More changes are coming to the retail, food and beverage offerings in the airport while we are under construction.
On Saturday, May 9, Veranda News is scheduled to open in a pre-security location near the Ticketing Hall. The news, books and gift shop is modeled after Charleston’s City Market with bluestone floors, white painted bead board and exposed wooden ceiling trusses. The storefront has a graphic panel of famous Charleston landmarks.
By providing Veranda News and its unique Charleston design elements in contrast to other Hudson News locations, the travelers of the airport will experience the best of Hudson with the flair of Charleston ambiance and hospitality, said CHS General Manager Renee Davis-Gatlin.
Veranda News is also home to Discover Charleston, a collection of local and regional gifts and souvenirs that are oh so Charleston and come from a variety of visitor attractions and museum in the city. They include the Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place and the Moon Pie General Store. Regional food and beverage items include tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation and Benne Wafers.
At the same time Veranda News opens, the original Discover Charleston Store in the Central Hall will close.
On Sunday, May 10, the Bogchi Grill and Dunkin Donuts in the food court will close to make way for more renovation work. Dunkin Donuts will reopen later this year in Concourse B.
Food and beverages, including coffee, are available to passengers on the concourses. In addition, complimentary coffee is available at the Information Desk near Baggage Claim. Also in baggage claim near carousel No. 3 are a variety of vending machines filled with drinks, bottled water and snacks for passengers just arriving or for those people waiting to pick up arriving passengers. Vending coffee will be added in the coming weeks.
On or about May 15, the DeSano Pizza Bakery is scheduled to open on Concourse B.
DeSano Pizza Bakery will showcase Charleston’s food culture while paying homage to the city’s rich history in the shipping industry and the importation of specialties from around the world.
DeSano, with a restaurant in downtown Charleston, is a local favorite with a national following and offers authentic Napoletana pizza handcrafted on-site and baked to perfection in 90 seconds.
The open integrated design includes a focus on the dramatic pizza ovens while the décor is comprised of the authentic ingredients used in making pizza, including large bags of flour, cans of colorfully labeled San Marzano tomatoes, bottles of glistening sea salt and olive oil, and of course, lots of leafy greens.
In June, Harvest and Grounds Bakery and Coffee will open its pre-security location across the hall from Veranda News. Harvest & Grounds will provide a place for a quick stop for hurried CHS travelers with the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and pastries, salads and sandwiches to entice. Unlike other national coffee chains serving their own brands of coffee, Harvest & Grounds Bakery will use Charleston roaster King Bean Coffee Roasters, which has been providing “coffee for the culinary South” since 1994.