Essential Mount Pleasant Shopping Centers, Part I

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Strip malls. Centres. Shoppes. Plazas. Whatever name you choose, there are a plenty of them — and a lot of gratuitous e’s — in Mount Pleasant. We’ve rounded up the MOST essential retail hubs that you totes gotta visit.

Here’s part I:

HOUSTON NORTHCUTT

VILLAGE POINTE
Star Tenant:
Harris Teeter … Hey, did you know there are SEVEN Harris Teeters east of the Cooper River? That is an actual fact.
Watering Hole: Starbucks
Good Eats: Is Moe’s technically in Village Pointe? Who knows! Ali Baba and China East complete a world of flavors, we guess.
Also Appearing: Minuteman Press (give them your printing business), Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, Rite-Aid
Fancy E:
Yes

PATRIOTS PLAZA
Navigating to Staples will have you saying, “Hey, parking here is not easy.”
Star Tenant:
 Whole Foods … Despite the nearby plethora of Harris Teeters, Whole Foods is forever the Official Grocery Store of Mount Pleasant. Side note: The average household income within a 1-mile radius of Patriots Plaza is $111,137 — almost enough to cover one Whole Foods run per month.
Good Eats: Graze, Aya Cookhouse
Also Appearing: Staples, Party Plan-It, Causey’s Barbershop
Fancy E: No

JOHNNIE DODDS BOULEVARD

THE PLAZA AT EAST COOPER
The prepositional usage makes no sense here. Neither did the decision to replace Pinz Bowling and More with an Aldi. =( … Interesting fact: The Plaza was also until very recently home of Radio Shack.
Star Tenant: The aforementioned Aldi.
Watering Hole: None
Good Eats:
Pattaya Thai (?)
Also Appearing: Firehouse Subs, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Pivotal Fitness
Fancy E: No

BI-LO SHOPPING CENTER
Star Tenant: Bi-Lo
Good Eats: Langdon’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, arguably Mount Pleasant’s fanciest restaurant.
Watering Hole: Collective Coffee, voted Best Mount Pleasant Coffee Shop — by the staff of RockandBrock.com.
Also Appearing: Golden Garden, NMotion (Not a boy band.)
Fancy E: Nah

QUEENSBOROUGH SHOPPING CENTER
Star Tenant:
The largest of Mount Pleasant’s three Publix. Also what is the plural of Publix?
Watering Hole:
Locals

Good Eats: The bomb sushi at Locals
Also Appearing: Clarey’s Liquors, Animal Eye Care Associates, Angels &Rascals
Fancy E: No, but they could have gotten away with one

ANNA KNAPP PLAZA/FAIRMOUNT SHOPPING CENTER
Owned by the same company and they’re adjacent, so they mutated into a Super Shopping Center.
Watering Hole: Tru Blue’s House of Wings
Good Eats: Probably five of Mount Pleasant’s top 15 restaurants: Congress, Kanpai, Cuoco Pazzo, Charleston’s CafeCinco Tex-Mex (should it ever open)
Fancy E: No, but there is a silent K

CRICKENTREE SHOPPING CENTER
One of innumerable smaller centers lining Mount Pleasant thoroughfares, Crickentree is home to arguably the best all-time pun-name retailer: Consigning Women & Men. Consigning Women! Could you imagine Julia Sugarbaker at a consignment shop? LOLZ. No, you could not. The 37-year-old shopping center was also once home to From Here to Maternity. Pun game is strong.
Star Tenant: I think we just covered that.
Watering Hole: None. RIP Village Tavern.
Good East: Five Loaves
Also Appearing: Eyecare Center of Mount Pleasant
Fancy E: No

NEW MARKET CENTRE/STUCKEY FURNITURE
Literally in the shadow the Bowman Road flyover. Once home to a Blockbuster Video.
Star Tenant: Stuckey Furniture
Watering Hole: None since Kickin’ Chicken moved to greener pastures. The e-cig store will have to do. (Aside: Are vape shop and e-cig store interchangeable?)
Good Eats: Asian Flavor, possibly.
Also Appearing: Nothing Bundt Cake (That pun takes the pie.)
Fancy E:  Yessir

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Play on, playas. Dick’s Sporting Goods anchors Bowman Place.

BOWMAN PLACE
Once considered as a location for Mount Pleasant Town Hall, a massive 2015 renovation saw the removal of a Soviet-era KMart and a Little Caesars. Alas, RIP The Keg Club.
Star Tenant: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Watering Hole: TBD
Good Eats:
Kairos Greek Kitchen from chef John Ondo of Lana fame seems to have real potential.
Also Appearing: Urban Cookhouse, MidiCi (coming soon), J. Crew Mercantile, Nordstrom Rack, DSW Designer Show (It’s a fancy strip, what can we say?)
Fancy E: 
Surprisingly, no

HIGHWAY 17 NORTH

WANDO CROSSING:
The parking lot features a main lane that bisects the entire blacktop from the entrance to the front door of Staples. Along the way is a seemingly unmitigated series of turnoffs and pull-through spaces. Anything goes!
Star Tenant: Walmart
Watering Hole: None
Good Eats: We’ll say the recently opened Jim ‘N Nick’s is nearby enough.
Also Appearing: Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Michaels, 5 Below (Also not boy band.)
Fancy E: No

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWN CENTRE
The retail behemoth of Mount Pleasant. Pro tip: The Mount Pleasant Police Substation there doesn’t sell hoagies, so don’t ask.
Star Tenant: Belk
Watering Hole: P.F. Chang’s (Ask my long-time associate Zach Wiegand about that. He is the Norm of P.F. Chang’s. Wiegand!)
Good Eats:
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Also Appearing:
Regal Palmetto Grande Stadium16 (fancy E!), Barnes & Noble, a bunch of high-class stores we probably can’t afford.
Other notes: Five (5) roundabouts up in there. … Hand sanitizer stations are denoted on all maps.
Fancy E:
Of course

SWEETGRASS CORNER
You might think this is part of Town Centre. You would be wrong.
Star Tenant: Bi-Lo
Watering Hole: Charleston Sports Pub
Good Eats: Tsunami, Taco Bell (Deal with it!)
Also Appearing: Thomas Family Barber Shop, Marco’s Pizza
Fancy E: No

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Epic sculpture. // Photo: AgentOwned Realty

MARKET AT OAKLAND
The sweetgrass basket monument is cool.
Star Tenant: Walmart
Good Eats/Watering Hole: Chains for days — East Bay Deli, Wild Wing Cafe, La Hacienda, Wasabi, McDonald’s, Jersey Mike’s, Pizza Hut and a Chick-Fil-A that absolutely prints money.
Also Appearing: At one point there was a Goin’ Postal location here. Who signed off on that name!?
Fancy E: No

NATIONAL CROSSING
Tenants include a bar, a gun store and an e-Cig depot.
Star Tenant: Palmetto State Armory
Watering Hole: Manhattan’s
Good Eats: Peking Gourmet … It’s the closest Chinese takeout to us and you could do worse.
Also appearing: Shear Madness, Accurate Chiropractic
Fancy E: What do you think?

LONGPOINT ROAD

BELLE HALL
Star Tenant: Yet another Harris Teeter.
Watering Hole: Dog and Duck
Good Eats: Restaurants seem to cycle out of here pretty quickly. The Granary, Pawley’s Front Porch, Hubee-D’s, Finn’s and more have all come and gone. (RIP Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.) There’s an Italian restaurant there. Is it good? Maybe!
Also Appearing: Wonder Works
Fancy E: I do declare