Ana Maria ZimbronFIESTA & PARTY

Brightly colored helium balloons bob outside the front door of Ana Maria Zimbron’s shop in Bluffton when it’s open, and the spirit of Fiesta & Party’s owner couldn’t be represented in a better way.

Zimbron smiles warmly as she welcomes customers into her small showroom, where an elegant banquet table is set with a sparkly tablecloth, a golden charger, stemware and cutlery. She invites her visitors to sit down, offers bottled water and leans forward enthusiastically, taking notes about the customer’s needs and vision.

THE LITTLE FISH BOATEAK

Talent. A creative drive and the desire to excel. Add to that the deep love of a mother who wanted to be a role model for her two daughters, and you can begin to understand Melissa “Lissy” Wood-Rawl, who owns Littlefish Boateak.

AIRBORNE EXERCISES HELP BOOST FLEXIBILITY AND AGILITY

Did you ever dream of running away and joining the circus when you were a kid? If the idea of flying through the air with the greatest of ease on a trapeze still appeals to your sense of adventure, then aerial arts may be for you. And there’s a place in Bluffton where you can make that dream a reality.

ISLAND DESIGNER JONI VANDERSLICE DISCOVERS A GREATER PURPOSE DURING TRAVELS

Joni Vanderslice believes that when we travel, we bring a piece of the destinations and cultures we experience back home with us — an idea that has influenced both her life and her work.

GET AN EXPERT LEGAL OPINION

Expert legal services are not a dime a dozen, despite advertising you might see on television. And don’t assume you can handle the issue yourself. Legal issues are complicated— and in many cases, they should be left to the professionals.

JANIK L.L.P. WAS FOUNDED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1988 AND ENJOYS AN "AV" RATING, THE HIGHEST RATING AVAILABLE TO LAW FIRMS, BY MARTINDALE-HUBBELL LAW DIRECTORY

Our practice is devoted entirely to litigation, with an emphasis upon insurance and corporate defense. The firm has been selected as one of the “Best Law Firms for Insurance and Personal Injury Defense” by Best Lawyers and U.S. News and World Report each consecutive year since 2010, and was selected in 2013 as an “All Star Go-To Law Firm” by Corporate Counsel magazine for our representation of Fortune 500 clients.

Dale Akins2

Dale Akins is an experienced, skilled trial lawyer and is licensed in all State and Federal Courts in South Carolina and Georgia. He provides aggressive legal representation mainly in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire and has done so for over 27 years. He has earned a reputation for excellence and integrity amongst his colleagues.

CAMILLE COPELAND IS EXCITED ABOUT A NEW LOCATION

Q. Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

A. Our building project at 9 Palmetto Bay Road has been an invaluable learning experience. We are almost ready to move there, and I’m scared and thrilled all at the same time.

ONE STUDENT AT A TIME WITH AMANDA O’NAN

Question. What project or accomplishment is the most significant in your career?

Answer. Each day a student finds success is really the best feeling. Every now and again, I have students who are homeless, who face horrible tragedies, and who often are labeled as failures long before they become teens. To watch those students walk across the stage and to have goals for their lives … it doesn’t get any better. But if I had to name accolades that impacted the school community the most, I would have to say winning Palmetto’s Finest, being named by a top school in the country by The Washington Post, and winning top ratings on the school report card. Our school is truly one of the finest.

VICKI HEAD, DALE WATERS, MARCIA MCMANAMAY AND TINA SPANO KEEP HILTON HEAD ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

Question. How long have you been in your current role, and what does it mean to you?

Vicki Head. I’ve served Hilton Head Island for 24 years and H & H Auto Body for 10 years — “H & H” stands for “his & hers,” by the way. It’s our honor and privilege to be trusted to ensure vehicle maintenance and safety for all our valued customers. Our motto is, “Our friends became our customers and our customers become our friends.” We’ve been voted the area’s “Best Auto Repair” shop 12 years in a row.