• Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine

story by Cindy Reid     photos by Susan DeLoach
Meet Jennifer Pender Petersen, the HVAC General Manager at Pender Brothers, Inc. in Port Royal, South Carolina. Through hard work, perseverance and education Jennifer has been able to pioneer her own place in this traditionally male dominated field. We recently caught up with Jennifer and caught a glimpse of her world.

Are you a native Beaufortonian?
I was born in Columbia SC, and my family moved here in 1984 and I have been here ever since. I graduated from Battery Creek High School, I met my husband here and both our children were born here. I consider myself a native by now!
How did you get into the HVAC/ heating and air business?
I have been working at the family business, Pender Brothers, for twenty years, and I have been in our HVAC division for nineteen of those years. Pender Brothers, Inc was established in 1985 by my dad and my uncle, Jimmy and Johnny Pender, but the HVAC side wasn’t added to the business until in 1996. I started out doing scheduling, parts ordering and other administrative tasks. Six years ago, I was given the opportunity to become the head of the HVAC division and have had my family’s support the entire time.
Being younger and a female in a leadership position has had its struggles. It has taken time and effort to gain the respect of my team, and in order to gain more technical knowledge I have taken as many training classes as possible. I always try to do what’s best for our team and for our customers.  Our working conditions at jobs are far from luxurious, so I try to make it out to different jobs and crawl around in crawlspaces with them, inspecting duct work, and go into the attics. I try to do some of the same things my team does. The bottom line is I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. We are an eleven member team, and they are my extended family.
What are you currently involved with in your field?
I am going through the HVAC program at TCL (Technical College of the Lowcountry), which I started last year. It had been a while since I have been in a classroom but this is not an online course, we attend class and there are hands on labs where we do training. I am the only woman in the class, which is not really a surprise as the field is mostly male dominated.  I have become use to being the only female, or one of only a few other women, at training classes.
What is a typical day for you?
Summer is always crazy. We have the schedule set by the end of the day.  I get in to work between seven to seven fifteen in the morning and by eight its 52 card pickup because the schedule has changed! The hardest task is juggling the scheduling, which is all about trying to get every customer satisfied in a reasonable amount of time. The most satisfying part of my day is helping our customers. It’s a really good feeling being able to provide the service that makes their life more comfortable. If a customer has problems with a system we installed, I will take the issue to the distributor to get our customer the best result possible.  We treat people the way we want to be treated by doing the right thing.
Industry Recognition 2017 Bryant Circle of Champions
I was very honored to be included in the 2017 Bryant Circle of Champions, and even more honored to have been awarded the 2018 Bryant Medal of Excellence, one of only fifteen in the nation (that’s only 2% of Bryant dealers in the country) to be so recognized. Because Bryant is a sponsor, I will be going as their VIP guest to the Indy 500 race in Indianapolis. I get to bring my husband, who is an electrician and not in the HVAC field. He is such a good guy, he texted me a picture of a tee shirt that said “I’m her plus one” because that’s normally what he tells people at any HVAC function!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That last year I sat for a six hour exam and became a Licensed Mechanical Air Conditioning Contractor.  I also passed my N.A.T.E. test this spring, so now I’m N.A.T.E. certified like my technicians.  (North American Technician Excellence.)
What would you tell women interested in your field?
This is a great industry to be in, and I believe women bring a sense of finesse to it. Women don’t need to be scared or afraid to try the HVAC field. I will say that it is important to have support and help at home because it can be a 24/7 job.
When you have free time what is your favorite place in Beaufort?
That’s easy, being out on the river with my family. We like to walk along the mud bank and look for old bottles, go fishing or just cruise around and find a sand bar for the boys to play on.
Introduce us to your family …
My husband, Christian Petersen, is the owner of Petersen Electric. He is my rock, my biggest fan and biggest support. We have two sons, Gavin age six and Reese age two.
Due to my work and school schedules I do miss some things but I am always working on achieving that ideal work and life balance. As my son Gavin says – “If it’s hot, call Mommy!”
Pender Brothers offers quality air and expert HVAC service for your home. We know air conditioning and heating is important to your family. We also know the air quality of your home is equally important. We provide our customers with expert installers, knowledgeable, experienced technicians, that are N.A.T.E. certified and friendly customer service representatives.
Our mission is to provide our customers with assistance that far exceeds your expectations. We strive for excellence in all we do and settle for nothing less. We do this all at a fair and reasonable upfront price. All of our team members are equipped to provide you with the service you need in a courteous manner.

Dr. Marlena Smalls 

story by Cindy Reid

photos by Susan DeLoach

Dr. Marlena Smalls is truly the Voice of Gullah. Founder of The Hallelujah Singers, an internationally known vocalist and entertainer, a cultural ambassador from the lowcountry to the world, she has been there and done that twice over and then some. She continues to educate, to entertain and to expand our horizons. A true American treasure, she sat down with us to share some of her wisdom on the business of culture and entertainment.

What are some of your current musical projects?

     Two successful shows at USCB Center for the Arts, collaborating with vocalists Elaine Lake, Velma Polk and the Lowcountry Jazz Band, under the direction of David Hershey, have kept me busy. Together we performed a Tribute to Etta James, Motown and More; with a third show, Ain’t Nobody’s Biz, coming up this year. I greatly value working with USCB and it is a great joy to get on stage with Elaine and Velma.

How did your career in music start?

     Interestingly enough, I started out founding a school of music with my mother where we taught voice, piano and dance. From our original five students, we eventually built the school to one hundred and ninety five pupils. Now from the school came out something even bigger. You see we did a wonderful play called “Hail Mahalia” with the music school students, and the parents of those children formed the first nucleus of ‘The Hallelujah Singers.’

Tell us about The Hallelujah Singers

     I founded The Hallelujah Singers in 1990 specifically to preserve the melodies and storytelling unique to the South Carolina Sea Islands. We were the first Gullah Ambassadors. The Hallelujah Singers use entertainment to inspire, celebrate, and preserve the West African heritage which has shaped today’s Gullah culture.

Other important firsts?

     I worked for the City of Beaufort as the Arts Coordinator, and in that capacity I created the first Gullah Festival in 1984. The festival came about because I was trying to create a project where we could fund raise for the arts, particularly children’s projects, and highlight Black culture at the same time.

How did you become the “Voice of Gullah?”

