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National surf chain Ron Jon's to open in NMB

The Grand Strand is gaining some street cred among surfers. Well, among surfer-shoppers, at least.Ron Jon Surf Shop will open its eighth U.S. location Friday, and the national chain has chosen Barefoot Landing as the spot for its 9,000-square-foot store.Workers are still applying the last coats of paint and preparing the merchandise for the customers, who presumably will be in search for some of the high-price items that can't be found in your typical retail store.Ron Jon's has extensive displays of surfboards in several price ranges. A few that were in place Wednesday were $199, $439 and $589, for example. A few of the skateboards on display were $150 and $179.The majority of the floor space is taken up by the clothing for men, women and children, including $15 T-shirts, $42 bathing suits and $36 tube tops.The Ron Jon brand is also on sunscreen, stickers, and beach accessories.The store will be open for its regular business hours starting Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Ron Jon's will employ 30 people locally, according to the company."We feel the one-of-a-kind Ron Jon Surf Shop culture will be enjoyed by both the areas residents and visitors," Ed Moriarty, president of the company, said in the announcement of the new store.Ron Jon Surf Shop was founded in 1961 in Long Beach Island, N.J.For information, visit .

In other Grand Strand retail news:-- The local Belk stores at Coastal Grand Myrtle Beach mall and Colonial Mall-Myrtle Beach are holding the Charity Days fundraiser this weekend. Shoppers can purchase a $5 ticket from a participating charities and receive special shopping passes for Friday and Saturday. Visit Belk for details.

-- MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery has teamed up with the American Red Cross for a fundraiser and blood drive at Barefoot Landing. From Sunday to April 28, the Red Cross of Coastal South Carolina will raise money for its organization by selling vouchers for MaggieMoo's Ice Cream Dream Cakes. Then on April 28, the pair will hold a blood drive at Barefoot Landing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and participants will get a free ice cream cone after donating. Contact MaggieMoo's at 663-HERD or the American Red Cross at 477-0020.-- Coastal Grand is holding the Reeds Jewelers Bridal Fair from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Local wedding service providers - photographers, florists and bridal consultants - will be on site, and displays include Reeds' bridal collection and the Roberta Z Collection. Attendees can submit their wedding proposal stories for a chance to win his-and-her wedding bands from Reeds. Local participating vendors include After Hours, Carmen & Carmen Day Spa, Coastal Tent Rental, Lord Photography, In Focus Photography, Andy Owings Music, Things Remembered, Party Maker, Dillards, Chanel make-up artists and Inlet Flowers. For information, call 839-9100 or visit .

-- A new Calvin Klein fragrance - CKin2U - is launching at Belk in Coastal Grand this weekend and has already hit the shelves at Colonial Mall. Claire's in Coastal Grand opened in its new digs last week. The store doubled its space in the Food Court area to 2,000 square feet. Claire's took over the space of the next tenant.

-- Inlet Square's Easter Bunny will arrive Friday and will be available for photos through April 7.Contact EMMA RITCH at 444-1722 or