Walterboro business owners have been eyeing Beaufort lately as a city of opportunity, either relocating stores or opening second locations in the area.
The most recent is Carolina Closet Too, the sister store of Carolina Closet Boutique, which opened at 223 Scott St. in a space previously occupied by Divine Shoes, which closed last month.
Angie Cummings and Allison Stanley co-own the store, which sells an array of women's clothing, accesories, and baby and bridal gifts. Last week, Stanley closed Especially Yours Too, the Walterboro business that was the gifts and accessories arm of her enterprise.
"There's more traffic down here than in Walterboro right now," Stanley said, adding Walterboro has little industry after SCE&G closed its coal-burning power plant in nearby Canadys last year.
The business partners had been "scoping out" Beaufort for a few months when they discovered the Scott Street location was available for rent.
They're not alone in the migration.
Walterboro Public Safety Capt.. Ricky Valentine is opening a second location of his Valentine Driving School at 710 Boundary St. and intends to hold the first class Sept. 28. He also is considering a partnership with a friend who has a vacuum sales and service business; they could open a Beaufort location in November.
"Beaufort seems like it is growing in many different ways," he said. "Just a short way away, you have Bluffton and Hilton Head, and it seems like a lot of people who are retiring are looking that way. It sounds like there is a market out there."
Yet another Walterboro company recently expanded into Beaufort. Sweet Dreams, Sewn Seams & Jelli Beans, and embroidery shop, opened in July at 1115 Boundary St. in Newcastle Square in Beaufort.
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