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Table of Contents Cruise Control Driving School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Tony Pope - State Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Charleston Angler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Reagin Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Donovan’s Custom Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fancy Trimmins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 God’s Green Acre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Wingate by Wyndham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Summerville DREAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Millie Lewis of Charleston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Tupperway Tires and Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Briteline Extrusions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Hearing Care of Summerville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Flowertown Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Colucci Chiropractic and Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Yoga Loft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Low Country ENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 DisasterCare by Carpet Care Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Village at Summerville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 AllCare Living Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Ponds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Charleston Ear, Nose and Throat Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mr. K’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 International Primate Protection League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Oh Snap! Promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Yes4Schools Dorchester District 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

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Cruise Control Driving School

410 N. Gum St. Summerville, SC 29483

208 E. 2nd St. N. Summerville, SC 29483

4400 Ladson Rd. Ladson, SC 29456

298 Midland Parkway Summerville, SC 29485

218 S. Main St. Summerville, SC 29483

404 N. Cedar St. Summerville, SC 29483


1605 Central Ave. Summerville, SC 29483






Serving the Lowcountry since

Serving the Lowcountry since

Serving the Lowcountry since

Serving the Lowcountry since

Serving the Lowcountry since

Serving the Lowcountry since

33 Years

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101 Years

428 Old Trolley Rd. Summerville, SC 29485

120 Primate Lane Summerville, SC 29483

201 W. 9th N. St. Summerville, SC 29483

402 N. Main St. Summerville, SC 29483







Serving customers since

Serving the Lowcountry since








Serving the Lowcountry since

Serving the Lowcountry since



September 26, 2012



Cruise Control Driving School

Teaching new drivers since 2000


ent Lee and Jeff Porter chose that slogan when they started their driving school back in 2000 -and it holds true today. Kent taught their first class in March 2000. The class had two students—Kent’s daughter and a friend of hers. The school started out conducting one class a month with a handful of students in each for most of the year. They now have 2-3 classes a month, with one almost every Saturday during the summer. Classes now number over 20 students each and Cruise Control will soon welcome its 5,000th customer. In fact, the school outgrew its first two locations and now holds classes in a hotel meeting room. In addition, the SC Dept. of Motor Vehicles recently chose Cruise Control, as part of a statewide pilot program, to give the licensing road test, which they do by appointment. “This was a huge deal for the community,” Kent notes. “No more waiting at the DMV.” They have given over 90 road tests in the six weeks they have been certified.

Cruise Control Driving School staff (left to right): Jeff Porter, Mike Watters, John O'Sullivan, Jim Snyder, John Edinger, Karen Brown, and Kent Lee. The business eventually grew to a point they hired a full-time instructor. Kent and Jeff, both retired Air Force pilots, now fly for the same airline. Initially, they handled all incoming calls -- no matter where they were around the globe -- until growth required a full-time manager and, over time, several driving instructors and cars. “We’ve come a long way since the early days when Kent and I alternated teach-

businesssnapshot Company: Cruise Control Driving School Address: 4400 Ladson Rd., Ladson (843) 875-0930 Owner: Kent Lee & Jeff Porter Years in Business:12 1/2 Website:

ing classes and driving the students when we were home on our days off,” says Jeff. Why a driving school? “We wanted the challenge of starting a small business to serve the community,” says Kent. “Our daughters and their friends had said it was tough getting drivers’ education in a timely manner, so we thought the local market could stand another driving school. Lastly, we enjoy working with youth, so a driving school seemed to be our calling.” Before conducting the first class, the owners met with the Small Business Administration to discuss their venture. The counselor told them that no matter how satisfied their customers were, the business would not succeed on ‘word-of- mouth’ alone--advertising was a must. They did this and eventually, the business did grow. Despite the great recession and high overhead – including skyrocketing gas prices -2012 has been a banner year.

… the SC Dept. of Motor Vehicles recently chose Cruise Control to give the licensing road test… “We saw it coming out of the winter,” says Jeff. “We had to rush to hire a new driver and buy a new car before spring --and we kept her busy!” “We owe the growth of our business to our employees,” Kent adds. “Our manager does a great job and our drivers are the absolute best -they love working with the students. It is rewarding to see the look on a kid’s face the first time one successfully parallel parks a car.” Four of their five employees are military retirees or military spouses. Two have 19 years combined with the business. Another ran his own driving school for 28 years before relocating here; he also conducts the classroom instruction before students get behind the wheel. All four drivers are certified

by the state to conduct the road test with students. In fact, no school in the state has more road test certified instructors. All of the instructors agree that if they could convince the community of one point, that would be to bring their kids to the school soon after they get their permit instead of making it the last thing they do before taking road test so they can teach the kids what they should know before they develop bad habits. The owners are proud of what they have accomplished. “We are proud that we beat the statistic that 90 percent of small businesses fail within five years,” Kent said. “We are also proud that we have given thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating

local high school seniors over the last eight years. We are most proud that we have provided a highly reputable business with professional employees who do a fantastic job for our community.” Ultimately, it’s about building a good name, they say. Occasionally, the owners will visit the students during a class and thank them for choosing their school. When they ask why the students chose their school, without fail the majority response is that a friend of theirs or their parents told them about the school. In other words, Kent and Jeff say, it may have taken advertising to get the word out, but word of mouth is now the reason why teens are coming to Cruise Control – where learning to drive is a pleasure.


September 26, 2012


Reagin Orthodontics

Reagin keeps kids smiling


r. Britt Reagin understands that going to the orthodontist may not be at the top of every kid's to-do list. However, he also understands the value of good orthodontic care. That's why he is committed to making his patients' orthodontics experience positive from start to finish. Reagin has created an office setting that make appointments more pleasant - and even fun- for kids and parents. For example, patients and tag-along siblings can play video games while waiting, participate in contests for giveaways such as gift cards and even iPods, and – here’s something you wouldn’t expect from a dental professional – receive a

Dr. Britt Reagin

warm chocolate chip cookie after each appointment. “Yes, cookies are okay as long as you brush,” Reagin says. Reagin also rewards his patients for good orthodontic care at home through positive reinforcement. He keeps a stack of $2 bills in his office for patients who have been brushing, using their rubber bands properly, or otherwise following doctor’s orders. After all, what kid wouldn't be fascinated by these unusual bills and want an extra two bucks in their pocket? Reagin believes that a single, central location is a benefit to patients and parents. “We’re right here in Summerville, all the time, so you always know where

to find us, whether it’s an emergency appointment or a regular appointment,” he said. In other words, Mom and Dad don’t have to worry about tracking him down in Walterboro or Mt. Pleasant because he can always be found in Summerville, where he lives, works, and remains deeply involved. Reagin stays busy coaching soccer, serving on the board of the Summerville Family YMCA and the MUSC alumni board, and is on the vestry at his church. But Reagin's primary focus outside of his family is providing the best care that he can to his patients. When facing a difficult case, he said, “It’s always good to take a step back and

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Address: 401 West 4th North St. Summerville (843) 871-4411 Owner: Dr. Britt Reagin Years in Business: 7 Website: say, ‘Wait a minute. What would I do for my child?’” And it's that kind of care that keeps patients and their families smiling.

