At last count, Beaufort County had more than 20 places where those who love ice cream, gelato, sorbet, soft-serve or fro-yo could get their fix of creamy goodness. While frozen yogurt sold by the ounce is the newest addition to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, other options abound to satisfy cravings for something cold and sweet on a hot summer day.

dunkinA Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Okatie near the Burger King on S.C. 170. The coffee and doughnut shop also serves breakfast sandwiches and specialty drinks. Construction has not started on the new store and an opening date has not been announced.

REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH SOME OF THE LOWCOUNTRY’S MOST COLOSSAL CREATIONS OF MEAT, CHEESE AND IMAGINATION.

Make no mistake, the once humble hamburger has been elevated in the Lowcountry. The formerly quite basic American staple has been deconstructed, parsed, analyzed, and, in the minds of some culinary experts, perfected.

localpieHilton Head and Bluffton pizza restaurant Local Pie has launched a program to identify and honor local heroes in the Lowcountry community. Brian Rose was the June Hometown Hero. He serves the community through the F3 Lowcountry Foundation. F3 stands for fitness, fellowship and faith, and the organization provides free workout groups for men who are involved in the community while raising money for other local charities.

aldiAldi, the discount grocery chain based in Germany, will be coming to the new shopping center on U.S. 278 at Burnt Church Road. The Fresh Market was rumored to have leased the space, but Beaufort County Design Review Board has confirmed that Aldi will be the anchor tenant of the new shopping center. An opening date for the new Aldi has not been announced. Other stores in the shopping center are Hobby Lobby, PGA Superstore, First Watch and Aspen Dental.

Claude & Uli's Bistro in Moss Creek Village is under new ownership. The new restaurant will be called Savory Café Provisions and Vignau. Owner and chef Pascal Vignau received his culinary training in France and plans to change up the existing menu. A few Claude & Uli’s favorites will remain on the menu, like the seafood trays, souffles and filet mignon. 

brewingHilton Head Brewing Company will feature new summer hours: the brewery will now be open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The summer season also means new brews on tap. Arlene has tawny amber color, malty flavor and a crisp hop finish. Bean Free Black Lager is a medium bodied lager with a coffee-like aroma and minimal bitterness. 

Park Plaza Cinemas will now serve local craft and domestic beers in the Mann Cave. The theater will also serve concession food like hot dogs, flatbread pizza and more. 

Tour company The Daufuskie Difference now offers an evening “booze cruise” featuring unlimited beer and wine, live music and beautiful views. Tickets are $37 per passenger. The cruise on the 80-foot river boat “Delta Lady” departs at 5 p.m. every Friday from Hilton Head Island's Broad Creek Marina. While passengers don’t disembark on Daufuskie Island, they see parts of the island from the boat, plus Harbour Town and other Hilton Head areas.

TRANSFORMING THE COCKTAIL AND MORE

Flowers are the colorful paint that decorates nature’s canvas. But their beauty goes beyond their bright petals — essences of honeysuckle, lavender and elderflower have been making their way into cocktails, foods and beauty products. Flower-infused cocktails are popular on the bar scene, and creative mixologists are mixing up cocktails with floral essences and infusions and garnishing them with delicate edible flowers for dramatic presentation.