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May 1 - Peacock Subaru Donates $4,875 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 1, 2019 - Peacock Subaru has donated $4,875 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine as part of the annual Subaru Share the Love event.

The funds were raised during November and December 2018. Each Subaru buyer could decide whether to donate a portion of the purchase price to a national charity or Peacock Subaru’s hometown nonprofit, the local chapter of Volunteers In Medicine.

Volunteers with the organization provide care to community members in Bluffton and Jasper County who are without medical insurance.

“It’s donations like these that give us the freedom to stop worrying about how we can do it and to start focusing on the people who need it,” said Dennis Toney, director of development for Bluffton Jasper County VIM. “We have outstanding nurses and physicians who donate their time and expertise, but it’s imperative that we have the financial assistance to make a difference, and Peacock Subaru just made that possible.”

The donation will go toward the daily operations of the organization, which is run by approximately 90 volunteers.

“We chose Bluffton Jasper County VIM as our designated hometown charity this year because of the impact they’re making in our local community,” said Ken Kirby, general manager of Peacock Subaru. “This annual event not only allows our dealership to give back, but it allows our customers to participate in the act of giving.”

For more information on Bluffton Jasper County VIM, please visit

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April 23 - Flow Space Fitness Opens Studio in Old Town Bluffton

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 23, 2019 - A new type of fitness studio has opened its doors in Old Town Bluffton. Flow Space Fitness is a fitness studio and wellness company that offers a variety of fitness classes- including yoga, barre, high-intensity interval training and kettlebell.

Flow Space owners Zach and Erica Ellis seek to bring an exercise program to the community that focuses on intentional movement and  is grounded in the mind-body connection to help relieve stress and tension.

"The concept is meant to maintain variety and avoid plateaus or complacency." said Erica "Consistent healthy and intentional exercise gives you energy and can help elevate all areas of your life."

Flow Space’s studio will be located in the newly constructed Bluffton Chiropractic building at 162 Bluffton Road Suite 103. A grand opening is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. May 16. The event is free and open to the public. Light hors d'oeuvres, champagne, wine and beer will be served. Registration is strongly encouraged by May 14. Call 843-508-3009 or sign up at

The fusion fitness studio’s variety of classes are designed for all fitness levels to benefit, with modifications made for each participant as needed in class. More than 30 group classes per month will be on the regular schedule, including:

  • Barre Fusion: A low-impact, barre-based workout that combines yoga, pilates and traditional cardio

  • HIIT: A high intensity interval training and strength training class using a variety of methods, such as kettlebells and suspension training, for a full body workout

  • Yoga Fusion: A restorative experience with an emphasis on stretching and a greater focus on releasing tension and noise in the mind

  • Kettlebell: Cardio, stretching and kettlebell sequences that encourage the body to grow stronger and burn calories long after the class is over

  • Yoga Flow: A vinyasa flow that strengthens, stretches and relaxes the body

“Our classes increase endurance, cardio and athleticism — which benefit the way your body moves throughout daily life. These classes are designed to leave you feeling stronger and better,” said Zach.

In addition to a regular schedule of classes, Flow Space will offer workshops, special wellness events and personal training packages. An introductory membership will be available for a limited time for $99 per month with no contractual obligation that grants members access to unlimited classes and 10% off events and workshops. The price for unlimited membership will be $149 after this introductory period.

Other Flow Space offerings include a Mommy and Me Yoga class at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with kids’ yoga classes for ages 4 to 11 (younger siblings welcome) at 4 p.m. on Mondays for $10 per class.

Erica and Zach live in Bluffton with their two daughters. They have personal passion for building a fitness and wellness community centered around the mind-body connection.

“We wanted to create fitness classes that focused as much on the benefits to the mind as the toning and strengthening of the body,” said Erica

Zach’s background in college athletics, coaching and personal training, and Erica’s study of barre, yoga and group exercise sparked the idea for Flow Space’s unique brand of fitness.

“I realized there is a need to increase durability while not injuring yourself, to build strength in the right way and not to put yourself at risk,” said Zach. “We’re training for life.”

For more information, visit Flow Space’s website at

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April 9 - Howard Family Dental in Bluffton donates over $75,000 in services to deserving Smile Makeover winner

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 9, 2019 - Dr. Adam Squicquero and his team at Howard Family Dental in Bluffton recently donated $75,893 in dental services to one deserving winner as part of their Smile Makeover contest. The contest was announced in May of 2018 and asked Bluffton-area residents to nominate a deserving mother or father in the spirit of Mother’s and Father’s Day. Out of over 45 nominations, Charlie Card, a local Bluffton father, was chosen as the winner after being nominated by his wife, EmMee.

