August 2019 Issue



15th Annual Par Fore Kids Bluffton Golf Classic - September 9!

BLUFFTON, SC, Aug. 9, 2019 – The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is holding is 15th Annual Par Fore Kids Bluffton Golf Classic on Mon., Sept. 9 at the May River Course at Palmetto Bluff. The tournament, one of the Clubs largest fundraising events,…
Author:CB2 Press Release



2019 Women in Business: Alexis Wonser

Alexis Wonser’s typical day starts at 6 a.m., on the outskirts of Bluffton, in the country, with her fiancé and their nine animals. Monday through Friday, she manages the neighborhood drugstore in the heart of Bluffton, Bluffton Pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys repurposing…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Alliance Dance Academy

Ashley Casstevens, Rochelle Clarkson, Nicole Cole, Paula Fichtenkort, Jodi Johnson, Jenny Kopke, Jennie Leonas, Sarah Ogren, Andrea Pennell, and Shawna Zats The main reason Alliance Dance Academy has been such a successful upstart is because it is different. Owner Rochelle Clarkson, affectionately known as Miss Rochelle,…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Alli Roberts

Forest Beach Surf and Cycle What is a day like in your heels? Wake up, bike ride with my hubby and kids, get dressed, head to the shop, answer phone calls, handle walk-in customers, place orders, take reservations, answer emails, close up, pick up kids, head home…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Annamaria Gould

Pure Barre Bluffton What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Organize, organize, organize! If it’s not in my planner it doesn’t happen; remembering why I love my job when things get stressful; to learn from my mistakes and not beat myself…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Audrey Klenke

Pinnacle Plastic Surgery When you first started, what was the biggest challenge when it came to cultivating clients/customers? Making meaningful connections with like-minded business leaders and medical providers. As the newcomer in town, it can be challenging to garner the trust of patients; that comes with time. On…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Beth Ann Prince

Prince Law Firm, LLC What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. If you have a great idea and are hesitant because “no one else is doing it,” it’s possible no one else is…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: CH2/CB2 Magazine

Left to Right: Maggie Washo, Ella Patrick, Kaila Jeffcoat, Kandace Wightman, Valerie Droop, Ashton Harmon, Kim Crouch, Hunter Kostylo, Carolina Mahecha and Lucy Washo. The faces of CH2 have changed over the years, but the mission remains the same: to put out a visually spicy, mentally…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Amanda O’Nan & Leighanne Kubec

Clear College Counseling Clear College Counseling is a consulting firm founded by Amanda (Williams) O’Nan and Leighanne Kubec with the mission of helping students and parents navigate the complex and overwhelming college application process. Clear College Counseling will offer a range of services based upon an…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Deborah Lamp

Flowers by Sue What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Have faith and confidence in yourself. Learn by doing. Learn to say no; you’re not going to please everyone. When you first started, what were the biggest challenges when it came to…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Heather Baker, aka ‘Sugarbaker’

Heather Baker’s main goal is to make every client a client for life. Originally from Greenville, S.C., as a successful, full-time REALTOR® in the Lowcountry for the past 15 years, she has extensive knowledge of Beaufort and Jasper Counties. You may hear the locals call her…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Marianne Blaine

The Blaine Team at Keller Williams Realty What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Do what you say you will do. Listen—really listen—to what your client wants. This is not your home; it will be theirs—but don’t be afraid to think…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Tracy Molloy, Kristin Walker, and Theresa Wine

McGriff Insurance Services What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Tracy Molloy: See the big picture. Get to know the client in their world and find out what concerns them most. Constant learning. Keep up with changes in the marketplace both…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Jennifer Nettles and April Landrum

GlamSquad Hair and Makeup Jennifer Nettles was born and raised in the Lowcountry. At age 18, she began working in a hair salon where she met her business partner and friend. Together, they opened The Hair Gallery on Hilton Head Island that’s been in business 16…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Cassie Carstens & Tammy Novak

Island Financial What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Learn from our mistakes; listen to our clients’ needs; building a great team, and quality is more important than quantity. How long have you been in business? Fourteen years! What is your balancing secret in…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Now We're Talking Therapy Services

What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Take time to “wait” before acting or reacting; your team is your biggest asset, so use them; efficiency is key—be thoughtful with your time. What is a day like in your heels? Parkers’ sweet tea…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Mia Allen-Ayanian