The Charleston Angler

Tony Pope - State Farm Insurance

Charleston’s premier fishing, fly tackle shop

Success leads to new office


he Charleston Angler opened in May of 2000 as a small fly tackle shop. But over the past 12 years owners Dr. Malcolm and Caroline Rhodes have transformed it into so much more. Including its retail store at 2143 N. Main Street in Summerville, the business now has five locations around the Lowcountry. “We have the space and talent to cover all the bases,” Caroline said. “Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler, our friendly and experienced staff are ready to serve you.” In addition to live bait for fresh and salt water, the Summerville store offers a broad assortment of salt and fresh water lures featuring Zoom Plastics at a special price! Fishing and hunting gear, outdoor apparel, shotgun shells and even gator-

W Robbie Byrne and manager Bart Manley can help you with all your fishing needs at Charleston Angler’s Summerville store. hunting equipment are also stocked. The Charleston Angler offers free monthly seminars that cover everything from fly-fishing to offshore rigging. To shop online, find seminars and post comments, visit www. The

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Address: 2143 N. Main St., Summerville (843) 871-9362 Owner: Dr. Malcolm and Caroline Rhodes Years in Business: 12 Website: www.TheCharlestonAngler .com

hen you go to State Farm agent Tony Pope’s office, you’re working with a team who lives, works and volunteers in Summerville. State Farm offers auto, homeowner’s, life, health, disability, long term care – nearly any type of insurance an individual or small business could need, and Pope’s agents are committed to helping clients spend their premium dollars wisely.

Tony began his career with State Farm Insurance in 1986 in a staff position. In 1990, Pope opened an agency in Summerville, SC. Today this agency is consistently ranked among the top one percent of all State Farm agencies in multi-line production. Pope has been so successful – achieving the prestigious Chairman’s Circle award for 10 consecutive years – that he’s been chosen as one of only 25 agents nationwide to open a second office in a special State Farm pilot project. His new Mt. Pleasant office will open Dec. 1. Tony is very active in the Summerville Community and serves on several Board of Directors, including the Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Board, Dorchester County Economic Development Board, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board,

Carolina Autism Board and the Dorchester County Children in Crisis Board. Tony is also an active member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Summerville and recently received the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

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Address: 1661 N. Main St. Summerville (843) 851-2222 Owner: Tony Pope Years in Business: 22 Website:

September 26, 2012



Donovan’s Custom Framing

Custom fit for Summerville


ennis and Maryann Donovan, owners of Donovan’s Custom Framing take the custom part of customer service to heart. They know the key to great customer relations is listening to their customer’s needs. “Everyone has different tastes so I don’t tell a customer what they should do, rather I point out things that they might not want to do,” Dennis said. “I just guide them a little and show them some possibilities and let them make up their mind what works best for them.” Dennis has 33 plus years of framing experience and Maryann, who holds an Associate of Arts Degree, has a background in Interior Design. Their goal is to use their expertise and attention for detail to provide customers with beautifully framed artwork they will be proud to hang in their home or office. Some of the commercial installations are Alcoa, Force Protection, Santee Cooper and Knight’s Companies. The Donovan’s have been entrusted with reframing valuable works such as an original signed Salvador Dali, but welcome the opportunity to frame any piece of art or keep sake no matter of the actual value.

“Art is everywhere,” Maryann said. “It may be your child’s first drawing, a signed and numbered piece you bought on vacation or a diploma. We are all about memories. We preserve the things that mean the most to our customers. Sometimes people come in with something and ask us if it is worth framing and the simple answer to that is, if it’s worth something to you then it’s worth framing.” Donovan’s is equipped to handle framing for prints, posters, athletic jerseys, pretty much anything that comes to mind. The shop even makes shadow boxes to frame bulkier items such as sports jerseys or a collection of memorabilia. “We primarily do custom framing, but if someone just wants to change a mat on something or it just needs a new piece of glass, I’m happy to do that for them,” Dennis said. Donovan’s uses a wide range of materials, choosing from 5 different suppliers; primarily Larson-Juhl molding which includes the Biltmore licensed framing. From the glass & mat cutting to the actual framing, everything is done in house. “We don’t use paper mats and everything we have is conservation quality,” Dennis said. “Believe it or not, the matting


Address: 428 C Old Trolley Rd., Summerville (843) 871-9003 Owner: Dennis and Maryann Donovan Years in Business: 33+ Website:

Dennis and Maryann Donovan can help you with all your custom framing needs. can be more important than the frame because it is what will make people take a second look at a piece. Then the frame ties everything together. Another thing people don’t realize is that conservation glass does not cost much more and will keep your items protected for a long time because it keeps out 99 percent of UV rays.” After falling in love with Summerville, the couple relocated their home and business here. Since opening at 428 C Old Trolley Road four years ago, Donovan’s already has over 900 Lowcountry customers. The shop received the Summerville Journal Scene’s Readers’ Choice Award: 1st Place – Frame Shop in 2009 and 2011 and Runner up in 2010. They are very proud of these achievements. “We love Summerville and it is our community now so we are embracing it like it has embraced us,” Maryann said. “This town welcomed us and has helped us grow so we want to repay it by remaining committed to customer satis-

“We love Summerville and it is our community now so we are embracing it like it has embraced us. – Maryann Donovan faction at an affordable price. The best part of our job is experiencing the reaction people have when they first see their finished piece. It’s very gratifying for us when someone likes the work we have done for them and we can see they are happy with it.” Dennis added, “ I make at least 1 new friend every week.” Dennis and Maryann are members of the Summerville Chamber of Commerce and Oakbrook Council and serve on the DREAM membership committee. Maryann has committed herself to helping the Dorchester Children in Crisis Scrumptious Kitchen Tour. Donovan’s is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10-1 on Saturdays. Any other times

An example of Donovan’s Custom Framing work. they will work with you by appointment. For examples of the shop’s

work, visit or stop in to make a new friend!


September 26, 2012


Fancy Trimmins

Unique Gifts to Strike Your FANCY


hat began as a small business out of their home, Fancy Trimmins, founded by mother-daughter team Nancy Smith and DeeAnn Farrell, has grown by leaps and bounds, offering a large variety of customized gifts and services. Fancy Trimmins offers a wide assortment of spiritwear for all area schools, with the majority of Summerville school items in stock. Others can be specially ordered with a very quick turnaround time, typically within 2 days. Nancy and DeeAnn partner with some Dorchester District 2 Schools, donating part of their proceeds

business snapshot Address: 200 North Gum St. Summerville (843) 873-8425 Owners: Nancy Smith and DeeAnn Farrell Years in Business: 9

Mother-daughter team of Fancy Trimmins, DeeAnn Farrell and Nancy Smith are dedicated to providing unique, customized gifts for all occasions. With the ability to do in support of local stuitems for Summerville screenprinting, heat press, dents. They print shirts for Sertoma Football. Complete uniforms can be embroidery, and engraving, Summerville High School the possibilities are endathletes, cheerleaders, and purchased and customized less. parents, and have also cus- from socks to hats and everything in between. Fancy Trimmins is a tomized shirts and other

Website: wonderful place to purchase special gifts for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or any other occasion. They carry a large assortment of Lilly Pulitzer items, as well as

other handbags and accessories. Free gift wrap is also offered with all instore purchases. Nancy and DeeAnn are also proud of their talented and dedicated employees who make the business so successful. Their embroiderer, Carrie Rickus, has been with them since the very beginning, before they had a storefront. Their graphic artist, Meredith Buddin, has the creativity needed to help customers design logos and other artwork to individually customize each order. You can learn more about Fancy Trimmins on their website, or find them on Facebook.

