Tooting Egret closes after 14 months in business in Beaufort

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Tooting Egret closes after 14 months in business in Beaufort

By ERIN MOODY
emoody@beaufortgazette.com
Published Friday, June 8, 2012   |  448 Words  |  

Three businesses are closing their doors today, 14 months after they opened in the former firehouse in downtown Beaufort.

The Tooting Egret boutique, The Bistro and the Fiori floral arrangement shop opened in about April 2011 at 706 Craven St. All are owned by Beaufort resident Annie Ballance.

The Tooting Egret was named after a bird she nursed back to health after finding it with a broken wing. Ballance said she knew the bird would survive after it let out a "toot" one day.

The businesses collaborated, sharing an entrance to the firehouse, where customers could come in for food and drink or to buy antiques, odds-and-ends or flowers.

Ballance said that despite support from the community, the business "just would not go," and she was unable to make a profit. She is keeping the restaurant equipment intact in the building in the hopes another business will open there. She will focus on her interior-design business for now, she said.

Everything at the businesses is on sale for 75 percent off, and Ballance said she will close at about 3 p.m. today.

Details: Fiori, 843-521-4500; The Bistro, 843-521-4507; The Tooting Egret, 843-521-4506

In other news about town:

  • The Beaufort Eye Center has opened at its new location, the former Friendly's Restaurant at 1664 Ribaut Road. The clinic is owned by Dr. Jane Kokinakis, and the new facility provides more space than the previous building at 1813 Richmond Ave. The new location opened June 1.
  • Renovations are under way at the Lighthouse Deli & Cafe, 81 Sea Island Parkway, Lady's Island. The restaurant closed in late November after only a few months in operation. Owner Robert de Treville said his son is returning to town and intends to open another eatery in about two months. Details are still in the works.
  • The opening of Smokin' Planks in the former Olde Town Coffeehaus, 914 Paris Ave., Port Royal, is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of July. Owner Larry Plank has spent the last few months renovating the building and adding a room for smoking fish.
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