     Even before the first Gullah Festival I was getting the word Gullah out there. Based on the work I was doing, there became quite an interest. Media outlets were contacting me for interviews and information on Gullah culture, the BBC filmed me three times and I did several interviews with NPR. At that point, then South Carolina Governor Riley and Senator Strom Thurmond were contacting me, essentially the state of South Carolina said ‘we need to talk to you!’ That is really how I became the ‘Voice of Gullah’ and I continued to represent South Carolina and conduct interviews on ABC, NBC, at the Atlanta Constitutional Journal and so forth.

In addition to being an artist, you were also in charge of the business of your work.

     The creation of The Hallelujah Singers was the opportunity of a lifetime. As a troupe, we went to Japan, Germany, France, Spain, England and Scotland. We travelled the world. However it was very time consuming; it grew so fast so quickly that cash flow became a problem. I had a wonderful friend whose husband was a retired banker and he worked with me to complete a prospectus which helped me obtain a business loan. That was very unusual in the entertainment business, because you have no tangible assets. Keeping up with the business side of entertainment is a rollercoaster.

What do you want people to understand about Gullah?

     I want people to understand Gullah is not stuck in time. It’s more than just being born somewhere from Wilmington, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida. It’s the DNA. It’s the West Indies, Brazil and Africa. We cut the culture of Gullah short when we think of slavery and slavery alone. By doing that we exclude essentials such as diet, wisdom and religion. The Gullah was wise and creative enough to accept the culture so they could survive. The African survived. He entangled himself like a vine on a tree. The culture of Gullah is bigger than Beaufort.

What do you think about the current focus on Reconstruction?

     When we look at Reconstruction, which we are starting to do here in Beaufort, we see it never completely took because it took fifty one years for the African to achieve equality. Fifty one years for the right to housing and education and healthcare. We are still not equal in how the African is perceived. This is a lack of education. We must be vigilant in making sure all Americans are educated. A campaign of diversity. A campaign of ‘See me’- to see what we have each brought to this country. We can do this by including a truer picture of history in the classroom.

This leads to your involvement in children’s education?

     Yes, this is why children’s education is important. When I do cultural presentations in a classroom I start with a world map and work through food. I ask the children ‘do you know even if you have never left your hometown, you have travelled the world?’ We go through the origins of pasta, of frankfurters, of sweet potatoes and rice, of various spices. I ask the children to talk to the oldest person you can, to ask them to give you something to represent your heritage. Over the years I have gotten Irish war beads, a coffee cup from Peru, French bread made at home, various combs, a piece of a kilt, all sorts of things.

What is your current children’s project?

     I have adopted the Mossy Oak Elementary School. At the end of this year the children will be collaborating with me and illustrating my children’s book. Next year I will have the children involved with music. The children are wonderful and I get great joy from the classroom.

What would you tell a young woman embarking on an entertainment career? 

     I would tell her, ‘You need to be kind.’ Because kindness has worked for me. I would say to her, surround yourself with positive and wise people. That’s what I did and that helped me to build my business. As I look back one person in particular was so meaningful in my life, and that was Harriet Keyserling. She had me come to her home. We had tea and talked. ‘Let me help you’ she said. She was kind and open. Also Jayne Leigh Powell was very important to me, she became my business partner. We were like sisters, and then she was a surrogate mother to me until she went on to Glory.

     So I say you need to be kind, you need to be helpful, you need to share with mankind. Be kind.

Your favorite place in Beaufort?

     The waterfront park. I have been here long enough to see the changes in the waterfront, and they correlate with the changes in my life. In the past, I worked with the city of Beaufort, and I planned events there, and now I am not working for the city and I occasionally sing from the stage. Now I get in the swings and I watch people, some I know, some I don’t, and I have quick conversations. God speaks to me there.

Feeling Blessed and Grateful

     I would like to say I am very thankful to Beaufort South Carolina. They embraced me and my children when I arrived here and I will forever be eternally grateful. I was able to share Gullah and could not have done it without them.

     I was blessed with so much after as I matured in my music and life.  God allowed me to sing with my daughters, Tracey McGhee and Sumitra Stewart, and my sister Gladys Jenkins shared her gift of song with us. They were a blessing and inspiration to me over the years as we performed and kept Gullah in the forefront.

     Also, I found my best friend and Sister, Peggy Bing-O’Banner, in this beautiful Lowcountry.  The Hallelujah Singers produced five CDs over the years that I pray will forever leave an imprint on the lives of all who hear them.  It is my desire that our music will speak for itself as it lays the path for future generations to hear and learn of our wonderful Gullah culture. Life is good.

story by Lindsey Lenoir

The combination of modern sophistication, tradition, and Lowcountry comfort is what Breakwater Restaurant and Bar has offered historic Beaufort for the past eighteen years. Having relocated in 2009 to their current space nestled on the Corner of Carteret Street and Port Republic, Breakwater originally only served dinner. It has since opened its doors to the lunch crowd. Local patrons and tourists alike can enjoy a few of their favorite dinner menu items along with some new, lighter, and refreshing, seasonal salad and sandwich options. Don’t forget to grab one of their noteworthy cocktails, like the “Prince of Tides” (a fusion of Patron-silver, St. Germain, honey syrup and fresh lime juice). Then before you leave, be sure to tell Mrs. Donna Lang, General Manager, Co-owner, and wife of Executive Chef Gary Lang, hello!

     Executive Chefs and co-owners, Gary Lang and Elizabeth Shaw, along with Chef De Cuisine Megan Horne, create their “New Southern Cuisine” by using fresh, local produce whenever possible.  Incorporating culinary influences from different parts of the globe and adding some “fresh, Southern flare”, while utilizing seafood from the Carolina Coast, the chefs have been able to create a menu that is sure to delight. Chef Lang, founder of Breakwater, “pledged to stay true to simple cooking techniques and only work with sustainable, seasonal ingredients.” Chefs Lang and Shaw have succeeded in building a menu that incorporates, “simple, honest cooking” and adds fresh, innovative, “subtle nuances to traditional southern dishes.”

     Every Saturday from 9am-12pm Breakwater serves the community at the Port Royal Farmer’s market, selling items like tacos, their famous butter bean hummus, and signature pimento cheese, all of which have ingredients sourced by the vendors at the market. Chef Shaw says that it has always been important to them to build rapport with the local farming community and to support local businesses and artisans. “We even used local architects and interior designers when creating the new location.”  Breakwater has been voted OpenTables’ “Diners’ Choice Winner, earned the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”, and was voted as The Island News (TIN) Favorite for the seventh year in a row.

     Breakwater is now open Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm for lunch, and 5pm-9pm for dinner with Happy Hour starting at 4.