God’s Green Acre

Wingate by Windham

Promoting healthy living since the ’60s

The perfect hotel


ooking for natural food and medicine alternatives? Try God’s Green Acre. God’s Green Acre, in business since 1968, carries a variety of natural products including gluten-free breads and flours, raw milk, local free-range eggs, and health and beauty products.

Owners Collins and Paulette Patrick pride themselves on customer service – if they don’t have something, they’ll do their best to get it. God’s Green Acre is located at 1240-C Central Avenue, Summerville. For more information call 8733953 or go to the website at www.godsgreenacreonline .com

Wingate by Windham at Charleston Southern University is less than 30 minutes from downtown Charleston. The hotel features first-class amenities.

business snapshot Company: God’s Green Acre Address: 1240-C Central Ave. Summerville (843) 873-3953 Owner: Collins and Paulette Patrick Years in Business: 44 Website: www. Located in Summerville, God’s Green Acre has been in business since 1968.

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ingate by Windham is a topnotch operation. “Our regular rooms are about the size of most hotels’ suites,” Director of Sales Nichole Felton said. “Our suites are extremely big.” The friendly staff is perpetually smiling at this Wingate, listed as third best in the world out of 161. The hotel sits on Charleston Southern

University’s campus. Future profits will go toward scholarships for CSU students. The boardroom, a 2,000square-foot meeting room, fitness center, pool, hot tub and breakfast bar make it ideal for corporate travelers and families, Felton said. “We have a lot of repeat customers,” Chief Engineer Torry Cooke said. “They know us by name.”

Address: 9280 University Blvd, I-26 & Hwy. 78, North Charleston

(843) 553-4444 Owner: Charleston Southern University Years in Business: 4 Website: www.charlestonwingate .com

September 26, 2012



Summerville DREAM

Still DREAMing after 20 years!


ummerville DREAM is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by looking back on its accomplishments and forward to new possibilities. Most people don’t realize the downtown restoration group has been around since 1992, working to foster a vibrant downtown district. Back then, close to half of the downtown business space was vacant. There was a real fear that downtown could completely vanish, said Susan Morris, the outgoing director of DREAM. That fear is hard to fathom now, when all the business space is rented and downtown visitors can patronize stores selling jewelry, clothing, Christian books, children’s books, pet items, wine, art, knitting supplies and more; have their hair or nails done; visit the museum; enjoy a meal at one of the numerous restaurants or take in a show at the historic James F. Dean Theatre. In fact, more often than not when someone calls Morris saying they wish to open a business downtown, she has to say there’s no space currently available.

Interest in downtown is pushing businesses across the railroad tracks and expanding the common perception of “downtown.” DREAM was started to focus on the business district within the town’s National Register historic district, but the historic district could be expanded farther across the tracks. “There are lots of historic buildings over there,” Morris said. Focusing on that area, perhaps by implementing a special taxing district, could be hugely beneficial. “I think that would be tremendous for downtown,” she said. Morris, however, will be leaving that next step to someone else. She announced earlier this year she’s stepping down. She isn’t going anywhere – in fact, she’ll be helping set up the non-profit Friends of Summerville DREAM, which will have the IRSdesignated status that will allow it to apply for grants and for supporters to give tax-deductible contributions. Instead, Morris said, she’s just plain worn out after the intense work of the last


Address: 218 S. Main St., Summerville (843) 821-7260 Owner: Community non-profit Years in Business: 20 Website:

three years. The new incoming director has a lot of experience in historic preservation, working with TIF districts and Main Streets and she will be instrumental in taking Summerville DREAM to the next level. When Morris joined the organization, the economy was reeling and DREAM had been without an executive director for six months and membership was down as people waited to see where DREAM was headed. Morris began to strongly focus on promotions to draw people downtown. The Third Thursday events were already under way, but she and the downtown merchants homed in on them to make them more exciting and fun. Now Third Thursdays are a must-attend event, and they’ve started attracting notice outside Summerville. “I think that’s very exciting, that we’re getting some recognition” from regional media organizations, Morris said. More recognition means more people from outside the area coming in, spending money in Summerville shops and restaurants, and maybe seeing something that will prompt them to come back on their own. Summerville is also ready to capture some of the Charleston tourist market. Despite their proximity, Charleston and Summerville are very different places and offer different experiences, Morris said. Summerville can offer a nice day trip to visitors to Charleston who are looking for something a little different, she said. DREAM is also working with downtown merchants

DREAM events and business support have reinvigorated Historic Downtown Summerville.

“I think that’s very exciting, that we’re getting some recognition – Susan Morris

Summerville DREAM celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. to make the shops more accessible to residents. A new initiative encourages stores to remain open late every Thursday, not just Third Thursdays. This way, residents who work during the day will have the opportunity to shop at unique, local stores and support independent businesses. A few of DREAM’s accomplishments over the years: • When the original brick

on Short Central was uncovered during construction, encouraged the town to leave the brick there and turn the road into a pedestrian walkway. • Placed the “Flowertown in the Pines” sign outside Azalea Square, leading toward downtown. • Awarded the National Tree Trust grant of 1,400 young trees to be planted on public grounds. • Publishes promotional

brochures placed in welcome centers across the state. • Sponsors Third Thursdays, Red, White & Blue on the Green, Harvest Moon Hayrides, Saturdays with Santa, Holly Days and the annual Christmas parade. • 2012 MASC Award for Outstanding Promotional Series for Third Thursdays in Historic Downtown Summerville.


September 26, 2012


Tupperway Tires and Service

Family owned, family oriented


upperway Tires and Service has been helping Lowcountry families stay mobile for 33 years. The business, started in 1980 by John Tupper, is still family-owned and family oriented, said daughter Leiding Tupper Walters. Tupperway offers a full array of automotive services, from tires to engine maintenance, and tries to go the extra mile – pardon the pun – for customers. “We do pick up and delivery, for example, all

Tupperway Tires and Service owners Todd and Leiding Tupper Walters.

you have to do is let us know – we help out any way we can,” Walters said. Most important, Walters says the business has spent the last 33 years establishing and maintaining a strong reputation for honesty, fair dealing, and quality work. That means the business strives to provide the best service possible – and no one is going to try to talk customers into getting services or products they don’t want or need, especially in today’s economy. “We’ve spent the last 33

years building trust,” she said. “We’re very upfront with our customers – we want to help them make sure their vehicles are safe and reliable – but we’re not going to sell you anything you don’t need.” Walters, and the business, is also very community oriented, she said. “I’m a member of the Oakbrook Rotary Club and we all try to stay active in the community,” she said. Tupperway Tires and Service is located at the corner of Ladson and

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Address: 4659 Ladson Rd. Summerville (843) 875-0800 Owner: The John Tupper Family Years in Business: 33 Website: Dorchester Roads in Ladson. For more information call 875-0800 or go to the website at

Briteline Extrusions

Millie Lewis of Charleston

Part of business community since 1953

The whole package


here’s a lot happening at Millie Lewis of Charleston this fall with something for everyone. “We do the whole package here,” said Suzanne Green. Millie Lewis offers modeling and acting


hat is behind the small, greenroofed building on Hwy 61? A 100,000 square foot plant where 100 hard-working, talented employees extrude, anodize, powder-coat and fabricate aluminum parts for shower doors, picture frames and store fixtures. The company recently added a 10,000 square foot building to house its new anodizing line. Briteline, an employeeowned, three-generation family business, ships

business snapshot Company: Briteline Extrusions,Inc. products worldwide. “People are amazed when they see what we do at Briteline” says President Kenneth H. Kabine. Briteline Extrusions, Inc. is located at 575 Beech Hill Road, Summerville. For more information call 843-8734410 or go to

