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About Us

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.

About Us

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).

About Us

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.

About Us

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.

About Us

story by Wanda Hendrix Simmons

For over 30 years Pender Brothers, Inc. has been specializing and satisfying the Beaufort areas needs for all types of plumbing, welding, fabrication, heating and air conditioning services. This dedicated staff distinguishes themselves by providing superior goods and services to their customers. With over 25 employees, the value of maintaining a family-oriented atmosphere still stands.  Each employee’s contribution to insuring and maintaining the integrity of the company and its reputation is always a strong focus.

Pender Brothers HVAC Division has been a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer for over 20 years.  They service all brands and handle new construction, remodels and light commercial. HVAC maintenance is always performed by a certified professional to prolong the life of the equipment and make sure that equipment always performs at its peak performance. As a Bryant Factory Authorized dealer, Bryant has a scorecard for all dealers throughout the nation.  The medal of excellence is given to only 15 companies in the nation, and Pender Brothers was named 1 of 15 companies to be awarded the Medal of Excellence.

Working in the residential, light commercial and commercial markets may be challenging for some family owned businesses, but not Pender Brothers Incorporated.  Their dedication to their customers, their fellow businessmen, and their hometown spirit make this a simple undertaking for them.  They aspire to be the best in the business, and their return clientele show this to be true.

Pender Brothers also repairs mower decks, gates, fences and wrought iron railings. They are also your source for any plumbing needs, large or small, such as toilet replacements, water heater maintenance and installation, outside hose bib additions and much morez

If you need exceptional quality work by a company who truly cares about their customers, you owe it to yourself to contact Pender Brothers.  They are located at 1851 Ribaut Rd., Port Royal, South Carolina.  They can be reached by phone at 843-371-3845 or visit their website at www.penderbros.com.

About Us

story by Cindy Reid

photos by Paul Nurnberg

Among the many heady changes coming to Port Royal, one is the new restaurant Madison’s, located in the heart of the village at 925 10th Street. From the retro funky sign in the front of the building, to the wonderfully restored and enhanced historic building, Madison’s certainly has the right look and feel. But it is their food, the local sourced and family farmed food, their inventive and original menu, that will make Madison’s your new favorite restaurant.

Owners Evan and brother Brent Hallinan were born and raised in Charleston, making them authentic Southerners, and like all (yes all) Southerners they know their way around a kitchen. Brent says they have thirty eight years of restaurant experience between them, with Evan as chef and Brent in restaurant management. When they were ready to open their own place, they looked downstream from Charleston and searched Beaufort county for the perfect venue. The decision was made easy when Evan found this location (the former “Moondoggies” restaurant). Evan says, “This was a beautiful property and it was in great proximity to Parris Avenue, which we liked. The live oaks and historic charm reminded me of the Charleston of our youth.” They closed on the building in December 2017 and haven’t looked back.

Serving lunch and dinner, as well as a full bar menu, Madison’s covers many bases while sticking to their lowcountry culinary roots.

Southern Scratch

Evan says,”We are a ‘from scratch’ restaurant, because everything possible is made from scratch. We are also using locally sourced seafood and family farmed food as much as possible.” Brent says, “being here lets us take advantage of the coastal environment. Our menu can be  considered ‘seafood heavy,’ as we offer shrimp, oysters on the half shell, she crab soup, mussels, scallops as well as salmon, grouper, tuna and mahi-mahi.” Evan says, “We have created a seafood restaurant that we would want to eat at.”

There is a distinct Southern classic flavor profile at Madison’s, from their take on shrimps and grits (local shrimp, pork belly, mushrooms and tomato in shrimp gravy over smoked cheddar grits) to banana pie (vanilla bean pudding with shaved chocolate and caramel). Accompaniments such as tomato jam, devilled eggs and pepper jelly let you know you are in the lowcountry and bring the Southern charm to your plate.

Conscious of dietary needs and choices? Madison’s has a gluten free kitchen (they use rice and cornmeal in frying) and very few menu items contain any gluten. They also offer vegan and vegetarian choices and have a sweet children’s menu ‘Maddy’s Corner.’