Dr. Cynthia Gregory-Smalls

story by Lindsey Lenoir

photos by John Wollwerth

In the ever-changing tides of educational policy and reform, one Beaufort County Board member is sticking to a tried and true mantra, “Never give up! Keep pushing forward!” Dr. Cynthia Gregory-Smalls has dedicated her life to education. Now retired, Cynthia spent over 30 years in the field.  Receiving her teaching certificate from Hunter College in New York, she went on to further her education and received not only a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Shaw University, but also an M.A. in Education from USC Columbia, a second M.A. in Education Leadership from Cambridge College in Boston, and finally, a Doctorate in the Philosophy of Education from Walden University.

     Initially starting her career as an elementary school teacher, she would go on the administrative course to serve as assistant principal. She is certified as a school supervisor, superintendent, secondary principal and secondary supervisor.

     Such a long list of professional accomplishments could not have happened if it weren’t for a deep-rooted dedication and commitment to personal drive. Driven is exactly what Dr. Gregory-Smalls is. It is a drive that was cultivated in the household of her parents, Mr. Wendell P. Gregory, and Mrs. Carrie Singleton Gregory. When asked who her first influential teacher was, she proudly stated, “My mother was my first teacher. She taught me how to read, and all about the world through our set of World Book Encyclopedias: Childcraft Edition.” Her father also played a tremendous role in her early education. “My father can’t go unrecognized either. He played a big part in reinforcing what we were learning in school.” She said her father would come in from a long day at the shipyard where he worked as a longshoreman, sit down with Cynthia and her sisters, and ask them to recite their multiplication tables, while encouraging them to tell him all about what they had learned that day.

     At the time, neither of her parents had received a formal education. The Gregory’s encouraged their children to keep going and to invest in their own education. They had both been enrolled, at one time, to the Penn Normal Industrial and Agricultural School, or Penn School (as it was originally named). It was the first school started on St. Helena Island for abandoned and freed slaves. In the beginning, Penn School was part of the Port Royal Initiative, a program created to help equip these former slaves and their children for freedom. They were taught how to read, and how to sustain themselves and their families by learning a trade or skill set that would provide them some economic stability.

     Unfortunately, both her mother and father were called away from completing their education due to household responsibilities, and lack of transportation.

      According to Cynthia, the regret of her parents, for not being able to complete their own education, spurred them to instill the importance of education in their children.

     Eventually, Cynthia’s mother went on to receive a diploma through the Beaufort County Adult Education Program.

     In addition to the influence of her parents, teachers like her 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Pettigrew, propelled Gregory-Smalls towards a path of dedicated service to the field of education.       This singular teacher stuck out in her mind because of her devotion to her students. “She was just so passionate about teaching, and she cared, she really took her time to make sure we understood.  She just really cared.”

     Growing up in Harlem, N.Y, Dr. Gregory-Smalls would often summer on St. Helena Island. The family would come back to visit grandparents, aunts and uncles. She would eventually go on to marry Michael Smalls. Today, they have four children and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

     Currently, Dr. Gregory-Smalls serves on the District 3 seat for the Board of Education, representing St. Helena, Lady’s Island, and other parts of Beaufort.   During her 30+ years with the Beaufort County School system, she was honored to be at St. Helena Elementary School for 18 of those years, 10 of which she was Assistant Principal.  As a member of the Beaufort County Educational Association (BCEA) she has been able to mentor and encourage many of her fellow teachers. When speaking to her recently, she was in the middle of fine tuning a speech that she was about to give at a BCEA Teacher Appreciation Gala to a group of colleagues who would be gathering together to be celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the field of education.       Gregory-Smalls articulates, “You know, speaking to your colleagues is a whole different thing. I have sat where they sit, I just want to relate to them and tell them job well done. That we all just need to keep pushing forward, and never give up!”

     As a Board member, Gregory-Smalls hopes to see a shift in equipping our students to return to jobs here in the Lowcountry. She desires for the schools to provide opportunities to learn technological competitiveness, participate in apprenticeship programs, and introduce them to amassing a new trade and skill set.  “I want to see these students returning to us and becoming part of the success of our town.” She feels strongly that we need to provide the opportunities for our students to return here and have sustainable careers, start new businesses, and reinvest in their community.

     She also stated that one of her highest callings in education has been to be a voice of encouragement to her fellow educators. “I want to encourage my colleagues to keep being trailblazers. Never give up, hold firm to their platforms on reform for change to happen.”  She admits there are numerous, and often times overwhelming challenges that teachers today face.  Fortunately, “out of those challenges have arisen dedicated and driven students. Students who are actively seeing the results of petitioning for change. We need to be encouraged by that fact.”

     “We have students in our school system who are writing to their legislatures, students who are going on to acquire dual degrees,” Gregory-Smalls states. “Our graduation rate is at an all-time high, and we have the most Jr. Scholars this year than we have ever had.” According to Dr. Gregory-Smalls, “we are preparing and shaping the next generation to move forward, so never give up!”

United Way of the Lowcountry Women United is gearing up for Operation Backpack to provide local children in need with school supplies to start school.

     While children throughout the Lowcountry just got out of school for summer break, it won’t be long until they will be preparing for another school year and heading back to the classroom. Although many children would love for summer to last forever, there’s excitement in going school shopping, getting a new backpack and picking out school supplies.

     Unfortunately, there are many children here in the Lowcountry who will go to school empty handed on that first day because families simply can’t afford the extra cost of purchasing school supplies and uniforms.  That’s why United Way of the Lowcountry Women United started Operation Backpack, which works to help fill the gaps by providing backpacks full of school supplies and uniform shirts to children in need before each school year.   “We all know purchasing school supplies can be costly and there are many families in our community who are struggling just to make ends meet,” says Tina Gentry, United Way of the Lowcountry President & CEO. “We want to help ensure that as many children as possible, regardless of their financial situations, walk into school on that first day with the supplies they need to reach their full potential.”

     Women United has continued to expand the program each year to help meet the need.  Katie Phifer, Women United Steering Committee Chair, says, “We want to break any barrier that would prevent a student from succeeding in school so when we learned that many of our students were starting the school year without the supplies they desperately needed, Operation Backpack was born.”  Last school year, the initiative provided more than 600 backpacks to students at eight schools throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  This upcoming school year, Operation Backpack is again expanding to help more students. “This initiative has continued to grow each year and we are grateful for the community’s support,” says Phifer.  “We’ve had communities, businesses, individuals and other non-profit groups step up and truly deliver in order to help our children.”

