David Easlick Jr. and his wife, Katherine Coudriet, wanted to start a business to keep them busy, but didn't want to do something too serious.
So they opened a boutique on Lady's Island to sell clothing and accessories for dogs.
"My grandchildren call me Kiki, and they'll ask their mom, 'Where is Kiki?'" Coudriet said.
"My daughter will say, 'She's dressing up dogs.'
"What my grandchildren must think about me."
Haute Diggity Dawg, discriminating dog boutique, opened a month ago at 53B Sams Point Road.
The couple moved this year from Naples, Fla., after a pit stop during a trip to Coudriet's hometown of Richmond, Va.
Easlick, a history and genealogy buff, said he is a descendant of John "Tuscarora Jack" Barnwell and wanted to see Beaufort, where his family has deep roots.
They fell in love with the community, found a place to open a store and settled in. Coudriet is the merchandiser and does the shopping. Her son, Charlie, is the manager.
Easlick's job? "I don't know what," he says.
The store sells dog sweaters and coats, as well as dog tuxedos, football jerseys and hats, leashes, bandanas, luggage for traveling with a dog, pillow beds, canine-themed signs, and Christmas decorations and ornaments.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Information: facebook.com/hautediggitydawg, 843-522-0679
In other changes about town:
- The Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort Thrift Store has moved to a more prominent location. Previously in the club's former teen center at 1211 Harrington St., the store is now at 914 Boundary St. Proceeds from sales support club activities and programs. Information: facebook.com/boysandgirlsthrift, 843-379-6350
- Mucho Margaritas Mexican restaurant, 5 Sams Point Road on Lady's Island, has closed. The restaurant had its grand opening about a year ago. San Jose Mexican restaurant was in the same location before that.
- Paints in Paradise, an interactive art studio with pottery, ceramics and glass fusion, is preparing to open at 703 Paris Ave., where Nuances was located before moving this fall. It will offer girls' night-out parties, workshops, children's activities and items for sale.
Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.