The Other Sister’s Wine Bar What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Hard work and dedication will outweigh talent. Being confident to accept fault and make the correction as soon as possible. Lastly, education is the most important investment one can…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Sandra Ossie

So Sandra What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Always be ready to change your plan of action, because you never know what the day will bring. Listen to the needs of the customers. Take the good with the bad. What is…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Terri Hubbard, DMD

Coastal Pediatric Dentistry What Inspired you to start your business? I was always scared of the dentist as a child, and I constantly thought to myself, There has to be a better way. So, I hope that is what I’m doing with my patients—making going to the…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Anna Kendrick

The Parlour Anna Kendrick, owner and lead stylist at The Parlour, prides herself on supporting her community and providing an unforgettable beauty experience. Her vision for the hair salon embodies timeless beauty with a trip back in time, embracing a bygone era of elegance. Thanks to…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Arlene Williams

Arlene Williams Kitchen Design What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? The benefit of working as part of team. The value of being very thorough and well organized. The importance of treating people with respect. What is a day like in…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Sarah Perry and Lauren McAvoy

Branches Designs What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Define your purpose (what you bring to the table that distinguishes you from the others) and stick with it. Color outside the lines. Be creative and constantly push yourself to do something…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Ashley Adams Brown

Butler & College, LLC Ashley Adams Brown is the managing attorney for Butler & College, LLC’s Bluffton office. Butler & College, LLC is a full-service law firm, which focuses its practice on helping businesses, individuals, and families with their real estate and estate planning needs in…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Charisse Bruin

Charisse Styles How long have you been in business? Two years (June 2017). What has been the role of luck in your success? I don’t attribute anything to luck. I believe tenacity to chase and align myself to God’s will equals success. What have been some make-or-break moments in your…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Janet Davoli, Melissa Brophy and Melissa Brock

The Greenery, Inc The landscape is changing. Meet a few members of the Business Development team at The Greenery, Inc.: Janet Davoli, Director of Development and Technology, Melissa Brock, Senior Business Developer and Melissa Brophy, Business Developer. With nearly 25 years of combined experience at The Greenery,…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Brody Kenneweg

Haskins & Co. What is a day like in your heels? It changes every day just like my shoes. It can be a day in the store with clients or a day running to and from bank and post office or a day I when I take…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Kathleen Mayers

KPM Flooring What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Never give up; be creative in everything you do; relationships are the most important thing in life. What is a day like in your heels? I start off most days in Pure Barre sticky…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Lucy Rosen

SmartMarketing Communications What do you do and who do you do it for? SmartMarketing Communications is a full service marketing, public relations, creative services and web design company that has been in business for over 30 years. Our Lowcountry clients have included (but aren’t limited to) Charter…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Maria Walls, CP

Beaufort County Treasurer Entering her second term as Beaufort County’s Treasurer, Maria Walls is a wife, mother of four, and Certified Public Accountant focused on safeguarding public funds, customer service development, and maximizing investment opportunities for Beaufort County. Maria’s prior professional experience as an auditor and Beaufort…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Connor Dafler

Carolina Dream All Stars What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Your unique brand and vision makes your business stand out. Own it and be unapologetic about sharing it. Have tunnel vision: be so focused on your own business that you…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Darcie Patrick

College HHI College HHI is Hilton Head Island’s only business comprised of educational consultants plus college admission strategists, located on the south end in a newly renovated 1,000-square-foot student union. Darcie Patrick is a NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) member and a Professional Member…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Elizabeth Abell, DMD

Harbor Point Dentistry What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? My patients’ needs and concerns are my number one priority. I will always provide an environment of compassion and trust. Accessibility is key; I am always accessible to my patients, especially…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Angela Mandigo

Circle of Life Plant Interiors & Gardenias Event Floral Circle of Life Plant Interiors and Gardenias Event Floral, two well-established Lowcountry businesses, are here to serve your event plant and floral needs. Circle of Life specializes in convenient interior and exterior plant and floral rentals as…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Gina Calamari, Realtor®

Keller Williams Realty I have lived on Hilton Head Island for 32 years with my family, siblings, parents and children across the island. I am a graduate of Homewood Flossmoor High School, 1979. Following graduation, I worked in accounting in the financial community and in hospitality. I…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Heidi Daly

Advanced Aesthetics Academy What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Always follow your gut instincts; be passionate about what you are doing and allow it to help and empower others. If it does not jingle, it does not count! There is…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Jenna Irvin

Pure Barre Hilton Head Island What are the three most important lessons you have learned in building your business? Nothing is ever as big, overbearing, or stress-inducing as it feels in the moment. Your current stressors, obstacles, and trials will one day be a distant memory—a soft…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Up-Close and Personal with Julie Parsley

I have been goal-oriented and artistically motivated from an early age. After 34 years, two salons/spas, platform/freelance artistry, and traveling and studying abroad, I am still so driven! Change is the only constant in the world today, and that is what I am here to…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Kelli Corn

Kelli Corn Weddings & Events How long have you been in business? 5 years owning the company, 17 years in the industry. What is a day like“in your heels? Organized chaos! Balancing work and a very active family can be tricky. Multiple bride and family personalities, details, and where…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Lisa Cornelius

Simply Southern Homebuilder, LLC What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Never give up; where there’s a will, there’s a way; and never compromise integrity and honesty. By holding true to these goals, I can sleep without worry that I did…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Meredith Bannon

Bannon Law Group,LLC What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Be authentic. People appreciate honesty. We are so lucky to live in a town where clients become neighbors and friends. What is a day like in your heels? Each day is a new…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Patsy and Jordan Nimmer

Merle Norman Studio, Salon & Boutique What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Customer service is essential; customer satisfaction is imperative; and advertising is key. When you first started, what was the biggest challenge when it came to cultivating clients/customers? We have a…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Jillian Atkinson

Moonlit Lullaby What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Customer service is everything! They are the reason we are here. Make their experience memorable. You have to love what you do if you want it to grow. Many will want to…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Ashley Avery

Palmetto Cabinet Studio What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Happiness is a place between too much and too little. Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. Nothing worth having comes easy. What is…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Christina Lindstedt

Peak Performance Fitness How long have you been in business? 17 years What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Trust your instincts; only pursue what you are passionate about; surround yourself with great people—family, coworkers, clients and friends. What is a day like in…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Regina M. Banis

Regina M. Banis, LLC & Lowcountry Visitation Center What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? Lesson one is to learn when to turn work “off” and your personal life “on,” because when you own your own business, there is always something…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Sarah Rhoads

Permanent Cosmetics HHI How long have you been in business? I have owned Permanent Cosmetics HHI for four and a half years but I have been doing cosmetic tattooing for seven years and have completed over 5,000 procedures. I am a proud member of the SPCP and…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Cynthia Groff

Sativa Health Products What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business? To be persistent and consistent, to always stay the course, and to share my passion. What is a day like in your heels? Every day starts with keeping up with the current and…
Author:Special to CH2



2019 Women in Business: Pat Sokolowski and Jennifer Sokolowski

WestView Investment Advisors What inspired you to start your business? Both my mother and mother-in-law were widowed at an early age and needed financial help. There was and still is a shortage of women in the financial field. I felt that there was an important role for…
Author:Special to CH2



5 Drinks with Franny Gerthoffer of the Hilton Head Humane Association

Franny Gerthoffer has been the face of Hilton Head Humane Association for as long as most of us can remember. This issue being decidedly woman-centric, and with a new facility in partnership with Beaufort County having recently opened, it seemed like a good time to…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Editor's Note: August 2019

Our daily encounters with others are massive opportunities for growth and education if we just pay attention. Years ago, I remember my mentor taking meetings with various people that I thought were a waste of time. It only became evident to me much later that…
Author:Maggie Washo



The Sky’s the Limit for WWE Superstar C.J. ‘Lana’ Perry

Makeup: Brian Valentine
Hair: Randi Petersen
Stylist: Emma Trask

Author:Iain Denholm



Fran Peterson: Local hairstylist to enter prestigious hair competition

Collection/Hair: Fran Peterson
Assistant: Dylan Prescott
Makeup: Renee G
Models: Svetlana Zokharova, Mila Filana, and Anastasia Belotskaya

Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Ocean Peek at its Peak: This second-row stunner takes a family-friendly layout and cranks up the artistic finishes for a lively vacation getaway

A combination of shakes, board and batten and exposed rafter tails plays on Lowcountry style with Southern charm. As Jodi Ripepi guides me through her stunning second-row Palmetto Dunes home, she speaks in elevated tones to be heard over the sounds of the hit kids’ show…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Kris Allred: The Face of Your Forecast

