Business Briefs

  • The Juice Hive and Health Emporium, a juice bar in Bluffton, has received national recognition for two of its featured items. The Juice Hive's Shiso Leaf Kimchi and Lowcountry Kimchi have both been named finalists in the 2018 Good Food Awards national food competition, which recognizes food producers based on both taste and sustainability criteria.

Both items were top scorers in this year's pool of more than 2,000 entries, and both are finalists in the Pickles category, under the subcategory of Lacto-Fermented products.

Criteria for this category included being free of artificial and-or genetically modified ingredients, as well as made with ingredients that are grown locally, with respect for seasonality and without the use of synthetic inputs, including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.

The Juice Hive works with Three Sisters Farm, a certified organic farm located along the Colleton River in Beaufort, which provides organic products for the Juice Hive's Kimchi.

The Juice Hive and Health Emporium, which features organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and serves breakfast and lunch, is located at 14 Johnston Way in Bluffton Village.

For more information, visit www.the

  • Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island was recently honored by the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, with a 2017 Readers' Choice Award.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island has received the award four times since its 2012 opening.

Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best.

  • Two real estate agents have joined Foundation Realty.

Realtor Susan Kitchen has joined the firm, bringing her background in management and marketing to her new position. Her primary focus will be in residential sales.

Kitchen can be contacted at 843-368-7860 or susankitchen

Michelle Elliott, also a Realtor, has also joined the firm. She started her career in the banking industry, focused on mortgage lending operations.

Elliott can be contacted at 704-737-3128 or michelle @foundationrealty

Foundation Realty has offices at 22 Folly Field Road on Hilton Head Island. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 843-686-4002, email support@ or visit

Rob Cavano has been promoted to general manager of production at StoneWorks, a stone and tile design center on Hilton Head Island.

Cavano has been with the family-owned business for 12 years, and most recently served as operations manager.

In his new role, Cavano will be responsible for all facets of service, scheduling, templating, production, and installation.

David Wright has joined the team of professional agents at Century 21 Diamond Realty, based in Bluffton.

Wright is an experienced agent who comes to the company after an eight-year career with another real estate company in the area.

Prior to real estate, his occupation encompassed 38 years of successful manufacturing, sales, and marketing for Rockwell International.

Wright and his wife, Shirley, have been residents of the Lowcountry for more than 12 years.

He can be reached at 843-422-8040.

Natasha Donaldson, a financial advisor for the past two years at Financial Design Associates, part of MassMutual Financial Group, recently passed the Series 7 and Series 66 exams administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which qualifies her to work in securities and in an investment adviser capacity.

Donaldson's securities licenses allow her to do business in South Carolina and Georgia.

As a licensed insurance professional, Donaldson can offer annuities, life, disability, long-term care insurance in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and New York.

Donaldson can be reached at

Donna Thomas has joined the accounting department of J. Banks Design Group as accounting manager.

In her new role, Thomas will manage the daily operations of the department, overseeing accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger reconciliation and other daily functions.

Thomas most recently worked for Sea Pines Montessori Academy as director of operations, managing all accounting functions and reporting financial activity to the school's Board of Trustees.

Other work experience in the community includes more than 16 years in operations and accounting with Mortgage Network, Dennis Sexton Homebuilders and The Westin.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Clemson University.

Caitlin Anderson has joined the staff of Sprout Momma, an artisan bread bakery, as a baker.

Anderson has 15 years' of experience, having previously worked for Publix.

Anderson's experience has helped Sprout Momma to expand its offerings to include grab-and-go breakfast and lunch, including straight-from-the-oven pastries, sandwiches and side salads.

Breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

Sprout Momma is located at 21 Cardinal Road, off Beach City Road on Hilton Head. For more information, visit or call 843-715-2649.

CORRECTION: In our Nov. 1 Business Update, we published an incorrect address for Dr. Laura Knobel's new medical practice.

The correct address is 29 Plantation Park Dr., Suite 202 in Bluffton. Dr. A ribbon-cutting was held Oct. 25 for this direct primary care practice.

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