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Charleston-area bakery cooking up move to new location

For the past seven years, Kudzu Bakery Market cooked up pies, pastries and other goodies at 794 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

Come January, the baked goods shop will be firing up the oven in a new, bigger location less than two miles away.

Owner Karen Herndon recently leased a 4,000-square-foot outparcel building at Bowman Place Shopping Center, where Los Angeles-based MidiCi The Neopolitan Pizza Company operated for about a year before abruptly closing in June, according to commercial real estate firm Belk|Lucy.

“We are bursting at the seams here,” Herndon said. “We need more space.”

She called the new site at Bowman Place a “nice, central location” to serve the residents of Mount Pleasant. It’s less than two miles from the current 2,950-square-foot site.

“I’d like to move before the holidays, but I’m not going to be able to,” Herndon said.

Upfitting of the former pizza restaurant beside Kairos Greek Kitchen is already underway for the bakery. Herndon plans to expand the kitchen at the former MidiCi site and offer tables and chairs inside as well as patio seating.

In 2011, Kudzu Bakery took over space that once housed Page’s Okra Grill, which moved down Coleman Boulevard to the former Alex’s Restaurant site.

Kudzu Bakery offers another shop on Pawleys Island south of Myrtle Beach. It’s operated by different owners.


Dunkin’ Donuts is changing its name to just Dunkin’. Provided

Name dropping

Dunkin’ is dropping donuts — from its name.

The sweet treats are still on the menu, but the company is renaming itself “Dunkin'” to reflect its increasing emphasis on coffee and other drinks.

The change will officially take place in January, when the new name will start appearing on napkins, boxes and signs at its U.S. stores. The name change will eventually be adopted by international stores.

Dunkin’ has more than 12,500 restaurants globally.

The 68-year-old chain says its new logo will still have the familiar rounded font and orange-and-pink color scheme that the company has used since 1973.

Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ says the name change is one of several things it’s doing to stay relevant to younger customers. It’s also simplifying its menu and adding dedicated mobile ordering lanes.

It’s not the first big-name restaurant chain to drop its main item from the name. In 2012, Domino’s dropped “Pizza” from its brand while updating its signature red, white and blue logo.

On the way

A national fast-food burger chain plans to open a new restaurant in Goose Creek.

Checkers and Rally’s will open in October at 1607 Red Bank Road. It’s a product of Omer Casurluk, Erdem Aydin and Mike Tillis, who were named “Developers of the Year” throughout the Checkers Rally’s system. They acquired 26 restaurants in 2017 and 2018 in the Atlanta, Augusta and Charleston markets and plan to increase that count to 40.

Also, on Monday Summerville resident Roshan Ayub will open his third Marco’s Pizza location in the Charleston area. The new restaurant can be found at 1001 Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville. He operates another Summerville location at 1585 Central Ave. and a North Charleston pizzeria at 9500 Dorchester Road.


Sonic Drive-In restaurants are being sold to a company that also owns Arby’s. File/Staff

Wheeling and dealing

A new owner is now at the wheel of Sonic Drive-In restaurants.

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire the 3,600-unit Sonic Corp. of Oklahoma City for $2.3 billion or $43.50 per share in cash. The deal includes the assumption of Sonic’s debt.

Sonic operates 12 locations in the Greater Charleston area. The merger is not expected to affect normal operations. Sonic will operate as a separate entity within Inspire and maintain its home base.

Inspire Brands’ portfolio includes more than 4,700 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco locations.

Arby’s has 13 locations in the Charleston region while Buffalo Wild Wings offers two. Rusty Taco does not operate in South Carolina.


Le Creuset’s factory-to-table sale returns to North Charleston this weekend for a third year. Provided

In the cook pot

Cookware maker Le Creuset is bringing back its factory-to-table sale for a third year this weekend.

The event is set for Friday through SundaySept. 28-30 at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. VIP shopping will be offered Thursday.

