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South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme - high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in James Island, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.

With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.

We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren't 100% satisfied with our work, we'll do our part to make it right.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • We have been serving clients in South Carolina since 1983 - before many of our clients were even born!
  • We provide a wide range of HVAC services for both heating and air conditioning.
  • We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and services at affordable prices.
  • As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the best HVAC units available.
  • We are members of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
  • We are members of our local Chamber of Commerce and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

If you need a trusted AC repair company in James Island, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

Air Conditioning Repair in James Island, SC

Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know - having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.

In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it's time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn't matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought - we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.

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Here are just a few of the AC issues that our talented team can help solve for you:
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Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner's components.

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Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment's ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.

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Heater Keeps Running

This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to "auto." If that doesn't work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

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Burning Odors

It's normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn't been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.

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Broken Air Conditioning Compressor Fan

This fan plays an important role in your AC unit's heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won't be able to cool your home off in the summer when it's needed the most.

Our Special Offers

One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.

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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don't ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you're in good hands.

Air Conditioning Install in James Island, SC

Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.

If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.

At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn't have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in James Island.

Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.

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Common Signs That You Need a New AC Install in James Island, SC

Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, "that sounds like my AC unit," it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.

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Strange Noises

Almost all air conditioners make a bit of low-level noise as they warm up and turn off. However, if you hear loud, unusual noises, it might be a sign that your air conditioner's time is coming to an end. Buzzing and rattling noises are often indicators of a loose part. Grinding and whistling noises may mean something more serious is happening. Because these issues won't dissipate over time, it's crucial to have your air conditioner examined if you hear loud, strange noises.

Frequent Repairs

James Island AC repair is essential for keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense from a cost perspective to install a replacement system. This is especially true if your repairs are racking up. Some AC experts suggest using the "$5,000 rule" if you're considering a new AC install. Simply multiply the age of your air conditioner by the costs you have been paying to repair your unit. If that amount is over $5,000, it may make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner rather than pay for expensive repairs throughout the year.

Higher Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill has significantly increased in price, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit is struggling to cool your home effectively. Try to be mindful of your air conditioner's cooling cycles. If you notice frequent cycles, even in the summer, it could be the reason for your increased energy bill. In these cases, it's best to have an expert test your system to see if a repair or replacement option is best for your family.

Age of Air Conditioning Unit

This sign is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to tell if you need to install a new AC system. On average, your HVAC unit will have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and doesn't have the "pizzaz" that it once had, it might be time to think about installing a new air conditioning unit.

R-22 Refrigerant

Old air conditioners usually require a type of refrigerant called R-22. This substance is very harmful to the environment and has been all but outlawed on newer HVAC systems. If your AC unit is old enough to require R-22, you should give serious thought to replacing your system with a newer, environmentally friendly solution.

Call Action Heating & Air Conditioning Today!

Over our 35+ year history, we have built our reputation on honesty, skilled workmanship, and reasonable pricing. If you are on the hunt for the highest quality air conditioning repair in James Island, SC, give our office a call today.

Call us at 843-890-0532

Protecting Your Investment

Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in James Island, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn't grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.

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If you're having second thoughts about purchasing an extended warranty, consider these points:
  • Generally speaking, HVAC equipment lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, warranties provided by the factory will often expire before the service life of your cooling unit is over. With an extended warranty, your indoor comfort system is covered even if the factory warranty expires.
  • Having an extended warranty on your AC system gives you the chance to project and plan for any HVAC costs. This helps you balance your budget and anticipate expenses so you aren't caught off guard. Having a warranty will also help protect your budget against increases in labor and parts costs due to inflation.
  • If you're thinking of selling your home, having an extended warranty may help raise your home's value. You may also be able to transfer your extended warranty to your new home if you choose to do so.

Latest News in James Island, SC

James Island residents express concern over proposed development filling wetlands

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - People who live on James Island are rallying together and encouraging an email campaign against a development off of Folly Road and Grimball Road Extension.The development would build 68 townhomes, 5 workforce units and commercial space. It would also allow for filling in 0.23 acres of freshwater non-tidal forested wetlands.Greg Payton lives on Donnie Road, right off of Grimball Extension. His family has lived in the home and community for more than 100 years. The proposed development would back up t...

