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Shop Around: Several businesses giving Devine Street a new look

Changes are in the works at a number of Devine Street businesses as the holiday season approaches. Find a new look at a couple of old favorites and some new eateries opening soon.

Here’s what in store:

Pupcakes Pet Boutique and Bakery is expanding to include fresh-baked doggie treats. The store at 2732 Devine St. will stay open through the end of the year, owner Marie Lipton said, as it transitions to a new location at 625 Harden St. (in the former Three Dog Bakery).

The new store already is open, carrying pet supplies and special treats baked by Sherri Palmer. She makes birthday cakes, cookies and individual cakes for the pups, as well as a “Border Terrier cream pie” and petits fours.

But don’t worry about Rover packing on the pounds. All treats are nutritious, Palmer said, made with wheat flour and sweetened with honey or applesauce.

The new store also carries bagged dog food and eventually will have a party room.

Lipton said her Devine Street store is set off the street, and she wanted a space with better visibility.

“We decided this would be a good ‘spot’ to go into,” she said.

No pun intended?

Been missing Mo Mo’s Bistro? It’s back — with a new look and new pricing.

After five years in business, the restaurant closed in July to reinvent itself, according to spokeswoman LaJoia Broughton. Additional investors came in and did renovations on the inside, including adding TVs to the bar area.

Mo Mo’s remains “that warm touchy-feely where everybody knows your name-type restaurant,” Broughton said.

But she said menu offerings and prices also got a makeover. The tapas and wine lists have been expanded, entrees will be offered in half-portion sizes and the menu will change monthly.

Typical dinner prices will range from $19 to a maximum of $24, which is about $8 cheaper than before.

“The restaurant is very cognizant of the fact that the economy has hit everybody hard,” Broughton said.

The bar opens at 5 p.m., with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Sean Hanley will continue as manager, and much of the staff has returned, Broughton said.

Finleaf Gallery will host a grand reopening celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 after a three-month hiatus.

Owner Peg Averyt said it was “time for a little fix-up” after eight years in business at 2323 Devine St. She painted the rooms and created a garden room and a tapestry nook.

Averyt said she will start a new antique of the month feature, starting with an old-time French country pine table. She also has brought in some new jewelry, Christmas ornaments, handmade originals and gifts for women, men and babies.

The celebration will feature refreshments and entertainment by Ross Holmes.

Cantina 76 will open early next month — possibly as soon as Monday, according to some reports — in the old Birds on a Wire spot at 2901A Devine St.

According to its Facebook page, it will offer “a taqueria-based menu in a lively atmosphere.”

Mast General still deciding

Mast General Store has confirmed what we reported in July. The store has the old Lourie’s building on Main Street under contract, according to vice president of operations Fred Martin.

“It’s premature to say that Mast is coming to Columbia,” Martin said.

He said the small, employee-owned general store grows slowly and is weighing whether opening in Columbia is the right move.

Even if the Valle Crucis, N.C.based company goes through with the purchase, that doesn’t mean the store is a lock, he said.

Martin, a Summerville native, said Columbia’s downtown is going through some exciting changes and he is happy that people seem want Mast here.

He did not give a time-line for a decision.

Shop shorts

Rush’s will open its first new store in nine years at 51501 Sunset Blvd. in the Target shopping center by Feb. 1, said president Don Alcorn. It will be the West Columbia based restaurant’s ninth Midlands store and its second in Lexington. Alcorn said Rush’s is looking at other high-growth areas to possibly open more restaurants.

A holiday artisan sale is set for noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. About 15 artists will offer works for sale; admission and gift-wrapping are free. Call (803) 3432159

Hawthorne Pharmacy of Camden is expanding to Lugoff. The full-service pharmacy will open Monday at 814 U.S. 1 South in the Piggly Wiggly shopping center.

Pharmacist Kristie Cassidy and technician Patricia Jones will staff the store, which also will sell over-the-counter medications and medical supplies. Details: