June 2020



Lowcountry Insurance Professionals

It’s the time of year that every property owner dreads, hurricane season. Perhaps a review of your coverage would be in order. Brightway Insurance Greg Dissel arrived in the Lowcountry three years ago with a simple mission: to change the way you look at insurance. An…
Author:Special to CH2



You Say Tomato, I Say ... Pull Over! Roadside stands in the Lowcountry

In a world where we’ve had to tweak a few of our summer plans, maybe wait a while for that island cruise or that flight to an exotic locale, it’s comforting to know that the warmer months still offer us plenty of things to look…
Author:Denise K. James



The Art of the Home:Collaboration between celebrated designer and inspired artist creates masterpiece in Palmetto Bluff

Most of the time, beautiful is enough. Most of the time, taking the essentials that combine to create that contemporary Lowcountry look is enough to create a captivating home. Start with a great view, add some distressed flooring in a delicate neutral shade, pair with custom…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Local Farmers Markets

Always a nice alternative to the grocery store, farmers markets and produce stands are abundant in the South during the summer months. Skip the produce aisle and support a local farmer at one of these outdoor marketplaces. Check websites for dates and times, as everything…
Author:Special to CH2



Positive Outcomes of the Covid-19 Crisis

Over the past five months, there has certainly been no shortage of bad news about the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. But if you look in the right places, you’ll find plenty of good news that can warm the heart and remind us all that the world…
Author:Kent Thune



Joe King: Farmers Market Icon

At the age of five, Joe King begged to be taken to work in the peanut fields. Soon he started picking cotton alongside his daddy, with his own little sack stuffed full. By the time he was a teenager, he was getting enough profits from…
Author:Michele Roldán-Shaw



Musicians in Bathrooms featuring Sara Burns

What’s your sign? My sun sign is Taurus My moon sign is Leo And my rising/ascendant sign is Cancer I happen to know a thing or two about astrology … we can save that for another conversation. Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic: “Frozen Love,”…
Author:Special to CH2



Get Fit for Summer, Stay Fit for Life: Pure Barre Bluffton invites you to step out of your comfort zone and into your strongest, most beautiful body

The Pure Barre Bluffton Team (from left to right): Morgan, Hennie, Maria, Annie G., Annie, Jillian, Kara,and Lindy. April here in the Lowcountry is a bit like January in that many of us are having a sudden awakening regarding our bodies. When the beach calls and…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Clark Sinclair

Clark Sinclair Director of Golf/George Fazio Course in Palmetto Dunes If you’ve spent any time on the golf course in Palmetto Dunes, chances are you’ve run into Clark Sinclair. He’s the director of golf at Palmetto Dunes at the George Fazio course and has been a constant…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Irvin & Emory Campbell

Irvin & Emory Campbell Gullah Tours If there are two people keeping Hilton Head Island’s heritage and Gullah-Geechee culture alive through stories for future generations, it’s Irvin and Emory Campbell. Born and raised on a Hilton Head Island that’s barely recognizable to them now, these brothers have…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Gregg Russell

Each year, according to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, more than 2.5 million visitors make their way onto our 12-by-5-mile-long island. This means that, during the course of the year, there are 62.5 visitors to every one local resident. Never before have we been…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Cedric Gray

Cedric Gray Real Estate Agent, Magnolia Capital Real Estate Known by some locals as the unofficial mayor of Bluffton, Cedric Gray is easy to spot with his tall frame and big smile. He can often be found in Old Town, convincing visitors they should become permanent residents.…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Byron Sewell

Byron Sewell Native Son Adventures If you haven’t noticed a theme in the answers so far, let us refresh your memory: get out on the water! One of the best ways to do that is with a real Hilton Head Island native, Byron Sewell. An adventure with…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Kathy Winings

Kathy Winings Information Specialist, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Kathy Winings has been in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. An island transplant from Indiana by way of Kentucky, Winings moved here with her husband to work at the Hyatt (now the Marriott Hilton Head…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Amie Baima

Amie Baima Skillets Café & Grill An island resident since 1977, Amie Baima has been greeting guests at Skillets Café in Coligny Plaza for over 25 years. It’s like watching the conductor of an orchestra on a Sunday morning as she glides from one part of the…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Jim Lisenby

Jim Lisenby Pool Bar Jim’s Jim Lisenby said a friend of his told him to “find what no one else wants to do, do it well, and you’ll make a killing.” Evidently what no one else wanted to do on Hilton Head Island was make complicated frozen…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Dave Kennemur

Dave Kennemur Trolley Driver, Palmetto Breeze Trolley For a stress-free way to navigate the island and its summer traffic, hop on the Palmetto Breeze Trolley, Hilton Head Island’s version of public transportation. This nostalgic turn-of-the-century looking streetcar will connect you to some of the most popular destinations…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Demetria Thomas

Demetria Thomas Guest Services Manager, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Demetria Thomas has lived in the Lowcountry her entire life and is one of the first people you may encounter when checking into your rental property in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Her smile is infectious, and she has…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Frank Gatson

Frank Gatson Palmetto Dunes General Store On the day we visited Frank Gaston for this shoot, on the corner where the General Store, Alexander’s Restaurant and Pickleball meet in Palmetto Dunes, it was busier than Grand Central Station in December. “It’s so nice to see people,” Gaston…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Keegan Schlager

Keegan Schlager Lifeguard Shore Beach Services When a kid from Nebraska wants to be a lifeguard, he’s got to move to where the water is. So, that’s exactly what Keegan Schlager did in 2014. After spending the majority of his college years swimming, lifeguarding seemed like a…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Dave Martin

