Business Briefs - September 24, 2015
Daniel Island resident joins Trident Technical College Foundation Board
Daniel Island resident Joe Capitan has joined the Trident Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Capitan, retired owner of Delta Engineering, will serve a three-year term on the board. Established in 1975, the Trident Technical College Foundation exists to advocate and raise funds for the college to support the region’s economy. The foundation assists the college by providing money for scholarships, equipment, professional development activities and other college initiatives. The foundation operates independently of the college as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
M. Dumas & Sons Celebrates $2 Million Renovation
Over the past few months, M. Dumas & Sons, Charleston’s iconic menswear retailer, has invested approximately $2 million into the renovation of its iconic King Street retail store and at the end of the month, will celebrate the completion of this endeavor. The renovation, which focused on the 8,400-square-feet of retail space on the building’s first floor, is the result of M. Dumas & Son’s CEO and third generation owner David Dumas’ desire to provide a fresh, updated look for customers, while preserving much of the building’s historic elements and the specialty store’s comfortable atmosphere. M. Dumas & Sons was established in 1917 and moved into its current King Street location in 1973.
M. Dumas & Sons will celebrate the completion of its renovation with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 25, with long-time Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Dumas. There will also be a series of public events and promotions beginning on Friday that will continue through the weekend for the general public.
Originally built in the late 1880s, the brick and mortar of the building indicates that it was erected following the great earthquake of 1886, with the 296 King Street building being slightly older than the 294 King Street building.
Updates that customers can experience include updated walls and apparel space, including sections where the building’s original interior brick walls are now visible, revealing 200-year-old bricks on the 296 building, and bricks that date back over 100 years on the 294 building.
The entire showroom floor has been replaced with reclaimed pinewood harvested from old barns in the Carolinas. The company also replaced all cabinets and fixtures with new, custom built ones. Additionally, the company is restoring the exterior awnings that were used beginning in the 1920s. The building’s historic freight elevator, one of the first in a commercial space in downtown Charleston, will also be restored to its original condition as the last step in the project. Many of the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems within the building were also replaced to complete the overhaul.