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Charleston International Airport Expands Small-Business Opportunities

Jan 07, 2019 11:35AM ● By Kathleen Maris
The Charleston County Aviation Authority is increasing the number of kiosks in the airport terminal.

Currently, three small businesses operate kiosks in the terminal. Located on Concourse B are King Street Cookie, which sells Kosher, vegan, and gluten free goodies, and Mama Chef Cuban Café, which offers authentic Cuban sandwiches and desserts. On Concourse A is Liz Me Mel Dolls & Gifts, which offers wall and metal artwork, Chinaberry seed jewelry, dolls, and wooden gift boxes.

"We are very pleased with the success so far of offering these goods in the vibrant airport marketplace,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Aviation Authority.

The companies are part of the Specialty Leasing Program, also known as the Kiosk Program, which is designed to create direct and affordable opportunities for small and niche businesses to work in the travel and hospitality industry. The short-term leasing program complements existing food, beverage, and retail concessions with regionally unique and culturally focused products.

All the businesses are small, locally-owned companies. Two of the three are minority-owned businesses.

Applications are being accepted now through 5 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.