Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Holts have plenty of to be thankful for. Less than a week before Thanksgiving, Carroll and Mary Jean celebrated the grand re-opening of their business Holt's Jewelry and China, at 139 North Academy with a ribbon cutting. The Holts rose figuratively from the ashes after a July 31, fire gutted the building they had occupied for nine years.
The fire consumed everything, even family heirlooms but the Holts were undeterred. Within a short time, they moved into a newly renovated building next door: once again reclaiming their place in the historic district. "On behalf of the Town of Kingstree, I want to say we are very proud of Mr. ad Mrs. Holt," said Kingstree Mayor Ricky Burrows. "We are so happy you have come back from such a terrible tragedy. It just goes to show what great people you are."
Mary Jean was thankful for the outpouring of support along the way. "Kingstree is a very special town. Ya'll just can not believe the love and support that ya'll have shown during this time," she said. "We have so much enjoyment being here with our family and friends as they visit with us and shop. So thank you for all that you've done to help us get back going."
The Holts' signature product, an extensive collection of china, is back, as well as jewelry and gifts. The new space also includes a secluded area in the back for get-togethers, bridal luncheons or meetings. Mary Jean is well-known for her contributions to the beautification of the historic district. However, all of the seasonal decorations she amassed over the years were also destroyed in the fire. During a November 18, Kingstree Town Council meeting, council approved, as part of a request by the Beautification Committee (she is a member), to provide monetary support that will help to replenish the items lost, thereby allowing the talented businesswoman to once again paint the town in festive glory.