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Shop Around: New eateries, interior design shop come to Lexington

In a town where hundreds of new houses continue to be built each year comes a high demand for interior design work. And with all of the people who fill those homes, the need continues for some new places to grab some grub. Three new Lexington businesses are looking to find their own niche in the area’s growing market this fall.

Lexington interior designer Lisa Gissendanner is set to open her interior design shop, Inspire Interiors, on Sept. 8 at 5076 Sunset Blvd. in McCauley Square next to Travinia Italian Kitchen. In addition to interior design services, Gissendanner’s shop will feature home decor items such as lighting and window treatments, as well as a variety of gift items ranging from jewelry and candles to stemware and local artists’ work.

Literally next door to Inspire, Roly Poly Sandwiches is set to open on Sept. 16. Operating a Roly Poly will be nothing new for owners Rebekah Hilbish and her mom, Lisa Hilbish, who have operated the restaurant’s Columbia location at the corner of Sumter and Lady streets with Rebekah’s dad (Lisa’s husband), Dave, since 1997.

Across town, Lexington residents should be able to enjoy some fresh Dunkin’ Donuts and coffee by Halloween when the chain’s newest area location opens at the corner of U.S. 378 and U.S. 1, according to Carolinas Retail Partners broker in charge, Hance Jones.

The company has completed several other area Dunkin’ Donuts for the chain’s owner, New York-based The Beekman Group, including locations in Red Bank, Newberry, Sumter and several in Columbia. CRP is still looking for a co-tenant to lease the remaining 1,272 square feet of its Lexington Dunkin’ Donuts site.

Shop Around by Janet Jones Kendall brings you the latest information on new restaurants, shops and other retailers in the Midlands. Look for the column every Tuesday and Friday in The State and To submit an item, email Kendall at