Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here’s the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, grand openings and closings.

  • Corner Perk. This popular café-bar, coffee roaster and Southern-style eatery at 1297 May River Rd. in the Bluffton Promenade is now open Mondays and in the evening. Patrons can enjoy the full brunch menu from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday.
  • Coastal Discovery Museum. This venerable Hilton Head Island institution re-opened in mid-December on the 68-acre Honey Horn property after closing for more than two months because of damage by Hurricane Matthew. The main entrance is closed; visit www. or call 843-689-6767 for entrance-exit directions. The town is using a large portion of the property for hurricane debris processing, but it doesn’t affect the museum.
  • Farm. Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka joined other local dignitaries and the restaurant’s owners in a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 14. Owners Ryan Williamson, Joshua Heaton and Chef Brandon Carter partner with nearby regional purveyors to create a farmer’s market culture at 1301 May River Rd.
  • Tanner-Doncaster Outlet. This North Carolina-based ladies fine apparel and accessories retailer celebrated a grand reopening, ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 14 at its new location. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at 32 Shelter Cove Lane.
  • Carolina Chillin. This whole body cryotherapy business recently opened its doors at 17 Sheridan Park Drive, Suite D, in Bluffton. The three-minute non-invasive technique helps to relieve pain, inflammation and swelling from injuries and everyday living. Clients enter a chamber in localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve.
  • LowCountry Golf Hall of Fame. Chamber ambassadors attended a grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 7 at the LowCountry Hall of Fame Golf on Hilton Head at the Shops at Sea Pines Center, #213.
  • Thomasville Furniture. After a delayed opening because of Hurricane Matthew, this national custom furniture company plans a soft opening in mid-January at its new location, 95 Baylor Drive in the Bluffton Commons shopping center. The retailer, which relocated from Savannah to become the site of Beaufort County’s first Thomasville store, will feature collections from Drexel Heritage, Henredon and Ellen DeGeneres.
  • Palmetto Dunes. The Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills golf courses at this premiere resort re-opened Dec. 1 after being closed for nearly two months because of hurricane flooding and hundreds of downed trees. The renowned George Fazio course was expected to open in late December.
  • Local Pie. This popular Hilton Head wood-fired pizza eatery will open a second location in Bluffton, at 15 State of Mind St. in the Promenade. It will move into the former site of the Oyster Bar, which closed Dec. 9.


  • International House of Pancakes, Northridge Plaza in Hilton Head, closed Dec. 5. IHOP in Belfair Village, Bluffton, remains open.
  • Pizza Hut, U.S. 278 near Mathews Drive in Hilton Head, recently closed. The eatery on Burnt Church Road in Bluffton remains open.

Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.