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - People who live on James Island are rallying together and encouraging an email campaign against a development off of Folly Road and Grimball Road Extension.

The development would build 68 townhomes, 5 workforce units and commercial space. It would also allow for filling in 0.23 acres of freshwater non-tidal forested wetlands.

Greg Payton lives on Donnie Road, right off of Grimball Extension. His family has lived in the home and community for more than 100 years. The proposed development would back up to his home. He says he is worried about a lot of things, including stormwater runoff and traffic.

“They want to fill in the wetlands, and they’re going to have to cut down some trees, so if it rains, where is the water going to go? It’s going to come on our families, it’s going to be in our backyards and we’re going to be flooded under,” Payton says.

He also has concerns about how the amount of people moving in would affect traffic and the livability of his neighborhood.

“I say each unit is two cars, that’s 140, where are they going?” Payton asks “People have to go to work in the morning, how long will it take for people to come down Grimball Road Extension?”

He says he wants to attend a public hearing about the plans.

“We want to make sure that if they are going to build something, that they do it correctly,” Payton says.

The applicant developers are requesting to fill a little less than a quarter of an acre of wetlands. That filling would not have “a substantial adverse impact,” according to an Army Corps of Engineers initial study. The study found the filling would have ‘no effect’ on any federally endangered or threatened species.

The applicant is asking to fill .2 acres to construct a commercial parking lot and the other .03 to install a stormwater drainage structure, according to a June 24th, 2022, Army Corps of Engineers’ notice.

The report says the applicant will preserve the remaining .75 acres of wetlands to compensate for any impacts.

The Army Corps of Engineers is taking comments on the project through Monday, July 11. Operators of the ‘Save James Island’ Facebook page are encouraging people who are opposed to sending an email reading in part:

“I oppose the filling of any wetlands (no matter how ‘small’)…this historic area is plagued by flooding and drainage issues, and the preservation of natural wetlands and trees are our best and least-costly defense. Pleas hold a public hearing so the Army Corps of Engineers has ALL of the information, including the voice of the people who live here.”

The applicant appeared before Charleston City Technical Review Committee in April and is working to resolve some of the comments before coming back with a revised plan for the development.

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Lawsuits over Charleston condos’ construction issues block owners from refinancing

Many Charleston-area condominium complexes have been in lawsuits over construction defects, and for some owners and potential buyers that’s meant missing out on super-low mortgage rates.Linzie Davis is one of those condo owners. In 2021 she expected to finally secure a low-interest mortgage on her condo at The Peninsula on James Island.Mortgage interest rates were near record lows, and Davis wanted to replace an adjustable-rate mortgage that had been her only option when she bought her home in 2017 due to ongoing litigati...

Many Charleston-area condominium complexes have been in lawsuits over construction defects, and for some owners and potential buyers that’s meant missing out on super-low mortgage rates.

Linzie Davis is one of those condo owners. In 2021 she expected to finally secure a low-interest mortgage on her condo at The Peninsula on James Island.

Mortgage interest rates were near record lows, and Davis wanted to replace an adjustable-rate mortgage that had been her only option when she bought her home in 2017 due to ongoing litigation.

By 2021, the 300-condo complex on Daniel Ellis Drive had been through two lawsuits over construction defects. Davis thought that was all in the past, and was assured by the complex’s management company that there was no litigation going on. She applied for a 30-year mortgage when average interest rates were around 3 percent, and she locked in her rate in November.

Unbeknownst to Davis, her condo association had filed another lawsuit, and when her lender, SouthState Bank, learned that in January, they declined to process her loan.

“We totally missed the boat,” Davis said. “I had all these emails from (the condo) association saying there was no litigation.”

The issue is, most banks write mortgage loans and then sell them to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federally created entities that buy mortgages so that banks will have more money to loan. And Fannie and Freddie won’t buy loans for properties in litigation.