Happy Food

Let’s start with the Happy Hour menu. It is served from 5-7 PM and is a preview of the type of food you can expect from the much larger lunch and dinner menus. It will change seasonally, so for now highlights include:

Spicy Shrimp Martini – battered whole local shrimp with fiery jalapeno-ginger jelly

Watermelon Salad – cucumber, shaved red onion, crumbled blue cheese, herbs, candied pecans and sweet & sour pepper jelly dressing.

Pork Belly Sliders –braised Keegan-Filion Farms (Walterboro, SC) pork belly with caramelized fig & onion, tomato jam, kohlrabi slaw, and house pickles.

Chicken & Waffles – Springer Mountain Farms ( Blue Ridge Mts, GA) brined fried chicken wrapped in thin Belgian waffles with sour apple, green onion, alfalfa sprouts, and maple dressing.

Speaking of Happy Hour, there is a new custom made bar with good bar stool seating and a bar porch area. On tap are three local flavors from Salt Marsh Brewing, Bluffton, as well as a twenty bottle selection of beer. Full liquor and a good wine list complete the bar offerings. The bar will be open until 10 PM (the kitchen closes at 9 PM)


Lunch has got it going on. It really does do it all. Appetizers, salads, seafood baskets, sandwiches, burgers and sides. And a raw bar. And entrees. Here are just a very few highlights, including a nice touch of tradition:

Devilled Eggs- artesian sampling of southern classic, oyster and fennel, pickled shrimp and spicy crab.

Moon Doggie –house roasted, shaved prime rib with horseradish sauce, kosher salt, caraway and au jus.

House Burger- custom blend of brisket and short rib grilled with pimento cheese, bacon and tomato jam.

Seafood Basket – choice of local shrimp, oyster, flounder or scallops. Choice of fried or broiled and served with hand cut fries, coleslaw and hush puppies.

Bacon Melt- griddled whole grain bread, crispy bacon, sliced tomato, smoked cheddar and garlic aioli.


If you thought lunch was good, well take a look at dinner. It is a gorgeous selection of updated classics and inventive newcomers. (Kind of like Madison’s in general!) Check these out:

Crab and Artichoke Fondue – blue crab, artichokes, green onion, lemon and cream cheese w/ pita chips.

Tuna – pepper and herb crusted and seared rare with tomato jam, fried Brussels sprouts and sautéed mushrooms.

Ribeye- 14 oz hand cut certified Angus ribeye, chargrilled and broiled with “beef butter,” asparagus, potato puree and roasted demi glaze.

Seafood Tower –oysters and clams on the half shell, steamed mussels and shrimp, seafood salad, pickled shrimp, horseradish, cocktail and lemons.

At dinner, you can choose to create your own plate, starting with a choice of salmon, grouper, tuna or mahi- mahi. Then choose a sauce, such as shrimp gravy, lemon beurre blanc or shellfish cream. You have a choice of two sides, which includes classics (hand cuts fries, coleslaw etc), as well as Brussels sprouts (fried crispy with lemon vinaigrette) and mushrooms with black mission figs among many others.

Regarding dessert, there is a very nice choice of Banana Pie, Cheesecake, Ice Cream Sundae, Cream Brule or Beaufort Bread Company‘s Chocolate Mousse cake. Just the right touch to enjoy with a glass of wine or fresh brewed coffee after a lovely meal.

Upscale Casual

Come as you are from the Sands, the boat ramp, or dressed up for a night on the town. Call for reservations or drop in, all are welcome at Madison’s. It is a pleasure to welcome new ideas and new business to our beautiful corner of the world, especially when they can cook like this! See you there at the Port Royal renaissance.

About Us

Freedom Boat Club was founded in 1989 in Sarasota, Florida. It is the oldest and largest boat club in the nation.      The vision and purpose in establishing the boat club model was simple and straightforward: to provide an affordable option to boat ownership and to deliver a hassle-free recreational boating experience for its members. Today, Freedom Boat Club welcomes and embraces a broad mix of members to its ranks, from first-time boaters and newbies, to seasoned salts and former boat owners, from young families to active retired. Freedom Boat Club is also actively engaged in developing new and diverse markets. Anyone who loves the water and water-related activities is embraced as a member of Freedom Boat Club!