     Women United works with school social workers to identify the students who would benefit the most from the program and who are not being served by other agencies.  Women United volunteers help pack each of the backpacks with school supplies and two uniform shirts. The backpacks are then delivered to the schools prior to the start of school so the students have what they need on their first day.  “Once the collection process is finalized, we organize our volunteers at United Way to help sort all the materials.  We set up an assembly line and pack each of the backpacks, school by school,” says Alison Barton, Women United Steering Committee member and United Way of the Lowcountry Board Member. “By working with the schools directly, each backpack is grade appropriate in terms of the needed materials, and contains the proper uniform shirt size for the child.”

How can you get involved?

     Women United will start collecting school supplies and monetary donations June 4th through August 1st. Drop-off locations will be located throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties including the United Way of the Lowcountry offices.

United Way of the Lowcountry Offices:

Beaufort – 1277 Ribaut Road

Bluffton – 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Suite D

     For more drop-off locations, visit www.uwlowcountry.org.

     Women United is collecting monetary donations to purchase the actual backpacks and some of the school supply items in bulk as well as all the school uniform shirts.

     The list of donated items include the following:  yellow highlighters, index cards, pocket folders (2 pockets), glue sticks, #2 pencils (12 count), crayons (24 count), Crayola washable markers, composition notebooks (marble), filler paper, ruler (12 inch/clear if possible), zipper-seal quart and gallon bags, box of facial tissue, wet wipes, hand sanitizer (4 oz bottle), rolls of paper towels.

     Additionally, gift cards to Walmart will also be accepted as well as monetary donations. Donations can be made online at www.uwlowcountry.org.  Checks can be made out to “United Way of the Lowcountry” with Operation Backpack in the memo line and should be mailed to United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC 29901.

     For more information about Operation Backpack, contact Jaime Dailey-Vergara at the United Way of the Lowcountry (843) 982-3040.

Brittney Hiller

story by Carol Lauvray

photos by Paul Nurnberg

Brittney Hiller is a young woman with an engaging smile who exudes cheerfulness and enthusiasm. With her optimistic outlook, positive energy and effervescent spirit, she’s made her dreams come true.

     A yoga and wellness practitioner, Brittney is the owner of Effervescence Yoga Studio and Spa in Port Royal, where she teaches yoga and meditation and practices massage therapy. She shares some insight about herself on the Effervescence website, “My love for meditation, yoga, and all things mindfully driven began when I became obsessed with a fun television show known as Dharma & Greg…and I wanted to be all things Dharma—a yoga teacher, with a fun-loving attitude, and head over heels for my straight-laced seeming husband.” Her obsession with yoga began when she was only 15 years old, right here in Beaufort. “That was way before yoga was ‘mainstream’ and before yoga pants were a ‘thing’,” she explains. Now just 35 years old, Brittney has achieved the goals she set for herself as a teen, and in record time. Within just six months of opening her yoga studio Effervescence in July 2017, it was voted “2018 Best Yoga Studio” by Eat Sleep Play Beaufort, while the publication The Island News voted Effervescence “Favorite Yoga Studio for 2018” and voted Brittney Hiller “Favorite Massage Therapist for 2018.” In addition, Brittney’s been married to her own version of Dharma’s straight-laced Greg, her husband Andrew, since 2011. She smiles broadly as she describes him, “Andrew is left-brained and more straight and narrow, while I’m more creative and outgoing, so he keeps me grounded.”

     Brittney was first transplanted to Beaufort in the tenth grade as a “military brat”—and she has been coming back ever since. “I call it the rubber-band effect,” she explains. “I moved to Beaufort in 1998 and attended Battery Creek High School while my dad was a Marine stationed here. After high school, in 2003 I moved back to San Diego with my family, but just a few months later I returned to Beaufort for a while to visit a boyfriend. In 2004, I came back to Beaufort again and shortly after that, I moved to Charleston for several years. Then in 2008, I moved back to Beaufort to live.”

Finding Her Bliss In Beaufort

     While first living in Beaufort during her tenth grade year, Brittney found yoga through a dance class at school. She says her dance teacher at Battery Creek High introduced her to yoga as a way to warm up before and cool down after dancing. “After my first yoga experience when I was in my final relaxation pose, I knew two things: 1) I’m hooked for life, and 2) I want to teach this.”

     “After high school, I kept practicing yoga at home using yoga DVDs and when I moved back to Beaufort in 2008 I, took yoga classes at the YMCA in Port Royal. A yoga teacher there, Shelley Lowther, opened her Dancing Dogs yoga studio in Beaufort in 2010, so I worked for her and took yoga classes in return. While I was at Dancing Dogs, I received 200 hours of yoga training and became certified as an instructor in Baptiste-inspired Yoga, Laughter Yoga and Kids Yoga,” Brittney states.

     Kids Yoga involves singing, imagination and play, she explains. “In the Downward dog position, we pretend we’re dogs and bark; in the Cat and Cow positions, we meow and moo. It’s great for kids to open up their imaginations! Laughter Yoga is my way of bringing Kids Yoga into the adult world because it also relies on the imagination and playfulness of those participating.”

     Brittney expanded her wellness expertise by attending the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) in 2010 and 2011 to earn certification as a Massage Therapist. TCL’s Massage Therapy program involves courses in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and hands-on massage therapy training, she says.

     In 2012 Brittney branched out on her own as The Outdoor Yogini—a Yogini is a woman who does yoga, she explains. During that period, she held yoga classes outdoors in a variety of venues, including: at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort; in her own neighborhood; at the Port Royal Amphitheater; and in Charleston at Charles Towne Landing. For the next four years, Brittney worked with Martha O’Regan at TheraVista on Lady’s Island, focusing on the mind-body connection of clients by teaching yoga.

     It was during this period, that Brittney also became the author of a children’s book, The Little Laughing Yogini (available on Amazon.com), “a short story of a girl on an epic journey to find her bliss, who learns that her bliss is laughter.” Brittney says she understands the power that laughter has to rejuvenate the body and inspire a youthful spirit. “Every class I teach includes laughter and a sense of play!” she emphasizes. “Through The Little Laughing Yogini, I have also created Little Yoga PlayShops, which give me the opportunity to introduce yoga to Elementary School children and to offer breathing, mindfulness, and yoga in their classrooms—both in person and virtually via the Internet.”

     Brittney and her Effervescence Yoga Studio and Spa have not only earned accolades and acclaim since it opened last summer, but the business also has expanded from the first floor of its location at 1613 Parris Avenue in Port Royal to include the upstairs of the building as well—a testament to the popularity of Brittney’s approach to her wellness practice and the classes and services she offers. The Effervescence website www.effervescenceyogaspa.com outlines a variety of services and classes—from an array of massage and body treatments, to many types of yoga classes designed for all levels from beginners to advanced students, and including therapeutic chair yoga. Yoga classes are available in the mornings and evenings. The various spa services and yoga classes are all described on the website and can be scheduled there online.