In the six months since Davis’ loan was rejected, mortgage interest rates have nearly doubled. The adjustable rate mortgage Davis currently has is set to change in 2024, with a potential interest rate as high as 9.125 percent, and her monthly payments could soar.

While Davis’ experience — being incorrectly told that there was no litigation involving her condo complex — may be unusual, the inability to get a fixed-rate mortgage is a problem facing anyone who owns or hopes to buy a condo that’s involved in a lawsuit.

For condo owners, it makes sense to sue when buildings are found to have construction-related defects because someone will have to pay to repair them. Lawsuits can take years, though, and while they’re going on, the owners and potential buyers find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a conventional mortgage loan.

“The problem is the existence of the suit,” said Brian Beatty, a top Charleston area real estate agent with a weekend radio show on WTMA-AM. “On one hand, they are doing it for the benefit of the owners, but the inability of financing reduces the potential buyers.”

Beatty had his own condo-in-litigation experience, and it illustrates how prices can plunge and rebound.

He bought a condo at Point James on James Island as an investment before the Great Recession. Construction defects spurred a lawsuit, housing prices tumbled during the recession and Beatty said he watched his $140,000 condo become worth about $40,000.

Later, he said, the litigation was resolved and the housing market recovered, and he was able to sell it this year for $188,000.

Dozens of Charleston-area condo and townhouse developments have been in litigation, some of them more than once. Most cases have involved water intrusion due to improper window and porch construction, sometimes leading to mold and termite issues, or even life-threatening structural problems.

Repeat lawsuits have typically involved disputes over the quality of repairs done to fix the construction defects that spurred the original litigation, as is the case with The Peninsula.

Pelican Pointe, another James Island condo complex, is among those that have gone back to court and is still in litigation.

Owen Tyler, broker-in-charge at The Cassina Group, said there’s no easy way to learn which condo and townhome complexes may be in an active lawsuit without looking up court records. Sellers are required to disclose such litigation, but such disclosures only come after an offer has been made.

Beatty said condo-shoppers should look for real estate agents who have been working in the area long enough to be familiar with the history of condominium complexes.

For potential buyers, condos and townhomes are some of the most affordable options for home ownership — but only if mortgage loans are available.

For condo owners including Davis, litigation has meant having to watch in frustration as super-low mortgage interest rates came and went.

For someone borrowing $200,000 for 30 years, the difference in monthly payments between a 3 percent interest rate and a 6 percent rate is $356 — more than $4,270 extra every year.

At least for condo owners, litigation has a potential upside: the prospect of winning large settlements to pay for repairs that the owners would otherwise have to fund.

At Pelican Pointe, for example, the owners of all 84 condos were asked in 2019 to pay nearly $60,000 each to fund repairs including termite damage that prompted a city-ordered temporary evacuation. A lawsuit related to the termite damage, and a lapsed termite insurance contract, is ongoing.

Charleston County court records show The Peninsula condos were in litigation over construction defects from April 2006 to March 2011, resulting in a more than $10 million settlement.

From November 2014 to April 2018, the condo association and two companies involved in repairs were defendants in a suit brought by several condo owners, which was dismissed with undisclosed terms. And in September the condo association sued companies and insurers involved in the repairs that followed the 2006-2011 litigation.

“It’s kind of a unique situation,” said Charles Hipp, chairman of The Peninsula’s HOA board.

Hipp said he was unwilling to discuss the lawsuit that caught Davis by surprise because he was upset about unspecified aspects of previous reporting about The Peninsula’s problems.

In 2018, The Post and Courier reported that the residents of 19 condos there were ordered to temporarily evacuate just days before Christmas after structural engineers discovered damage that Charleston city officials said posed “an immediate threat to public safety.”

Hipp, whose company sells and rents real estate including condos at The Peninsula, said that despite the latest litigation complicating mortgage availability, condos are selling briskly.

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With the 41st annual Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch just around the corner, we thought we would share a reminder that there were AMA Youth and Amateur Nationals before Loretta Lynn's Ranch was ever a thing. The races moved around from year to year, and stopped at tracks like Carlsbad Raceway, Baja Acres, Brownsville City Park, Freddy Van's, the old Hangtown at Plymouth, and more.