“Charlie LOVES to smile and make people smile... He is also a wonderful dad and is known for being the best hugger and putting other people’s needs first,” read EmMee’s nomination. She goes on, “Unfortunately, he is very self-conscious about his own smile... Every day is a trial as they (his teeth) cause him extreme pain, physically and emotionally. He works tirelessly for everyone else and really deserves something for himself.”

Dr. Squicquero completed Card’s treatment on February 21, 2019. The complete smile restoration included 28 crowns, eight implants, four root canals and eight visits.

“Our team had a wonderful experience getting to know Charlie and help him achieve his dream smile,” said Dr. Squicquero. “Charlie values his smile and oral health so highly, so it was a joy to bring a confident smile back to his face.” 

In addition to the time and services donated by Dr. Squicquero and the team at Howard Family Dental in Bluffton, several other businesses banded together to give Card the smile of his dreams. Classic Craft Dental Lab based in Thunderbolt, Ga. donated $4,002 in lab costs; Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery located in Bluffton, S.C. donated $250 in services; and Implant Concierge out of San Antonio, Texas donated $717 in services.

“I have to get used to my new smile!” said Card with a chuckle at the annual Howard Family Dental summit held on February 22, just one day after completing his treatment plan. Card and his family were invited to the company event to celebrate his new smile and to share his story. “Words can’t describe how appreciative I am for Dr. Squicquero and the team at Howard Family Dental in Bluffton, and for my wife who found this contest and nominated me. You all gave me my smile back and have left me completely speechless.”

Howard Family Dental in Bluffton is located at 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Building 500, Suite 503. For more information, visit or call (843) 593-9380.

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April 19 - Arbor Day Foundation Names Jekyll Island a ‘Tree City USA’

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 19, 2019 - Jekyll Island has received the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation in honor of the Jekyll Island Authority’s commitment to effective urban forest management in 2018.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has first-hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and wellbeing, and energy use. Jekyll Island is stepping up to do its part.”

Cliff J. Gawron, J.I.A. director of landscaping and planning, and his team planted hundreds of seedlings in 2018. So far this year, they have planted 450 seedlings with assistance from the Rotary Club of Jekyll Island. The 250 longleaf pines and 200 live oak seedlings were donated by the Georgia Forestry Commission. In addition, they have planted 90 mature shade trees including oaks, crape myrtles, magnolias, and red cedars. Because time, storms, disease, and even hungry deer take their toll on Jekyll’s trees, continual reforestation initiatives are imperative to the island’s preservation.

“The Tree City USA designation is welcome recognition of our commitment to responsible stewardship of Jekyll Island,” said Jones Hooks, J.I.A. executive director. “We will continue these efforts, which are essential not just in preserving our tree canopy for residents and visitors to enjoy, but also to sustain habitats for wildlife.”

A tree planting ceremony in honor of Arbor Day will be held April 27 at 2:45 p.m., in association with the public grand opening of Mosaic, the reimagined Jekyll Island Museum. The grand opening celebration begins at 11 a.m. and will include historic characters, guided nature walks, a food truck, and craft activities for children. Mosaic is located at 100 Stable Road.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The Tree City USA program, founded in 1976, provides the framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

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March 18 - 11th Annual “Music & Taste on the Harbour” returns to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for 2019 spring season

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 18, 2019 - Thursday, March 28 will serve as the kick-off date for Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s spring and fall live music tradition, “Music & Taste on the Harbour.”

Now in its 11th season, the spring outdoor concert series will feature a variety of bands on select Thursday nights. The free event is open to the public, and mixes live, local music with gourmet food, shopping and sunset water views from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Attendees are invited to dance by the iconic Neptune Statue and enjoy the sunset water views in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, as well as enjoy specially-priced light appetizers, along with wine, beer and cocktails from two featured Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants. Limited seating will be provided so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs.

The spring schedule for live music at Music & Taste on the Harbour, which runs from 6-9 p.m., includes:

March 28 – The Headliners

April 4 – Deas Guyz

April 11 – Target the Band

April 18 – Stee & the Ear Candy

April 25 – The Headliners

May 2 – The Hilton Head Plantation Big Band

May 9 – The Headliners

May 16 – Deas Guyz 

Entrance to the event is free and the event is weather permitting. No coolers or outside food are allowed and limited seating is available. For more information about Music & Taste on the Harbour, visit or the Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina Facebook page.  

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