Retailers, restaurants and other service businesses are swiftly 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.
There is a new opportunity for women, especially single women with children, making jewelry and selling it and beach apparel at Vadavas Carolina at kiosk 2 in Coligny Plaza on the island's south end.
Vadavas Carolina opened April 6 and plans to add Myrtle Beach and Charleston to its business portfolio that originated in the southern Caribbean country of Aruba.
The brand seeks to "provide work opportunities for [single] moms at home so that they can have an extra income source without having to sacrifice more time with their children," according to the store's website.
Owner Leslie Nastoff met Diana Gomez and her family of four children while visiting Aruba and they are partners in the Hilton Head business.
Their "beachy" style of jewelry offers a special collection that focuses on the island's iconic Harbour Town lighthouse, dolphins and palm trees.
The business is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Island Imaging, 40 Palmetto Pkwy., Hilton Head. This service that provides mammograms, X-rays, ultrasounds, bone densitometry and fluoroscopy has changed its name from Southcoast Imaging.
Bluffton Candles. This new wholesale company makes hand-poured, scented candles using natural, environmentally friendly soy wax, zinc and lead-free wicks. The company is owned by Leo and Angie Evangelista. Their products can be found at Luna & Lillie's and ArtWare on Hilton Head.
Grand openings, ribbon cuttings and closings
Kroger, Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, May 15. This Cincinnati-based super grocery store features a myriad of gourmet specialty areas inside its 113,000 square feet. Among them are a wine and beer bar for taking a break from shopping, salad and sushi bars and a deli serving tasty hot dishes.
Bluffton Family Chiropractic, 162 Bluffton Road, Bluffton, May 17. Dr. Jeff and Carol Aita opened their new office after spending 22 years in the North Carolina mountains. They opened their first office here in 2003. Their daughter, Dr. Kate Houpt, certified in chiropractic pediatrics, joined the team in 2004 and specializes in pregnancy and children. Their son joined the practice in 2010 after graduating from chiropractic school. Their staff has expanded since then, as well.
One Park Lane, Hilton Head Island, May 22. The Richardson Group cut the ribbon and gave tours of its new single- and double-occupancy residential units, designed to help combat the workforce housing shortage on the island. The building, that will now house 38 individuals, formerly housed Carswell Insurance company, and had sat vacant for five years. "There's a need in the market and we want to be part of the solution to fill the need," said J.R. Richardson, principal of the company.
Lucky Rooster Market Street, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head, May 23. Owner-chef Clayton Rollison of the Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar, which opened in 2013 on the island, now offers eclectic twists on traditional southern food with a hint of global influences at his new eatery.
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Lowcountry resident Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.