August 2020 Issue



Presence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: How Covid-19 rejuvenated my marriage

We all know that marriage is no cakewalk. Throw in a global pandemic and stay-at-home directive and you have the perfect testing ground. Will it be a second honeymoon or the last straw? My husband Tom owns a company based in Atlanta and travels for work,…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



C2 Fashion: Summer Essentials to Complete Your Look!

Styling by Kaila Jeffcoat
*Prices change and human error occurs -please see boutique listed for final pricing on all items.

Author:Special to CH2



From Mild to Wild: Get sauced at Hot Daddy’s of Hilton Head

As early as Mayans adding pepper to water on their best day ever, or as new millennium as Gordon Ramsey’s cult classic “Hot Ones,” where celebs cry and drink milk on YouTube to prove they can take the heat, people love a good hot sauce.…
Author:Amy Bartlett



Why I Love Hot Yoga

Why do otherwise sane human beings pay good money to take a yoga class in a room where the climate resembles Dante’s Inferno? For 15 years, I swore I’d never step foot in one of those horrible hot yoga studios. My idea of yoga was…
Author:Danielle Daily



The Boys are Back: Grab a beer and get comfy, fellas. The classic men’s barber shop has returned.

Joe Gancio, proprietor of Joe’s Classic Cuts in Bluffton. It was 1966 when James Brown sang, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” and at the time, that was very true. The patriarchy was at the height of its powers, with men firmly in the driver’s seat…
Author:Barry Kaufman



AJ Staley: Beneath the brawn, wildly popular fitness trainer known for making everyone feel important

When AJ Staley walks into a room, the first thing you are likely to notice is his physique. The former middle linebacker turned fitness coach/trainer is not someone you would want to run into without a helmet and plenty of padding. But beneath all that exterior…
Author:Linda Hopkins



Bill Herbkersman: The Pied Piper of the Promenade

He may not be a born-there native, but the core visionaries behind Bluffton’s last quarter century of economic growth inevitably bring up one person: Bill Herbkersman. Many newer residents know the 62-year-old fixture of Old Town Bluffton as the longtime S.C. House Representative for District…
Author:Tim Wood



Archery Arrives at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort!

Hilton Head Island residents and visitors can now escape the heat by heading indoors to On the Mark Archery’s air-conditioned range at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. This new addition complements resort favorites such as golf, tennis and pickleball, while offering its own unique challenges and…
Author:Courtesy of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort



At Your Service: Thomas P. Lenns, M.D., Internal Medicine

Concierge medicine might not be a household phrase, but choosing concierge as a healthcare solution has proven extensively more beneficial for both patient and household. Once considered luxury medical care or boutique, concierge medicine has become more accessible and cost-effective considering the services available to…
Author:Amy Bartlett



Editor's Note: August 2020

Hunter and Maggie couldn’t resist a photo op in front of the Station 7 fire engine on Hilton Head Island. Let’s hear it for the boys… … and by boys I mean MEN. This issue is dedicated to the gentlemen who grace these pages. The guys who…
Author:Maggie Washo



Eric Esquivel: Breaking cultural barriers

Eric Esquivel, owner/publisher of La Isla magazine, the premier Latino publication in the Lowcountry, is not only living the American Dream, but is also a product and proponent of that dream. The idea and promise of America served as the foundation of success the Esquivel…
Author:Cheryl Alexander



Living Life with Purpose

Susan Burak enjoys some downtime in her backyard. For many of us, the past several months have induced a time of introspection and self-improvement. Some of us have taken on wellness challenges like a weight-loss journey or new physical feat like long-distance biking or running. Some…
Author:Becca Edwards



A Note from Mayor Sulka

A Note from Lisa Sulka Census 2020: Make it Count, Bluffton! This is the year to be counted. The 2020 Census is Bluffton’s opportunity to collect data, which defines our town for years to come. The Census only occurs every decade. This is important because the data…
Author:Lisa Sulka



Musicians in Bathrooms featuring Unicorn Meat

Band: Unicorn Meat Musicians: Joseph Vicars & Jevon Daly What’s your sign? Unicorn Meat: One way. Or the yield sign. We like them both a lot. Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic: UM: “What Does the Fox Say?” Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan? UM:…
Author:Special to CH2



Shane Monahan: Lowcountry’s Newest Major League Neighbor

Short of hearing voices in a cornfield like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, a bit of baseball magic has appeared in the heart of Bluffton, South Carolina. “Kids should always realize their own dreams,” said Shane Monahan, former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and…
Author:Nina Greenplate



Steve Riley: Don’t Call it a Legacy

**Steve Riley does a walk-through with Chris Darnell, project manager of the new Celebration Park. ** Think about where this island was in 1991 when a young Steve Riley first came aboard as community development director. Think about where it was in 1994 when…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Somebody Call 911: Lowcountry Firefighters

C2 chats with local firefighters about what they like most about the job, what they do to stay fit and at what moment on the job they were most afraid.

