After lengthy renovations, the former Lipsitz Department Store at the corner of Bay and West streets is again full of life -- and businesses -- from top to bottom.
Bay Street Outfitters opened its doors Thursday and celebrated its move from 815 Bay St. to 825 Bay St. with a ribbon-cutting Friday.
"Beaufort is experiencing great progress following the Great Recession and I want to be part of the solution, not the problems," owner Tony Royal said.
Also in the Lipsitz building is Olive the Above, and the art gallery and working studios, Atelier on Bay.
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Although the new Bay Street Outfitters space is only a few hundred feet larger than its previous location, the new store feels more spacious and open, Royal said. He said the former space -- which was only 19 feet wide -- felt like a bowling alley.
Renovating and moving into the historic department store -- where many residents developed fond memories of shopping for shoes and drinking cherry colas -- was the right move, he said.
"We can improve Beaufort without destroying our history and our culture," he said.
At the grand opening, Councilman Mike McFee reminisced about the talking mynah bird, "Lippy." Neil Lipsitz, son of the former owners, held the door for his mother, Lucille, and said he grew up in the building and couldn't count the number of times he'd opened it.
Bay Street Outfitters will continue selling outdoor and travel clothing for men and women, and the sporting merchandise section will be expanded. Back Country Captains will continue to offer charter fishing trips and the fly-casting school, and additional dates have been added to the two-day Orvis School at Oldfield.
Information: 843-524-5250, baystreetoutfitters.com
In other changes about town:
- B-Sharp Music Store, previously at 6 Neil Road, Beaufort, has moved and changed its name. One of the owners, Jeremy Hayden, has moved the business back to ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., in the Beaufort Town Center, and renamed it the Music Store.
Hayden said he'll continue the same business plan, including school instrument rentals, sound-system rentals and repairs, instrument sales and more.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Renovations are complete, but the shrimp market at the Port Royal shrimp docks at the end of 11th Street won't open until shrimping improves, new manager Joey Morris said. He wants to sell moderately priced seafood to Port Royal residents and other customers but said he can't do that because of the scarcity of local shrimp. Morris said he hopes to open the market in mid-November.
Map: Places About Town, Oct. 26:
- B-Sharp music store opens in new Beaufort spot, Sept. 14, 2012
- Farmers markets in full swing for summer season, May 28, 2012
- Disabled boats at Port Royal shrimp docks to be dismantled, removed, Sept. 13, 2013
- Port Royal hires new shrimp dock manager
- Restoring a building and memories at Beaufort's Lipsitz department store, Oct. 6, 2012