One business is closing in downtown Aiken while another one has just opened.
Also, it appears Sports Cuts in the Publix shopping center has closed. The doors are shuttered, and the phone has been disconnected.
Shoe store Kicks of Aiken is closing its location in the Holley Building on Laurens Street after five years in business, and cafe La Dolce recently opened in the former Pitter Patter space.
“I am having another baby; I have a 4-year-old at home, and I live one hour away,” said Kicks of Aiken owner Kristi Till, who wants more time to spend with her family.
Till opened Kicks of Aiken, an offshoot of Kicks of Columbia, after hearing the Holley Building was being renovated.
The store has offered a wide selection of fashionable shoes, purses and accessories. Brand names include Emu, Restricted, Butter and Gentle Souls.
All inventory is marked down and everything, including furniture, must go.
“I want to let our customers know how appreciative we are that they hung with us for five years,” Till said.
She anticipates Kicks of Aiken will remain open for several more weeks. The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tea Master Lady Kelly MacVean, co-owner of LaDolce, said business has been booming since they opened their doors on Nov. 29. She opened the new cafe and bakery with her daughter, Executive Pastry Chef Kirstie MacVean.
“It’s been fabulous, absolutely fabulous,” Lady MacVean said.
MacVeen said many have complimented the teas, coffees and desserts the new business offers. Many have told MacVean that the business is something that was needed in Aiken.
“We’re just pleased to fill that role,” MacVean said. “We’ve gotten such great feedback.”
People have also been fascinated with the sign of the new business, which includes a coffee cup with steam rising from the top. MacVean said one child stopped and excitedly said it was like something he had seen in Disneyland.
LaDolce is located at 123 Laurens Street. Pitter Patter Children’s Boutique vacated that spot and moved down to 151 Laurens at the end of May.