During the COVID-19 shutdown we worked on sourcing as many of those old results and events as we could, with the help of past amateur greats like Ferrell McCollough, Troy Bradshaw, Jimmy McCaffery, and even David Bailey. Here are the results we were able to gather so far.

Pre-Loretta lynn's Results





Rolling Hills Cycle Park. Reidsville, NC August 29-30, 1981

125cc Schoolboy (12-15)

100cc Schoolboy (12-15)

85cc Modified (12-14)

85cc Stock (12-14)

85cc Modified (7-11)

85cc Stock (7-11)



Spring Creek Raceway, Millville, MN





Luzerne Park, Brownsville, PA

51cc (6-8)

65cc (7-11)

85cc (7-11) Stock

85cc (7-11) Modified

85cc (12-14) Stock

85cc (12-14) Modified

100cc Schoolboy

125cc Schoolboy

Plymouth, California







0-85cc Stock (7-11)

0-85cc Modified (7-11)

0-85cc Stock (12-14)

0-85cc Modified (12-14)

100cc Schoolboy

125cc Schoolboy

Atlanta International Raceway. Hampton, GA October 8, 1978

500cc Class



0-65cc (7-11)

0-85cc (7-11)

0-85cc (12-14)


100cc Schoolboy




High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, PA

0-65cc (7-11)

0-65cc (12-15)

0-85cc (7-11)

0-85cc (12-15)


100cc Schoolboy

65cc 7-11

65cc 12-15

85cc 7-11

85cc 12-15


100cc Schoolboy

Carlsbad Raceway. Carlsbad, CA October 17, 1976




Baldwin Motocross Park. Baldwin, Kansas




August 30-31, 1975. Freddy Van’s Cycleland. Pittsburg, Kansas





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Planet Fitness to open 7th Charleston site in former Bi-Lo; new eatery coming to Mt. Pleasant

A new fitness center soon will open in part of a former James Island grocery store, just a few doors down from a competing gym.Planet Fitness plans to add a seventh Lowcountry location in the former Bi-Lo supermarket space at 860 Folly Road. On the opposite end of the shopping center is O2 Fitness.Demolition of the former grocer’s interior is underway, and the gym plans to occupy 25,000 square feet of the 64,538-square-foot building on the east side, according to ...

A new fitness center soon will open in part of a former James Island grocery store, just a few doors down from a competing gym.

Planet Fitness plans to add a seventh Lowcountry location in the former Bi-Lo supermarket space at 860 Folly Road. On the opposite end of the shopping center is O2 Fitness.

Demolition of the former grocer’s interior is underway, and the gym plans to occupy 25,000 square feet of the 64,538-square-foot building on the east side, according to Mark Hoffman, director of development for New Jersey-based Garden Communities, which has owned the 4.5-acre retail center since 1994.

The new workout site is expected to open by October, Hoffman said. A lease has not been signed for the remainder of the building.

“I have two prospects that have expressed interest,” Hoffman said.

He declined to name them, but said both are retailers and the remaining 40,000 square feet will likely be occupied by one tenant to avoid any additional new wall separations.

“It will be a nice complement to what’s there now,” Hoffman said.

It’s unlikely to be another grocery store.

“I’m not talking to one now,” Hoffman said.

He believes a new tenant could sign a lease as early as the fall.

“Once one starts moving along, the others want to jump in,” Hoffman said.

The opposite end of the shopping center, where O2 Fitness and PetSmart operate, are owned separately by an affiliate of Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development of Charleston.

Planet Fitness has other Charleston-area locations in Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville and West Ashley.

The Bi-Lo store was one of the last two in the Charleston area to close in April 2021 after parent company Southeastern Grocers of Jacksonville decided to shelve the brand. The other store that closed on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley is now Palmetto State Armory.

What’s cooking?

A new business is headed to a former restaurant in East Cooper.

