Charleston, S.C.

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Candle and accessories manufacturer Colonial Candle has officially opened the doors to its first and only luxury candle retail and research boutique here. The 3,000-sq.-ft. flagship store is the 103-year-old candle company's first...

Colonial Candle is opening its first retail and research boutique in Charleston, S.C. The 3,000 square-foot flagship store is the 103-year-old candle company's first and only boutique. Located in Charleston's most exclusive shopping location, The Shops at Charleston Place, the Colonial Candle boutique joins an exclusive collection of world-renowned luxury brands including Godiva, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Lacoste. The flagship store will feature Colonial Candle's complete line, including the brand's signature oval jars in 70 fragrances, tapers in more than 20 colors, a luxury collection and home accessories.

New York City -- Saks’ Off 5th outlet division announced Tuesday that it plans to open four new stores this year – Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Northbrook, Ill., and Charleston, S.C. Additionally, the Off 5th arm said it will open a new store at the Market at Town Center in Sugar Land, Texas, that will replace its store located at The Fountains in Stafford, Texas. The stores will range from 25,000 sq. ft. to 28,000 sq. ft. and will be modeled in Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th new ‘luxury in a loft’ store design, which maximizes efficiency and flexibility,

Catalog established: 1980 Headquarters: Charleston, S.C. # of employees: 35 (full- & part-time) Merchandise: Men’s neckwear, shirts, eyewear, shoes, slacks, jackets, some women’s apparel Customer demographics: Professional men, 45-plus, who prefer traditional clothing # of SKUs: 5,000-plus WHAT GOT YOU HERE: Both Sue, the company’s president and daughter of Ben Silver, and Robert, managing director, earned law degrees and spent time working as attorneys. Prior to taking over the family business following Ben’s death, they worked together in the wholesale jewelry business. “We found that the items we were selling weren’t being promoted in a meaningful way,” Sue recalls of the wholesale jewelry business. So when she and Robert

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