Each two-hour shopping session throughout the weekend will feature exclusive discounts on a wide selection of cookware, including limited-edition colors and rare shapes and styles. Tickets cost $10 for events on Friday and Saturday, and $25 for the VIP event on Thursday. Admission is free on Sunday with online preregistration required.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for students at The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College as well as funds for Palmetto Goodwill’s Culinary Kick-Start program for entry-level, on-site culinary training.

Hours are 4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The VIP event will offer early sale access, demonstrations, meet-and-greets with Charleston’s top chefs, live music, photo booth, drinks and bites.

Hospitality industry members will be offered exclusive deals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, with chefs and others in the field receiving an extra 15 percent off. ID’s, such as a business card or pay stub, and online registration are required.


Halloween is just over a month away and seasonal shops are starting to pop up across Charleston. Provided

Temporary haunt

Sears was once the retail icon that touted “Where America Shops.”

Now, it’s in the midst of a vanishing act, shuttering stores across the country as it continues to bleed revenue amid stiff competition in the big-box store business.

But its most recent darkened, empty shell in the Charleston area will soon see new life — at least temporarily.

The company’s former store at Citadel Mall in West Ashley, which closed in August, will be transformed into a Spirit Halloween pop-up shop starting in early October.

With 1,325 locations across the country, the seasonal retailer will offer costumes, decor and party accessories for children and adults.

The costumer store will occupy the entire 120,000-square-foot former Sears space, but only 12,000 square feet will be used for retail space.

The owners of the interior of Citadel Mall bought the 14.25-acre Sears building and parking lot earlier this year for $7.55 million. Future plans for the site have not been announced.

Spirit Halloween also recently leased 8,450 square feet in Center Oak Plaza at 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Leases for seasonal “pop-up” stores are usually short term and, for Halloween merchants, typically expire after Oct. 31.

Also moving into Citadel Mall are Reforge Charleston, a maker market offering classes in different creative fields in the Belk wing; Avis Budget rental car across from Planet Fitness; and custom printer GC Printing in the former Hat Shack space next to Atlantic Bedding and Furniture.

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The Pioneer Woman Has Released Her Own Instant Pot – Twin Falls Times

It’s officially fall, which means, at least in my house, that it’s also officially soup season. Or, let’s be honest, “throw a bunch of stuff in a Crockpot and hope it’s edible” season. While the Crockpot has long proved to be a useful tool, I’ve been dreaming about owning an Instant Pot for the last year. But I talk myself out of it because I don’t have the storage space and I don’t need yet another bulky cooking device sitting on my counter.

Now, however, thanks to Ree Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman, my Instant Pot woes are over. The Food Network star is expanding her collection of cookware to include two gorgeous Instant Pots that you won’t even want to hide when guests come over. Take a look:


Amazing, right?! I’m pretty sure I can never cook again without the one in teal.

The Pioneer Women Instant Pot is available exclusively at Walmart stores and on and comes in two vintage floral prints. It retails for $99 and features a 6-in-1 multi-use programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sautee function, steamer and warmer. It also has a delayed start button so you can put your meal together but cook it at a different time, and an automatic keep warm feature. Also included is a booklet of Drummond’s favorite Instant Pot recipes, including hard boiled eggs, spicy Dr. Pepper pork and chocolate lava cakes.


If you’re more into old-fashioned Crockpots, Drummond has you covered there, too. Her crockpots are also available at Walmart and come in four different designs. And if you’re heading to Walmart to do some shopping, also be sure to check out her new 2018 Christmas items, also now in stores!

Will you be picking up a new Pioneer Woman Instant Pot?

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Report: Silverware’s theft leaves two people facing larceny charges – Index

Two people are facing charges after a woman reported her silverware had disappeared, according to a report.