Address: 575 Beech Hill Rd. (Hwy. 61) Summerville (843) 873-4410 Owner: Kenneth H. Kabine Years in Business: 58 Website:

Keyla Childs of Summerville High School was Miss SC Teen USA 2011. Childs is now in Los Angeles to pursue her career.

classes, represents actors, models, singers and dancers looking for national exposure, and offers classes for professional enhancement. Business people also have to know how to present themselves, Green said. Oct. 16, the Advanced/ Professional modeling and acting class starts. Nov. 3, the Kids/Teens class begins. Photo session included! Barbara Cameron, mother of actors Kirk and Candace Cameron from business hit show snapshot Growing Pains and Full House, will give a seminar October 22nd. For more information or Address: to arrange an 7475 Northside Dr. audition, go to North Charleston www.millie (843) 571-7781 lewis charleston Years in Business: 33 .com or call 1800Star102. Website: www.millie

September 26, 2012



Hearing Care of Summerville

They believe your life is worth hearing


he staff and doctors are committed to providing quality, compassionate hearing healthcare for all ages, from infancy to adulthood. Beth Alberto and Chuck Whitfield, Hearing Care of Summerville’s Doctors of Audiology, employ the latest technology and information to educate and engage each individual patient to select the best hearing solution to fit their needs and budget. They also have a knowledgeable and courteous staff that will be happy to answer any questions or schedule an appointment. “Our doctors have a combined 40-plus years of experience,” said Lolli Haugh, public relations representative for Hearing Care of Summerville. “What I love about our practice is they sit down with each individual patient to find out about their lifestyle and needs. They work hard to find the right solution for each patient because everyone is different.” Addressing hearing loss as early as possible is the key to minimizing the long-term

effects. Many people are in denial about their hearing loss and are slow to get checked. “It’s just as important as other screenings they will have. If people address hearing loss early on, they’re far more likely to return to a similar level of hearing before they had the hearing loss,” Haugh said. The practice offers a unique service for people who may be concerned about their hearing but aren’t sure where to begin. The hearing kiosk provides a self-administered hearing assessment that gives some basic information about a person’s hearing abilities. It is not diagnostic and instruments cannot be fit by the results. However, based on the results, a patient can better assess whether or not they should pursue additional testing by a licensed audiologist. “The best part of our job is when someone decides to act on the advice of the audiologist and investigate hearing instruments. They put hearing aids on and they’re so excited. They can hear the leaves rustle and they hear


Company: Hearing Care of Summerville Address: 208 East 2nd St. North, Summerville (843) 871-9669 Owner: Dr. Beth Alberto, Au.D. Years in Business: 28 Website:

Doctors of Audiology Beth Alberto and Chuck Whitfield.

the birds outside. They hear their voices, and for a lot of them it’s the first time in a long time they’ve heard those things,” Haugh says. In addition to comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aid sales and service, Hearing Care of Summerville also offers custom earmolds and earplugs, assistive listening and signaling devices and tinnitus management and treatment. Tinnitus, more commonly known as a ‘ringing in the ears,’ is a widespread condition affecting up to 50 million people in the United States and is considered difficult to treat, but Hearing Care of Summerville can provide help. Dr. Alberto specializes in tinnitus management and has had great success in helping her patients find relief from this debilitating

“Our doctors have a combined 40-plus years of experience. – Lolli Haugh condition. Her success in tinnitus management in addition to other professional and civic accomplishments led her to be awarded the Healthcare Hero Award as a Healthcare Professional by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. The practice also received the Summerville Journal Scene’s Readers’ Choice Award: 1st PlaceAudiologist for three consecutive years. Hearing Care of Summerville is located at 208 East 2nd Street North and can be reached by phone at 871-9669. For more information The staff at Hearing Care of Summerville are online, please visit knowledgeable and courteous, and happy to answer any questions.


September 26, 2012


Flowertown Garden Center

Rooted in Our Community, Growing Like a Weed!



Charlene Sharkey have worked hard to find unique flora and increase merchandise and services. They have created areas that include an Asian Garden, three shade houses, a gazebo and a garden accent store. Commercial Landscapers, as well as homeowners can find a full stock of mulch, topsoil, rock, sand, flagstone and long-needle pine straw, with delivery available. Unique plants that are native to the area and will thrive in our climate are abundant as you walk through the maze of beautiful statues, fountains, flowers and ornamental bushes. There are wonderful surprises around every corner to explore. Seasonal items Charlene Sharkey and Paul like mums are arriving now, just Moore in their new Asian in time for new fall landscapes. Garden area at Flowertown They will also have poinsettias Garden Center. and Christmas trees coming in re you looking for a unique tree like a Red Japanese Maple? Or are you in search of a fresh landscaping plan? Or maybe you are a homeowner or a contractor pricing flagstone, mulch or sod…. At Flowertown Garden Center they are committed to providing the Summerville Community with a true Garden Center, focused on the design of landscapes and gardens. They take time with each of their clients to help them resolve their gardening challenges and choose the plants that are just right for their yards. Paul Moore first opened the garden center in March of 2010. Since then, he and manager

for the holiday season. Flowertown Garden Center is able to accommodate private parties for family gatherings, business meetings, and parties. They have hosted Garden Club meetings, and their grounds have even served as a backdrop for a bride’s wedding photos. Charlene and Paul would like to thank Summerville residents for helping them build their business. They believe in supporting small businesses in our community, and they participate in events such as the Health & Wellness Fair at the Presbyterian Home, as well as contributing to the SPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Day of Caring, and “Chase for a Cure.” They have also sponsored local youth sports such as little league baseball and football. Stop by and mention this

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Address: 410 E. 5th North St. Summerville (843) 725-9383 Owner: Paul Moore Years in Business: 4 Website: story between now and October 31, and you will receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase, including special order items.

Colucci Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Summerville’s holistic wellness center

olucci Chiropractic and Wellness Center is not an ordinary spinal care center. Drs. Robert and Gina Colucci have served the Summerville community for 27 years, utilizing their

unique approach to holistic care. Their wellness center has helped thousands of patients obtain optimal health at affordable costs. “We look at the body as a whole,” Dr. Gina

Colucci says. “We seek to create a balance in the body by looking at the four keys to achieving wellness.” These are: proper neurological function (spinal alignment), nutrition (diet),

From left, Michele Robertson, Drs. Gina and Robert Colucci and Carolyn Pastor offer chiropractic and wellness services.

hormones (glucose handling problems, adrenal exhaustion, female hormone imbalances) and environmental factors (toxins). “We believe in finding the source of your health problems, not just attending to the symptoms,” Colucci says. “By focusing on these four key components, we often get results with problems no one else has helped.” Colucci Chiropractic is excited to introduce their “Total New Solutions to Peripheral Neuropathy Program.” This condition primarily affects the nerves in the feet and legs and sometimes in the hands and fingers. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling and sharp or burning pains in the hands and feet. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. Sixty to 70 percent of

people with diabetes have mild to severe neuropathy. The program’s multi-faceted approach includes: nutrition and weight loss therapies, balancing glucose levels, detoxification, soothing extremity and spinal mobilization and an innovative, painless electrical therapy (neurostimulation). While there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, Colucci Chiropractic can improve the quality of patients’ lives without the side effects of commonly prescribed drugs. As members of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, the doctors provide corporate wellness programs to local businesses, organizations, churches and schools. Combining the skills and expertise of chiropractic and wellness care, Drs. Robert and Gina

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Address: 1806 Old Trolley Summerville (843) 875-5700 Owners: Drs. Robert and Gina Colucci Years in Business: 27 Website: Colucci are committed to bringing Summerville better health naturally by teaching and practicing true principles of the chiropractic and wellness lifestyle.