Special Thanks to Cinda Seamon and Randy Hunter for their assistance.

Author:Special to CH2



5 Drinks with The Bluffton Bourbon Club: Raising a glass to the great American spirit with one of Bluffton’s coolest not-so-secret societies

Barry takes on the Bourbon Club (from left to right): Bryan Baker, Barry Kaufman, James Atkins, Kevin Sevier and Brian Witmer What We’re Drinking Bourbon that costs more than my car, including but in no way limited to a 12-year Pappy Van Winkle, a barrel-proof Colonel E.H. Taylor…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Men Behind the Business: Thomas M. Dowling

Thomas M. Dowling CFA, CFP®, CIMA® Aegis Planning What services does your business offer? Financial and wealth planning. What is your motto in life? “It’s better to be interested than interesting.” What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it? Youth sports. I…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Ryan Lockhart

Ryan Lockhart group46 In the variety of ways you’ve likely encountered the influence and impact of Ryan Lockhart, owner of the marketing agency group46, you may not have heard the origins of what started with “a backpack, a one-way ticket, and a credit card.” Those who know…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Rob Lembo

Rob Lembo Triad Brand Marketing What services does your business offer? We are a brand marketing agency. What does this mean? In a nutshell, we create a face and establish a voice for your business and then promote you to the world. To what do you attribute your success? I…
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Men Behind the Business: Michael Ray

Michael Ray SNS Technologies Mike Ray of SNS Technologies has been addressing the IT and cyber security needs of clients around the Lowcountry since 1996. The landscape of computer security has changed greatly in the ensuing 24 years, and Ray has kept at the forefront of each…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Jim Maginnis

Jim Maginnis, DMD, MS Maginnis Orthodontics What services do you offer? Orthodontics for children and adults with braces, Clear aligners (Invisalign), and surgical orthodontic treatment. What is your motto in life? The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Be a decent human and…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Dana Briggs & Walter Trifari

Dana Briggs & Walter Trifari lot 9 brewing co. Dana Briggs: What is your motto in life? Work and play hard, help others to succeed, and always be willing to lend a helping hand. To what do you attribute your success? I have been fortunate to be surrounded by driven people…
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Men Behind the Business: Jim Bannon

Jim Bannon Bannon Law Group, LLC What services does your business offer? We handle criminal defense and real estate closings, and can help people establish their own business. What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it? Penn State football, improving…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Frank Ambrosic

Frank Ambrosic Ambrosic Home Theater Designs What services does your business offer? Audio and video design, installation, dedicated home theaters, media rooms, virtual reality design, outdoor entertainment, lighting control systems, remote control consolidation, and structured wiring. What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Dave Miller

Dave Miller Superior Services What makes Superior Services the superior choice? The hard-work-and-persistence formula that describes owner and lightening-flash personality, Dave Miller. That, and a whole lot of yellow. If you haven’t seen a flash of yellow from a Superior truck in the Lowcountry today, you haven’t been…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Rob Cavano and Charles Arriola

Rob Cavano and Charles Arriola Coastal Countertops & Tile What services does your business offer? We are a custom fabricator/installer of both natural and engineered stone for all countertop applications, both interior and exterior. We specialize in high-end residential and light commercial projects here in the Lowcountry and…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Chris Donelson

Chris Donelson Air Duct DR What services does your business offer? We offer residential and commercial dryer vent cleaning; air ducts cleaning; mold/odor removal; tearing out worn insulation and rewrapping; replacing flex duct lines and dryer vent lines. What is your motto in life? I actually have quite a few,…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Berry & Carr

Berry & Carr Since starting in the Lowcountry in 1985 David Berry and Patrick Carr have dedicated their practice to representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases at multiple locations on Hilton Head Island and in Beaufort. Founder David H. Berry received his undergraduate degree…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Tim Singleton

Tim Singleton Ruby Lee’s South What service does your business offer? Happiness! We’re a restaurant industry, food and beverage industry, entertainment industry. I think we’re a place where America comes and join forces together—a “have a great time” industry. What is your motto in life? I have several of them,…
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Men Behind the Business: Randy Rose

Randy Rose Rose Hearing Healthcare Centers What services does your business offer? We offer hearing tests, video otoscopy, all-make repair and service, accessories and batteries, custom earmolds, and an array of other services. We carry the most technologically advanced hearing aids, and we counsel on how to hear…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Nickey Maxey

Nickey Maxey Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty What services do you offer? Real estate advisor to buyers and sellers in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. What is your motto in life? Wealth is the ability to fully experience life every day with my family at my core. What are you passionate…
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Men Behind the Business: Dr. Nate Dixon, DPT

Dr. Nate Dixon, DPT LAVA 24 Fitness What services does your business offer? LAVA 24 Fitness offers weight-loss and physical training services, along with nutritional counseling to help individuals achieve optimal health through a plant-based, Whole Foods lifestyle. We offer educational programs to achieve wellness and the…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Marek Belka