     With her attitude of thankfulness and optimism, Brittney has embraced the opportunities life has presented and she continues to seek happiness and joy in everything she does, even though she has faced some extremely challenging circumstances in the past. When asked how she sees her business evolving, Brittney shares that she truly appreciates the success of her yoga studio and spa and the opportunity to pay her three yoga teachers well. As an entrepreneur she envisions the future, saying, “I’d like to expand my business to other locations outside Beaufort, maybe even nationally.” Brittney Hiller is a young woman who practices what she teaches others—how to create a positive lifestyle and spirit with ef·fer·ves·cence (noun: vivacity and enthusiasm).

Nancy Harris Vista

story by Emily Burgess

photos by Susan DeLoach

Charming wood floors, an aroma that invites you in and makes you want to stay. Beautiful displays of jewelry, floral décor, women’s clothing and candles, the source of the pleasing scent, greet you as you enter. Located in the heart of Port Royal, Nuances opened in 2010 and has become a destination boutique for many with owner Nancy Harris Vista at its helm.

     Harris Vista is no stranger to owning businesses. She was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and recalls wanting and receiving a cardboard storefront to play with as a small child.

     “As early as the age of three, I would take my brother’s things and try to sell them back to him. That spirit started very early for me and I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe from my love to shop,” Harris Vista said. Her career as a business owner in Port Royal began in 2003 where she ran several retail stores, as well as a restaurant, Moondoggies, run as a family business and recently sold at the end of December 2017.

     Even with her entrepreneurial heart, Harris Vista did not attend school for business and originally received a degree in turf grass science and agronomy.  But her passion was for business and her love for Port Royal made the perfect pair for these endeavors.

     When the economy took a hit in 2007, Harris Vista closed down her retail spaces, but said she found herself missing it. Despite what those around her said and discouragement from many, she decided to take the chance and open Nuances in 2010, although the economy had not improved much.

     The idea behind Nuances was to create something that was unique but useful to the surrounding community. Harris Vista wanted to skip the trends that are usually found in your typical storefronts and sell clothes for everyday and for every woman. Even the gifts available for purchase in Nuances were purchased with thought as to their usefulness.

      “I’m very, very selective. I try to find things that are unique, but also have dual purposes. As we mature and accumulate things, we get to a point where we want to go the other way and simplify,” said Harris Vista. “That’s where the premise of the store came from.”

     The tagline for Nuances is “discover the art of joyful living” and that’s what Harris Vista lives by. She believes that when customers splurge to purchase something they need to find joy in it. In a world full of things, her intention is that those found in her shop are a delight to the people who buy them.

     Nuances best selling items are women’s clothing and the shop does not stock multiples of each article of clothing and sizes. Harris Vista intentionally does this, as she is dressing many locals and the desire to be wearing something unique is important to many. She makes sure that you won’t have those fashion faux pas moments of passing someone in the street wearing the same thing. She also tries to stay away from super trendy things and fads that will not stick around for long.

     “I’ve developed the rule that if I won’t take it home myself, then I don’t buy it. It’s pretty simple,” said Harris Vista. As a practical person who desires to find joy in the things she purchases, she makes sure that the things she is buying to carry in Nuances meets these requirements.

     Harris Vista moved to Port Royal with her family in 1991 and fell in love with the area. After living in the area for ten years, she knew it was the place for her businesses saying that it had a lot of soul. She loves that the Port Royal area has evolved into a place for families and a place for people of all ages, race and socioeconomic class making it an eclectic mix of people.

     “It’s got a funky feel of its own. We’ve watched it evolve over the years and grow. When we first came, we just saw that everyone was so friendly and willing to help out,” said Harris Vista. “It is the oldest town in the new world; the oldest settlement. People are curious. I’ve become kind of like the chamber of commerce over the years and even the town building across the street sends people to me for information.”

     Harris Vista feels positive about the growth that will come with Port Royal’s plans for the marina saying that she currently serves a majority of locals through her store and the development of the area will certainly bring tourism up. Her business is already booming though, thanks to her loyal following of customers.

     Despite any growth, Harris Vista has built her reputation on personalized service and she never wants to get to the point where that is sacrificed. Her desire is to keep serving the community and her customers with an attitude of friendliness and good attentive service. She serves everyone who comes through the doors with the exact same love and care regardless of race, class, looks or any other distinguishing factor.

     The personalized service is certainly working because Nuances has quite a loyal following. There are, of course, the locals who consistently come, but she also sees quite a few repeat tourists who make sure to stop by. Many who came several years ago while she was battling breast cancer, made sure to trek back in to see her and visit the store.

     Even with her love for business, there are always challenges to face. Harris Vista says hers is that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. As a business owner, she has to wear many hats including bookkeeper, manager of personnel, inventory specialist, which means she puts in many hours. Wearing all the hats of running a business is difficult, but the reward far outweighs the challenge and the reward for Harris Vista is by far the people.

     “I have made some incredible friendships. They are more than just customers. Some of my very best friends started out as customers, and they still come in to shop, but it’s a different relationship now. When I got sick, I definitely saw who people were,” said Harris Vista. “What the people give to me is more than I give to them. They give me the strength to keep going everyday. This is not an easy business.”

     Harris Vista has worked hard to create a store that helps bring a sense of community to the area and the people living here. She desires for Nuances to be a fundamental part of Port Royal that is more than just another store, but is a useful and practical place for people to purchase clothing, gifts and more. She also has a passion to give back to local charities through her business to further help those in need locally.

         “If you love what you do, it’s easy,” said Harris Vista. “It’s amazing that when you go to bed at night, you want to wake up and do it the next day.” Her advice to young entrepreneurs is to use your instinct and pursue what you are passionate about. She says you have to find what it is that brings you joy and if you can find a way to turn that thing into a job than it won’t ever seem like work.

     Harris Vista has clearly found what she is passionate about and created a welcoming space in Nuances. She is always working to improve upon what she has built and plans to keep serving the community by helping them find joyful living.

story by Cindy Reid

photos by Susan DeLoach

Louise Hodges is a true entrepreneur and inventor in the world of eco-friendly pest control. Greenbug, Inc. was started in 2010 by Louise and her husband Dan Hodges to offer pest control alternatives to traditional pesticides. For larger areas of pest control, Louise Hodges developed the Greenbug System which offers automatic pest control through an irrigation system. She continues to grow Greenbug while spreading the word on the benefits of eco-friendly products.

