Children's consignment shop moves; new clothing store comes to Beaufort

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMay 31, 2013 

UPTOWN MOVE

Ali Quillen started out selling used clothing and equipment for babies and children 14 years ago in a 300-square-foot store in Beaufort.

Four years ago, she moved to the corner of Pigeon Point Road and Boundary Street. She and employees would bring out strollers, playpens and other large items every morning to display alongside the building.

It wasn't just for advertisement, Quillen said. The 1,400-square-foot building was filled with merchandise, and customers couldn't move freely if everything stayed inside.

This weekend, Quillen is packing up again, moving down the road to 1304 Boundary St. She spent the last several months renovating the vacant space after learning her current location, which she rents, was in foreclosure.

Quillen intends to open Monday in the new space, which she describes as "cottage shabby-chic." Friend and clerk Patty Toombs said there will be additional room to display merchandise, so they won't have to move many items outside each day.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Information: 843-379-2998

DOWNTOWN ADDITION

Harbor Wear, a clothing and gift store, opened last week at 905 Bay St., the former home of Boondoggles.

It's a second location for owners Tom and Lisa Morrison, who have run the original store on Amelia Island, Fla., since 1995.

"We looked at Beaufort 16 years ago, and there wasn't someplace to go," Tom Morrison said. "It's always been on our minds, and then our friends here said there's space available."

The store carries the Life is Good brand, along with Beaufort and South Carolina memorabilia and clothing.

"We're trying to help put the name out there for Beaufort," he said.

Morrison is manning the shop, while his wife is in Florida for the moment. They intend to live in Beaufort part time, he said.

While the Amelia Island store is open 12 hours a day, the Beaufort location will be open eight, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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