Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

COMPETITION FUELS MANY COUNTY AND LOCAL RACES

Lowcountry voters have a lot to consider when they go to the polls on Nov. 6 to fill seats in local elections. The following profiles are drawn from candidate responses to questions from the League of Women Voters Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area and candidates’ websites.

MEET THE CANDIDATES RUNNING IN STATE ELECTIONS

On Nov. 6, Lowcountry voters will elect a new governor and send a new representative to Congress. Closer to home, for the first time in many years, Democrats are trying to upset Republican incumbents in two of the three area state legislative districts. The following profiles are drawn from candidate responses to questions from the League of Women Voters Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area and candidates’ websites.

BEAUFORT COUNTY BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS STARTS NOV. 1

The ban on single-use plastic bags throughout Beaufort County doesn’t take effect until Nov. 1, but government officials and local businesses are have already started preparing for the transition.

In 2004, South Carolina was one of the last states to legalize tattooing, and it took regulators more than two years to establish rules and allow the first tattoo shops to open.

Today, there are multiple shops on Hilton Head and in Bluffton, Beaufort and Hardeeville that draw local customers and vacationers as well as clientele from Savannah and beyond.

HERITAGE FINE JEWELRY PUTS ITS HEART — AND FAMILY — INTO CRAFTING PERFECT PIECES.

Since the beginning of time, ancient civilizations have been using shells, stones and other items like bones to carefully craft meaningful jewelry and decorative accessories. With the development of metal-working, jewelry became an art form that speaks to the heart, delighting wearers.

A few years back, Huntley Tarleton was looking for a way to add some flair to the Motoring Midway at the annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. The theme was “The Quest for Speed and Style,” and Tarleton needed to find additional exhibits that would capture patrons’ attention and interest as they passed between class car exhibits on the first and 18th holes at Port Royal Golf Club.

FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP

Jennifer Cole is the kind of person you feel like you can ask for help, and she’s known at Fresenius Kidney Care of Hilton Head for her infectious enthusiasm. As a clinical manager, she mentors coworkers and works with dialysis patients and their families. Dialysis is a time-intensive medical treatment that many people with kidney disease rely on to survive. The process involves cleaning the patient’s blood three times a week for hours at a time. Cole, who started as a nurse four years ago and then promoted to manager, makes time to sit down with each patient. Her unique ability to empathize with them comes from surviving struggles in her own life. 

COOPER AND WILLIE CRAM OWN BEAR ISLAND DISTRIBUTORS, WHICH BRINGS CRAFT BEERS TO THE LOWCOUNTRY.

High quality beer was an acquired taste for Cooper and Willie Cram, but now it has become their business.

“Even up through college, I was drinking Natty Ice,” said Cooper, thinking of the watery mass-produced national brand. His brother Willie nods, reclining in a wooden chair beside sun-bleached oyster shells, the remains of years of family oyster roasts.

HILTON HEAD HOSPITAL NAMES NEW WOMEN’S SERVICE DIRECTOR

Jodie Mays has been named the new Women’s Services Director for Hilton Head Hospital. In her new role, Mays will be responsible for labor and delivery, postpartum and nursery services at Hilton Head Hospital. Previously, Mays worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah and Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McKendree University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati.

Road Warriors

SLEEK, SPORTY CARS ROLLING OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

The Palmetto State is revving its engine: Some of the hottest cars of 2019 are being manufactured in South Carolina, helping the state cement its status as the king of the road. Climb behind the wheel of a new BMW X4 or a buckle up in a Volvo S60 and you’ll find yourself hitting the highway in a car made just miles from the Lowcountry. 

ELECTIONS MATTER

It might seem strange, this is a column dedicated to the economy and financial issues facing the Lowcountry, to focus this month on Hilton Head Island’s mayoral election. Elections matter and, while federal elections generate all the excitement, local elections can have a much greater impact on our everyday lives.

ENTERING A ‘CORE MARKET’

Eric Breon first visited Hilton Head Island about 15 years ago with his family. The island —especially its broad, flat beaches — made quite an impression.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY APARTMENT GETS TOTAL RENOVATION FOR BOLD COUPLE

The odd-colored shag carpeting was the first sign of a bygone era. Long, lightless walls stretching from the small front door to the living room offered another clue to the apartment’s dated interior.

Interior designers Michael and Candace DeLoach knew the challenge was formidable for their clients at The Cypress retirement community on Hilton Head Island.

High demand for low- and mid-priced homes continues to drive the Lowountry real estate market, especially on the mainland.

Here are some tips for navigating today’s real estate market:

CENTURY 21 DIAMOND REALTY IN BLUFFTON HAS ADDED FIVE NEW AGENTS

Alice Risley moved to Hilton Head Island last year from West Islip, New York. In addition to assisting buyers and sellers with home purchases, she will help sellers stage their homes using her experience in interior design. She also organizes and helps sellers clear out after a sale. Risley has a bachelor’s degree in education.

CREATING A GREAT WEDDING VIBE WITH A MOOD BOARD

Once upon a time, when a couple decided to get married they set the date, bought a dress and a cake and picked colors they liked — traditionally two — to use in everything from bridal party attire to reception décor. While that still happens, these days couples are thinking more about the mood they want to set than the colors they’d like to use.

COUPLES STILL FALL IN LOVE WITH TRADITIONAL WEDDING CAKES

The sweetest part of a wedding is, of course, the moment when two people who love each other make that lifetime commitment with the words “I do.”

A close second, however, is the dessert guests are served hours afterward. And despite the national trends of candy stations, cookie-and-milk shooters and late-night sugary cereal bars, the traditional wedding cake still holds court at Lowcountry wedding receptions.

WEDDED BLISS AT WEXFORD

From the groomsmen arriving by boat to the sea glass blues and greens of the décor and dresses, Christine and C.J. Steedley’s wedding had a true coastal wedding vibe. And Mother Nature contributed with the very best island weather.