After two decades in its original location on Short Central, Summerville’s first cooperative art gallery is relocating to the Nexton Square.
Art Central Gallery is inviting community members to visit the gallery during Third Thursday on July 18 to celebrate the close of a chapter for the group.
Jan Dalton, president of Art Central, said moving to Nexton gives the gallery twice the amount of space, allowing the group to expand from 13 artists to 29. The extra room also means the gallery will have a large workshop room to offer classes and meetings.
“We can go forward with a whole new vision,” Dalton said.
The change will be bittersweet for Dalton. She said her involvement in downtown activities has been “dear to her heart” and she will miss the quaint shop on Central Avenue.
A company called Palmetto Gaming has leased the gallery’s former location.
A new business, Hippie Soul Boutique, has opened up next door at 120 Central Ave. The family owned Hippie Bohemian Shop offers natural remedies that focus toward essential oils and a range of Hippie Bohemian accessories and clothing.
Antiques and Artisans, located at 140 W. Richardson Ave., is closing its downtown location and consolidating into its other location at 619 Old Trolley Road.
Karl Duppstadt, co-owner of Antiques and Artisans, has experienced several medical issues in recent weeks that lead to the decision to consolidate the two locations.
Nina Belle’s Boutique has moved from its location on East Second Street to 114 W. Doty Ave. The shop carries a variety of clothes, jewelry, handbags, and accessories. Owner Selena Barfield also teaches piano lessons out of the space.