The owners of the Freedom Boat Club (FBC) at Hilton Head and Port Royal are Cassius “Cash” Mullen and Gayle Schaffner. They are from Pennsylvania where they lived and worked until moving to the lowcountry six years ago.  Cash is a mechanic by trade and started his own auto repair facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at the age of nineteen.  He owned and operated his business for thirty years before selling it to two of his employees in 2011. Gayle’s career has centered on office administration and human resources.

Both Cash and Gayle had simultaneous career opportunities to move south earlier than their anticipated retirement years so they moved to Bluffton in 2012.  Soon after their move south, Cash discovered Freedom Boat Club in Hilton Head and subsequently joined the club.  Cash was immediately impressed with the concept of Freedom Boat Club. When he wasn’t traveling for his job as a driving instructor, he enjoyed boating, mostly fishing, in Hilton Head waters, always using their membership in the FBC.

When an opportunity to purchase the Hilton Head franchise came up Cash and Gayle acted on it and purchased the franchise in March 2015. Together they worked to grow the Hilton Head franchise and in less than three years they were able to expand it from a fleet of 14 boats to 24 boats.

Buoyed by their success and seeing a need in northern Beaufort County, they opened a second location in Beaufort/Port Royal in August 2017. Port Royal is a beautiful town next to Beaufort which has stunning waters to enjoy. FBC in Port Royal operates out of the picturesque Port Royal Landing Marina.  This location was chosen because of its close proximity and easy access to downtown Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. A nice feature at the Port Royal Landing Marina is the waterfront restaurant, the Back Porch Café, where you can enjoy fresh shrimp or a burger.  Only minutes away from the sound and open waters to the ocean, this location is located on Intercoastal Waterway (ICW).  Close by is downtown Beaufort, which boasts a variety of shops and restaurants along the Beaufort River.

In Port Royal and Hilton Head, FBC members enjoy boats such as Sea Hunt, Parker, Scout, Key West, and Hurricane.  There are a variety of types of boats that include bow riders, deck boats, center console boats, and pontoon boats. There truly is a boat for every taste and need.


Freedom Boat Club is designed for folks who want to access a versatile fleet of boats without the hassles and expense of maintenance, storage, and insurance.  You join the club by paying a one-time entry fee, then affordable monthly dues.  Members have unlimited access to boats in their home club(s) as well as use of boats in the 160 plus other FBC locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  In addition, FBC Corporate recently announced a major franchise expansion in Europe.  The company expects to announce multiple Freedom Boat Club operations in France, with additional expansion elsewhere throughout Europe to follow.

FBC is a major proponent of boater education and safety.  Membership includes unlimited training, so whether you’ve never boated before, or you’ve boated for years, FBC welcomes you as a member.

Here’s what our members are saying:

“I’m a long-time satisfied member of the club. Reliable well maintained boats, fair pricing, accommodating and friendly staff, ample availability of boats—what’s not to like??? The best way to enjoy the water!” . . . John O’Neal

“We have been FBC members for 3 years and enjoy boating at least one time each week.  A boat is available whenever we need it and we greatly appreciate the care given to maintain the boats in excellent condition.  We look forward to many more years of positive boating experiences!!” . . . Dr. Larry Fleming

 “Joining Freedom Boat Club has proven to be the best decision for getting out on the water whenever we want. Whether cruising or fishing, the boats are kept in great shape. Best of all, no dock fees, insurance or maintenance worries for members of FBC – just fun on the water”

. . . Jim Wilkins

“My wife and I have been members of the Hilton Head Freedom Boat Club since 2012 and we have absolutely loved this amenity to enjoy with our two young kids. Being able to reserve any style boat I want for any day that I want is perfect for us. Showing up to a boat that is clean, fueled and ready to go is priceless to me.”  . . Chris Walker

Join Freedom Boat Club and create boating memories to last a lifetime!

For more information on our clubs, including current costs, please contact Membership Director, Steve Sherman at ssherman@freedomboatclub.com or call 843-682-BOAT.