September 26, 2012



The Yoga Loft, Pilates of Summerville and Illumina Spa

Yoga, Pilates, spa equals healthier life The businesses at 410 North Gum have continued to thrive and grow in spite of a difficult economy. Darcy Jaskwhich, owner of the Yoga Loft, feels it is because they have continued to offer the highest quality service at very fair prices. “We also have a unique blend of totally cooperative businesses here. I am so grateful to work with such amazing women,” she says. The women she refers to are Jane Ellis, owner and founder of Pilates of Summerville, and Elizabeth Williams, owner of Illumina Spa. “Students of yoga often add Pilates to their routine, and vice versa, and who could not use a massage?” Jaskwhich believes their teachers set them apart. “They are what makes us such an ideal place to learn and deepen your practice of yoga and Pilates.” Jaskwhich noted that minimum certification for all Yoga Loft teachers is the 200-hour certification from a Yoga Alliance school, which includes anatomy and safe practice principles. She also says the majority of their 10 teachers have continued their studies to earn the YA 500-hour certification

and the eRYT that indicates a minimum of 1000 teaching hours and CEUs. “Not only do we have the area’s most qualified teachers, but a beautiful, serene space right in the heart of downtown Summerville.” “The unique combination of amazing teachers, relaxing space, and central location has enabled us to continue serving the Summerville community for eight years,” Jaskwhich says. The Yoga Loft opened in 2004 as one room for yoga and mat Pilates classes. Since then the studio has expanded to include new retail and lecture spaces. Throughout the year they feature a wide range of speakers on topics like meditation techniques, the connection between food and emotions, beginning astrology, and trainings for massage therapists. In addition, they network with a variety of local businesses. “We offer locally harvested honey, and also are a drop point for Thornhill Farm’s CSA,” Jaskwhich says. She is particularly excited about the addition of Thornhill Farm to their partner businesses. “When someone gets serious

businesssnapshot Company: The Yoga Loft Address: 410 North Gum St. – Summerville Phone: (843) 509-3370 Website: Owner: Darcy Jaskwhich Years in Business: 8 Company: Pilates of Summerville Address: 410 North Gum St. – Summerville Phone: (843) 327-5533 Website: Owner: Jane Ellis Years in Business: 6 Company: Illumina Spa Address: 410 North Gum St – Summerville Phone: (843) 860-0671 Website: Owner: Elizabeth Williams Years in Business: 4

The Yoga Loft has a fully equipped Pilates studio with one cadillac, two reformers, four towers, two chairs and all the Pilates’ apparatus. about their sense of wellness and well-being, an interest in organic, local produce may be part of that and now we offer that here. Come to class and pick up your fresh food!” In 2007, Pilates of Summerville opened in one of the smaller spaces at 410 North Gum St. They have rapidly grown from one reformer to a large, fully equipped studio with one cadillac, two reformers, four towers, two chairs and all the Pilates’ apparatus. Studio owner Jane Ellis has also developed her knowledge base and teaching strategies. Trained in Classical Pilates, Ellis has continued with rigorous education, earning the Master level of Pilates Instructors. She attributes her love of Pilates to the complete workout and fitness a regular Pilates practice offers; however, she notes, “what is more important to me is how Pilates has improved my activities of daily living. I play competitive tennis 4-6 days a week, and the strength and range of motion I have from my regular practice of Pilates, helps keep me pain free and competitive.” Among the businesses at 410 N. Gum is Illumina Spa, the area’s first, full service,

“Students of yoga often add Pilates to their routine … – Darcy Jaskwhich

The North Gum Street building is home to the Yoga Loft, Pilates of Summerville, and Illumina Spa. holistic wellness center. “Elizabeth is one of the most, versatile and educated massage therapists in our area,” Jaskwhich says. Williams opened Illumina Spa in 2008 offering multiple techniques like traditional Swedish, deep tissue, neuro-muscular therapy, cranio-sacral, Thai yoga

massage, Medicupping, and Reiki energy work. In addition, Williams became a licensed esthetician in 2010 and has developed a service menu that includes traditional facials, chemical peels, and personalized all-natural skin therapies, and waxing. “Elizabeth is a student and practitioner of wellness and

healing. She works and studies constantly to ensure she is offering her clients the best products available and completely individualized treatment,” according to Jaskwhich. Williams celebrates 20 years as a licensed massage therapist this spring.



September 26, 2012


Low Country ENT

A refreshing, personalized experience ow Country ENT is a relatively small, friendly, family oriented, one physician practice. This offers a refreshing alternative to the less personalized experience in a large corporate or academic practice. Dr. Russell Kitch believes that the doctor who evaluates you in the office should be the same one who sees you in the follow up or takes care of you in the hospital if that become necessary. “We strive to remain academically current, with the goal to continue providing state-of-the-art medical, surgical and audiology care,” Dr. Kitch

said. A board certified specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders (otolaryngology), Dr. Kitch has been seeing patients in the Charleston area for over 20 years. He has advanced training in sleep medicine, and has special interests in vertigo, sudden hearing lost, sinusitis, and sleep apnea. Low Country ENT also has a board certified audiologist on staff, Dr. Julie Shoemaker. Dr. Shoemaker has been with the practice since 2004. In that time she has acquired many satisfied customers who have

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Address: 2850 Tricom St. North Charleston (843) 863-1188 Owner: Dr. Russell Kitch Years in Business: 20 Website: been relieved of benign positional vertigo, or have improved their hearing thanks to new hearing aids.

The staff at Low Country ENT.

DisasterCare by Carpet Care Services

Carpet Care has the experience and tools for the job


rom major fire or flood damage to a simple rug cleaning, Carpet Care Services and DisasterCare are equipped to handle jobs of all sizes. When Al Bradham purchased Carpet Care Services in 1994, it was a one-man, one-truck operation. Today it is one of the largest flood and fire restoration firms in the southeast with a fleet of trucks and an impressive inventory of drying equipment and state of the art tools. “We answer our phone 24 hours a day and can usually be on site within an hour,” operations manager Tommy Davis said. “For disaster jobs we keep a 38-foot trailer loaded and ready to go at all times and we always send a manager to handle the evaluation. Most of our employees have been with us

for several years and no matter what the size of the job, we aren’t going to send someone who isn’t fully trained.” The company has vast experience in commercial and residential carpet and upholstery cleaning, including Oriental Rug cleaning. It is also equipped to handle mold remediation. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Carpet Care Services received the Summerville Journal Scene’s Readers’ Choice Award: 1st Place – Carpet Cleaner. The company has also received the prestigious "Best of the Best in Charleston, SC" designation. “We pride ourselves on our customer service,” Davis said. “We enjoy what we do and we go through all the appropriate certification courses and specialty classes to ensure we are knowledgeable in our field and

