Here are the latest business doings from around Bluffton and Hilton Head Island over the past few weeks, including an opening many foodies have been waiting for.
Quarterdeck reopening this week: It has been an excruciating wait for dedicated regulars and yearly visitors alike, but the long wait is over. The new and improved Quarterdeck is opening April 6 with a variety of indoor and outdoor seating, expansive wraparound deck and a rooftop oyster bar offering 270-degree views of Harbour Town’s 18th hole, yacht basin and Calibogue Sound.
More importantly, the new restaurant will have roughly double the number of seats to accommodate the ever-growing Harbour Town scene.
The new design features a walk-up market on ground level with a fresh seafood counter, wines, microbrews, cheeses and sandwiches available for a quick bite or grab-and-go options. The ice cream counter will feature 12 flavors of Haagen-Daaz.
There is a U-shaped bar on the first floor that seats 16, and firepits with soft seating. There is an open-air bar outside the restaurant with cornhole boards to play on. The second floor will have an oyster-shucking station and a separate bar, as well as a larger room for parties and corporate events.
Executive chef Kevin Keogh and Sea Pines Resort Benjamin Harris created the menu packed with seafood options like Maine lobster cocktail and fresh ingredients from local vendors. More than 40 different wines will be offered as well.
The Quarterdeck Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (with ice cream until 9 p.m.) and the main restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit quarterdeckhhi.com.
New Businesses, New Owners
• Sativa Health Products (843-683-3692, sativahealthproducts.com) is going through a changing of the guard. Cynthia Groff of Hilton Head Island founded the company to offer high-quality hemp CBD products like drops, lotions, bug balms and soaps, and decided to retire, effective April 1. Clark Hummell, a native of Hilton Head Island, who has been working with Cynthia for more than a year, has purchased the company. He is committed to the same high-level of customer service that has made Sativa a local favorite. The mobile operation will be stationed at Eggs’n’tricities at 5 Lawton St. in Bluffton, where you will find Clark and his wonder dog, Benji, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. They will also be at a variety of local markets such as the Hilton Head Island Farmers Market on Tuesdays.
• Biosphere Horticulture Consultancy (sproutingbiosphere.com) specializes in at-home and community food production garden design. Owner Jeff Dubois and his chief manager and resource specialist Rosey Palladino can compose a food production garden specifically for whatever patch of Earth you have available – from an acres-deep backyard to a set of balcony boxes. Soil testing, aerial photographs, permaculture structuring as well as Jeff’s decade of experience are brought to each project. Jeff has traveled the world on research missions studying ecology and ecosystems before planting roots in Old Town Bluffton. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Juice Hive and Health Emporium (14 Johnston Way, Bluffton, 843-757-2899, thejuicehive.com) is celebrating the grand re-opening of The Emporium at The Juice Hive, which will offer a selection of curated home décor, specialty gifts, artisan foods and all-natural snacks. The women-run business is led by Leslie Rohland, who also owns The Cottage Café, Bakery and Tea Room on Calhoun Street. Rohland is also the founder and chief roaster of May River Coffee Roasters, a line of specialty products that will also be available at The Emporium.
• Chiki Girls Spa (18 Scott Way, Bluffton, 843-949-9482, chikigirlsspa.com) is a new girls’ birthday party, spa and boutique offering both individual and group packages to throw the perfect gathering for daughters and mothers alike. The spa was born out of a spa-themed birthday party that won rave reviews from parents who wondered, “Why isn’t there anything like this around here?”
Chiki Girls Spa offers party packages for up to 10 guests that includes a mini mani and pedi, makeup, mini facial, a spa robe to wear for each girl, along with gift bags, a tiara for the birthday girl and a karaoke disco corner.
Individual packages, BFF and Mommy and Me specials are all available to pamper the princess in your life.
• Coastal Provisions Co. (1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-341-3838, coastalprovisionsco.com), the popular apparel and merchandise store in Shelter Cove, has launched a new location at Coligny Plaza. You’ll find everything you need to live a coastal lifestyle, from beach games and outdoor accessories to salt scrubs to hats, candles, t-shirts, sweatshirts and pet accessories. At the heart of the operation is their mascot, Shoogie the Sea Turtle, as the store teaches about island-wide conservation efforts to protect both sea turtles and the coastal way of life.
• Champion Rides (2205 Blakers Blvd., Bluffton, 803-577-8368, championrides.net) is combining two growing needs across the area – transportation and errand services. Lowcountry hospitality veterans Champ and Mandy Williams have purchased a six-seat van to provide a more personal rideshare experience.
The company is booking pickups from both Hilton Head Island Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head Island International Airport for drop-offs across the Lowcountry and are doing both grocery pickup and errands for an hourly rate.
The Williamses are ready to help on short and long trips, from grabbing groceries at Kroger to a round-trip luxury ride for a concert or a night out on the town in Charleston.
Tim Wood is a veteran journalist based in Bluffton. email@example.com.