It has been a busy couple of months for 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.
• Nectar Farm Kitchen, 35-A Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-682-2337, nectarfarmkitchen.com: The restaurant that replaced Marleys Island Grille in the SERG eatery lineup opened in early February near the Sea Pines front gate. The menu is focused on farm-to-table specialties with a strong emphasis on sourcing food from local farms. Nectar is being run by an all-star team of chefs – Brad Blake of Skull Creek Boathouse, Chris Carge of SERG, One Hot Mama’s chef and owner Orchid Paulmeier, and SERG executive culinary director Nick Unangst.
• Burnt Church Distillery, 120 Bluffton Road, Bluffton, burntchurchdistillery.com: The 25,000-square-foot whiskey distillery, owned by brothers Billy and Sean Waterston, is set to open March 5. The massive campus includes a 7,000-square-foot tasting room, an on-site manufacturing facility, gift shop, humidor and history room.
Craft whiskeys, vodkas, flavored moonshines and craft cocktails are just some of the offerings, as well as a brick-and-mortar home for the Pizza Co. food truck dough masters. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Carolina Veterinary Critical Care, 21 Buck Island Road, Bluffton, 843-706-9200, carolinavcc.com: Good news, Beaufort and Jasper County pet owners. You no longer need to drive to Charleston for emergency care. Dr. Matthew Tenwolde has made the move to the Lowcountry to start a 24-hour critical care service for pets.
Tenwolde is working out of the offices of Coastal Veterinary Clinic while the company’s new facility is being built. CVCC offers emergency stabilization, hospitalization if needed, and a wide variety of surgical procedures. CVCC expects to open the new facility in 2022. Email email@example.com for more information.
• Elsewhere’s in Old Town, 30A Promenade St., Bluffton: Military veteran Steve Krzyzyk has opened a sports memorabilia-focused shop with the blessing of long-time area collectibles king Jerry Glenn, who owned Legends in Hilton Head Island’s Main Street Village and, more recently, Reminisce in The Promenade. The shop plans to buy and sell sports collections daily and will also sell fine foods, canvas art, children’s books and an array of products from gifting favorites like Savannah Bee Company and Terrapin Ridge Farms.
In other news are potential openings and never opening:
• “No” to storage in the former Sam’s Club: After a community outcry when the news first broke, a developer who had plans to create storage units in the former 70,729-square-foot Sam’s Club building in Port Royal Plaza on Hilton Head Island has withdrawn his request for new zoning to accommodate the project.
So it’s back to the drawing board in an area of town that has been the eyesore poster child for stalled development since Sam’s closed in January 2017.
• Mini golf hopes for Buckwalter Place in Bluffton: Plans have been submitted to the Town of Bluffton for Lighthouse Lagoon, an 18-hole miniature golf course that would occupy a one-acre plot between Publix and Station 300 in Buckwalter Place. Initial plans submitted by business owner Billy Hubbard show a 1,300-square-foot concessions and restroom building and an 840-square-foot pavilion for birthday parties and events.
Town officials have raised concerns about parking configuration, wheelchair access and planned foliage on the property, but if those hurdles are cleared, Hubbard said the course could be built and open as soon as this summer.
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 editor and proud coach of the Bluffton Red Bulls 11-12 boys youth rec league basketball team.