Lacey’s Take Away plans to open in part of the former Liberty Tap Room & Grill at 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Lacey Lauterio and Mark MacGillivray will operate the healthy grab-and-go concept. Beer and wine also be available.

MacGillivray said the new venue could be operational in two or three months and will be open daily.

The former restaurant site sold in July 2021. Renovation work is now underway.

Mark Volkmann, CEO of MassageBook, a massage-industry version of the online restaurant-booking site OpenTable, bought the 10,051-square-foot building overlooking a small pond next to Chick-fil-A for $3.2 million.

At the time of the purchase, Volkmann said he planned to convert a portion of the former main dining space and bar near the water to office space and leave the kitchen and other restaurant space available for a culinary tenant.

The vacant restaurant is near Anna Knapp Boulevard and the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center. It’s has been mostly idle since the spring of 2019, after operating for 10 years as Liberty Tap Room. Previously, the building was home to TBonz Gill & Grill for 13 years.

On the way

A fast-growing pizza chain plans to add a 12th location in the Lowcountry by the fall.

Marco’s Pizza plans to open in November at 2826 U.S. Highway 52 in the developing Moncks Corner Marketplace near Cypress Gardens Road.

Franchise owner Roshan Ayub will operate the new pizza site. He owns seven locations in the Lowcountry, and franchisee Mark O’Driscoll owns four.

Marco’s plans to continue to expand in the Charleston market.

The shopping center, developed by Branch Properties of Atlanta, will be anchored by Publix supermarket, which has not announced an opening date.

Dog & Duck restaurant also recently leased 2,940 square feet in the new retail center. An October opening is planned.

Gassing up

A new convenience store and gas station is in the works for Mount Pleasant.

Tempe, Ariz.-based Circle K plans to build a new location on Long Point Road at Wando Park Boulevard.

The site originally was purchased in 2007 by The Pantry convenience store chain of Cary, N.C., for $2.1 million, but it never developed the property. In 2015, Quebec based Alimentation Couche-Tard, the parent company of Circle K, acquired The Pantry for $860 million and converted stores to the Circle K brand.

The corner wooded parcel has remained vacant for several years.


A Mount Pleasant custom framing and art store plans to open a second location on Johns Island.

A Simple Tree will launch a new 1,400-square-foot shop in the developing Hayes Park mixed-used complex under construction on Maybank Highway near Main Road.

Owners Carol Williams and Chris Williams will maintain the longtime East Cooper shop at 1304 Erckmann Drive that includes the sister business, Affordable Art of Charleston Art Gallery off Coleman Boulevard near Toast All Day restaurant.

The 16-acre Hayes Park, by New Leaf Builders, will be a mix of retail, office, restaurants and service-oriented businesses. It also will include a residential mix of 36 single-family attached dwellings and 19 duplexes and townhomes, according to its website.

Two new retailers are now open in Cedar Grove Shopping Center in North Charleston.

Discount store Five Below and cosmetics shop Ulta recently opened on opposite sides of Ross Dress For Less, which welcomed customers earlier in July in the center on Dorchester Road near Riverbluff Parkway.

Home Goods and PetSmart are on the way. Also, inside shelf work has started on the nearby Lidl discount grocery store after several months of inactivity. A spokeswoman recently said to check back in the fall for an opening date.

On the perimeter

A new fencing vendor is now open in the Lowcountry.

Superior Fence & Rail at 7710 Southrail Road in North Charleston is the third franchise location in South Carolina. It’s owned by Pat and Sue Monegan. He previously worked as a manufacturing executive, but he and his wife decided they wanted to try their hand running their own business.

Monegan said he studied several other options, but found an immediate connection with the fencing franchise.

“Once we started to meet and engage with the team at Superior Fence & Rail, it all clicked for us,” Monegan said.

The Jacksonville-based company’s leader believes the couple will find success in the growing Charleston market.

“They have a great business acumen and know how to build a strong team that can take their business to the next level,” said Zach Peyton, president.

