Three local Charleston businesses are setting up shop in Charleston International Airport (CHS). Daddy’s Girls Bakery, LMM Dolls & Gifts and King Street Cookies are the first three kiosk businesses opening with CHS’ new Specialty Leasing Program. A fourth kiosk from Mama Chef Cuban Café is set to open in mid-May.
Daddy’s Girls Bakery, which is coming to Concourse A, was started as a home-based business by husband and wife pair Nathaniel and Chasity Brown. Daddy’s Girls Bakery sells its signature confection, Charleston Chewies, along with cake pops and other treats.
Liz Me Mel Dolls & Gifts, also in Concourse A, was started by another husband and wife team, Tyrone and Faith Wilson. LMM Dolls & Gifts will sell items handmade from recycled materials. A selection of the items for sale at LMM Dolls & Gifts includes cotton angels, chinaberry seed jewelry and handmade Topsy-Turvey dolls, replicas of dolls from the 1800s.
King Street Cookies, another local Charleston business, is a kosher bakery bringing quick-serve desserts, grab-and-go gourmet cookies and ice cream sandwiches to the airport.
Coming in May, Mama Chef Cuban Café will bring sandwiches, empanadas, pastries, and non-alcoholic piña coladas to Concourse B.
“We’re excited to welcome these new businesses,” says Paul Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “The kiosk program is a business initiative designed to create direct and affordable opportunities for small and niche businesses to work in a vibrant travel and hospitality environment. With nearly 4 million passengers coming through the airport last year, and even more expected in 2018, we think the climate is right for these local businesses to succeed and to show off what the Lowcountry has to offer.”