Concurrent with her retirement in late February, Rachel Carson of Savannah has sold her business, Home Instead Senior Care Lowcountry. The new owners are Dave and Malorie Hill, and Lisa Atkinson and Shane Thompson, all of Jacksonville, Fla.

Carson bought the Savannah-based franchise, which also serves Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, more than 20 years ago.

The new owners have been involved with the franchise for many years.

The Hills have been Home Instead owners for more than 20 years, and moved from their native Ohio to Jacksonville to establish their first franchise. They now own St. Augustine and Palm Coast, as well as two franchises in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati.

Atkinson is the chief marketing officer for the Home Instead office in Jacksonville, where Thompson is a home care consultant. Atkinson and Thompson will be more visible in the Lowcountry area to serve clients.

For more information, visit Home or call 912-257-4372.

• Michael Durant and George Lawson have joined Barbers of the Lowcountry.

Durant moved from Boston, where he was working in construction, to attend Barbers of the Lowcountry’s Barber College. He is now an intermediate barber, which mean he received his barber license. He continues to learn the company’s technique to the straight razor shave.

Lawson also joined the company as an intermediate barber. He previously worked at Ron’s Barber Shop in Beaufort.

Barbers of the Lowcountry is located in Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit barbersof or call 843-815-4423.

Frank Mackay has joined Century 21 Diamond Realty as a Realtor.

A four-year resident of Bluffton, Mackay previously lived on Daufuskie Island and, before that, in Long Island, N.Y.

He holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and a business degree from C.W. Post University.

Mackay has five years’ experience in real estate marketing at Haig Point, and has been a licensed Realtor in South Carolina for five years. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of a database marketing company for 23 years.

Mackay may be reached at 843-540-8818 or

Sara Kurtz has joined Schembra Real Estate Group as a real estate agent. She is a licensed Realtor.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Kurtz moved with her family to Hilton Head Island from Fairfield County, Connecticut.

She has more than 15 years’ experience in real estate and property management. Previously she was director of sales and marketing for the Bluffton-based Southern Coastal Homes.

Kurtz may be contacted at 843-422-5931 or

Schembra Real Estate Group is located in the Plaza at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island. For more information, call 843-785-2452 or visit schembrareal

Max A. “Andy” Johnson has joined StoneWorks as the company’s new chief executive officer. Johnson brings more than two decades of leadership experience and business management to the team.

Johnson began his career at Mar-Mac Inc., a construction manufacturing company based in South Carolina. Over the course of 22 years, Johnson built his career at Mar-Mac Inc., serving in various roles from staff accountant to president.

In 2015, Johnson founded BottomLine Development Group, a business strategy firm in Camden. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Presbyterian College.

Johnson lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Holly. His son is a senior at The Citadel and his daughter is a freshman at Clemson University.

John Baltzegar is the owner and founder of StoneWorks, a family-owned business serving Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Charleston, Savannah and the surrounding areas. StoneWorks specializes in supplying natural stone, tile, quartz and marble countertops, including custom fabrication and installation.

The showroom is located at 28 Hunter Road on Hilton Head. For more information, contact StoneWorks at 843-689-6980 or visit

Robert Sokolowski of WestView Investment Advisors recently passed the Certified Financial Planner examination as the next step in becoming a certified financial planner.

Candidates may sit for the CFP exam after they have completed the required college-level coursework in financial planning, which typically takes two years.

WestView Investment Advisors is a fee-only advisory firm helping young professionals, small business owners and retirees with their planning and investment needs.

• The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room has won national recognition for its award-winning Bacon Pimento Shrimp & Grits.

The popular dish has been named one of South Carolina’s “10 Best” Shrimp & Grits in the national USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards – a source for online travel advice which offers unbiased, top-rated recommendations for a city’s best sights, restaurants, clubs and shops.

The Cottage Café’s winning Shrimp & Grits dish came in as number four in the national contest.

The Cottage Café’s award-winning Bacon Pimento Shrimp & Grits was also honored with the “People’s Choice Award” for Best Shrimp Recipe at the 2017 Beaufort Shrimp Festival in Beaufort.

• May River Coffee Roasters, the Bluffton-based micro-roastery, has launched a line of CBD-infused gourmet coffees. The line of “CBDC” coffees, which each contain 350 mg of CBD, is available in three flavors in both regular and decaf and is available at The Juice Hive, as well as sold at its sister restaurant the Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room.

CBDC Coffees have been launched in conjunction with the re-naming of the Juice Hive to The Juice Hive and Hemp Emporium – which will offer an expanded selection of CBD-infused foods, beverages and other products.

This move to change the name and expanded offering of CBD products highlights the growing CBD market in the Lowcountry.

May River’s CBDC Coffees are infused with a full spectrum CBD extract derived from North Carolina hemp, and is a twist on the popular line of May River coffees.