New foodie business headed to Cottontown

A Taste of the South foodie gift shop is coming to Cottontown
A Taste of the South foodie gift shop is coming to Cottontown A Taste of the South

A Taste of the South is moving from its Broad River Road location to Cottontown.

The 30-year-old confections, treats and gift basket retailer is moving into the former Dunn Electric complex at 2222 Sumter St. in Cottontown, an emerging retail district along the North Main Street corridor. It will share the renovated building with Indah Coffee.

The store, which sells products both in-store and online, hopes to open around Valentine’s Day, president and CEO Elie Abikhaled said in a release.

“Cottontown is a great location, and this will be an exciting opportunity for us,” he said. “I was truly impressed with what Cason Development Group has done in attracting quality and unique local businesses and we are looking forward to joining the neighborhood.”

The new location will be both a bricks-and-mortar store and a packaging operation for its online business. The store also will offer a new line of gifts by local artists and artisans.

Cason Development Group purchased 2222 and 2238 Sumter St. in 2015 and redeveloped 2238 Sumter St. to house Indah Coffee and Circa Barber Shop. The two businesses opened in May 2017. The firm also is working to relocate Columbia Printing and Graphics into the space that adjoins the Indah building.

The 4,000 square-foot building at 2222 Sumter St. had housed a maintenance facility for Loomis Armored US, part of the international cash handling company.

Cason recently completed the redevelopment of the former Dave’s Transmission property at 144, 2146 and 2150 Sumter St. for new offices for its own home office, Seed Architecture, No BS Sales School, GrayFox Strategic and Citta del Cotone pizzeria. There is also space for another restaurant.