It seems like you have always been here in Beaufort but where are you from originally?

     I spent my first years through second grade in Charlotte, NC then moved to Colorado where I lived until I graduated high school.  I knew I wanted to return south for college, so one summer I was visiting my grandparents in Greenville, South Carolina and my cousin showed me Clemson University. I saw the tiger paws in the road and that was it! I went to Clemson, graduated with a degree in Industrial Management and met my husband Dan there. My parents had retired to Fripp Island, SC and Dan and I were married on Fripp in 1985.

What was your first business?

     By training, I am a landscape designer.   Dan and I created Arterra, a landscape design/build company in Charlotte, NC for more than 20 years specializing in landscape renovation on the tail end of home renovation projects. We worked hard and created an excellent reputation creating the ‘fun’ stuff –  we built outdoor patios, fireplaces, arbors, ponds etc.  Essentially we worked with mature landscapes to create beautiful spaces.

From landscape design to Greenbug- how did that come about?

     We moved to Beaufort with the intention of continuing our landscape business here but it was 2008, the economy was not good, we were without many options and had to come up with something else. It didn’t take long before we realized people couldn’t enjoy the outdoors here in the lowcountry because the bugs are terrible!  Traditional pesticides are synthetic and toxic so we wanted to create green and natural products that work.  So Greenbug was born using an active ingredient of cedar – just like cedar chests and closets where you never see a bug.  That is because cedar is deadly to pests but harmless to humans, animals and the environment. Greenbug controls pests like no-see-ems, mosquitoes, ticks, mites, fleas, roaches, fire ants, aphids and other garden pests. Even head lice and bed bugs. All while being non toxic.

So Greenbug was born here in Beaufort?

     Yes. By 2010, we had Greenbug up and running. When we first started Greenbug, we were so excited to have safe products that work but realized early on that ‘safe’ wasn’t as important as ’effective.’ While they’ve always been effective, the interest in being “green’ came later. Now people totally get the ‘green’ part of our product. It is a product people want, in fact we have sold more than 100,000 bottles of the personal two ounce Greenbug. It is carried in retail stores from North Carolina to Florida and sold online via the website throughout the US and Canada.

Greenbug Systems Inventor?

     The Greenbug System idea blossomed one day while I was watching my lawn sprinklers running.  It dawned on me that our water soluble Greenbug formula could be distributed on the entire property via the irrigation system.  This was a simple and profound epiphany that took me three years to create an actual working system.  It really was a process, and there were many design versions getting the irrigation to communicate with the Greenbug pump. I knew our product and I knew irrigation but I did not know much about electrical systems. It was a different language to me and a steep learning curve.

     The first generation was way too complex, earlier models had a variety of issues and finally, the eighth version of the Greenbug System made it. We are currently installing the improved tenth version and recently created the Greenbug Jumbo model to accommodate properties with more than 24 irrigation zones. Currently, there are more than 225 Greenbug Systems from St. Simon’s Island, GA through Awendaw, SC including Palmetto Bluff, Dataw, Hampton Lake, Habersham, and truly most neighborhoods in Beaufort County.

What would you say to women who are interested in your field?

     I have always worked in male dominated fields, first in landscaping and now in pest control. But, in the end, gender has nothing to do with ability.  If you have an interest in an area and can contribute, go for it!

Did you have a mentor in your business?

     No, and I would have loved to have a mentor! A lot of people have taken an interest but nothing quite overlaps with what we do at Greenbug. I guess I am the trailblazer!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

     I am allergic to coffee. Strange, but true!

Do you have a personal connection to being in a ‘green’ business?

     I lost my Mom and my sister far too young to cancers caused by environmental issues. Once I knew the dangers of synthetic pesticides, I could not not-create Greenbug. I am grateful every day to offer safe alternatives to harsh, unnecessary chemicals!  Being ‘green’ is not a fad or crazy talk, it is the only way going into the future.

What’s next for you?

     We are seriously considering franchise options for Greenbug. It is important to educate consumers on the dangers of toxic chemicals and branching into new markets is exciting.  As far as retirement, I can’t imagine not working as I enjoy being active and engaged.

Introduce us to your family…

     My husband Dan, my partner in all things, and our two wonderful daughters, Hunter (24 years old) and Ellen (21 years old.)

What is your favorite place in Beaufort?

     My favorite place is out on the river, hanging out on the boat with friends and family. It’s where I get the down time to work on my novel.

story by Cindy Reid

photos by John Wollwerth

“Seaside Grown’s Bloody Mary mix is made from hand-picked, vine ripe tomatoes, so fresh we can even tell you the acre of the field they came from,” says Ross Taylor, creator of St. Helena Island’s newest success story, Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix . Although this is their first commercial food product, Ross’s family, the Sanders, are no strangers to the tomato business. As befitting a true Beaufort story, it really starts way back when. Long time commercial farmers, the Sanders have  been growing tomatoes on St. Helena Island since the  early 1900s. “It all started with Gustav ‘Gus’ Sanders, who began the first commercial tomato farm in the area,” says Ross.

As their website says, “Over a century ago, Gus Sanders discovered that the soil on St. Helena Island was just right for producing plump and juicy tomatoes. That’s because the soil is just a tad bit warmer than that of inland farms, which makes it perfect for harvesting the best tomatoes. “Their longevity can be attributed to the superiority of their crop, because as Ross says, “We are known for growing the best tasting, mouthwatering tomatoes on the East Coast.”

And while that’s true,  it is one thing to grow a food crop and it is quite another to create, market and sell an entirely new commercial food product. In this case, it started when Gus’s great grandson Ross was at Clemson University. Ross says, “It happened to be harvest season and my college buddies came to town – one thing led to another and that’s how our hearty and delicious Bloody Mary Mix came to be.” Ross says the secret recipe is based on a long held family recipe that just needed a few tweaks to make it shelf stable. Seaside Grown is different from most Bloody Mary mixes because it is a “real Bloody Mary mix, made from  red ripe tomatoes and not tomato paste.” says Ross ,” We can tell you exactly what field each tomato in any given jar came from. We compare this to the bottling of rose wine. Not only do we know what field, we know the day and date the tomatoes in every jar of mix was picked.”