Join us for an Open House at the Port Royal Landing Marina on Saturday, May 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Come learn more about the club and hear about incentive pricing for new Port Royal members (for a limited time).  Enjoy free boat rides, free food and giveaways.

RSVP to gschaffner@freedomboatclub.com

About Us

story by Wanda Hendrix Simmons

For over 18 years, Eversole Law Firm has discovered that their clients appreciate the time, effort and dedication they put into every aspect of meeting their clients’ legal needs.  The dedicated staff is there to counsel you and help you make it through all of life’s legal challenges.  Eversole Law Firm is a growing practice, supported by a very dedicated, strong support staff.

At Eversole Law Firm you will find a full service real estate law firm that can address all of life’s challenging and complex real estate legal issues.  This staff of dedicated, dependable professionals can assist you in any of the following legal areas:

  • Real Estate Closings
  • Title Opinions
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Boundary Disputes and Easements
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Administration

Alysoun M. Eversole, Esq. has recently authored a book entitled, “Buying a House? Legal Stuff You Should Know Before You Sign a Contract” to help new home buyers understand the residential real estate closing process.  Debbie Rogers, who has been with Alysoun as her Real Estate Paralegal since 2004, provides over 25 years of experience in preparing and coordinating the numerous real estate closings brought to the firm.

Cherese Handy, Esq., a former title abstracter, now attorney, also works with Alysoun in Real Estate Litigation, and will soon be expanding her legal career into civil litigation, such as handling personal injury cases.

Felix “Butch” Clayton, Esq., has the experience to help his clients find a peace of mind and take charge of their financial future through Bankruptcy. He helps his clients restructure their current financial situation for a lasting and life changing outcome through his legal assistance.

If you find yourself in need of an experienced, capable, and caring law firm, then give the professionals at Eversole Law Firm a call.  This committed professional team is dedicated to serving you and they believe there’s a solution to every problem.

Eversole Law Firm is located near the picturesque, downtown area of Beaufort at 1509 King Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, with a satellite office in Bluffton to serve clients “south of the Broad.”, They can be reached by phone at 843-379-3333.  You can also visit their website at www.eversolelaw.com

About Us

Bay Street Realty Group Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeSerices, part of the HSF affiliates, LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, recently announced independent brokerage Bay Street Realty Group has joined the network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group.

   The full-service brokerage, serving greater Beaufort and the Sea Islands, remains independently owned and operated. It is a market leader in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the region’s go-to source for residential, commercial and development real estate services. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices remains one of America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage networks with nearly 45,500 agents and 1,350 offices named to the brand since its September 2013 launch.

   “We are thrilled to bring the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand to Beaufort and the SeaIslands,” said Brokerage Owner Ken Willis. “The brand is fresh, progressive and ideally suited for our coastal communities. Its namesake is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and it’s built on Berkshire Hathaway’s core values of Trust, Integrity, Stability and Longevity. We believe consumers throughout the Lowcountry will appreciate these virtues and embrace the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand.”

    Willis plans to double his agent count over the next two years and extend the brokerage’s reach to neighboring markets. He said the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will help his team recruit. “We think seasoned agents in the area will want to take their businesses to new heights representing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group. As important, the brand, which builds its strategies and programs with input from its leading millennial agents, will appeal to sharp, younger professionals.”

   With their affiliation, Bay Street Realty Group agents gain access to the network’s Global Network Platform, a powerful real estate tool suite that supercharges lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. The brand also provides international listing syndication, professional education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for high-end listings.

     “The brand’s real estate tools and resources are second to none and will help our agents be their very best for clients,” said Brokerage Owner Will Thurman. “Since Beaufort and the Sea Islands are becoming a popular destination for foreign travelers and investors, we’re particularly excited about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ global listing syndication program. Our listings will appear monthly before more than 12 million additional consumers abroad.”

   Both Willis and Thurman are eager to begin a new era with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Our agents are pumped up, the market is percolating — buoyed by our strong, local economy — and Bay Street Realty Group is positioned to grow for years to come.”

