Business has picked up steadily in the two months since Madres Mexican Restaurant opened its doors at 1001 Bacons Bridge Rd Unit C.

The restaurant’s strong start is the result of a friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and authentic Mexican food prepared by sisters Mariana Godinez LaRoche and Karen Godinez Butler.

LaRoche and her three sisters grew up making meals from Godinez’ family recipes- courtesy of their mother’s Guanajuato heritage. LaRoche worked much of her life in the restaurant industry, putting herself through college by working as a caterer or a server.

On a leap of faith, she left her successful career in accounting to open up the family’s first restaurant.

“It was always in the back of my mind to open a restaurant because that was my mom’s dream as well as ours,” LaRoche said.

Butler joined her sister in opening Madres. LaRoche said she hopes her two remaining sisters and parents will eventually take part in running the family business.

Madres stands out among other Mexican restaurants because of its vegetarian and vegan meals.

LaRoche said she wanted to keep the meals authentic but also healthy.

“Our rice is one example,” LaRoche said. “It is typically made with chicken broth but we just do a garlic/onion based rice to give it more flavor but also include everybody.”

In most Mexican recipes, beans are made with lard or bacon grease but the Godinez recipes use vegetable oil or olive oil.

Madres’ Mexican is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. To learn more about the restaurant, call 843-900-5425 or visit madresmx.com.

Polly’s Fine Jewelry recently opened a new location at Carnes Crossroads in Summerville.

The new location is located inside of the Shoppes at Carnes Crossroads, at 2511 N Main St Suite A.

Polly’s Fine Jewelry has been in the Charleston marketplace since opening its first location in North Charleston in 1986. Polly’s has been serving the Lowcountry with fine jewelry, watches, great customer service, and jewelry repair. This will be Polly’s third location with shops in North Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. Since 1986, Polly’s Fine Jewelry has been locally owned and operated by Polly and Richard Moore of Isle of Palms, SC and has grown to be the largest locally owned jeweler in the Tri-County.

The Summerville location offers the same quality and designer names found in the other two locations. The store is managed by Brenda Powell, a Summerville resident who has been with Polly’s for thirty years.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and have special holiday hours during the Christmas season.

Cutiepatootie Studio recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their photography studio at 103 Pointer Lane in Summerville.

The family-run photography studio offers a variety of backdrops, professional lighting, photo packages, digital merchandise, and monthly specials.

The family’s motto, “you dream it, we capture it,” encourages clients to bring their most creative ideas to the photo shoot.

For more information, contact the studio at; info@cutiepatootiestudio.com, or call 843-310-9008.