Boasting a beautiful waterfront deck, a menu packed with flavorful Lowcountry favorites, regular live entertainment and a lively island atmosphere, the Salty Dog Cafe is one of Hilton Head Island's most popular dining spots. It's not just the location, menu and great atmosphere that keep patrons coming back again and again — the restaurant's colorful T-shirts have proved immensely popular throughout the years.

The T-shirts started out as a uniform of sorts for Salty Dog staff members, but it wasn't long before customers began asking where they could purchase their own Salty Dog shirts. In response to the high demand, the owners of the Salty Dog Cafe opened the Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory, where they lovingly silkscreen the shirts for eager customers.


The past 60 years have seen, to put it mildly, incredible change on Hilton Head Island. And Coligny has been there through all of it. Starting as a single corner market, Forest Beach Market, Coligny’s story begins on an island with just a single-lane dirt road and no bridge. Just six short decades later and that little market has kept pace with the island’s growth to serve as downtown to a bustling resort paradise.

CONFEDERATE FLAGNot many of our readers know Elihu Spencer, so in view of the subject of this article, I need to provide a little personal background.

The Spencer family hails from the South. The first Elihu Spencer (one of many with that name) graduated from Yale in 1746 with a degree in divinity. He was sent to the “New York frontier” (and it really was) to be a missionary to the Six Nations of the Iroquois.  Later, he served as a Presbyterian pastor to churches in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Jamaica Queens, New York, where he became active in the “patriot cause.” In 1764, the Presbyterian Synod of New York sent him to the Carolinas to organize Protestant congregations in support of the growing movement for independence from England.

Curtis Shubert admittedly thought he knew it all about Hilton Head Island. He has been a resident for nearly three decades and makes his living sharing that knowledge as manager of Yellow Cab Tours on the island. 

But he was pleasantly surprised to find out he was wrong.

As my regular readers know, I have often written about access to credit, the consequences of the federal Dodd-Frank Act, the impact of Federal Reserve policy on housing demand, how demographics affect local housing demand, and how these factors influence our lives in southern Beaufort County. I hope to provide some insight into the long-term prospects of what for many of us is our largest single asset — our homes.

This year, Hilton Head Hospital celebrates four decades of providing high-quality care to patients in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie and the surrounding areas. Built in 1974 and opened the following year as a 40-bed private, nonprofit, accredited medical facility, Hilton Head Hospital has become one of the most celebrated hospitals in the region, if not the state. Hilton Head Hospital CEO Jeremy Clark credits the hospital's success, in part, to an excellent medical staff.

The Hilton Head Home Builders Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to support continuing education throughout South Carolina. For more than 20 years, the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association has been helping fund higher education efforts for students in the area. In 2014, the association gave more than $10,000 in scholarships to students in the community. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.

Businesses must prepare for EMV compliance or risk being held responsible for fraudulent charges

The credit card processing industry is making significant changes to the way credit card transactions are processed in the United States. In recent years, card issuers have begun adding EMV technology to consumer credit cards — small, yet powerful, computer chips that are much more difficult to hack or counterfeit than their magnetic-strip counterparts. The implementation of EMV technology is designed to curb credit card fraud and bring the United States up to date with the rest of the world.

Laurie Brown has always had a soft spot for helping people, particularly those with disabilities. When she moved to South Carolina from Michigan after 29 years of working for some of world’s top automobile makers, she jumped at the opportunity to launch her own business. She knew she wanted to create a company that could give back to the community by providing jobs, job training, projects and a sense of purpose to individuals with disabilities.


How much water does Hilton Head Island use? How much trash is generated and recycled on the island each year? How is the food supply sourced? How much energy is used? How does the island’s transportation and mobility infrastructure affect the environment? And, in the bigger picture, how does a community know where it’s going if it doesn’t know where it’s been, or where it is right now?