Dave Martin Owner of Piggly Wiggly, Coligny Plaza Dave Martin began working at his dad’s grocery store when he was nine years old. It’s been an over 50-year run of taking care of the grocery needs of residents and visitors in the heart of Hilton Head Island’s…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Chris Shoemaker

Chris Shoemaker May River Excursions Chris Shoemaker grew up on a boat, the son of a commercial shrimper in the Lowcountry. When it was time to choose his own path, he noticed a lot of the local charter captains were literally not from around here. Figuring he…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Jevon Daly

Jevon Daly Entertainer/Musician When your parents are local rock stars, chances are, you are going into music. Jevon Daly knew at a young age he wanted to entertain people, and he’s been doing it for almost all of his 48 years. Forever the class clown, Daly started…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Tom Reilley

Tom Reilley The CRAB Group On several evenings a week, you’ll find Tom Reilley seated at the bar, chatting with his guests at Reilley’s South near the Sea Pines Circle. Credited with starting the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Parade and kicking off the local hospitality empire…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Sallie Ann Robinson

Sallie Ann Robinson Author, Chef, Daufuskie Guide Daufuskie Island Sallie Ann Robinson is the kindof person you hug when you first meet her. She has a joy and spark that comes from within, and you can’t help but love her immediately. A Daufuskie Island native, Robinson was…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Amber Kuehn

Amber Kuehn Director of Sea Turtle Patrol HHI Amber Kuehn had a life-changing experience while on a dive, 16 miles offshore Hilton Head Island, at the Eagle Nest reef. It was 70 feet below the surface where she encountered her first sea turtle face-to-face. Funny how a…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Lisa Sulka

Lisa Sulka Bluffton Mayor In the long history of mayors in the USA, there was never a mayor who loved her town more than Lisa Sulka loves Bluffton. Now this might be a slight exaggeration … but even her Instagram handle is @lisalovesbluffton. Sulka is an excellent…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Chip Michalove

Chip Michalove Outcast Sport Fishing Locally, the name Chip Michalove is synonymous with great white sharks. Until he started hooking them regularly offshore, most locals didn’t know the species was so prevalent in Lowcountry waters. Most days you’ll find Michalove cruising in a 27-foot Glacier Bay Catamaran,…
Author:Special to CH2



21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Andrew Carmines

Andrew Carmines General Manager of Hudson’s on the Docks Hudson’s on the Docks has been serving fresh seafood to local visitors since 1912, when the original oyster factory was built as a seafood processing plant. J.B. Hudson Sr. started a thriving family business that became a local…
Author:Special to CH2



A Note from Our Mayors

A Note from John McCann Telecommunications Played Vital Role During COVID-19 In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we all found ourselves in need of internet service, particularly those who didn’t have it: laptops, tablets or iPads, electronic conferencing services and any other tools that would connect…
Author:John McCann, Lisa Sulka



Line in the Sand: To open up the country or to not ... that is the question.

Opinion 1: Ken Robinson Social distancing, essential, non-essential, flattening the curve; these are just a few of the words that have now become part of our daily vocabulary, but why? America woke up one morning and the country was being shut down. If your business or…
Author:Ken Robinson, Arlene Spiegel



Landmarks: Unmistakable signs you have arrived on Hilton Head Island for your summer vacation

Everyone knows those familiar landmarks that signal you have arrived somewhere specific. A mountain view, a roadside attraction or seafood shack on the beach. No place are those sights more welcome than when you arrive at your favorite vacation spot. Prices change and human error…
Author:Barry Kaufman



C.T. Pan: A C2 exclusive interview

C.T. Pan wasn’t planning to come to Hilton Head Island last April. He was putting on his inaugural junior golf event at home in Houston, and the game plan was to play well enough in the first three months of the year to take the…
Author:Justin Jarrett



5 Drinks With… Sir William “Willie” Innes

He’s drinking: Huger Street IPA I’m drinking: Lighthouse Blonde On an intellectual level, we’re all aware that Sir William “Willie” Innes—having been born in the late eighteenth century—is more than likely long passed. It’s certainly something that was in the back of my head as I…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Better Bonding: Super summer activities for moms and kids in the Lowcountry

Summer is here, y’all, and everybody knows that it’s typically Mom who schedules all the summer activities. The struggle is real to turn on the fun factor while also incorporating activities that stimulate minds and bodies, as well as provide opportunities to bond emotionally with…
Author:Cheryl Alexander



Editor's Note: June 2020

It’s never made me happier to see our beaches packed, restaurants full and roadways clogged. They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and boy has that been true for me. It’s a favorite pastime of (some) locals to grumble a tiny…
Author:Maggie Washo



Creating a Buzz: Hilton Head Home Group of RE/MAX Island Realty takes modern approach to marketing

The Hilton Head Home Group (from left to right): Stephanie Cauller, Melanie Smith, Kate Oliva and Janice Ross. Buzz is something that everyone who has something to sell wants to generate. In real estate, creating buzz around a property means getting it talked about, whether that is…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



A&M Provisions: Tickle your taste buds at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s new gourmet specialty foods store

Maury and Anne Fitzgerald, owners of A&M Provisions in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina Maybe you’ve never thought about serving all-natural, chef-grade pineapple or banana vinegar over ice cream … or drizzling goat’s milk caramel over fruit or your favorite cheese. Perhaps your snack stash doesn’t…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins




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