New businesses open

The Gentry Place apartments are now officially open at 144 Aspen Way in Pickens. The spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments feature new appliances in an open kitchen, cozy living rooms and walk-in closets inside the primary bedrooms. For more information, visit Pictured are Bryan Owens of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce, Chris Clemmons of First Bank, Jerry Roberts, previous owner of the land, Hugh Latimer, Pickens City Councilwoman Lois Porter, Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Charlie Irick of Fitch Irick, Todd Latiff of S.C. Housing, Mike Osman of Steele Group Architects, Jay Bernstein of Fitch Irick and Will McCauley of Creative Builders.

The Porkette, also know as the Parkette, recently held the grand opening for its new, larger location at 103 W. Main St. in Pickens. The barbecue resturant and catering service is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, for dinner 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday for dine-in or takeout. Pictured are Tod Trusty, Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce’s Bryan Owens, Pickens City Councilman Isaiah Scipio, Katherine Chen, Beth Vlener, owner Chris Durham, Britany Chapman, Pickens City Councilwoman Lois Porter, Haley Collier, Brielle Adams and Hugh Latimer.

Shear Perfection by Patrice is now open inside Savvi Pet Accessories located at 129 W. Main St. in Pickens. Potential customers are invited to stop in and see all the grooming services Shear Perfection by Patrice has to offer dogs and cats, and while there, check out all Savvi Pet has to offer. To find out more about Shear Perfection, visit Pictured are Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Ryan Roper, Catherine Roya,  Corey Brown,  Laci Roper and Croft, Inari Granger, Jessica Diaz Cartagena, owner Nadya Granger, Wayne Kelly, Bryan Owens, Allie Winters and Pickens Police Chief Randal Beach.

Crafts Plus Events held its formal grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 21. Owner Diane Curry cut the ribbon on her new location at 305 E. Main St. in Pickens. Crafts Plus is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday hours starting this Sunday are Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Find Crafts Plus Events on Facebook for more information, special sales and events. Pictured are Pickens City Councilman Isaiah Scipio, Lynn Perry, Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Vicky Miller, Diane Curry, Terri Moore, Caroline Jones, James Webb and Joyce Diaz.