If you are like most people, you probably tune into the weather report at least once a day. While you can always do a quick, on-the-go check via your trusty weather app, there’s something more personal about watching it reported live on local TV. For…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



A Note From Our Mayors

A Note from John McCann Joining Hands with Verona:a Valuable Exchange A month ago, we joined the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island on a flagship trip to Verona, Italy and had a wonderful exchange of ideas. The trip was planned following a resolution the Town Council…
Author:John McCann, Lisa Sulka



Musicians in Bathrooms: Taylor Kent

What’s your sign? Cancer Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic: “Midnight in Harlem” Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan? One time a stranger got down on one knee and “proposed” to me at a gig. I don’t know if that qualifies as the…
Author:Special to CH2



Networking for Introverts

For introverts, perhaps nothing is more intimidating than entering a room filled with strangers to strike up some clever, on-the-spot conversations. If the thought of spending an evening at a networking event makes you break into a cold sweat, if just thinking about wearing a…
Author:Lucy Rosen



Porches: Stop, sit, and have some real face time

If you’re not sitting on your porch, go there. Take a glass of lemonade, sweet tea or the drink of your choice along with your magazine. Then sit back, relax, and read on. A quintessential feature of Southern homes has long been the grand front…
Author:Laura Jacobi



The Choice

Heather Quinn at home with her daughters Rosie and Ella Grace. About a year ago, a business woman whom I admire a great deal penned a thank-you note to me in response to a gift I had given her for retirement. One line that took me…
Author:Heather Quinn



Selina King-Daly: Heart of Gold

Selina King-Daly just picked up the phone, called her and said, “I know you do not know me, but I grew up with your husband… .” King-Daly explained to the surprised widow on the other end of the line that she was so touched by…
Author:Courtney Hampson



Southern Etiquette

Southern ladies and gentlemen are often defined by their impeccable etiquette. There’s a reason why good manners are ingrained in Southern culture. From one generation to the next, Southerners are taught to be respectful of others and to show kindness to their neighbors. Even in…
Author:Laura Jacobi



Southern Hospitality: From the Vantage of a Lone Woman Traveler

Southern hospitality is thought to have its origins in the antebellum planter class that stood ready to entertain guests lavishly on the old plantation. This was not only a code of social and even religious honor; it was also a relief from the isolation of…
Author:Michele Roldán-Shaw



Ready, Set, Grow! Now with two locations, The Sandbox invites all to come out and play

Children play in a shrimp boat at The Sandbox’s new location in Tanger Outlets 2. In today’s world of electronic gadgetry, touchscreens, and digital play, a walk into The Sandbox (a non-profit interactive children’s museum) is like a trip back in time. There’s not a television…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Talking Trash: Hilton Head Trash Heroes expose our dirty little secrets

Darci Everett, Dr. John Batson, Dr. Jean Fruh, Thor, Mick and Stephanie Pullon spend Mother’s Day morning cleaning up a creek by the Hilton Head Rowing Center. In barely an hour they had gathered up bags and bags of trash, along with larger items that…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Explore GA: Destination: Tybee Island

In our continuing fashion/travel series, the CH2 creative team explores local destinations in search of the best things to see, eat and do. Styling by Kaila Jeffcoat and Ella Patrick Hair & Makeup by Courtney Marine of Bride’s Side Beauty Clothing modeled by Charisse & McKenzie Special thanks…
Author:Special to CH2



Wee Three Sisters Jewelry! Caution: bright futures ahead

Emma, Caroline and Honora display their jewelry line in the CH2 studio. Forget everything you think you know about teenagers and put on your protective eyewear, because three gifted young ladies are about to blow through the stereotypes and give you a glimpse into a future…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Local Artists Following their HeARTs in Business

“Do what you love, and the money will follow.” For four area women artists, that often-quoted saying couldn’t be truer. While there are many women (and men) throughout the Lowcountry who are fueling their passion for their art as hobbyists, many are also trying to…
Author:Lucy Rosen



Women’s Association of Hilton Head: Come for the fun; stay for the fulfillment

WAHHI has Heart for Our Community A photograph taken of WAHHI attendees at the April 26th luncheon held at the Sonesta Resort, where Vera Stewart was the guest speaker. In 1960, a group of seven friends sipping iced tea on the porch of Nancy McBride’s home on…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



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