He says, “This is a family grown, handpicked, farm to table product.” People are noticing and the mix is selling out. Last October, they made 350 cases and they were sold out by December 31, 2017. Ross says, “Being certified South Carolina Grown is not just a necessary part of production. To us, it’s an honor and a matter of taste. We are blessed to be able to grow God’s finest tomato in a beautiful part of the world with our family and friends—there is truly nothing better than that. Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix is a natural extension of this attention to quality and pride in producing the very best product possible.”

Seaside Grown also has the added benefit of utilizing tomatoes that are too ripe, misshapen or not perfect enough to be sent to market. Ross says, “We sell, pack and ship tens of millions of pounds of tomatoes in the month of June and approximately twenty percent of the crop doesn’t make the grade. Of those, ninety percent are fine and by creating a food product we can make use of what would otherwise go to waste.”

Their current label is fun- “One taste and we think you will agree- it’s finer than frog’s hair! If it ain’t fresh, it ain’t’ in our pot!” Upcoming will be a new label which will show St. Helena Island on a nautical chart because people want to know exactly where Seaside Farm, Frogmore South Carolina is located.

Ross will also be adding information on the website regarding a popular food use for the mix- using it to make local favorite  Savannah Red Rice. Of course the mix can be enjoyed as a “Virgin Mary,” a non alcoholic version, as well. Future production plans include adding salsa, salsa verde and other fresh tomato products to the Seaside Grown label. First up will be  “Gus’s Spicy Mix,” a Bloody Mary mix that has more of a kick to it. Ross says, “We are that rare combo, a successful commercial farm that is still small enough to create our own products. At the end of the day, we are a family grown product.”

MacDonald MarketPlace

Another family production is the MacDonald MarketPlace, located on Sea island Parkway, St. Helena Island. Ross is the General Manager of the store, which was built by James Ross Macdonald in 1877. Although it had been in several different hands over the years, the Sanders are now running the store their ancestor founded. The MarketPlace features “Antiques, Home & Art,  The Essence of Lowcountry Living” as well as the Seaside Grown line in their cozy kitchen room. Ultimately, the MacDonald Market Place brings together many local artisans, giving them a beautiful and historic space to market their work. One can find everything from local paintings to antiques, lamps to photographs and much more. It is a giant jewel box of artisan treats.

Taylor Offshore

By land and sea, Ross is also an entrepreneur in another coastal endeavor.   As co-creator of Taylor Offshore, he and two other classmates from Clemson invented a quick connect system specific to off shore sport fishing rigs. Their website says it is “The easiest and fastest way to catch fish.” He says, “ We spent eight years in research and development to make this the best quick release system on the market. Our product is represented all over the world, Panama, Costa Rico, South Africa, all the big off shore locales.”

When asked why this product, he says, “Off shore fishing is very much a passion of mine. I try to go every other month.” He says his favorite off shore fishing spot is the Zane Grey Reef in Pinas Bay, Panama, “There nothing close to it!” He also likes the fishing in Los Suenos, Costa Rico.

Ross and his wife, Lisa, make their home in Beaufort. They recently celebrated their five year anniversary and Ross says although they love downtown Beaufort, they may well move out to the island in the near future. He says, “We love the peace and quiet of the island.” When asked what his favorite place in Beaufort is, this busy entrepreneur answers, “There is a creek off Station Creek on the island and it is a good place to get in the boat and be alone. That’s where I go to get away from it all. It’s quiet and beautiful out there.”

“When you mix family, six generations of tomato growers, great friends, the warm sea, summertime harvests and God’s finest tomatoes, you have just uncovered the magic behind Seaside Grown!”

Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix can be found at Bill’s Liquors & Fine Wine on Lady’s Island and MacDonald Marketplace on St. Helena Island.

by Carl Joye w/ Apex Real Estate

There Battery Creek meets Beaufort River, leading out to the Atlantic Ocean, is Port Royal Sound. It is there that lies the sleepy little South Carolina town of Port Royal. First explored by Frenchman Jean Ribaut in 1562, the town was named after the sound it overlooks. Eventually avenues were named after international cities such as Paris, London, Madrid, Columbia, Richmond and Edinburgh. These streets were laid north to south, intersected by numbered streets running east to west. Over the years, the southern tip of the Port Royal peninsula, the deepest natural port on the Atlantic coast, became an active shipping port connected to the mainland by a railroad along the western shore.

Until recently, this 50-acre tract with 2 miles of waterfront property has been fenced and controlled by the Ports Authority. In 2006, Governor Sanford closed the Port and ordered it sold. Ten years later, Governor Hailey accomplished the sale, returning the property to the town. As the fences come down and development progresses, the excitement of anticipated changes grows stronger.

The vision of connecting the western shore back to the Old Village and keeping the waterfront open to the public is certain to enhance the natural beauty of Port Royal with its abundant majestic centuries old Spanish Moss draped Live Oak trees throughout the Old Village. The community that exists today will be enhanced and grow stronger becoming even more one of the most desirable places to make home on the southeastern coast.

Excitement is in the air with anticipation of the 50-acre Waterfront Development at the Old Village of Port Royal in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. From the spectacular eastern sunrises over Beaufort River to the stunning western sunsets over Battery Creek, the point of Port Royal is truly unique with never ending salt marsh and river vistas. Situated on the intra-coastal waterway at the mouth of Port Royal sound, the over 2 miles of waterfront property is on the deepest natural port on the East Coast with unobstructed access to the Atlantic Ocean between Hunting Island State Park and Hilton Head Island.

The plan for the property consists of three major development areas, all connecting to the existing Old Village to create a new vibrant walking community with access to the waterfront for all. Detailed planning continues from one end to the other of this unique property. Along Battery Creek, the Dry Stack Marina in the Port Village is set to open any day and renovations at Port Royal’s premier waterfront seafood restaurant to be known as Fishcamp at 11th are underway. Much of this that is underway is expected to open in July. Unsure of exactly what the remaining development will become, but it is certain to be something very special!

East of London Avenue, and down Sands Beach Road, lies Port Royal’s most treasured natural park. It features the Sands, boardwalk and observation tower, Port Royal Sound boat landing, all with expansive eastern views over Beaufort River, southern views over Port Royal Sound, and western views down Battery Creek. Sit and enjoy a sunny day on the beach nearly any time of the year or drop your boat in the river and explore the endless rivers the Lowcountry offers.

Enjoy an early morning or afternoon stroll from the Old Village or ride down in your golf cart to admire the spectacular colorful sunrises and sunsets that are simply beyond compare. Walk through the narrow path through the high marsh to the western end of the boardwalk, climb the observation tower for a stunning birds eye view and continue down the boardwalk across the boat landing to the Sands. Mother nature has a new light show to amaze every day.

