Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, planned projects, commercial transactions, grand openings and closings.
- Old Town Bluffton Inn, 1321 May River Road, Bluffton. Construction is well underway at this three-story, 14-room boutique hotel with private balconies in the Promenade.
Property owner and developer Larry Leary plans a spring 2018 opening for his Southern-style bed and breakfast. He and his family, who will manage the establishment, have decades-long roots in the community. "I'm not building it for me," Leary said. "I'm building it for Bluffton."
- Mikki's All-American Cuisine, 70 Marshland Road, Hilton Head. This popular café moved from Port Royal near Beaufort to its new location, formerly the Phoenix Bistro, this spring.
Homemade cooking for breakfast, lunch and occasionally dinner, specialty sandwiches, and colorful salads are the daily fare, with outdoor seating available.
- Marley's Shrimp and Burger Shack, next to Marley's Island Grille at the main entrance of Sea Pines, Hilton Head. This quick counter-service style restaurant opened late last month.
SERG, the company that owns and manages Poseidon and Skull Creek Boathouse, among others, departs from its usual full-service, sit-down restaurant theme with this latest venture, offering a full bar and menu for lunch and dinner at its picnic tables outside.
Fast service, reasonable prices and quality food are its calling card.
- Old Town Bike Barn & Adventures, 28 Mellichamp Place, Bluffton. This established Lowcountry company began selling and renting bikes at its new location in the Promenade on June 12.
- Main Street Café and Pub, 1411 Main St., Hilton Head. This popular neighborhood eatery has temporarily closed its doors on Sundays, because of understaffing.
Grand openings and ribbon cuttings:
- Sandbar Beach Eats, 101 Pope Ave. (Coligny Plaza), Hilton Head, June 3. The former site of Bomboras Grill was remodeled and reintroduced with a homemade cooking menu of ribs, tacos and oysters swished with a Caribbean vibe.
Outdoor seating, live music and beach cocktails are part of the experience.
- Exit Hilton Head Realty, Village at Wexford, Suite J15 (above Java Burrito), Hilton Head Island, June 7. The company also has a location at 214 Goethe Rd. in Bluffton.
- Island Yoga, 1012 William Hilton Pkwy., Suite 1 (behind Panera Bread), Hilton Head, June 13. Under new ownership, this studio provides a variety of classes for practitioners of all levels.
- Darren Clark's Tavern, 8 Executive Park Drive (formerly Truffle's on Pope Avenue), Hilton Head, June 15. The Northern Island native and pro golfer's marquee name features an Irish-themed menu, pub atmosphere and, of course, beer.
- Ben & Jerry's, 6 Promenade St., Suite 1003 (former site of Latitude Wine Bar), Bluffton, June 15. This locally owned and operated franchise of the Vermont-based company serves 26 ice cream flavors, as well as non-dairy frozen desserts, sorbet and ice cream cakes.
- Canterfield of Bluffton, 567 North Okatie Hwy., Ridgeland, June 22. This facility in Jasper County provides independent, assisted living and memory care services.
- The Grand Ocean Terrace, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head, June 27. This new 5,000-square-foot beachfront wedding venue at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa seats 220 guests. A full-length balcony overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
- Osprey Village Thrift Store, 2600 Main St., Suite 101, Hilton Head, June 29. This 10,000-square-foot thrift store sells furniture, sporting goods, clothing and more. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Osprey Village, an organization dedicated to providing services for adults with developmental disabilities.
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Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.