November 2011

C2's Women In Business: Celebrations & Forsythe Jewelers

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Celebrations Catering & Events

12 Capital Drive – HHI
843.689.7526 (PLAN)

The women of Celebration Catering and Events make throwing a party, hosting a dinner gathering or even a community event look really easy. Nearly 18 years in business on Hilton Head Island and they continue to find new and creative ways to wow their clients. Of course locals know these ladies from their own parties and from the countless hours CCE has given to community functions and the many festivals hosted up and down our island. Yet for low country visitors this group of creative, fun loving and down to earth gals is the perfect choice of caterer with their excellent reputation and national ranking on The Knot.

CCE was created 18 years ago when the restaurant patrons of CQs, Old Fort Pub and Antonio’s wanted the same high quality foods but with a dedicated staff to focus strictly on their event. “I am so proud of the CCE staff creativity and dedication and how they consistently deliver the best of everything for our clients. I love that we have a dedicated chef, our own private restaurant capacity kitchen and the best staff to carry out all the details,” says Bonnie Lowrey. Her enthusiasm must be contagious because all the women of CCE are the same way!

Molly Kennedy, who doesn’t believe in titles for herself, manages everything and everyone. Her lasting relationships with former clients and the respect associated businesses have for her all over the Low Country makes Molly the industry leading gal to help you with your seamless event. Heading into her 10th year with Celebrations and loving every minute of it!

Alison Weinman, wedding week specialist extrordinaire has been with Celebrations Catering and Events for 6 years. Hailing from experience in Denver, Lake Tahoe, Nantucket and Las Vegas, she knows every secret and trend to putting on a fabulous event. And Alison creates not just weddings but backyard oyster roasts, ice cream socials, rehearsal dinners, intimate dinner parties, corporate gatherings, family reunions and so much more. Cara Socie and Tracey Mancini party planning pros take every opportunity with extraordinary skills to wow their clients and handle every event detail behind the scenes.

Tracey recently joined Celebrations after moving to the island, bringing years of event coordinating experience from the famous Bernards Inn. “Working creatively with the client is the best part. Whether I am helping a grandma plan and cook for a family gathering or working with an excited bride – big or small parties I love them all!” exclaims Cara. Tracey chimes in, “Yes, but I do love working with the grandmas! And I love seeing our clients come pick up dinner from B’s Kitchen – it is a great way to provide the best take home food in an economic way.” B’s Kitchen is just another aspect of CCE – chef’s delicious dishes, preservative free, fresh frozen and always ready to take home, heat up and enjoy. “

We saw a need and provided a solution. Heck, we have a chef, a huge industrial kitchen and we have busy clients that we can serve in just one more way,” explained Tracey. The women of Celebrations Catering and Events are all professional perfectionists! They have fun and make it look like fun…because aren’t celebrating life events supposed to be fun?

Forsythe Jewelers

The Shops at Sea Pines Center

Debbie Berling is in the business of predicting the future, developing “Gems,” and creating heroes. As a third-generation owner of Forsythe Jewelers, Berling has established one of the finest retail establishments in the Lowcountry, thirty years in the making.

When it comes to predicting the future, Berling is not a clairvoyant. She can, however, clearly recognize what her customers want. Understanding what’s “hot” each season in jewelry fashion has fueled the growth of her business these past three decades. In a small market like Hilton Head, Forsythe Jewelers prides itself on providing “big city” choices in a small town setting. In fact, two of the designers represented in the store — Roberto Coin and David Yurman — have recently been named the top two jewelry brands in the world by an independent research group, United Brands.

Berling’s business is not only about choosing the right items for the showcases, but it’s also about employing the right kind of people. Known affectionately as the Forsythe “Gems,” Berling brings her staff through rigorous training and education while Berling herself holds the title Certified Gemologist with the prestigious American Gem Society, an organization that holds its members to the highest standards of ethics and education. Technology allows the “Gems” to work seamlessly with customers both in the store as well as remotely. Shoppers who visit the store can view different color options or designs instantly on the store’s iPad, while out-of-town customers can “armchair shop” on the store’s website, or request photo or video images via email or text message.

Above all, Berling’s business hinges on making her customers happy and transforming husbands, fiancés and boyfriends into heroes. Forsythe keeps digital “wish lists” of its customers’ favorite items. When a man wants to make sure he gets the gift right, the “Gems” use the wish list information to gently guide him to the perfect selection.

Berling’s father once told her that he couldn’t think of a more satisfying business than selling beautiful jewelry to lovely people for happy occasions. Now “she” gets to experience that joy and share it with those who shop at Forsythe Jewelers.

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