Asked and Answered: July 26

Let's get to it:RICHARD HARVEY FROM McKEAN, PA: Really excited to head to camp and see our Steelers. We have enjoyed Friday Night Lights at Latrobe Stadium and then watching a practice at Saint Vincent College over the same weekend several times. I have secured the free tickets via the mobile ticketing process for Aug. 6. My concern is that I can't seem to find this option for Aug. 5 at Latrobe Stadium. Any insight? ANSWER: A shout-out to Tyler in the Latrobe High School Athletic Department for providing the pertinent...

Let's get to it:

RICHARD HARVEY FROM McKEAN, PA: Really excited to head to camp and see our Steelers. We have enjoyed Friday Night Lights at Latrobe Stadium and then watching a practice at Saint Vincent College over the same weekend several times. I have secured the free tickets via the mobile ticketing process for Aug. 6. My concern is that I can't seem to find this option for Aug. 5 at Latrobe Stadium. Any insight? ANSWER: A shout-out to Tyler in the Latrobe High School Athletic Department for providing the pertinent information for Steelers fans interested in attending the Friday Night Lights practice on Aug. 5 at Latrobe Stadium. Tickets will be on sale from noon-4 p.m. at Latrobe Stadium on July 5, and then also will be sold when the gates open at 5 p.m. that day. Tyler said the event is not sold out, and that fans seeking tickets on the day/evening of Friday Night Lights will not be turned away.

GENE BERGL FROM HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC Who are the remaining Steelers free agents? ANSWER: The Steelers began the 2022 offseason with 17 unrestricted free agents. They re-signed six of them (Montravius Adams, Miles Killebrew, Arthur Maulet, Chuks Okorafor, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Terrell Edmunds); six signed with other teams (Ray-Ray McCloud to San Francisco, JuJu Smith-Schuster to Kansas City, James Washington to Dallas, Taco Charlton to New Orleans, Joshua Dobbs to Cleveland, and Trai Turner to Washington); and Ben Roethlisberger retired. That's 13, which leaves Kalen Ballage, Eric Ebron, B.J. Finney, and Joe Haden. Finney, like Roethlisberger, retired, and Ballage, Ebron, and Haden remain unsigned.

ROBERT KLEIN FROM WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ: Given the retirement of Stephon Tuitt, do you feel the Steelers would have been better off drafting a defensive lineman instead of quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round? ANSWER: I don't believe the Steelers prioritized a quarterback over a defensive lineman in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but when defensive tackle Jordan Davis was picked by the Eagles 13th overall, Kenny Pickett was higher on their board than any of the other remaining defensive linemen.

WAKI OOKINDA FROM CARSON CITY, NV: Do players get fined or charged by the NFL if they give away footballs? I heard they are charged, and I have a bet with my brother riding on this. And are fans subject to a charge for these footballs because they are property of the NFL? ANSWER: Players are neither fined nor charged for giving footballs to fans during the normal course of play during a game. And fans certainly are not charged for accepting those footballs.

SCOTT COLLINS FROM GAMBRILLS, MD: Are there any legal constraints that would prohibit an NFL owner from offering a "franchise" player ownership rights in addition to salary? ANSWER: If your point is to suggest a way for an NFL team to circumvent the salary cap by sweetening the pot with stake in the franchise, that would never happen for two reasons: one is that the league undoubtedly would place a value on that ownership stake and then count it on the team's cap, and with the current value of NFL franchises reaching into the billions of dollars an owner would be an absolute fool to part with that kind of equity to induce a player to sign a contract.

EUGENE OHORA FROM BALLINA, IRELAND: I know training camp is only starting, but assuming there is enough cap space to add one more player, what do you feel is the Steelers greatest need or position you would like to see strengthened? ANSWER: I believe the Steelers are finished signing veteran free agents this summer. Maybe they revisit this in the event of an injury during training camp or in the preseason, or if a team makes an unexpected cut, but outside of those two circumstances I see the team standing pat.