   Gino Blefari, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, applauded the brokerage’s transition. “Bay Street Realty Group is highly respected in the marketplace and led by skilled operators. We’re proud to welcome this group to our network family.”

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group

     Bay Street Realty Group is a full-service real estate company dedicated to providing the highest level of services to clients from three local offices – Downtown Bay Street, Coosaw Point and Harbor Island. It is the only real estate company covering Beaufort and the Sea Islands. Visit www.baystreetrealtygroup.com.

     Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. The brand was just recognized for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

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Creating Healthy and Beautiful Smiles in the Lowcountry

story by Cindy Reid     photos by Susan DeLoach

Welcome to Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, where they are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available. You will feel right at home in their office as they welcome all patients as if they were family. The team of dentists, hygienists and other professionals at Beaufort Family Dentistry is committed to providing you and your family with the highest quality of care. They offer same-day appointments for busy families, a dedicated children’s area, as well as services and treatments for cosmetic dentistry, periodontics and implants.


     The Beaufort office offers same-time appointments for the entire family so there’s no driving back and forth to get everyone to the dentist. They also have a fun waiting room just for kids! They have the ability to perform all phases of dental care at their Beaufort office, keeping your scheduling as simple as possible. All dental procedures are offered, including a wide range of cosmetic dental options to improve your smile and boost your confidence. Services offered included:

Anxiety-Free Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Periodontal Health, Digital x-rays, Braces/Traditional Braces, Braces without brackets, Root Canal (Endodontics), Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures, Extractions, Soft Tissue Graft, Crown Lengthening, Gum Disease Treatment, Veneers, Crowns, HPV and Oral Cancer Screening, Whitening/Bleaching, Inlays/Onlays (Porcelain Restorations), Mercury-Free Dentistry, Bonding/White Filling, Custom-made Mouth Guards, Bone Grafting Insurance & Discount Programs.

     At Beaufort Family Dentistry, they are “in network” with most major dental insurance plans. Have a question? No problem, you may call them at 843-524-6363 and talk to one of the Beaufort office’s insurance specialists. Many patients put off treatments and procedures because they cannot afford to pay. The office offers Care Credit that will allow you to pay over time — often without incurring interest charges instead of a lump sum prior to treatment.

     In addition Beaufort Family Dentistry now offers the all new Alliance Dental Plan, an innovative discount program that was designed primarily for patients who do not have dental insurance. The discount program is available for only $89.00 per year for a single adult, with discounted prices for families. The program includes some free x rays and exams, including 25% off most services. Please visit the website

AllianceDentalPlan.com or call the office for further information. You can address your dental needs right away as there is no waiting period once you join the program and you don’t have to worry about maxing out of your insurance benefits.  It is a win win!


     Meet the dedicated dentists who practice at Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics:

     Louis Costa III, DMD / General Dentist Originally from Charleston, SC, Dr. Costa received his undergraduate degree in biology from The Citadel and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Costa joined Beaufort Family Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Costa, along with his wife and two children, live in Bluffton. He is committed to providing the highest standard of personalized dental care using his training in the latest dental technology and loves being a Beaufort dentist. Dr. Costa is a member of the American Dental Association and the South Carolina Dental Association.

     Taylor Turner, DDS / General Dentist Born and raised in Georgia, Dr. Turner completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, Austin in 2008, and obtained his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He has also received extensive multidisciplinary training under the mentorship of his father, Dr. Thomas H. Turner, an accomplished dentist in Kennesaw, Georgia. Dr. Turner performs all disciplines of dentistry including aesthetic, restorative, endodontic, pedodontic, oral surgery, and Invisalign orthodontics. He is a member of the American Dental Association and Georgia Dental Association. He loves his continuing education and is constantly looking for better ways to help his patients achieve a beautiful smile.

     In addition Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics is proud to have four dental hygienists and a staff of dedicated office professionals on your team.


     One of Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics top priorities is to protect the well-being of their valued patients. For this reason, their office meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards.

     If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the office by phone at 843-524-6363 or via email, cda-beaufort@carolinadentalalliance.com . Appointments are available and welcome

     The office facilitates communications and emergency calls. 843-524-6363

Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, 1274 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902