Marek Belka The French Bakery & European Cuisine What services does your business offer? There are different types of restaurant service, The French Bakery and European Cuisine offers an array of delectable desserts and appetizing entrées to satisfy anyone’s needs. What is your life motto? Life is uncertain; eat…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Larry Baker

Larry Baker Espy Lumber Company Larry Baker, regional showroom manager for Espy Lumber Company, doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. He has specialized in hardware sales for over 20 years and currently oversees the Hilton Head Island and Okatie showrooms. One of his personal mottos is, “Never…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Michael Kronimus

Michael Kronimus KRA architecture + design What services do you offer? Architectural design, land planning and development. What is your motto in life? Just do it! If you want to make something of yourself, don’t sit back and relax and watch life go by; just do it. Maybe something great…
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Men Behind the Business: Josh Matthews

Josh Matthews J. Matthews Construction What services does your business offer? We can complete any residential construction—anything from a new home, addition to bathroom or kitchen remodel. What is your motto in life? Everything is going be alright. How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence?…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: John Kautter

John Kautter HHB marketing & web design At only 25 years old, John Kautter is a young entrepreneur who has found success owning Bluffton’s highest rated marketing agency, HHB Connect. His sharp focus and passion for simplicity and beautiful designs has gotten him to the top of…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Joey Gomez

Joey Gomez JR’s Auto Detailing JR’s was conceived during quarantine. My wife Lisa, who owns The Sanctuary Spa on Hilton Head Island, and my good friend Mike Hailey, who has his own construction business, encouraged me to start this business because I love detailing cars and I’m…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Rob Dills

Rob C. Dills Dills Law Firm, LLC What services does your business offer? We are a full-service law firm in Old Town Bluffton with a focus on real estate, estate planning, and business needs—serving Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the greater Lowcountry area with flat fee and subscription…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Jeff Hunt

Jeff Hunt Dunes Real Estate For some, the allure of Hilton Head Island lies in its white sandy beaches and its laid-back lifestyle. But for many, the true draw of Hilton Head Island is the potential it represents for creating a better life. Each property represents opportunity,…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Dr. George Sutherland, MD

Dr. George Sutherland, MD Optim Orthopedics Dr. George Sutherland, MD is a sports medicine specialist with over 16 years of experience in the medical field. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, he graduated with honors from Eastern Virginia Medical School. After graduation, he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Dr. Brad Fraum D.C. & Dr. Brian McGinnis D.C.

While Restorative Health is indeed “very serious business,” Drs. Brad Fraum D.C. and Brian McGinnis D.C. introduce you to a team DNA of laughter and lightheartedness, building a family with their clientele. McGinnis joined Fraum 20 years ago, forging a collaboration that is unique and dynamic…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Dennis Puckey

Dennis Puckey Charter One Realty What services does your business offer? I have been a real estate professional for over 30 years and with Charter One Realty for 20 years. Our brokerage has been serving Lowcountry residents since 1986, specializing in residential and commercial real estate. When it…
Author:Special to CH2



Men Behind the Business: Rob Vaughn

Rob Vaughn Bluffton Pharmacy Rob Vaughn answered the call to become a pharmacist a little later in life than most. Originally an advertising executive working with a multi-national agency, he had the opportunity to work with some consultant pharmacists with pharmaceutical clients such as Glaxo Smith Kline…
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Men Behind the Business Paul Bailey II

Paul Bailey II Alliance Roofing, LLC and Paul Bailey Builders Alliance Roofing, LLC and Paul Bailey Builders are locally owned and operated by Paul Bailey, II. Paul has been a Hilton Head Island resident since he moved here with his family from West Virginia in 1986. In…
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Men Behind the Business: Darrel Quinn

Darrel Quinn Owner of Quinn’s Diamond Jewelers What services does your business offer? I am a second generation, full-service jeweler with 52 years of experience. I started doing repairs and engraving from eighth grade in our family-owned store in Rochelle, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois…
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Men Behind the Business: Colton Maxey

Colton Maxey MaxCash What services do you offer? We provide ATMs for convenience stores, malls, shopping centers and all types of high traffic areas. What is your motto in life? To help people and to be successful in business, owning my own business which I do now. What are you passionate…
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Men Behind the Business: Chris Shoemaker

Chris Shoemaker May River Excursions May River Excursions was started in 2010 with one Carolina skiff doing river tours on the May River and has now expanded to seven boats offering guided fishing trips, water taxis to Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Bluff and Daufuskie. May River Excursions…
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Men Behind the Business: Chris Gomez

Chris Gomez Hilton Head DOT Real Estate I have been living on Hilton head Island since 1973. My father was from Madrid, Spain, and my mother from the same Spanish background but born in Puerto Rico. My parents were both deaf, therefore I grew up learning to…
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Men Behind the Business: Bob Engler

Bob Engler Budget Blinds What services does your business offer? We offer custom window covering including blinds, shades, plantation shutters, and automated products. What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it? I would say my family. I am lucky…
Author:Special to CH2




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