Bradley Ryan Juren, 28, and Tammy Jones Juren, 59, both of 220 Port Royal Drive, Ninety Six were arrested Tuesday and both charged with conspiracy, grand larceny greater than $2,000 and breach of trust, obtaining property under false tokens, value $2,000 or less.

On Aug. 7, Greenwood County deputies went to a Port Royal Drive residence and spoke with a woman who said she looked in her china closet drawer and noticed she had a sterling silver dinnerware set missing, along with several other pieces, the report said. She was able to provide a register number for the items, along with an estimated value.

Officers questioned a man about his involvement with the theft, but he denied it, saying that a friend who lived with him for some time could have stolen the items.

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Meet your new sous-chef: The food processor

Buy smart. If you’re going to buy a food processor, go big or don’t go home. Small models can be handy for prep work, but to get the most done, try for something that has a capacity in the range of 11 to 14 cups. That means you won’t have to empty the bowl as often, plus you’ll still get the shredding and slicing discs that are so helpful. Bigger machines, in addition to a higher capacity, have strong motors, which is key to such food as pizza dough.

And don’t worry about finding one with tons of features and accessories: As long as you have a process and pulse button, the slicing and shredding discs and the traditional blade, you’re all set. Sizemore said another nice but not make-or-break feature is snap-on bases and lids. Most machines are assembled by twisting on the bowl, blades and so on, but some work with a simple snap.

Then take good care of it — and yourself. It’s fine for food-processor bowls and lids to go in the dishwasher, but it’s best to hand wash your blade. (By the way, here’s your reminder about that Cuisinart blade recall from 2016, if you never took care of it.) Sizemore prefers using a brush, since a sponge can snag on the sharp edge. She also recommends not letting a dirty bowl sit around — it will be easier to clean before food cakes on and dries, and that way it’s not a burden hanging over you either.

Think about how to store your food processor and make it accessible. “I think that’s half the battle for people,” Sizemore says. “Make it easy on yourself to get to it.” In a perfect world, it would live on your counter, but we don’t all live in a perfect world with big kitchens. I divide my food processor to store it, leaving the heavy base in a cabinet under my counter for easy transport and placing the bowl, blade and discs on a higher shelf that I don’t mind reaching up to.

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This Universal Silicone Lid Fits Most Any Pot Or Pan, Banishing Kitchen Clutter In A Big Way

Although there may be a lid for every pot, good luck locating that lid in your cabinet. If you’re like me, kitchen cabinets are filled with several lids that don’t seem to fit anything. But with the universal silicone lid from Made In, those crowded cabinets may be a thing of the past. It’s a seriously clever invention that could help out tons of home cooks.

When Chip Malt Jake Kalick first launched the cookware company Made In, they interviewed hundreds of home chefs about kitchen challenges. Lids that clutter up kitchen cabinets were a top complaint. I totally get this, because there are at least five lids in my kitchen that don’t seem to fit anything in particular, but I hold on to them just in case the elusive pot or pan shows up. It’s annoying. So to address this issue, the founders of Made In spent a year designing ways to solve this common cooking complaint.

As a result, Made In launched the universal lid, which fits all the company’s stock pots and saucepans. In other words, you only need one lid for most all of this company’s cookware. As advertised, the lid has three circular lips (small, medium, and large) that are designed to fit every Made In pot and pan precisely. Basically, that means you can ditch all those irritating lids rattling around in the back of your cabinets for good.

Silicone Universal Lid


Made In

This lid fits all Made In stock pots, sauce pans, and saute pans. In fact, it fits all Made In cookware aside from the frying pans. The lid might also fit cookware manufactured by other companies, according to a company rep.

OK, but what if you don’t own the Made In line of pots? Well, the universal lid should work with any pot or pan that’s smaller than the diameter of the lid, as a rep from Made In tells Romper. So you can do some quick measuring to see whether the small (7.5″ diameter), medium (9″ diameter), and large (11″ diameter) inner rings just might fit the cookware you already have.

