Business is booming on both sides of the bridges

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Tio's Latin American Kitchen held its grand opening and ribbon cutting June 19 at its new location in Shelter Cove Towne Centre. LYNNE COPE HUMMELL

Retailers, restaurants and other service businesses are changing the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, mergers, planned projects, closings and grand openings.

Lux - A Medical Spa, 24 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 51, Hilton Head. This full-service facility plans to open in July and will offer facials, chemical peels, Botox, skin care, laser treatments, clinical procedures and spa treatments. It is co-owned by Dr. Carmen Trawick of May River Dermatology and Dr. Frederick Weniger of Weniger Plastic Surgery.

Dominos, 149 Riverwalk Blvd., Okatie. The country's largest pizza chain recently opened another site with options for dine-in, take-out or delivery. Wings, sandwiches and other goodies are on the menu.

Java Burrito, 1260 May River Road, Bluffton. This popular Mexican burrito and coffee bar has applied to the Bluffton Review Committee to build a 4,400-square-foot restaurant. The company also owns and operates its original site on the island.

Hilton Head Christian Academy, 55 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head. The Hilton Head Town Council approved a request June 18 by New York City-based Spandrel Development Partners to rezone 13.8 acres of the school campus to build an apartment complex.

The project calls for 260 apartments with a maximum height of 45 feet, which is a scaled-down version of the original 300-unit proposal that was rejected by the town's Planning Commission in the spring. Council will hear and vote on a second reading in July. The academy plans to relocate to Bluffton in 2020.

Village Park Homes, New Riverside, Bluffton. This development group, the primary builder of the approved and under-construction 340-home Alston Park, plans to develop 206 workforce homes on 68 acres of town-owned land south of the park, in addition to utilizing the remaining 76 homes in the park for the same purpose. Town council agreed in June to forward the proposal to the town's negotiating committee for further discussion.

Grand openings, ribbon cuttings and closings:

Tio's Latin American Kitchen, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 181, Hilton Head. A soft opening was held May 24, followed the next month with a grand opening and ribbon cutting June 19. This popular eatery, which closed at another location last year, has reopened with 200 seats at Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

It's well-known for its homemade corn tortillas, Cuban sandwiches and other fresh, made-from-scratch meat and seafood specialties from several Latino countries. Tio's is owned by Sally Zuniga and her husband and executive chef Lynden, and business partner Eliha Bitton.

Dancing Hammock Pilates & Movement Center, 162 Bluffton Road, Bluffton, June 20. Owner and lead instructor Silja Burns said the boutique studio is the only one in the state featuring AntiGravity fitness suspension techniques that combine silk hammocks with Pilates and rebounding. Individual and group sessions for all levels and ages are offered.

Omelette Café, 8210 Pinellas Drive (off Buckwalter Parkway), Bluffton, June 20. This growing breakfast and lunch eatery opened its sixth site in South Carolina and Georgia. The extensive menu features local ingredients. It's open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Paris Market, 70 Boat House Row (Palmetto Bluff Wilson Village), Bluffton. This Savannah-based boutique studio will open in July selling art, ceramics and jewelry.

Advanced Aesthetics Academy, 176 Dermis Ave., Hardeeville, June 1. Hilton Head resident and owner Heidi Daly said the academy focuses on an all-encompassing with instruction in aesthetic treatments, clinical rotations and all functions for operating a spa. With about 450 hours of training, students will be able to apply for an aesthetician's license.

Carolina Coffee and Crumb, 101 Pope Ave. at Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head, June 7. Owner Erica Warowsky, who also owns The Sandbar restaurant next door, said her new place will serve locally-sourced coffee, pastries and donuts, paninis and salads.

Have Bluffton or Hilton Head business news to share with our readers? Send information to Dean Rowland at leaftoo@live.com.

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