottontown location had appeal because the store likes customers to be able to cycle or walk to its neighborhood location, co-owner Carol Isherwood noted.
The many other businesses moving to the North Main area made the location obvious, she said.
“The neighborhood was just crying out for a garden center,” Isherwood said.
If all goes well, Gardeners Outpost’s second location should be open for holiday shopping, she said.
Closure of the furniture store
Atlantic Bedding & Furniture hosts a closing sale at its only location in Columbia, 7515 Two Notch Road, according to the store’s website.
The Atlantic is a North Charlestonhome furnishings retailer. It will continue to operate its main exhibition warehouse there in 7400 Rivers Avenue.
A new bakery, The sweet shop, held its inauguration on October 16 at 141 Shandon Street in Rosewood.
Although the bakery itself is new, the owner Kia Brown has worked as a home baker for years, providing decorated candies for parties and other special events.
The bakery is open on Fridays and Saturdays as well as other times by appointment.
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