This Week in Print: Early business in Mount Pleasant

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014



It's fun to look back at the businesses that nestled into the growing Town of Mount Pleasant and the East Cooper area. Most of them were mom-and-pop operations, which we see fewer and fewer of these days. For example, there was a Family Book Store at 401 Coleman Blvd. that specialized in children's books, inspirational books and “made simple” and how-to books. The advertisements that graced the pages of the Moultrie News were mostly boats' addresses along Coleman Boulevard, which in the late 1970s was Mount Pleasant's main thoroughfare.

Buggy Bath Car Wash at 873 Coleman Blvd. was a full-service car wash and their slogan was “Take pride in your car's appearance.”

An Isle of Palms realtor, Lee Landrum also ran ads in the paper touting 21 years in sales and rentals for the East Cooper area.

Also neat to look back on were the movie reviews of the late 1970s. Art Cabot wrote about the production of “The Man Who Would Be King.” He called it an “epic spectacle of a history-which-might-have-been.”

Sean Connery starred in the movie with Michael Caine. At the time, Cabot called it the film most worth seeing in Charleston until “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” opened the following week in March of 1976.

There's also a little store that opened in 1977 that is still here today in The Common, its original location. A story ran about it saying, “What do you do when you can't find something you really need for your two-year-old on this side of the Cooper River? If you are George and Mary Beshere of Mount Pleasant, you just open your own specialty shop.”

That's how the Ragamuffin got its start.

The name came from George who “didn't want his little girl looking like a ragamuffin.”

Even in the late 1970s, citizens called the Grace Memorial Bridge the “Old Bridge.” As locals know, the name stuck.

And through the many years of its existence, it got a new coat of paint. A news article told the story of Capay Painting Company of New York being hired for the job and using 6,000 gallons of paint.

Also, 600 tons of selica sand was used for sandblasting purposes.

The article explained that the 15-man crew would work seven days a week, weather permitting for two months.

And lastly, a 1976 news article reminds us why the Moultrie News is celebrating our 50th anniversary.

In April of that year, an open house was held so that readers could meet the entire staff of the Moultrie News and learn about their new operating hours. Those new hours included being open on Saturday to make it more convenient for readers to drop off personal and other news items for publication in the Moultrie News, according to then publisher Charlie Diggle.

“We want to make the Moultrie News the best community newspaper in the entire state. But we need the help of each and every one of our readers to do so.” He went on to say that “no local news item is too small or too unimportant to be used in the Moultrie News.”

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. To submit news to the paper, email it to news@moultrienews.com.

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