The staff at Southern Sky Outpatient Rehab celebrate their recent grand opening with Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka and members of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

It has been a busy month on the local small business front, from new businesses popping up to known brands both expanding and celebrating. Let’s jump right in.

New Businesses

Mastery Golf Performance, 1533 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, 843-321-8935, Two months ago, we mentioned a new golf facility getting ready to open in the Moss Creek Village shopping center. Mastery Golf has officially opened and owner and award-winning director of instruction Bill Schmedes III is ready to take your golf game to new heights. Bill’s students have won more than 200 amateur and professional events worldwide and he has worked with 14 pros on the PGA, LPGA, European and Korn Ferry Tours. He begins with a one-hour assessment to provide a roadmap to playing your best golf and with the help of fellow coaches and the latest teaching technology – including Trackman, Foresight, Swing Catalyst and video feedback – to pinpoint your best track to success. From juniors to the later-in-life duffer trying to improve, Bill creates a personalized blueprint for every client.

Ace’s Plumbing, Bluffton, 843-368-4635, Aaron Cleland is a U.S. Army veteran and master plumber who has returned to where he was born and raised to launch his plumbing business with his wife, Isabel. Ace’s is a full-service plumber that specializes in emergency services, water heaters, water lines and water softeners. Cleland and his team can also help make sure your lines are set for appliance upgrades and remodels. The couple live in Bluffton with their three dogs, Callie, Watson and the namesake of the business, Ace. They have a passion for fostering animals and giving pets the best possible life. That’s why they plan to donate 1% of total revenue each year to animal rescues in the Bluffton area. Call or email today for your free evaluation.

May River Crossing Dental, 35 Pondberry St., Bluffton, 843-949-4800, Dr. Donald Wilson and Dr. Richard Suarez-Murias have officially opened their practice in their newly constructed home in the May River Crossing shopping center. The duo is excited to make your office visits stress-free and positive through what they call “comfortable dentistry.” They offer preventative care, cosmetic dentistry (both dentists are Invisalign certified providers), crowns, dental imaging, dentures, implants, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, oral surgery and emergency dental care. “Our mission is to bring back joy to people who have lost it because of their teeth and bring them to a point of feeling like a different person,” Wilson said of the duo’s goals with the practice. New patients are being accepted. The office is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Avocado Bleu (21 Bluffton Road, Suite 102, Bluffton, 843-837-2538, is expanding its healthy meals operation to the island. No matter your diet, Chef Teresa Brandow and her team offer quick and easy grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options to make healthy eating easier. Brandow is the former pastry chef at Belfair Plantation and has worked as personal chef in the Lowcountry since 1980. She specializes in good, clean food from smoothies to salads, stuffed avocados, seared ahi tuna and sandwiches on organic bread and lettuce and tortilla wraps. She also creates healthy takes on goodies such as pastries, granola, muffins, cookies and breads on her weekly menu. Join the popular meal prep program to get healthy meals prepared for you all week long. Brandow, who is also the owner of Stella Snacks healthy handmade dog treats, is excited to expand the business to the island to their new location at 26 Palmetto Bay Road. You pick the menu, they do all the work.

Southern Sky Outpatient Rehab, 60 Pennington Drive, Bluffton, 843-949-4848, This new comprehensive care and individualized treatment facility offers outpatient programs that offer the flexibility to keep your day-to-day life going with work and family duties while working to write a new story of recovery. The facility offers tailored programs to treat alcohol, opioid, opiate and heroin addictions. Southern Sky also offers partial hospitalization and intervention programs. Whatever the level of treatment you are looking for, Southern Sky can help.

Marsh and Light, 1507 Main Street, Hilton Head Island, 803-370-2825, What began as an Etsy online business for Holly Pobis has expanded into a brick-and-mortar location in Main Street Village. Pobis has a passion for curating unique art and gift pieces inspired by Lowcountry colors and sensibilities. She offers floral notecards to framed photography on canvas and metal and original art pieces to found and reimagined, one-of-a-kind mementos. She is also expanding her line of home décor pieces, from boxes and trays to towels and shadowboxes.

Anniversaries in Kitties Crossing

A couple of businesses celebrated exciting milestones in Bluffton recently.

Markel’s Card and Gift Shop (843-815-9500, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, one of the longest-running small businesses in Bluffton. The store offers an array of both personal and corporate gift ideas, from candles to cookwear to candies – and that’s just the letter “C.” A huge congratulations to the Markel’s family for reaching this milestone.

• And right next door, Vac Attack (843-815-5800, is celebrating two years under new ownership, but have a staff with decades of experience in repairing any kind of vacuum. The store specializes in selling Miele and Oreck vacuums, but has accessories for any kind of vacuum and a team of repair specialists ready to get your vacuum working like new again.

Tim Wood is a veteran journalist based in Bluffton. Contact him at