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After jet-setting around the world, celebrity hairstylist Dennis Stokely has returned to his Southern roots. Best known as Paula Abdul’’s hairstylist during seasons seven and eight of “American Idol,” Stokely has settled in the Lowcountry and has launched a brand of hair shears for the beauty industry.

Now living on Hilton Head Island, Stokely moved to the area to take care of his mother, who lives in Savannah.

“I’m a Southern kid, raised by a single mother, who went to public school in Georgia,” Stokely said. “While working on ‘American Idol’ was the gig of a lifetime, I believe my Southern sensibilities set me apart from others in L.A. It seems only natural for me to return to a place that feels like home.”


Hilton Head Island is known for its natural beauty and heralded as a pillar of environmental conservation. But as the recently completed Baseline Sustainability Assessment for the island shows, sometimes looks can be deceiving.

“The baseline study tells us that where we thought we were doing really well (with sustainability), we’re really down somewhere between a C- and a D,” says Ray Wenig, executive director of Experience Green, the nonprofit coordinating the town’s efforts to determine its current environmental health and implement ways to strengthen the island’s sustainable future while decreasing its carbon footprint.


Expert legal services are not a dime a dozen, despite advertising you might see on television. One call doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all. Nor will it necessarily mean your complicated legal scenario will end well.


Wayne Beckley is a company CEO, product developer, expert marketer and chemist. But perhaps what he does best is ask questions nobody else has asked.

Beckley founded Merlot Natural Grape Seed Skin Care in 2001 after asking himself one simple question: If drinking a glass or two of red wine a day is supposedly good for your body, what could a lotion made with the powerful ingredients in the grape seeds do for your skin?

Hickory Tavern, a casual dining restaurant with a sports passion, is opening its fifth South Carolina location at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at 44 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head restaurant expands the brand’s footprint in the state. Hickory Tavern also has locations in Columbia, Spartanburg, Indian Land and Rock Hill. A Myrtle Beach location is slated to open this fall.

Jiva Yoga Center owner Jean Rioux understands the people who don’t believe yoga can be a sweat-inducing, muscle-fatiguing workout. She used to be one of them.

“I was always into high-impact aerobics and running, so I wasn’t ready for what I thought would be sitting on the floor and stretching,” shey says. “But what I found was that yoga can be a lot more dynamic. I was very satisfied with the vigorousness of it, as well as how it took me to a relaxed state of mind and body. As opposed to just running with a pair of headphones on and escaping something, it took me deeper into myself, basically. So I was hooked.”

Millennials, or Generation Y, were born between 1980 and 2000 and are now entering that time in life when they are influencing everything from homeownership rates, the cost of renting apartments in urban America, and even how U.S. corporations deal with the concept of “duty to serve.” Since the conclusion of World War II, the role of corporations in American society has been focused first and foremost on maximizing profitability, and the role of the corporate board of directors has been to be stewards for the owners or shareholders. The idea was that a corporation, above all else, was to maximize profits and forever increase shareholder value.  As millennials are entering the workplace, how might they change that notion?

Our federal government’s response to the financial crisis that began in 2008 was to declare, “This will never happen again.”  The Democrat-controlled Congress went about the adoption of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and President Barack Obama signed it into law on July 21, 2010. The Dodd-Frank Act, as it is commonly known, made changes to the entire American financial regulatory environment that affected every financial regulatory agency and every part of the nation’s financial services industry. 

Cheryl Klippel is not afraid to fail, a fact the local entrepreneur says is the reason she has such a solid record of success.

“So many famous people make reference to jumping off a cliff. In life you can jump off and take that leap of faith that your parachute will eventually open, or you can back off and never take that risk. I’m not afraid to take that risk; I’m not afraid to fail,” says Klippel, who owns three island retail stores and one bustling café. “You’ll scrape across the rocks, but if you don’t take that jump, you’ll never soar.”

Many savvy investors have waved goodbye to 2015 and are ready to dive into 2016 with new resolutions and strategies. Some of us, on the other hand, are looking hopefully at the new year while still morosely looking back at 2015’s unfinished investment business. Don’t despair. Often, the hardest part of moving ahead or starting fresh is sorting through the overload of information and multiple possibilities, and identifying the most relevant tasks and goals. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your money in 2016.