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.

  • Alljoy Donut Co., 22 Thomas Heyward St., Bluffton. Owners Bill and Donna Ellis renovated their storefront and will be serving pastries, donuts, coffee and more soon at their new donut and coffee shop.

In the meanwhile they continue selling and delivering their donuts to local businesses and local customers.

  • Belfair, U.S. 278, Bluffton. This private gated residential community recently announced an ambitious $7.5 million capital improvement plan, with specific details to be released this fall.

The enhancements will increase membership value and expand lifestyle amenities, officials said.

The action plan calls for an upgraded sports, activity and lifestyle center, which will expand training and exercise spaces, provide a state-of-the-art aquatics facility with adjacent indoor and outdoor pools, and introduce an indoor-outdoor café.

The clubhouse also will be refreshed with a waterfront-view on its covered dining terrace and outdoor lounge.

The finishing holes of Belfair’s two golf courses and salt marshes will add to the visual allure.

  • Drab 2 Fab, 59 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite D, Bluffton. This home décor franchise hosts about 30 local artists who specialize in painted furniture, home décor, artwork, jewelry and handmade originals under one roof.
  • Lowcountry Village, Malphrus Road, Bluffton. Real Properties of America Inc. recently sold this 14-tenant, 140,000-square-foot shopping center, anchored by Pier 1 Imports, World Market and Big Lots, for $22 million to an undisclosed private California buyer, according to the Dallas Business Wire.

The center, built in 2001, is 100 percent occupied. Matthews Real Estate Investment Services handled the transaction.

  • Buckwalter Recreation Center, Bluffton. The $5.5 million capital improvement project doubled the size of the facility to 35,000 square feet.

The center, which opened in 2009, now features two gyms, two racquetball courts, an elevated running-walking track, a weight room and a batting cage.

Mashburn Construction also built a county-assisted 13,000-square-foot recreational skateboard park.

  • The Haven, Riverside, Okatie. Eighty-six lots of the final phase of homesites at Del Webb’s new development are available. Seven customizable home designs from two to five bedrooms from $228,000 will join the collection of 500 homes at buildout.
  • Sea Turtle Marketplace, U.S. 278, Hilton Head. The former Pineland Station, being redeveloped by Wheeler Development, will embrace the openings of West Marine and PetSmart this fall.
  • Courtyard Marriott at Coligny, 81 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Renovations are expected to begin in October to transform vacant offices and shops in back of the Heritage Plaza shopping center into a six-story, 115-room hotel near Coligny Plaza.

The developer, Southeastern (previously operating as Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial), developers of Shelter Cove Towne Centre, also plans a complete retail façade renovation for the existing buildings at the plaza: New York Pizza, Plantation Café, Bicycle Billy’s and the Sage Restaurant, as well as constructing a 2,400-square-foot building that will front Pope Avenue and be available for lease.

  • Atlanta Bread, 45 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head. This fast-casual café has closed July 31 because its owners re-located out of state.

The Atlanta-based company is hopeful a local entrepreneur can step in to serve as franchise operator to continue serving the local market.

Recent grand openings and ribbon cuttings:

  • Eliza Bleu Boutique, Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head, opened recently. Trendy fashion for women of all sizes have a new shop to explore. Lydia Davis founded the company as an online operation last summer.
  • The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island, 421 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head, Aug. 24. Luxurious independent and assisted living on the waterfront has a new home on the island’s north end.
  • Century 21 Diamond Realty, 18A Palmetto Way, Hilton Head, Aug. 23. Originally known as Diamond Realty, the company recently affiliated with Century 21 and changed its name to reflect the new partnership.
  • Sleep Number, 1137 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, Aug. 10. This franchise provides customers with individualized attention to their sleeping needs and tailored mattress accommodations.
  • LuLaLowcountry, 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton, Aug. 1. Locals Meghan Adams and Katie Vaught have teamed up as fashion consultants for this clothing company.
  • CPM Federal Credit Union, Buckwalter Commons Industry Park, Bluffton. This non-profit, full-service financial institution recently broke ground, with an expected spring 2018 opening.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pollinator Garden, 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton, Aug. 10. The organization’s Youth Conservation Corps summer crew has been working to enhance urban green spaces in town by increasing pollinator populations.

The celebration marked the completion of the town’s second pollinator garden.

  • Coastal Gymnastics Center, 70 Pennington Drive, Suite 13, Bluffton, Aug. 26. Owner Carrie Conway has brought her lengthy coaching experience to this facility that caters to all levels of participants, from children to advanced gymnasts.

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Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.