09 March 2013

Belk Pop Up Shop - King St.

Belk, 341 King St., Charleston, S.C.
It hasn't been long since I walked King St. but there were so many changes this morning it was almost disorienting. Williams Sonoma has moved up the street to a shiny new space. Then, I passed this bright and colorful shop with excited people mingling about. I discovered it was a branch of Belk and was a short term "pop up" store featuring Cynthia Rowley now but will soon promote southern designers. I happened to be there when they made their first sale and the staff broke into applause. 
Post & Courier: Belk department store hasn’t been in downtown Charleston for years, but it will return March 9 for a three-week run as part of the Charlotte-based chain’s 125th anniversary celebration.
Belk will open a temporary shop called Belk @ 341 King at 10 a.m. one week from Saturday, and it will be open through March 31, according to Susan McWatters, Belk regional vice president.
It will feature designs by seven of the 15 winners in the chain’s Southern Designer Showcase competition, including those of dress designer Megan Masters of Mount Pleasant, as well as a line designed exclusively for Belk by Cynthia Rowley, who has a shop at 178 King St.
I asked two of the buyers - Dedra and Katie to pose for me. Good luck ladies! I am sure it will be a big hit.