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Address: 403 East 5th North St. Summerville (843) 871-9628 Owner: Al Bradham Years in Business: 18 Website:

up to date on the latest technology.” For more information on the company, visit

September 26, 2012


The Village at Summerville

Seniors enjoy high quality of life


early 300 senior adults call The Village at Summerville home these days. It’s a testament to the quality of life the continuing care retirement community has been offering Lowcountry seniors for more than five decades. “We treat everybody like family, and for some of our residents, we are their family,” The Village at Summerville marketing director Beth Stoney said. “We not only have a lot of residents who are natives of the area, we have many who have moved to the Lowcountry from other cities and states because their children are now living here and they want to be closer to them and to their grandchildren. We embrace them as family, and we become an extension of their family.” The Village at Summerville opened in 1958 and is a not-for-profit ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA, though residents do not have to be Presbyterian to live at The Village. Its mission statement reflects its purpose: “We are a Christian ministry dedicated to enriching the

quality of life for seniors of all faiths.” The Village currently rests on 36 wooded acres at 201 W. 9th North Street and provides all options of residency for adults 62 and older, ranging from patio homes to independent living apartments, assisted living and health services that includes memory support. “We have a life enrichment team that works diligently to keep our residents active and engaged,” Stoney said. “We offer educational and cultural programs, along with a lot of fun activities to keep people stimulated… There is something for everybody.” For residents there is always something to do every day if they want to, including exercise classes and fitness training in the Wellness Center that also features an indoor pool, as well as musical and spiritual offerings in the Chapel. The soul is also fed through cultural events such as musical and theatrical performances from area artists, and, an in-house movie night is always an option. Active seniors choose The Village because it’s a great place to enjoy

maintenance-free living as well. A resident can live in a beautiful 1800-square foot patio home and enjoy life as if they were living in their own home but there is staff to take care of all the headaches. Residents don’t have to worry about climbing on a ladder to do the work, swinging a paintbrush, or trying to get that lawn mower started. “It’s a wonderful lifestyle,” Stoney said. “It frees up their time to do things that they’ve always wanted to do but maybe never had the time to do. That could be anything from taking up a new sport to writing a book, to painting a landscape or whatever they choose.” As part of the quality of life component, The Village at Summerville offers a fullservice health center for residents who require 24-hour skilled nursing care or any of the wide-ranging therapy options they may need.

Bess Lawton & Davis Lever enjoy a bike ride.

“We have a life enrichment team that works diligently to keep our residents active and engaged – Beth Stoney


Address: 201 West 9th North St., Summerville (843) 873-2550 Owner: Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina Years in Business: 54 Website:

Chef & Dining Services Director Steve Scranton and dietician Sara Lynn Tuten celebrate Earth Day with a cooking demonstration in the Creative Arts Center.

Resident Shirley Ladouceur puts the finishing touches on a floral arrangement for the dining room.



September 26, 2012


The Ponds

Master-planned community has pool, pavilion and more


The Historic Farmhouse at The Ponds is the main amenity center in the community.

he Ponds is a 1,950-acre master-planned community set between the town of Summerville and the Ashley River Historic District. In addition to a 1,100-acre nature preserve, residents of The Ponds enjoy the benefits of an on-site Summerville Family YMCA, EMS/Fire Station and several community parks. Greenwood has also set aside land for a proposed K-8 public school. The Ponds’ residential offering includes custom home sites priced from the $70s and singlefamily homes priced from the low $200s. Community amenities include a pool, outdoor pavilion, 11-acre multipurpose field and a restored historic farmhouse, along with an outdoor waterfront amphitheatre and several neighborhood parks. To date, more than ten of the

soon-to-be 21 miles of community and conservation trails throughout the property have already been refurbished at the Ponds. In addition to the trails, there will be 38 miles of sidewalks connecting all areas of the community. The Ponds’ popularity is evident when looking at statistics of its growth. According to John Morgan, GM of The Ponds at Greenwood Communities and Resorts, in 2009, revenue from lots and homes sold was $2,400,000. In 2010, it jumped to $10,500,000. Projections for 2012 are expected to exceed $25,000,000. So far this year, 48 contracts have been written, and approximately 72 are projected, with the average home price at about $310,000. For more information, call 843-832-6100

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Address: 324 Hundred Oaks Pkwy Summerville (843)-832-6100 Owner: Greenwood Communities and Resorts Years in Business: 34 Website: Visit The Sales Center is open daily 10 AM -6 PM Email:

AllCare Living Services

AllCare Living Services helps patients remain at home


hink of a typical scenario facing the elderly today: a widower, on his own, his only child living across the country, has Alzheimer’s and cannot be trusted to live on his own. Or an elderly couple, as committed and in love as they were decades ago, but the husband now too frail to physically care for his even more infirm wife. These are the types of situations in which an elderly person is likely to end up in a nursing home, even though most people would prefer to remain at home. That’s where AllCare Living Services comes in. Both situations are

actual cases in Summerville, and in both the caregivers of AllCare ensure these individuals can remain in their homes. For the Alzheimer’s patient, AllCare provides caregivers 24/7. Price said the man’s daughter tried to move him once to a facility, but it was too traumatic for him. For the couple, AllCare provides caregivers four hours each day to help the wife with physical tasks like bathing. “What makes us stand out are our employees,” said Frank Price, chief operating officer and coowner. All the caregivers receive special training

in dealing with the behavioral issues that often arise from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The business arose from Kelly Williams’ experience in home health and her conviction that it could be done better. “She saw a need for it. She’s been the driving force for us, especially in the early years,” said Price. Williams’ husband, Skip Williams, is the third co-owner. Price pointed to the company’s unusually low employee turnover rate of 10 percent, in an industry that typically sees 40 to 50 percent turnover, to show how

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Address: 1675 N. Main St. Summerville Phone: (843) 832-9888 Owner: Skip & Kelly Williams Years in Business: 14 Website: www.allcarelivingservices .com the company cares for its people. A good environment for employees translates into better care for clients, he said.

September 26, 2012



Charleston Ear Nose and Throat Associates

Complete ENT care under one roof


hile simple in nature, offering comprehensive and convenient health care turned out to be quite an effective business plan for Charleston Ear Nose and Throat Associates. In 1998 when the practice first opened its doors in West Ashley it had two offices and four physicians. Today, it has expanded into the largest ENT group in the state with a dozen physicians working at nine locations. A new office will open in North Charleston next month. “All our offices offer a full range of services under one roof,” Executive Director Michael Grubb said. “There is no need to go somewhere else for diagnostic testing. Our physician can order a CT scan, it will be performed in our office, and he will review the results with you in less than 30 minutes.” The practice treats infants, children and adults experiencing problems associated with things such as: Sinuses and Allergies, Snoring and Sleep Disorders, Stuffy Nose, Deviated Septum, Ear Infections, Wax Build-up,

Hearing Loss, Thyroid conditions, Neck and Voice soreness and Enlarged Tonsils. Charleston ENT’s state-ofthe-art, nationally-accredited outpatient surgery center in West Ashley helps patients avoid trips to the hospital. The center offers skilled post-op care from ENT-specialized nurses and staff. They accept referrals from other doctors and also see patients who refer themselves. “All our physicians and surgeons are board certified and everything we do is very patient friendly,” Grubb said. “We have same day appointments available when needed and we accept all insurances, including Tricare.” The practice even offers free parking. A big part of the practice’s growth has been its audiologists, who are all nationally certified. “It’s an exciting time for us,” Director of Audiology Karen Moore said. “We’ve branched out all over the Lowcountry and that makes it really convenient for our patients. Our audiology services have grown right along with everything else


Address: 298 Midland Parkway, Summerville (843) 873-8733 Years in Business: 14 Website:

Physicians Edward Behrens, MD, PhD Eugene Brown, RPh, MD Thomas Dozier, MD Mark Ghegan, MD Edward McNellis, RPh, MD Michael Noone, MD Matthew Scarlett, MD Willy Schwenzfeier, MD Shaun Scott, MD Erik Swanson, MD Keith Meetze, MD

Locations Karen Moore with audiology patient.

