3rd restaurant opens in Mount Pleasant center this year; Charleston clothing shop to open | Business

A Florida-based restaurant chain now offers two locations in the Charleston area and is the third new dining venue to set up shop in a Mount Pleasant shopping center this year. 

Maple Street Biscuit Co. opened Tuesday at 996 Queensborough Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center near U.S. Highway 17 and Anna Knapp Boulevard. It follows Paisano’s Pizza Grill, which opened earlier this year, and Groucho’s Deli, which opened in the fall.

Maple Street’s specialties include freshly made biscuits, never-frozen chicken and newly ground beans every day for fresh coffee. Full-plate offerings are on the menu as well.

Owned by Sandy Powers, it’s open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Richard Starling will oversee the new location.

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Maple Street previously opened is at 1739 Maybank Highway in the Harris Teeter-anchored James Island Center.

Jacksonville-based Maple Street has 41 restaurants in seven Southern states, including two Upstate locations in Simpsonville and Greenville.

Portal on St. Philip St.

Tina Heath-Schuttenberg will open a new vintage clothing shop called Portal at 189 St. Philip St. on the Charleston peninsula on Dec. 10. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Vintage threads

A new vintage women’s apparel shop is opening in downtown Charleston.

Portal will offer pre-owned threads in a 1,023-square-foot shop at 189 St. Philip St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s scheduled to open Dec. 10.

Tina Heath-Schuttenberg, co-owner of James Island restaurants Kwei Fei and Micho, said she has been walking past the site for the past five years and dreaming of opening her own clothing store.

“I come from a retail background with my history spent as a buyer and merchandiser for a quirky mix of high/low brands (such as) Buffalo Exchange, Zac Posen, The Plaza Hotel and Dean & Deluca,” she said.

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During the past few years, she and her husband and business partner David Schuttenberg worked to create the two restaurants at Charleston Pour House on Maybank Highway, which she said kept her busy.

“The stars finally aligned, and I’m making the move back to my first love of retail,” Heath-Schuttenberg said.

Portal, she said, will be a buy-sell-trade-rental concept for vintage threads. She also plans to include contemporary brands. With an all-inclusive size range, she says clothing styles from edgy to demure will come in “an odd mix” that will be offered at an “affordable luxury price point.”

The shop also plans to offer curbside pick-up service and appointments for those who might need a safer shopping experience during the pandemic. All selling and trading will be done by appointment.

SAS Shoes

SAS Shoes recently reopened on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. It closed earlier this year when the former owners retired. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Stepping back in

A shoe store that closed earlier this year in West Ashley is now open again.

SAS Shoes can be found at 1755 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., at the same address it occupied previously.

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USC women’s basketball vs College of Charleston score, recap

After an eight-month, COVID-19 induced break, South Carolina women’s basketball is back. The Gamecocks didn’t miss a beat, rolling to an easy 119-38 win over College of Charleston to open its season Wednesday.

Returning three starters and every key reserve from last year’s SEC championship squad, preseason No. 1 USC overwhelmed the thoroughly out-matched Cougars squad in a Colonial Life Arena reduced to 3,500 capacity and significantly altered to implement coronavirus protocols.

The 119 points are the most ever scored by USC under coach Dawn Staley and tied for third most in program history. The victory, by the second-largest margin in program history, also extends the team’s program-record winning streak to 27 games.

“Each year, everybody’s growing, so it’s going to get better and better each year,” sophomore guard Zia Cooke said of the offensive outburst. “And I think we’re a very quick team, and we got so much in store. I’m not going to give away everything we’ve got, but you’ll see down the line.”

All 11 Gamecock players scored, with seven reaching double figures, led by 19 from junior forward Victaria Saxton and 18 from Cooke. Saxton also pulled down 12 rebounds, tied for the team lead, and blocked a game-high five shots. Sophomore forward Aliyah Boston, freshman forward Laeticia Amihere and senior guard LeLe Grissett all recorded double-doubles as well.

3 Observations

1. Never in doubt

After practicing nonstop since July, Staley said her team was eager to finally face an opponent. The Gamecocks quickly went to work, with junior guard Destanni Henderson scoring the game’s first points in five seconds. From there, they were off to the races, as College of Charleston missed its first 16 field goal attempts and USC jumped out to a 24-3 lead.

“It felt really great to get back on the court,” Saxton said. “We’re all excited to finally get back to playing. COVID messed a lot of things up for everybody, not only us, but it’s really exciting to get back on the court and just to get the feeling of playing the games.”

The lead hit double figures within four minutes and never dipped below 40 in the second half. Carolina had 50 points with 3:26 to play in the first half, 75 with 6:47 left in the third quarter and 100 with 7:46 still to play.

2. Paint dominance

Charleston’s tallest starter stood just 6-foot-1, and the much-larger Gamecocks imposed their will in the paint, scoring 74 of their points there. They also collected 23 offensive rebounds compared to 10 defensive boards for Charleston for an staggering offensive rebounding rate of 69.7%.

3. A little hiccup

If there’s one area for Staley to harp on moving forward, it will likely be South Carolina’s turnovers. The Gamecocks lost four-year point guard Tyasha Harris to graduation after last season. In her place, Henderson and sophomore Zia Cooke both scored plenty and showed flashes of passing brilliance — a behind-the-back feed from Cooke on a fast break was particularly impressive —

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North Carolina vs. Charleston odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, predictions from proven model

Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels begin their 2020-21 campaign with an interesting matchup on Wednesday evening. North Carolina hosts the Charleston Cougars at the Dean Smith Center. The Tar Heels enter the season with a top-20 national ranking, though the sledding will not be easy. Charleston is one of the better programs in the CAA, and the Cougars posted a 17-14 record in 2019-20. 

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET in Chapel Hill. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Tar Heels as 17-point home favorites, holding steady from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 143 in the latest North Carolina vs. Charleston odds. Before you make any Charleston vs. North Carolina picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model has set its sights on North Carolina vs. Charleston. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Charleston vs. UNC:

  • UNC vs. Charleston spread: North Carolina -17
  • UNC vs. Charleston over-under: 143 points
  • UNC vs. Charleston money line: n/a
  • UNC: The Tar Heels were 6-15 against the spread as a favorite in 2019-20
  • CHAR: The Cougars were 5-5-1 against the spread in non-conference games last season

Latest Odds:

Tar Heels

Why North Carolina can cover

The Tar Heels are the more talented team in this matchup, even after a disappointing 2019-20 season and the loss of Cole Anthony to the 2020 NBA Draft. North Carolina is led by preseason ACC player of the year Garrison Brooks, with the 6’10 senior bringing experience and production. Brooks averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior, shooting an impressive 53.5 percent from the field. 

From there, sophomore forward Armando Bacot is a dynamic player for North Carolina, averaging 9.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in a supporting role last season, and Bacot is in line for an uptick in usage. With an infusion of freshman talent and a high-end coach in Williams, the Tar Heels project as an above-average unit on both ends of the floor. 

Why Charleston can cover

Charleston can’t match North Carolina in terms of prospect pedigree, but the Cougars do have a cohesive, talented roster. Senior guard Brevin Galloway is the team’s leading returner, averaging 11.3 points per game last season. Galloway was a second-team All-CAA selection in the preseason, and Zep Jasper is a solid complementary piece in the backcourt. 

In addition, Charleston received a welcome transfer in Payton Willis, who arrives from Minnesota. Willis began his college career at Vanderbilt, playing two seasons, before transferring to Minnesota and averaging 8.9 points while shooting 36 percent from

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