CHRIS HANN FROM SARASOTA, FL: Recently Ben Roethlisberger made a point that his throw to Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII does not get the credit it deserves. I thought Roethlisberger should've been the MVP of that Super Bowl for that throw. What is your opinion? Should Ben have gotten the MVP of the Super Bowl as opposed to Holmes? ANSWER: T recap, in Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger finished the game having completed 70 percent of his passes (21-for-30) for 256 yards, with one touchdown, one interception, and a rating of 93.2. With the game on the line and a Lombardi Trophy at stake, he completed 5-of-7 for 84 yards and ran for an addition 4 yards and then ended the possession by making two perfect throws to Santonio Holmes in the end zone. The first of those two passes went through Holmes' hands, and the second was good for the decisive touchdown. After that, I asked this question in the press box after the game to some of the media members who covered Super Bowl XLIII, and the way I phrased it was: "If Tom Brady or Peyton Manning drove their team 84 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the final two-plus minutes of the Super Bowl, do you think the guy who caught the pass would have been voted the MVP over the guy who threw it?" And for the rest of my life, I'll believe the only correct answer to my question is, "Hell no."

JOHN THOMPSON FROM CONNEAUT, OH: Do you believe that Kordell Stewart would have had a more productive NFL career in today's style of play compared to when he actually played? ANSWER: What I believe is that current NFL offensive coordinators are much more willing to craft schemes and allow dual-threat quarterbacks , such as Kordell Stewart was and Lamar Jackson currently is, to utilize their skill-set instead of trying to turn them into the kind of player who fits a preconceived mold.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS FROM CINCINNATI, OH: What is going on with all these Steelers fans and ex-players pretending to be upset over the renaming of the locale in which the team plays its home games? If Heinz couldn't pony up the cash necessary to retain the naming rights, then so be it. ANSWER: Maybe the whiners aren't aware that Heinz doesn't even make ketchup in Pittsburgh anymore. The company makes ketchup in its plants in Ohio and Iowa.

KEN KNECHT FROM ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES: Pittsburgh is the only professional sports town where all the teams wear the same colors, black and gold. I understand that the Pirates (baseball), and the Penguins (hockey) did not start out wearing black and gold. The Steelers are the only Pittsburgh sports team that has worn black and gold since its inception. What is the origin of Pittsburgh's sports teams wearing the colors black and gold? ANSWER: According to PittsburghPA.gov, "Pittsburgh is defined by many things, most notably its colors of Black & Gold. The only city in the nation where all of its professional sports teams share the same colors, their history runs much deeper than athletics. In 1816, when Pittsburgh was officially chartered as a city, an effort began to formalize the colors that had been unofficial since 1758. A City Seal and official standard were adopted based on Sir William Pitt's family coat of arms. This is the source of Pittsburgh's Black & Gold colors. Our original hockey team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, were the first sports team to adopt the colors in 1925.The Pittsburgh Steelers adopted the colors at their founding in 1933, with their first uniforms including the City's Great Seal. In 1948, the Pittsburgh Pirates changed their colors from red, white, and blue to black and gold. Finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins would adopt the colors beginning with the 1980 season."

ADAM BRAUN FROM CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA: I know you have answered questions before about tiebreakers, but wasn't Terry Bradshaw drafted by the Steelers because of a tiebreaker? How far down the tiebreaker list did they have to go to flip a coin? ANSWER: Back in 1970, the NFL didn't have a system of tiebreakers to determine draft order. In the event of two teams finishing with the same record, the tie was broken by a coin toss. Since the Chicago Bears and the Steelers both finished with 1-13 records in 1969, the first overall pick of the 1970 NFL Draft was determined by a coin flip. And to be precise, since the Bears called the coin flip, heads, and it came up tails, Chicago lost the coin toss as opposed to Pittsburgh winning it.

PAT FLYNN FROM OAKDALE, PA: Which is a bigger concern to you: lack of depth at outside linebacker or virtually no depth at running back behind Najee Harris? ANSWER: Actually, the purpose of training camp is to determine the answers to issues such as the depth at outside linebacker and the No. 2 running back behind Najee Harris. Maybe there already are options on the roster that we just don't know about yet. And whether there are or there are not, training camp and the preseason is what will reveal the answer. Then you can get concerned.

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