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ROGER FREEDMAN’S ADVENTURE HILTON HEAD IS AN ADRENALINE RUSH

As an international businessman, Roger Freedman was a dealmaker with interests in skyscrapers, insurance, manufacturing, radio and TV stations, and more.

Deals come and go. But one stuck in his head, his heart and his portfolio: Partnering with his younger brother more than a quarter-century ago to buy Hilton Head’s Broad Creek marina.

CAROLINA VETERINARY CRITICAL CARE OFFERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Pet owners in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island now have an additional option for emergency veterinary care. 

Carolina Veterinary Critical Care opened Jan. 1 in Bluffton. Since then, owner Matthew Tenwolde has been kept quite busy caring for Lowcountry pets, offering emergency care late at night, early in the morning and on weekends.

COLUMBIA-BASED MANUFACTURER PRODUCES TOP-SELLING BOATS

Their success is counterintuitive to the rest of their boating industry competitors. Just about every manufacturer is angling to make bigger boats to serve the ever-growing saltwater boat market.

Vic Roof Sr. had already had a Hall of Fame-level marine career, having created the Sunbird Boat Company. The brand was one of the best-selling boats in the 1980s and the company was sold to Outboard Marine Corporation. 

9ROOFTOPS BLOSSOMS INTO A LEADING MARKETING AND ADVERTISING AGENCY

Creativity, it is said, is your intelligence having fun.

In Bluffton, creativity has a surprising hangout at the intersection of a cul-de-sac, a gravel patch and a couple of buildings with frumpy exteriors.

INDUSTRY LEADER GREG PARKER MOTIVATED TO CONTINUE TO MAKE AN IMPACT

With 28 stores in South Carolina, including 13 in Beaufort County and 69 stores overall throughout Georgia and South Carolina, Greg Parker has seen his convenience store company grow exponentially. 

Growth and expansion have always driven Parker since he opened the first Parker’s in Midway, Ga., in 1976. The company has grown by 20 to 24 percent a year for 22 straight years — and the limits will continue to be pushed. 

Chris Shoemaker leads thriving May River Excursions 

If there is one thing Chris Shoemaker is sure he knows inside out, it is the May River. He grew up on the May and had most of his finest moments in life on the river. 

He’s now in his 11th season at the helm of May River Excursions, a sightseeing and boat charter business that has grown from one boat in 2010 to seven in 2021. 

SWINGFIT’S CLUB FITTING PUTS SCIENCE OVER ASSUMPTIONS

There is an emerging revolution in golf, building momentum in our own backyard. 

Chris Wycoff knows golfers love new toys. The latest tech, the newest gadgets, the sleekest golf balls — anything to give them a leg up in a game that is too often mental torture. 

FORSYTHE JEWELERS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Andrea Bragg, owner of Forsythe Jewelers, has been around high-end bling for more than 20 years. In a year that forced a lot of people to reassess their lives and relationships, Bragg noticed a trend. 

“We’ve sold more engagement rings in the past 12 months than we probably have in the past five years,” she said. “The pandemic forced everybody to hit pause and to think about those they hold dear.” 

SALLIE ANN ROBINSON SHARES family food memories

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed Sallie Ann Robinson down. Those who know her aren’t sure that anything could. 

With a tour company on Daufuskie Island, three Gullah cookbooks, a volume on Daufuskie history with Jenny Hersch and whispers of a Netflix special in the works, she doesn’t seem to have time to sleep. But she’s a woman on a mission, one who seems fueled by the efforts of her ancestors to treasure their remote island. 

CAHILL’S MARKET & CHICKEN KITCHEN SERVES UP A CENTURY’S WORTH OF BLUFFTON FARMING HISTORY 

John Cahill and his son Robbie, the produce and palette architects behind Cahill’s Market and Chicken Kitchen, know that when it comes to the successes of their now 17-year-old business, they owe all blessings to the land.

John’s grandmother bought the 200-acre parcel off May River Road in Bluffton in 1918 for $10,000; money obtained as the life insurance beneficiary after her brother died in World War I.