Southern Season Brings Bike Parking Front and Near Center

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The stretch of Coleman Boulevard that’s now home to gourmet retailer Southern Season is one of the area’s bike-friendlier blocks, with a clearly delineated bike lane and multiple bike racks on the south side of the street.

Until recently, though, Southern Season presented a cyclist’s quandary: The store tucked its bike rack behind the attached restaurant, in an area so isolated that a valet attendant this Sunday told me there wasn’t any bike parking available. “Starbucks doesn’t even have a bike rack,” he said in reference to the neighboring cafe, shaking his head sadly and offering to watch my bike if I propped it up against a picnic table in front of the store.

According to publicist Becky Tanenbaum, I may have shown up one day too soon. In an e-mail sent this afternoon, she writes, “They moved the bike rack to a more visible place two days ago.”

So take note, biking gourmands: The rack’s now “in front of the cooking school on the front side.” Sounds like you can’t miss it.

Southern Season Touts Daily Deals

sscoffeeGourmet retailer Southern Season today announced its daily promotion schedule for its new Mt. Pleasant location, set to open on Thursday, Sept. 5.

From Monday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Sept. 19, the store’s marking Mondays by serving up a free scone with the purchase of a large cup of coffee. On Tuesdays, orders placed by the end-of-day Monday will be delivered via courier to Charleston area addresses, free of charge. Wednesdays are free gift wrap days, and Thursday customers can get three deli sides for the price of two.

The grand opening celebration concludes with a Sunday, Sept. 22 bonanza featuring a Moon Pie-eating contest; a blindfolded jellybean flavor identification competition; a $10 lowcountry boil and a scavenger hunt for kids. If what you’re seeking is more information about the festivities, you’ll find it on Southern Season’s website.