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I thought it might be fun to take a good look at the midterm election results and think about how they might affect Hilton Head Island residents. In the words of President Barack Obama, “(he) wasn’t on the ballot but his policies were.”

So how did election night feel, Mr. President? The pundits and talking heads, even the ones on Fox News, didn’t see the magnitude of voter dissatisfaction with the White House or Congress. According to exit polls, the major driver of dissatisfaction was the state of our economy.

Photo by Rob KaufmanHilton Head Island company’s outdoor clothing made to last a lifetime

When Curtis Hart set out six years ago to make a duplicate of his beloved cotton canvas “duck” cloth field coat for himself, he had no idea that endeavor would blossom into an extensive line of outerwear that would sell in outfitter stores across the South.
Hart said a friend of his dad’s gave him the coat in 1964 and he wore it constantly until he could no longer get it clean and his wife, Mary, told him it was too disreputable to wear any more. He said the coat had been made in 1943 at the Dux Bak Co. in Ithaca, N.Y., which went out of business in 1948.

Josh Boyles loves fishing so much that he doesn’t always watch the clock when out on the water guiding customers to hot fishing holes aboard his 20-foot bay boat.
The owner of Southern Drawl Outfitters in Moss Creek Village, just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island, Boyles charges $100 an hour for a half-day trip from 8 a.m. to noon, which he said is the average rate almost nationwide for an inshore guide. That fee typically will be prorated down a little bit for longer outings, he added.

Since Andrew Carmines took over as general manager at Hilton Head Island seafood restaurant Hudson’s on the Docks, he’s been working on cutting out the middle man. He believes in purchasing his products directly from the source, giving the customer the freshest product available. 

With this month’s issue of Hilton Head Monthly being focused on luxury, I thought it might be interesting to investigate how the “average Joe” or “average Josephine” on Hilton Head Island might afford luxury even if they were a tad short of cash!

The Sea Pines Resort has provided both locals and visitors alike with a backdrop for beachside family memories since the ‘50s.

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Now, almost 60 years later, the Sea Pines Resort has unveiled the Sea Pines Beach Club, a new and redefined beachfront setting for families and beachgoers to enjoy for generations to come.

“The Sea Pines Beach Club is truly spectacular and we couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product and the positive feedback we have received so far,” said Steve Birdwell, president of the Sea Pines Resort. “From casual drinks at the beach bar to first-class weddings in the Atlantic Room, the Sea Pines Beach Club takes advantage of the view from every area and provides enjoyment for all.”

It’s Wednesday night at Captain Woody’s in the Bluffton Promenade. As trivia night kicks off, there’s not a seat to be found in the upstairs bar.

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This is a scene that owners Russell and Shannon Anderson and general manager Lauren Jordan banked on when few else did.

Five years ago, the Promenade was a great idea that seemed destined to fall victim to the national economic collapse.

BrewmastersAs the South embraces craft beer, these three pioneers are changing the way you chug.

Beer. The single greatest liquid known to man.

For too long, beer was just beer. It came out of a tap or in a can. It was roughly yellowish in color and somewhat grainy in flavor. Foamy and forgettable, it made you burp and made baseball almost watchable. Almost.

But then a few enterprising brewmasters came along, changed the game, and the craft beer boom changed the way we drink. Suddenly the pale tasteless bilge water we thought of as “beer” exploded into a mouth-watering variety of pale ales, stouts, bocks and Hefeweizens. From the stinging bitterness of an IPA to the mellow fullness of a rich stout, beer is now simply a catch-all term for a kaleidoscopic array of potent brews.

donkirkmanExecutive director of the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation shares his plans

If it takes big bucks to generate big business, then Hilton Head is on the right track. Back in June, Hilton Head Town Council approved a hefty $450,000 budget for the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corp.’s 2014-2015 fiscal year. A chunk of that went to hiring its new executive director, Don Kirkman, who started in August. We caught up with Kirkman to give us a glimpse of his plans for this coming year, and the potential he sees for economic growth on the island.