“All our offices offer a full range of services under one roof – Michael Grubb and now we are very proud of the services we offer patients of all ages. Of course we can help someone determine if they are a good candidate for a hearing aid, but we also offer balance testing, infant hearing screenings and educational services to teach people about preventing and managing hearing loss.” With years of experience under its belt, the audiology staff can help patients determine whether a medical procedure or amplification will be the best solution for their hearing difficulties. The staff is also equipped to handle anything from cochlear implant rehabilitation to brainstem testing. For more information on Charleston Ear Nose and Throat Associates, visit (At right) Dr. Ed McNellis with young patient.

Primary and Surgery Center: 1849 Savage Road, Charleston (West Ashley) 766-7103 119 Spring Hall Drive Goose Creek 329-0785 5000 Epson Plantation Drive Moncks Corner 761-5690 298 Midland Parkway Summerville 873-8733 497 St. Andrews Blvd Charleston (843) 763-0543 180 Wingo Way Mt. Pleasant (843) 216-8774 3510 N. Hwy. 17 North Mt. Pleasant (843) 654-7494 416-B Robertson Blvd Walterboro (843) 766-7103 266 Lake Park Drive, North Charleston (843) 793-6500


September 26, 2012


Mr. K’s

Great groceries for more than 30 years


he Kersting family really appreciates their customers. There aren’t too many grocery stores where the owners are always in the store, but at Mr. K.’s this is almost always the case. If there are customers waiting to check out at the Cedar Street store, you will hear Jim Kersting say, “I’ll get you on register one, no waiting!” If you are shopping at Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly store in Knightsville, you will see Mr. K himself, visiting with his customers and making sure his employees have everything they need. At the wise age of 81, he knows how to take care of his customers. This personal customer service has paid off. The stores have been voted First Place for “Best Meat Market” and Runner up in the “Best Grocery Store” categories of The Summerville Journal Scene’s Readers’ Choice section for more than two years running. One of the most popular sections in both stores is the meat and seafood department. Mr. K began his career in the retail grocery business as a butcher many years ago. To this day, he believes that at the center of

every great meal is a quality piece of meat. A wellstocked cooler of boneless, skinless chicken breast (at $1.99 almost every day since 1991, sometimes lower), extra lean chopped sirloin, fresh salmon and jumbo shrimp (all at GREAT EVERYDAY prices), entice shoppers every week. So what is everyone’s favorite beef? It’s the delicious rib eye steaks, 6-8oz, two for $7.98 everyday…perfect for tailgating this football season. It has been said, ‘As much as things change, they also stay the same,’ and Jim couldn’t agree more. “We’re not just taking care of customers, we’re taking care of their families, and their children’s families, Kersting said. Many customers who came into the store years ago as children, come in now with children of their own, particularly around the holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when people are back in town to celebrate with loved ones. During the last 30 years, shoppers have also appreciated Mr. K’s countless contributions to the community. For 30 years, Mr. K has given a free Thanksgiving


Address: 404 N. Cedar St., Summerville 875-4700 1605 Central Ave., Summerville 873-8122 Owner: The Kersting Family Years in Business: Over 30 years (since 1982)

Jim and his Dad, Mr. K, serving several generations of shoppers. meal with all the trimmings from the deli to those less fortunate. It’s one of Mr. K’s favorite opportunities to show his thanks at a very special time. Right now, the stores are teaming up to give away $200 every week to a deserving shopper who registers to win the Great Grocery Giveaway in store or online, it’s just another way of thanking shoppers for their loyalty. The number one priority has been and always will be the customer. “We want them to feel they are appreciated and that an overall effort is being made to give them the feeling we’re living up to what is expected from us in meeting their everyday needs,” Jack Kersting said. Mr. K’s isn’t the biggest or newest store in town, but they pride themselves on their individual attention to their customers and the tradition of giving back to their community.

“We’re not just taking care of customers, we’re taking care of their families, and their children’s families – Jim Kersting

Mr. K began his career in the retail grocery business as a butcher many years ago. He takes great pride in offering quality meats at everyday low prices.

September 26, 2012



The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

Local chamber a steadfast advocate for business The Greater Summerville/ Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce prides itself on being an advocate for businesses. Divisions and Councils of the Chamber monitor policies and ordinances at both the local and state level in order to maintain an environment for businesses to prosper. “The bread and butter of the Chamber is small businesses,” said Board Chairman Ed Carter. “While our members consist of businesses of all types and sizes, it’s the small businesses that we really help by giving them a voice.” During a 2011 membership event, and with the assistance of more than 100 volunteers, the Chamber set an all-time record in the state of South Carolina and in the history of the Chamber by signing on more than 230 new members. The Chamber currently speaks on behalf of more than 840 members. The voice of one small business may not be heard, but when many businesses come together that voice becomes stronger and can have a positive effect on the business climate and quality of life in the region. The growth of new members and the retention of existing ones

Members of the Chamber Board of Directors. are both a success for the Chamber. The current and future goals are to maintain the positive business atmosphere it has helped create in Greater Summerville and Dorchester County. The three primary reasons members join the Chamber are because of its credibility, advocacy and numerous net-


Address: 402 N. Main St., Summerville (843) 873-2931 Years in Business: 101 years Website:

working opportunities. The Chamber hosts many events to help members network and engage in the community, including the monthly Public Policy and Workforce Development Division meetings, Chamber 101 - which provides ongoing education on Chamber benefits and programs - as well as the popular monthly Business After Hours events. The Chamber supports the South Carolina Chamber's Competitiveness Agenda and identifies with two specific areas. At the state level, changes will need to occur in two primary areas. First, statewide comprehensive tax reform that would be fair and equitable to all parties, both businesses and individuals. Second, a push for a change in infrastructure. “Basic infrastructure for things like roads have a great impact on how our business-

“The bread and butter of the Chamber is small businesses – Ed Carter es prosper,” said Carter. “Improvements to both I-26 and I-95 would increase the amount of traffic coming through Summerville and Dorchester County. The trick is finding a way to accomplish these projects with the existing limited assets.” The Greater Summerville/ Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, along with other chambers from across the state, lobby for these changes in Columbia on behalf of the businesses they represent. Members of the chamber are sometimes unaware of these behind-thescenes efforts. The Chamber has also been successful in keeping up with ever-changing technological advances with the launch of a

new, user-friendly website. The site prominently features the Chamber's calendar of events, a community calendar, job postings, and hot deals or "online coupons." It also links to the Chamber’s social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Like the Chamber itself, the website is built around five pillars: Advocacy, Community, Business, Education and Tourism. Education initiatives the Chamber is proud of include partnering with Dorchester School District Two to bring the first Leader in Me model to the state of South Carolina, and offering The 7 Habits of Highly Effective

People Signature Training for Chamber members and community members. The Chamber also developed the Leadership Dorchester program. Members with a desire to enhance and refine their leadership abilities participate in an 11-month intensive and comprehensive study of the political, civic, economic, and social dynamics in action within Dorchester County. Leadership Dorchester emphasizes diversity and develops proactive, forwardthinking leaders. With one century of growth and improvement under its’ belt, the Chamber looks forward to a future of continued expansion and innovation.