In addition, the ability to fit multiple pots isn’t this lid’s only claim to fame. Its combination of silicone outer and stainless steel inner materials is said to protect against warping. Also, the lid is designed to speed up your boiling time or keep food warm for a longer time.

Plus, the lid is constructed to behave well when it’s not actively being used for cooking. Designed for thinness, the lid can be stored away or even stacked up for easy storage. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe, which is the most important requirement I have for any kitchen utensils.

Courtesy Of Made In

A new direct-to-consumer company, Made In creates cookware specifically for the home chef. Made in America, their products are designed to function as well as other quality cookware at a lower price point. The website already offers a sizable collection of pots and pans for all your sautéing, boiling, and frying needs. Top it all off with the universal lid, and your cooking nights might be easier than ever.

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Once and For All, Here’s How to Create the Best Wedding Registry Possible

On top of planning the most fun-filled, personalized, totally-out-of-this-world wedding for your closest friends and family (no pressure), you and your soon-to-be-spouse have another major component to add to your checklist—creating your wedding registry (sigh). Debating between the black or silver toaster is not every couple’s cup of tea, but we come bearing good news—mapping out your wedding registry picks just got way easier.

Leading up to the holiday season engagement season, we partnered with Bed Bath Beyond to reveal the latest and greatest registry tips. To help out all newly engaged couples, the home shopping haven got the inside scoop, surveying wedding guests to discover what they look for most when purchasing registry items. The results revealed the top gift-giving trends that recipients (A.K.A. you and your S.O.) should abide by. So, to fully ensure that you and your partner are #HappilyRegistered, check out five things you should always keep in mind as you build your wedding registry.

1. Play Up the Excitement

If you’re not fired up about a piece on your registry, then chances are your guests will likely feel the same. And, let’s be honest, who wants to gift something that they’re not even excited about!? According to Bed Bath Beyond’s findings, guests enjoyed selecting items from the brand’s kitchen appliances, cookware, kitchen accessories, and bathroom essentials departments, so use this info to your advantage. Hellllooooo, Vitamix.

2. Vary Product Prices

As you peruse products to add to your registry, make sure that you keep your price points all across the board to accommodate every guests’ budget—specifically items within the $100 range. While it’s a no-brainer that each guest’s relationship to the couple correlates to how much he or she is willing to spend, surprisingly only 22% of gift givers are willing to drop $200 or more on a wedding gift from the registry. On the other hand, 49% of guests will buy gifts that cost $100 or less, and 29% of guests will spend an amount somewhere between the two.

3. Ensure Easy Pick-Up

Online shopping may be having a heyday at the moment, but don’t limit guest purchasing options to just the world wide web. The survey discovered that 64% of gift givers actually preferred buying registry items directly from the store. Your registry items should be easily accessible both online and from a brick-and-mortar location so that guests don’t have to go too far out of their way for your wedding present.

4. Go Beyond Furniture and Appliances

Dinnerware and a new set of bath towels are likely top priorities for your wedding registry, but Bed Bath Beyond challenges couples to veer into more nontraditional gifting territories. Think along the lines of power tools (your new IKEA furniture isn’t going to build itself!), that fancy electric toothbrush you’ve always dreamed of, or even tech toys, like an Amazon Echo. Going back to point number one, the more exciting the gift, the higher the chances a guest checks it off the registry.

See more: 6 Brides Reveal the Most Unique Thing On Their Wedding Registry

5. Keep Guests in Mind

Your registry should be a true reflection of yours and your future spouse’s needs, but your guests should also be factored in to your decision making. After all, they are the ones buying you said necessities in the first place. So, with that being said, ask yourself if your gift givers are more likely to go the standard route, or if something slightly unconventional would be more appropriate. While you might be considering an experience-related or honeymoon fund registry, the Bed Bath Beyond findings revealed that only 1 in 10 guests typically hop on this gifting trend. The majority of gift givers actually preferred sending the couple a physical present.

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