There has been no slowdown in the steady stream of entrepreneurs hanging a brick-and-mortar or virtual shingle to live out their dream of owning a business. Here is the latest crop of budding magnates to open in the Lowcountry.
River Dog Shop, Bluffton, 843-227-9161, riverdogshop.com: Courtney Marine has built a following posting TikTok and Instagram videos of her seemingly endless assortment of dog bandanas. You’ve seen her and her creations at pop-up markets across the Lowcountry, but now, she has launched a website to sell her adorable canine accessories and dog lover apparel. She features designs for any occasion, holiday or special life event to make sure your pup is sharing in their human’s joy. River Dog also has an ever-evolving line of Dog Mom t-shirts, along with kookies, collars, toys and cups to celebrate the dog or puppy lover in your life.
Down South Dumpster Rental, Ridgeland, 678-796-4892, downsouthdump.wixsite.com: Brady Scott and his fiancé recently moved to the Lowcountry and have launched a junk removal and dump trailer rental business. Both graduated from Florida State University, where Brady played football for the Seminoles. Whether it’s home renovations or just cleaning out the garage or the attic, Down South can handle any size job and is eager to plant roots in the area while building their clientele.
The Bluffton Photo, theblufftonphoto.pixieset.com: After slowly launching her photography studio via word-of-mouth, Abigail Kizer has built a strong Instagram following and has officially launched her mobile studio. She specializes in baby announcements, graduation sessions, and family and candid portraits. Kizer has different packages to meet any budget and will travel as needed to find the perfect location for momentous photo shoot. To schedule a consultation and session, contact her at email@example.com.
Studio B By Primo, 14 Scott Way, Bluffton, 787-674-5117: Primo the Barber has opened up a five-chair barbershop next to Chiki’s Girls Spa in the office space above CrossFit 843. Primo is planning a grand opening event in the coming weeks, but for now, is taking clients by appointment only to “break in” the new space.
Mama G’s Pizza Bistro and Bar, 1533 Fording Island Road, Suite 302, Hilton Head, 843-543-6262, mamagpizzahhi.com: We’ve been talking about this new pizzeria for months, and trust me, Glen and Bridgette Grace have been wanting to open for months. The moment has finally arrived as the family-operated Italian eatery is open in the Moss Creek shopping plaza. The menu features pizza, salads and paninis with fresh, clean ingredients and house-made breads and desserts. The eatery does not deliver and is not participating in any delivery app programs. At opening, only 18-inch pizzas are available for takeout. Read more about the business on page 32.
Beautiful Island Square, 15 Marshland Road, Hilton Head, 843-290-0868: Business owner Tai Scott has been working for years to open an open-air eatery and marketplace on his property and has finally earned approval to begin operating his food truck on the property. The square opened on April 30 and plans to offer food from Slice and Dice Jamaican, as well as goods from a variety of pop-up Gullah vendors. Scott also hopes to hold farmers markets on the property in the coming months. Call for market and food truck hours and vendor availability.
HALO Primary Care, 40 Okatie Center Blvd., Suite 215, Okatie, 843-603-4800, halo-primarycare.com: Nurse practitioner Bethany Gaultney has opened a practice focused on healthy aging with a focus on adult and geriatric concerns. She offers basic medical services like an urgent care office with a specialty in developing long-term treatment plans. Gaultney also offers home visits for homebound patients in Bluffton and Okatie. Telehealth visits are also available for established patients. Medicare is the only insurance offered at this time, with discounts offered for out-of-pocket payments.
Coastal Detailing of the Lowcountry, 706-623-1692: Jasper Cason used to cut lawns in his neighborhood. But when his family moved to a spot without many neighbors, the 16-year-old pivoted to a new business, purchasing detailing equipment and starting a mobile detailing empire. Cason and his dad, Brett. Their base service includes a hand wash and hand dry with additional packages including interior vacuum and window and dash cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, exterior bug removal and a ceramic spray wipedown. The duo also detail boats and RV, with vinyl protectants and ceramic coat washes extra.
Salt Life, Tanger 1 Outlet, Bluffton, saltlife.com: The popular leisure brand that has become synonymous with beach and coastal living has opened a 2,500-square-foot location between Vineyard Wines and Black Market. The store offers apparel for men, women and kids plus accessories and gear such as coolers, tumblers and sunglasses. The Salt Life movement began as a decal created in Jacksonville Beach and has sold millions of decals and clothes based on the name ever since. The store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Tim Wood is a veteran journalist based in Bluffton. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.