Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here’s the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, closings and grand openings.
God’s Goods Thrift Store. This outreach ministry of The Church of the Cross celebrated the opening of its new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening Sept. 9. Members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce were on hand to welcome the store at 15 Centre Plaza, behind Wild Wing Cafe. The all-volunteer staff opened God’s Goods in July 2010 on Persimmon Street in Bluffton. All proceeds support the church’s missionary activities throughout the community and the world.
Barbers of the Lowcountry. This old-fashioned boutique barbershop founded in 1997 has renovated and expanded its space in Sheridan Park. Co-owners Brent Nelson and his father Lou plan on adding more students to train for the state board exams in grooming as part of The Lowcountry Barber College. Barbers of the Lowcountry staff are certified barbers and cosmetologists.
“Men used to spend time at their barbers, socializing, interacting and getting their hair cut and a straight-razor shave,” Nelson said. “We hope the increase in space will allow us to expand our vision, where we already have homemade baked treats, microbrews on tap and a laid-back atmosphere that lends itself to socializing.”
Century 21-A Low Country Realty. This real estate company serving the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Sun City areas celebrated its 30th anniversary recently. Owner Dee Gramoy assumed ownership of the franchise, founded in 1986 by Bill and Susan Asnip, in 2014. She had been a long-time agent and broker with the realty firm. The Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort has been the office location since the beginning.
Sea Turtle Marketplace. Construc-tion is expected to resume soon at the former site of Pineland Station at mid-island on Hilton Head after months of delay due to financial issues and tenant requests. Wheeler Real Estate Co., the Virginia-based developer, halted work on the $25 million project in May, although anchors Starbucks and SteinMart remained open.
These tenants will be joined by PetSmart, Another Broken Egg Café, Kitchen & Co. and others once construction is completed by the end of this year or early 2017 as projected. The original shopping center opened in 1975.
Pearce Scott Architects. This firm specializing in custom residential and commercial design moved into its newly constructed building last month at 6 State of Mind St., Suite 200 in the Bluffton Promenade.
Envision Med Spa Services. Formerly called Spa Vino on Calhoun, this full-service spa has moved to 14 Westbury Park Way, Suite 100 within the Lowcountry Eye Associates office. A grand opening was scheduled for Sept. 13. A variety of clinical skincare treatments, massage and acupuncture services are available.
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Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.