4th Sunday on King Street revenue helping barbecue business rebuild

4th Sunday on King Street revenue helping barbecue business rebuild
Published: Dec. 23, 2013 at 3:12 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2013 at 4:15 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of last minute shoppers enjoyed the warm weather Sunday on King Street in downtown Charleston.

The extra boost to the economy is helping a local business rebuild after a major loss.

"I just feel so much love today a lot of love," said Rodney Scott, owner of Scott's Bar-B-Que.

As crowds made their way up and down King Street, many also waited in line for Scott's barbecue pork.

Scott said, "We're traveling around the area trying to get the funds together to get us back up and running full strength."

The day before Thanksgiving part of Scott's business in Hemingway, South Carolina was destroyed by a fire.

"It takes a lot of revenue to get that up and going and we're trying to do this to raise money to get it started again," said Scott.

Scott partnered up for the day with Nick's Barbecue, a local business on King Street.

John Haire, owner of Nick's Bar-B-Q said "His hogs, his sauce out here on King Street. We're staffing it and serving some of our sides."

A section of King Street is usually closed to traffic every second Sunday but for December, holiday shoppers got to enjoy it three times.

"It's been the busiest one so far," said Haire.

Retailers also saw an increase in business.

"It's been pretty crazy in here. I've worked the last two Sundays and lots of foot traffic and good business," said Jillian Brooks, a sales associate at Palm Avenue, a women's clothing store.

Brooks and her coworkers kept busy most of the day.

Brooks said, "Lots of last minute shopping, people definitely put it off until the end."

With no cars to worry about shoppers had plenty of space to walk, eat and take in the interesting sights, from miniature horses to painting.

"We would sell them wet right off the easel," said Madeline Dukes a painter with the Jennifer Black studio.

Dukes says the great weather helped business.

"The crowds have grown exponentially," said Dukes.

The next 2nd Sunday event on King Street will take place January 12th from 1pm to 5pm.

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