Petland will open a new store Feb. 16 at the Summerville Galleria shopping center.

The new store at 975 Bacons Bridge Road will feature a large selection of tropical fish, small animals, reptiles and kittens, as well as pet merchandise.

It will be in the former Burke's Outlet space, which moved last fall to 1215 Main St. in Summerville.

Founded in 1967, the privately held Ohio corporation operates stores in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, China and Mexico and will be opening its first store in Israel later this year.

Last chapter

The Learning Center, an educational materials supply shop in West Ashley since 1985, is closing. Owner Joe Del Collo Jr. said the final day for the 8,400-square-foot business at 2049 Savannah Highway is Thursday. Look for items up to 60 percent off. Fixtures are for sale, too.

The shop used to be in South Windermere Shopping Center but decided to move to a larger space in West Island Shopping Center in early 2008 before the financial markets collapsed that fall when the housing bubble burst.

Collo said the shop has struggled for the past four years, but sales tanked considerably in the last quarter of 2012, which led him to the decision to shutter the business.

Toning up

Fitness buffs in downtown Charleston now have a new place to get in shape.

Pure Barre opens today at 164 Market St. next to Leaf Cafe. It's owned by Jen Leitch and Jenn Vannatta. Pure Barre's other studio is in Mount Pleasant next to Whole Foods off Houston Northcutt Boulevard.

The ballet barre workout focuses on areas of the body women struggle with the most. It lifts seats, tones thighs and upper body and creates long, lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements. Look for opening discounts and class registrations. Go online at to choose a location or call 606-0559 for information.

On the easel

Over the Rose Art Studio & Gallery is open at Bohicket Marina on Johns Island.

The gallery includes works from painters, photographers and jewelers. It's co-owned by Donna Horack and Gail Barzman. The two-level loft also houses their studios and an art classroom for all ages with eight teachers offering workshops in oils, watercolor, collage, acrylics, iPhoto and more.

Go to for more information.

New adjustment

After practicing 12 years in Charleston with someone else, Dr. Evaline Delson has branched out on her own in a new chiropractic clinic.

Delson Chiropractic is open at 1119-A Wappoo Road in West Ashley. She specializes in gentle chiropractic, extremities and pediatric chiropractic.

Face time

Charleston Oral and Facial Surgery Inc. will open a third location Feb. 18 at 2080 Royle Road near Summerville. It will offer a full line of aesthetic services, as well as oral and facial surgery.

The center is the product of Drs. Edward R. Strauss and Aaron P. Sarathy. Other offices are at 125-C Wappoo Road in West Ashley and 8720 North Park Blvd. in North Charleston.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or