September 26, 2012


International Primate Protection League

IPPL on a worldwide mission of mercy


ummerville may not be that well known as a significant base of operations in the fight to protect the world’s primates. Yet nestled on some 36 acres just outside the city limits is a very interesting, well-maintained, -- and largely unknown facility-- a gibbon sanctuary which that is part of the headquarters of the International Primate Protection League, a group dedicated to the protection, preservation, and rescue of the world’s primates. Founded by Dr. Shirley McGreal, in the early 1970s, the league and its scope, activities, and achievements have grown over the years. The number of residents living in this place has grown as well – and now includes including 33 gibbons, six Asian otters, and at least one enormous Great Pyrenees dog, as well as some of the human IPPL family. The gibbon, which is the smallest of the great apes, is also the most threatened of all primates.and all All seventeen species are classified as endangered species at various levels. Gibbons are have a more

erect posture than other apes. They are also known for their graceful movements, and spectacular athletic prowess, and high intelligence. They mate in monogamous pairs, usually for life. They even sing. Gibbons and gibbon rescue is are an important focus for McGreal and IPPL, but it isthey are not the only focus. All the world’s primates, large and small, are of primary concern to the league, and IPPL is constantly reaching out to aiding efforts to protect monkeys and apes all over the world. For example, IPPL recently reached out to members and friends to help Pharanee Deters, who owns and operates the Highland Farm sanctuary in the mountains of Thailand’s Tak region. Deters has been rescuing and giving sanctuary to primates gibbons and monkeys for years, even after a horrifying incident in 2002 during which a disgruntled former employee murdered Deters’ husband, as well as three animal care workers and a three year old child. Highland Farm, like so many such organizations, runs on donations and is


Address: 120 Primate Lane, Summerville (843) 871-2280 Owner: Non-Profit founded by Shirley McGreal Years in Business: Founded in 1973 Website:

Igor constantly scrambling to meet its expenses. Recently, two of its working vehicles, both of which were over 20 years old, irreparably broke down, and Deters cannot replace them. IPPL has raised some $40,000 to help her acquire another working vehiclereliable transportation, as this is a must in such a remote, rugged area, and to help her care for her rescued primates. Another situation IPPL is concerned about is that of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education, a baboon sanctuary in South Africa. The founder, Rita Miljo, recently died in a fire along with three of her favorite baboons. The blaze completely destroyed her home, the clinic, and nursery night quarters. Thankfully, no other staff, volunteers, or animals were harmed. IPPL is currently working

Adopt-A-Gibbon program on an appeal to help the organization in this time of crisis. IPPL’s mission –-- saving gibbons and other primates, caring for them, and promoting primate welfare across the world -- -- costs money. IPPL depends largely on donations to continue their mission. To that end, IPPL reaches out in a variety of ways, including an Adopt-A-Gibbon program. To find out more, go to the website at IPPL founder Dr. Shirley McGreal received the Order of the British Empire in 2008 from the hands of Queen Elizabeth.

September 26, 2012



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September 26, 2012


Yes 4 Schools Dorchester Two

Working for school bond


unding nearly $180 million in school infrastructure is not so much a tax as it is an investment. That’s the message Yes 4 Schools, a grassroots citizens committee, wants to impart to Dorchester County voters before they go to the polls on November 6th. The group, comprised of concerned citizens and cochaired by Brian Mitchum, vice president/retail sales manager of First Citizens Bank, attorney Robby Robbins, and CPA Jan Waring-Woods, is trying to help educate the public about the importance of passing the referendum. Specifically, Dorchester School District Two desperately needs to do some significant facilities improvement projects. The DD2 board of trustees worked for more than a year to identify the most pressing needs; it will now ask voters in November for $179 million to make these needs reality. “As a parent, this is absolutely in the best interest of the education of our children,” Robbins said. “As a member of the business community, it’s absolutely in the best interest of the entire community on a number of levels, from being a major selling point to maintaining quality of life.” Taxpayers would be looking at an increase of $68 per year,

or 19 cents per day, on the assessed value of a $100,000 home. But one point to keep in mind is that if the referendum passes, the district won’t issue the entire amount immediately, they noted. But if the referendum does not pass, the district – and Dorchester County – will see some serious problems as student achievement is negatively impacted as existing schools become overwhelmed by the growth that is going to occur, they said. “I go to all these regional planning meetings,” Robbins said. “We are growing quickly and significantly, and it’s not going to stop, whether we build new schools or not. The state has neither the funds nor the funding mechanism for us to do what we need to do, so unfortunately, if we want something done, we’re going to have to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves.” Currently, Currently, more than 3,500 students attend class in portable trailers outside of main buildings as all schools are at or over capacity. Other areas in buildings are being utilized as makeshift classroom space including cafeterias, common areas, converted storage areas, and even hallways. Some campuses are completely built out – there is no more room for additions or more portable units on the property. In addition, there is


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no funding available for either additions or portable units. Dorchester School District Two is one of the fastest growing communities in the state with student population expected to grow another 30 percent in the next ten years. Some 19,245 students were enrolled in DD2 schools during the 2005-2006 school year; that number had increased to 23,169 students during the 20112012 school year. Because the fastest growing demographic in Dorchester County is families with elementary school age children, the district plans to build three new elementary schools with a capacity of 1,000 students. This will not only help reduce classroom sizes in all the elementary schools but will greatly reduce the number of portable classrooms – which currently cost about $70,000 per unit. The plan also calls for a new 750-student middle school of the arts complete with a 750-seat performing arts center to replace the 90-year old Rollings Middle School of the Arts. Eagle Nest Elementary and Oakbrook Elementary schools will receive classroom additions. Flowertown Elementary, Newington Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary and Summerville Elementary will see new multi-purpose room additions; Flowertown will also see cafeteria space expansions. “If anyone really has any questions about the needs, I

“As a parent, this is absolutely in the best interest of the education of our children – Robby Robbins would suggest they visit some of these schools,” Robbins said. “Go to Knightsville Elementary – their back campus is at capacity with those trailers they use for portable classrooms. Oakbrook Elementary has to have PE classes in the lobby. Flowertown and Newington are sharing cafeteria space, which means there are children eating lunch from 9:30 in the morning to 1:30 in the afternoon – they’re either eating early

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and getting nothing else until late in the afternoon, or they’re having to wait until later in the afternoon before they eat again after breakfast, assuming they had breakfast.” Alston Middle School will get a new related arts wing, which should eliminate the need for students to have to cross a congested, busy driveway behind the school to get to outbuildings and portable classrooms currently in use. At the high school level,

Ashley Ridge High will receive a Career and Technology Education(CATE) addition and new classroom wing, as will Fort Dorchester High School; Fort Dorchester will also receive a multi-purpose room. Summerville will see a new CATE addition as well as numerous – and needed – renovations to the buildings. Most of the schools throughout the district will receive new roofing, HVAC, and other such capital needs

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