Upper King Ghost Town

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One of Charleston's favorite shopping districts is feeling the crunch of the economy. Yesterday New York-style boutique B’Zar announced that it will close its doors in February. High-end home goods store Nancy Koltes, a national chain, stands empty but for a few sale tables (see picture at left). Fair-trade shop Global Awakening also has a “store closing” sign on the front window. Max Jerome announced their closing at the end of 2008. As we nervously wait for who might be next, it’s hard not to wonder what will become of the Upper King Design District. If things continue on their current path, it might just turn back into the Upper King Bar District. For now, shop those closing sales and beg them not to go.

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