It has been a busy couple months for budding Bluffton and Hilton Head Island small business owners. The new year has yielded a number of new businesses, new owners in new places and proposed businesses that have the community excited. Here’s the latest business activity up and down the U.S. 278 corridor.
• Nood, Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Suite 1B, Hilton Head Island, 843-715-9224, noodhhi.com: A new “good mood food” eatery has launched on the island with a word-of-mouth opening that’s reminiscent of getting a super secretive invite to a speakeasy.
The edifice offering four different kinds of noodles and build-your-own broth bowls has a Hawaiian vibe.
The business, from the culinary genius that is Alex Vitto of Al’s Aloha Kitchen, offers a twist on traditional ramen bowls along with Asian appetizer favorites and Boba Tea. Vitto promises great food in a casual setting, sure to satisfy cravings for unique Asian cuisine.
• Tio’s Kitchen, 7 Venture Drive, Bluffton, 843-757-8467, tioshhi.com: Chef Lynden Zuniga and wife/co-owner Sally have had their hands fuller than most during the pandemic. The family welcomed a new baby in November and Sally is homeschooling her second and fourth graders, all while keeping customers happy at their Shelter Cove location on the island. Now, the Latin American eatery has opened a second location in Buckwalter Place, next to Kroger, in late February.
Chef Zuniga grew up in Honduras and worked in kitchen through high school to pay rent before moving to the island, starting a family with Sally and opening Tio’s. The restaurant will offer its signature tacos, quesadillas, ensaladas, burritos and nachos and operate a full beer, wine and liquor bar.
• Peace by Piece Boutique, peacebypieceboutique.com: Vegan Earth activist and Philadelphia transplant Susan Rafetto has opened a virtual boutique to sell her one-of-a-kind jackets, clothing and accessories made largely by repurposing fabric from a mashup of old clothes. The results are a stunning array of Bohemian urban chic offerings.
Rafetto is also offering custom pet portrait beach bags and a personal fashion show, where customers give her five pieces of their clothing and she creates a new wardrobe. Check out Susan’s Instagram @susanpeacebypiece.
• Pure Salt Studios, 23 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 303, Bluffton, 843-707-7027, puresaltstudios.com: Downtown Catering Company founder Leah McCarthy has taken over as owner of the Bluffton location of the halotherapy and wellness center known for its signature salt room and salt therapy. Among the center’s offering are infrared sauna sessions, salted yoga and meditation and salted massage, which utilizes Himalayan salt for the ultimate in tension release and relaxation.
• Palmetto Dunes, Robert Trent Jones golf course, 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, palmettodunes.com: The gated community has announced it will try to fill the gaping hole left for golfers who long for a Top Golf facility in the area. The resort will install 15 bays on its driving range and equip them with Toptracer technology, which will allow novices to experts to compete against friends, get feedback on the accuracy and distance of their swings and play an array of virtual courses like Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill and battle in leagues and events (which will be priced on an hourly basis). The tech will be available to anyone who purchases range balls and is planning to open this month.
• Coastal Gymnastics, 4371 Bluffton Parkway, Suite 105, Bluffton, 843-836-2411, coastalgymnasticscenter.com: The teachers and their rising stars have moved from May River Road to a 7,000-square-foot facility in the new block of storefronts next to Bacon Diner.
The new digs include a 30-foot Tumbl Trak, 5 high beams, an in-ground foam pit and a separate viewing and play area for parents and siblings. Summer Camp weeks are still available but filling fast.
• Lowcountry Lawn Services, Bluffton, 843-290-5333: Chris Young has opened his own residential drainage, irrigation and maintenance company after working 20 years as a golf course superintendent. Young and his crew can handle anything outdoors, including sod installs and landscaping needs. Email LowcountryLawn789@gmail.com for more information.
• Cool Delivery, itscooldelivery.com: Delivery and takeout options are more important than ever, but why give your money to some Silicon Valley conglomerate when you can keep your dollars local? And the restaurants, they pay gigantic fees to these corporate giants. Cool Delivery is trying to provide a local option, hiring drivers to deliver food to your home from locally owned and operated restaurants.
There are 10 restaurants signed up in the launch phase, with many more Hilton Head and Bluffton restaurants to come. Download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Have Bluffton or Hilton Head business news to share with our readers? Email Tim Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wood is a veteran reporter and first managing editor of Bleacher Report.