Rhonda Sutton

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. 

ISLAND AMBASSADORUSCB PROGRAM CERTIFIES 500TH ISLAND AMBASSADOR

Congratulations to the USCB Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training on certifying its 500th Island Ambassador.  Island Ambassadors are certified upon completion of three seminars – Island Knowledge, Island Culture and Island Ecology.  The seminars educate the Ambassadors on the island’s rich history, vast amenities, diverse culture and natural treasures. Island Ambassadors provide quality guest experiences and ensure Hilton Head Island remains a world class vacation destination.

Deborah Lamp is the new owner of Flowers by Sue, a popular Hilton Head Island flower shop. Lamp makes the move after working 31 years in corporate America. The shop’s longtime staff has been retained. Find more information online at www.flowersbysue.com or by calling 843-842-8778.

New River Auto Mall congratulates fellow shareholder Ken Griffey Jr. on being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

From left; Coastal States Automotive Group Director of Facilities, Planning & Design Mary Kaye Peacock, Coastal States Automotive Group President & CEO Warner Peacock, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, and Coastal States Automotive Group shareholder Ken Griffey, Jr.

BARRY GINN MOVES TO RE/MAX ISLAND REALTY
You may see Ginn and his dog, Romeo (pictured) about town. They go everywhere together — the office, bank, shops and restaurants where the friendly, charismatic duo becomes the center of attention. A premiere real estate agent, Ginn has 34 years of real estate experience, including service to out-of-town buyers. He has streamlined the process of buying or selling a home through virtual tours, walkthroughs, texts, phone calls and email. Call him at 843-816-4029.

Don Ryan Center for Innovation Graduates Three Companies

Three companies have joined the growing list of graduates of The Don Ryan Center for Innovation and have launched businesses in the area.  A recent Graduation Ceremony at the Don Ryan Center for Innovation celebrated mobiPET, Page1 Media and Village Features – who have each  graduated from the new business accelerator program and are continuing to grow and expand their successful companies at locations throughout the region.