The boardwalk also connects the Sands to the Port Village, with its soon to open Dry Stack Marina, where you can store your boat and call ahead to have it waiting for your fishing or river cruising adventure. Plenty of experienced boat captains are ready and waiting to show you where the plentiful fishing is at its best. Home sites and homes are planned adjacent to this beautiful area bringing it even closer to home. Relax or play on the beach, kayak the rivers, fill your cooler with fish, or cruise the river to sandbars or the nearby Atlantic Ocean beaches. It’s all available for you just a short walk from the Old Village of Port Royal down Sands Beach Road.

The 50-acre waterfront development site in the Old Village of Port Royal is known as the Port Village. It is at the eastern end of the site, the south end of Paris Avenue, where the old shipping port greeted cargo ships from all over the world. Boasting the deepest natural port on the east coast, with unobstructed access to the Atlantic Ocean, the port anticipates welcoming ships again, this time carrying passengers for pleasure instead of cargo.

Over 270-degree views from east to west offer opportunities to witness the most amazing sunrises and sunsets found anywhere in the world. Anchored by a future upscale full-service hotel with supporting shops and restaurants along Battery Creek, the Port Village will soon grow to become the commercial town center with large and smaller public parks to rest, relax and enjoy summer breezes from the salt marshes and rivers.

Already in progress, and soon to open, is the Dry Stack Marina with waterfront walkway and grassed park area connecting the Port Village to the boardwalk and beach area. The old port building overhanging Battery Creek with two story interior spaces with all its development possibilities is the major existing feature. The former spacious rail yard, adjacent to the Port building, offers plenty of space for future development of retail and dining spaces. This is all tied together by natural parks and the future extended waterfront boardwalk. Endless opportunities and unmatched anticipation await all who currently live and are soon to come to this unique waterfront playground in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

The area of the 50-acre waterfront development site known as the Marina Village is in the center of the site. At the west end of 11th Street, this is the area where countless shrimp, oysters and blue crabs were harvested and brought to the existing shrimp boat docks to be processed for wide distribution. In recent years, Dockside at 11th Street seafood restaurant offered local seafood dining overlooking sunsets and shrimp boats. Currently under renovation and scheduled to open this summer, Fishcamp at 11th waterfront seafood restaurant will soon be ready to take over the space.

A combination of retail and residential development will soon compliment this area along with a new 225 slip marina in the calm waters of Battery Creek located just minutes from the intra-coastal waterway, Beaufort River and Port Royal Sound. Walk to the beach and boardwalk through the Port Village to the east or to Harrison Bluff, to the west. Ride your bike to Historic Downtown Beaufort down the Spanish Moss Trail along the abandoned railroad which used to serve the port. The Marina Village is the perfect place to work or make your home to enjoy everything a coastal community has to offer. The area of the 50-acre waterfront development site known as Harrison Bluff is at the west end of the site, along Edinburgh and Columbia Avenues at 13th through 16th Streets. The area has been mostly undisturbed and is heavily wooded with Lives Oaks. This is where trains occasionally traveled and white tail deer found shelter. Fifteen acres of high bluffs overlooking Battery Creek’s salt marsh sunsets will soon provide home sites for single family interior and waterfront homes with private and community docks along with community parks for all to enjoy. Townhouses along the town’s existing streets and avenues may also be available for maintenance free living. Easily access all Port Royal has to offer by walking or biking down the Spanish Moss Trail or riding your golf cart through the town’s streets and avenues.

Plans are coming soon for the layout of Port Royal’s premier residential community. Adjacent properties along the development’s edge will add to the opportunities available for all who choose to live in the Old Village of Port Royal, the newest old coastal town in the south.

As the waterfront development in the Old Village of Port Royal starts to gain speed, interest in buying homes, home sites and development properties is increasing. People from local areas and beyond are looking to find out just what opportunities are available now and in the future. Uncertainty of exactly what single family homes, townhomes, and home sites will be available and what exactly will become of the 50-acre waterfront development in general makes it difficult to get in early and reserve your spot. Information available at this point is there will be fewer than 20 marsh front home sites with unbelievable expansive views at the Sands beach area, about 80 home sites at the Harrison Bluff area featuring a private dock with boat slips, and a gated townhouse community in the Marina Village area with reservations possibly starting late this year. Plans are currently being developed at this time and when more specifics are available about these limited opportunities is unclear. Much will be developed around the new Fishcamp at 11 th waterfront seafood restaurant and is projected to open before July 4 of this year.

Other exciting news in the town, both in and out of the 50-acre development, is the anticipation of the opening of the new restaurant named Madison’s on 10t h Street inside the Old Village where Moon Doggies was located for many years.

Homes and home sites available today are scattered around the Old Village. Homes of varying ages, size and condition are being privately marketed and sold. What is currently available changes daily and the current inventory can be found at www.DiscoverPortRoyal.com .

Homes range from a 2500 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3 car garage with unique 180 degree expansive views of Port Royal Sound and Sands Beach to a 730 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bath older home on an interior 75 foot by 100 foot.

Many home sites are currently available in the Old Village including five, 50-foot-wide by 100-foot-deep lots on 11th Street and 55-foot-wide by 150-foot-deep waterfront lot on 10th Street with expansive sunrise views, and an interior lot 50-foot lot by 100-foot lot on 9th Street by Madison’s restaurant. There are 12 Streets adjacent to the Marina Village, one street with many other scattered parcels along with development properties available today and in the future around in Port Royal, both inside and outside of the small area known as the Old Village.

As interest begins to rise, prices will follow, making today the best time to secure your piece of Port Royal paradise. Many properties in Port Royal are older, modest homes that most likely will be replaced over time as land values and demand continues to increase.

Working in our Port Royal office over the past 15 years and living here over the past 50 years, we’ve seen the changes first hand Properties values boomed in 2006 at the announcement of the port closure, plummeted in 2010 with the nationwide real estate crash, and are now invigorated with the sale of the port property.

Once again, there is never a better time to invest your future in the Old Village of Port Royal, both inside and outside of the 50-acre development. Stop by our Apex Team Real Estate office at 1503 Paris Avenue in Port Royal to find out the latest and greatest opportunity for you. Give us a call today at 843-321-9204 and we’ll be happy to share our local experience and knowledge with you. Port Royal, South Carolina; Cool, Coastal, and Far from Ordinary!

Carl Joye, Broker/Owner

Apex Team Real Estate

1503 Paris Avenue, Port Royal

EMAIL: PortRoyal29935@gmail.com

MOBILE: 843-575-2898

OFFICE: 843-321-9204