Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, planned projects, commercial transactions, grand openings and closings.
- Spartina 449, Daufuskie Island. This local company, which sells its upscale women's lifestyle brand in eight brand-store locations in the southeast and in 1,500 specialty retailers nationwide, will be moving its accounting and operations divisions to 10 Buck Island Road in Bluffton.
No timetable was given. The move into the 40,000-square-foot facility will add 15 new jobs to its 79-employee base.
The company, founded in 2009, includes handbags, accessories, jewelry and more in its Lowcountry influenced product portfolio.
- Crazy Crab, 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. This popular eatery in the CRAB restaurant group is expected to reopen soon, after a kitchen fire that spread to the roof closed it March 7.
The recent exterior deck expansion was not damaged in the blaze.
- Vantage Pointe Apartments at Bluffton Park, Bluffton Parkway and Red Cedar Street. This planned 110-unit multi-family complex by Bluffton Park Apartments and Bluffton Park D-2, both LLCs registered to Main Street Realty founder and president David Staley, has begun presenting the project to the town for planning review.
- Avocado Bleu, 21 Bluffton Road, #102 (Kittie's Crossing), Bluffton. This locally owned start-up eatery will be offering breakfast and lunch items with fresh ingredients and a few hot dishes for takeout when it opens soon. Catering also is available.
Dinner will be added to the menu sometime after its opens.
- Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, 21 Bluffton Road (Kittie's Crossing), Bluffton. This popular deli with 2,727 locations nationwide serves fresh local ingredients and all-natural meats on its sub and giant club sandwiches made from scratch daily for pick-up, delivery and catering.
A summer opening is planned for this 35-year-old franchise.
- Fraser's Tavern, Plantation Golf Club, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. Live Oak, an upscale Lowcountry-inspired dining establishment with lagoon and golf course views, has been renamed and transformed recently into a family-friendly tavern.
Locally sourced salads, pizzas, handhelds and craft beers on tap are served in a casual atmosphere.
- Crabby's Corner, 7 Lawton St., Bluffton, March 24. This ice cream shop operated by Mameem & Maudie's has reopened after shutting down last summer.
It serves ice cream, shaved ice and milkshakes daily except Sundays.
Grand openings, ribbon cuttings, closings:
- Rollers Beers, Wines and Spirits, 9 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head, Feb. 26. This specialized beverage emporium closed its previous location and reopened here.
Certified sommeliers and craft beer specialists serve an extensive inventory to its customers. It has two other locations on the island.
- Buffalo Wild Wings, 21 Bluffton Road, Suite 110, Bluffton, March 5. This 36-year-old company's new local franchise offers wings, of course, sandwiches, wraps, chicken tenders, salads and more.
- Porcella's, 435 William Hilton Parkway, Northridge Plaza, Hilton Head, March 10-11. This 6,000-square-foot game and activity center features pool and ping pong tables, air hockey, darts, video play stations with the latest software, leagues and tournaments.
Guests are invited to sit down in front of the big-screen TVs, eat casual comfort food and enjoy a glass of wine or beer.
- Welcome Wagon, Bluffton-Hilton Head area, March 14. The largest homeowners welcoming program in the country, founded in 1928, has introduced its service to the Lowcountry.
The organization provides new residents with information about local business and service providers in their communities.
- Abbey Glen, 221 Abbey Glen Way, Hardeeville, March 28. Keller Williams of Hilton Head-Bluffton and The Terranova Group hosted a formal ground-breaking ceremony at the development site for the next phase of residential construction.
- Signature Real Estate Group, 60 Main St., Suites A&B, Hilton Head, April 4. This full-service real estate team serves clients on the island and in the surrounding area.
- Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, March 7. This franchise is an environmentally friendly junk removal business that keeps heavy machinery, appliances and construction debris from being dumped in landfills.
The company serves Beaufort and Jasper counties.
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Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.