J. BANKS CHAIR FEATURED IN INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE
The Gerlock Chair from the J. Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture was recently featured in Interior Design Magazine’s Fall Market Tabloid. The J. Banks Collection is a line of casegood and upholstery pieces designed by J. Banks president and founder Joni Vanderslice. Inspired through project and personal travel, Vanderslice continuously designs J Banks Collection upholstery pieces that are comfortable, functional and timeless and meant to be utilized in both contemporary and traditional settings, as well as residential and hospitality venues. The J. Banks Collection also extends into a casegood line through Abner Henry Fine Furnishings and a textile collection with Kravet.

35 COURT ATKINS GROUP HOME DESIGNS AWARDED
In a record-setting sweep of awards, a total of 35 Court Atkins Group home designs received recognition at the 17th annual LightHouse Awards ceremony, conducted by the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association. The awards were presented to the architectural firm’s homebuilder partners, whose submissions competed in both custom and remodel categories.

Berkeley Hall Club has garnered the pinnacle of excellence, listed among the Top 100 Platinum Country Clubs of America for 2016-2018 by Club Leaders Forum.  The most highly respected acknowledgement bestowed in the Private Club industry, the private golf club community was listed #76 among the nation's Top 100 5-Star Clubs. Platinum Clubs of America represents the upper 5% of America's Top Private Clubs of Excellence of which only a small number of clubs qualify for consideration.

STONEWORKS HONORS LONGTIME EMPLOYEES

StoneWorks of Hilton Head, one of the area’s leading source for marble, granite, and tile products, recently honored many of its employees for their longevity and service at the company. Seven employees were recognized for more than 10 years of service to Stoneworks. Recognized for their years of service were: Jose Domingo-Hernandez, 13 years; Charles Arriola, 16 years; Kelly Young, 11 years; Barbara Williams, 17 years; Joel Zak 11 years; Derrick Warren, 18 years; and Rob Cavano, 11 years.

Dru BrownBROWN JOINS THE VACATION COMPANY

The Vacation Company announced the newest addition to its team of vacation experts, Dru Brown. Brown has worked for short-term rental companies on Hilton Head Island for more than 13 years, most recently serving as the business development manager for Beach Properties of Hilton Head.

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NEW FURNITURE & ACCESSORY STORE OPENS IN PROMENADE

Anne HagertyAnne Hagerty Interiors is pleased to announce the opening of their new furniture and accessory store, Abode, in the Bluffton Promenade. Located at 6 State of Mind Street, Abode will showcase select lines of upholstery, fabrics, lighting, rugs, decorative accessories and gifts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with late Thursday evenings. Full service Interior Design consultations and assistance are available upon request. www.abodesc.com, 843-815-3322.

NITELITES OPENS NEW HILTON HEAD FRANCHISE

NiteLites, an industry leader in the outdoor LED lighting, has opened its newest franchise in Hilton Head Island and northern coastal Savannah. Owner Robbie Eastland and his team of trained outdoor lighting designers and installers are working with businesses and homeowners who are looking to add curb appeal, safety, security and increased home value. NiteLites is a turn-key business for all of your outdoor lighting needs, which means they do it all: design the lighting project, manufacture their own brass fixtures, install, warranty and service the lighting system for years to come with a lifetime warranty on all fixtures. NiteLites can handle both commercial and residential projects.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT FOR PROJECT SAFE
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s board of directors voted to award a $500,000 multi-year grant to the Project SAFE fund. The Community Foundation is beginning a “Connect for Good” capital campaign to raise the remaining $2.5 million needed to complete the project by June 30, 2020. Project SAFE (Sewer Access For Everyone) is an initiative to provide grants for public sewer connections to qualified, low-income Hilton Head Island households that still rely on septic systems. Collaborating with the Town of Hilton Head Island and Hilton Head Public Service District, the Community Foundation is spearheading efforts to raise both awareness of the issue and the money needed to connect these homes.

WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPHY ANNOUNCES $83,000 IN GRANTS
Women in Philanthropy, a fund of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, announced grants recently totaling $83,000. Grants were awarded to five B aufort County nonprofit o ganizations that provide services to the local community that match this year’s grant theme: “Provide Safe Shelter for our Citizens: Crisis, Temporary and Permanent.” This amount tops the group’s 2015 grant total of $60,000 and is the largest in the history of the fund. Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity received a $50,000 grant toward a “Woman Build” Habitat home in The Glen section of Hilton Head Island. This home will be for a single woman and her family. Women in Philanthropy is proud to be the primary fund source for this home. The project will begin in September and is expected to take four to five months

Brantley and Michael KingNEW OWNERS TAKE OVER BILLY WOOD APPLIANCE
Brantley and Michael King are the new owners of Billy Wood Appliance. Both spent their high school years in the area and were graduates of Hilton Head High School. Brantley received her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and Michael from the University of Richmond. Mike went on to a 22 year career as a securities trader in Richmond, Baltimore and New York. The couple is happy to be back in the Lowcountry where they can share the lifestyle they knew and enjoyed with their three boys, aged 13, 17 and 19.