Customers are invited to decompress and enjoy the "little things in life" at a new home and garden gift shop in the heart of Port Royal's historic village.
Owner Nancy Harris Vista said her new store, Nuances, features gifts that will appeal to people's senses -- candles, diffusers, flowers, local art and jewelry, among other home and garden items.
"In everyday life, we're all kind of torn in different directions," Vista said. "I've found it's the little things in life that make it enjoyable."
The store at 709 Paris Ave. is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Vista, who also co-owns MoonDoggies Cafe & Grill in Port Royal, said she sells products made either locally or by small U.S. companies.
Locally made goods include jewelry by Peggy Carvell, ceramics and pottery by Terry Watson and garden art by Vicki Sayre, Vista said.
Anything made outside the U.S. must be a recycled or fair-trade product, she said.
In June, Vista plans to offer classes in which participants can learn how to make products like soaps, candles, lip balms and floral projects. Other classes might teach attendees how to convert garden pots into a fountain, Vista said.
Classes will cost about $25 or less, she said.
"Most people are artistic by nature, but they get so busy they don't have time to enjoy the things that bring them joy," she said.
Vista, an agronomist, moved to the Beaufort area about 20 years ago to work at Spring Island identifying, preserving and protecting native plants. She worked there for about 10 years and later operated the home and garden store Butter Beans from the same location that now houses Nuances.
Vista, along with others, will start planting a community organic garden this week in the courtyard next to Nuances.
Vista said she's looking for help planting, watering and maintaining the garden.
"As things mature, we'll harvest the plants and share amongst each other," she said. "I'm really just trying to get people involved in their community."
Other recent business openings, closings and changes in the area:
• Firehouse Subs is scheduled to open today in Beaufort at 2219 Boundary St. The restaurant offers hot sub sandwiches, salads and Firehouse Chili. Opened by franchisee Mitul Desai, Beaufort's Firehouse Subs location will be open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.