A new "flea market-esque" shopping center on St. Helena Island now boasts four stores where patrons can find everything from handmade gifts to school uniforms.
Building owner Phyllis Smart, who operates Lowcountry Kicks and Stitch, said the independently owned stores in one building at 847 Sea Island Parkway create the feel of a small flea market in a Lowcountry atmosphere.
Kicks and Stitch opened in August and sells uniforms for students in elementary through high schools. It also sells clothes, shoes, purses and accessories, Smart said.
"We really try to make this a one-stop shop," Smart said.
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The store is affiliated with the nonprofit Next Level Living, and a portion of its proceeds go back into the community through uniform drives and other efforts, Smart said.
The store sponsored a back-to-school bash this summer at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort, where it gave away book bags and school supplies and provided food and entertainment, Smart said.
Other stores include Angie's Thrift and Gift, which opened last month and sells used clothing, handmade gifts and "just a little bit of everything, whatever we can get from around the island," owner Angella Muchmore said.
Also in October, Cynthia Byas opened Sexy Scents and offers African black soaps, shea butter and a number of other types of soaps, oils and lotions.
"We have all the African products that you would normally find at the (Penn Center) Heritage festival," Byas said.
Byas said the store also sells oil burners, incense and jewelry.
The fourth store, Jesse's Place, features health foods and products, said Smart, who added that she hopes to lease additional open space in the building.
Other recent business openings, closings and changes in the area:
More details on the closure were not immediately available Friday.