J. BANKS DESIGN PROJECT EARNS TOP HONORS

J. Banks Design Group-designed John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, was selected as the first-place winner in the Private Club Remodel category by Golf Inc. magazine in its annual Clubhouse Competition. The contest annually recognizes the best new and renovated clubhouses in the United States and internationally. J. Banks designed the interiors of the 50,500-square-foot club.

PREP STUDENT DESIGNS BETTER BALLET SHOES

Sometimes the biggest innovations arise from simple problems.

Take Abigail Freed: Last year, she found herself growing frustrated with her ballet shoes, because they wore out so quickly. As a member of Hilton Head Dance Theatre, she went through a pair of pointe shoes at every performance — and with a production like “The Nutcrakcer” that had multiple performances, rehearsals and practices, she was going through shoes fast. And at $100 a pop, it became an expensive problem.

MELLENCAMP SISTERS LOVE HILTON HEAD’S ‘SMALL-TOWN FEEL’

They weren’t raised in a little pink house, but the daughters of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp know the joys of growing up in close-knit, idyllic small town, courtesy of Hilton Head Island.

THE TIES THAT BIND DAVID AND KAREN BURKE

Family is integral to the story of Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy — a Hilton Head Island mainstay — and to the life of co-owner David Burke and his wife, Karen.

COASTAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL DONATES HIGH TECH TO TCL

Coastal Carolina Hospital recently donated an OEC mobile C-Arm to the radiologic science program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The C-Arm machine is used in operating rooms across the country and visualizes surgical patients’ anatomy in real time during critical surgical procedures. TCL students now can train side by side with their peers in a simulated laboratory environment.

FUTURE LAWYER IS ALSO BEAUTY QUEEN

Angela D. Middleton

When most people think of beauty pageants, they conjure images of tall, slender women walking gracefully around on stage in tiny bikinis. They have big hair, perfect makeup and bright smiles. When asked questions about the economy or current events, they refer to vague notions of world peace.

Angela D. Middleton is turning this notion of the typical beauty queen on its head. As the winner of the South Carolina Plus America Pageant, she’s helping girls see that women of all races, shapes and sizes can achieve their dreams.

REALITY STARS COME FROM THE LOWCOUNTRY

Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are a rich vein of talent for some of the most popular reality TV shows in recent years. A Bluffton man got his 15 minutes in the limelight in May, and three recent episodes followed the cast of “Southern Charm” — including two area natives — during a stay at a luxury rental on Hilton Head. And, of course, the Lowcountry is home to a Food Network star.

J. BANKS WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBERS

J. Banks Design Group recently promoted one and hired several new staff members to its commercial support department.

Amanda Ives, Allied ASID, was promoted to design support manager of the company’s residential and commercial support teams. Previously, Ives managed the residential support staff, where she assisted with property management and scheduling for the firm’s hospitality projects.

4M METALS IS HELPING DEFINE THE LOWCOUNTRY LOOK.

You’ve seen the shirts. They’re everywhere. Stamped across the front: “Got Metal?” Across the back is the stylish, angular logo of 4M Metals. When it comes to popular T-shirts, it’s second only to the brightly colored shirts for a certain canine-based seafood restaurant. As far as getting the 4M Metals name out, it’s a stroke of marketing genius. 

FOR HILTON HEAD COUPLE, SUCCESS RUNS IN THE FAMILY

For Myla Lerner, it’s always been about the domino theory: Connect with creative, smart, energetic people and obstacles will fall down, one after another.

“I’m not shy,” said Lerner, an award-winning Broadway producer and president of the board of Lean Ensemble Theater, a performing arts company on Hilton Head Island. “When we first got here, we knew hardly anyone, so I made some connections.”