November 2014

Shop Local -Shelter Cove Harbour

Author: Linda S. Hopkins | Photographer: Photography by Anne

Whether you are a resident or a visitor from out of town, if you love Hilton Head Island, there is something you can do to help our community thrive, and that is to spend your money in locally-owned businesses such as those at Shelter Cove Harbour. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, locally-owned independent business returns approximately 80 percent of each dollar back to the community. And it has a multiplier effect. One dollar spent at a locally-owned business will return five times that amount within the community through school funding, social services, and contributions to local charities.

With the current availability of almost anything from almost anywhere, thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to lose sight of what we have right here on Hilton Head Island. Local businesses not only add to the character of our community, which attracts 2.5 million visitors every year, they offer personalized attention and superb customer service every day.

The merchants at Shelter Cove Harbour are local residents. Most have lived here for at least a decade, and many have been in business for a quarter of a century or more. They have strong ties to the community and strong opinions about the importance of doing business locally.
According to Scott Laskowitz, owner of San Miguel’s Mexican Café, in business at Shelter Cove Harbour for 25 years, it’s important to patronize local businesses because the money earned here stays here and doesn’t get funneled out to a large corporation out of state.

In addition to spending more of the revenue back into the local economy compared to chains and national companies, local businesses create more jobs and provide better wages, added Simon Mikhail, owner of Mediterranean Harbour Bar and Grill.

Earl Nightingale of Ela’s Blu Water Grill, a family-owned business, points out many ways in which his restaurant gives back to the community, from serving local produce and fresh local fish to purchasing products from other local vendors and hiring local musicians. “In a highly seasonal resort market like Hilton Head Island, we must support each other as we grow our businesses,” Nightingale said.

These are also the businesses that roll out the welcome mat for our annual visitors. “We take pride in serving our local community, and because we are local, we give 110 percent all year long,” said Kelly Montgomery, owner of Tradewinds Trinkets and Treasures, who opened in 1988 at the Mall at Shelter Cove and moved to Shelter Cove Harbour in 2012. “We care about our customers, and many return to visit us every year.”

“The bottom line is that local businesses enable the experiences that inspire the demand for individuals to visit, live in, enjoy and grow a community,” said Daniel Moskowitz, Dunes Real Estate’s director of sales and marketing. “Local community activities promote local economic growth, which, in turn, helps drive new homeowners to our area and provides opportunities for those already here.”

Cecile Eck, owner of Trident Villa Rentals, in business at Shelter Cove Harbour since 1984, agrees. “Small businesses are the backbone of Hilton Head Island, and their success is critical to the overall economic state of the island,” she said. “We are raising our families here and care deeply about the island and the people who live here.”

Local businesses are also known for their generous support of area charities and non-profits. All of the Shelter Cove Harbour businesses contribute dollars, services and time to community fundraisers throughout the year that directly benefit area non-profits such as the Island Rec Center, Deep Well, the Boys and Girls Club, The Children’s Center, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and many more. During the holiday season, Dunes Real Estate is supporting a local soup kitchen by collecting food, clothing and toys for our community members in need. They invite you to drop off non-perishable food, unwrapped toys or new clothing items at their Shelter Cove office.

Saturday, November 29 is Small Business Saturday so be sure to get out and Shop Local!

Shelter Cove Harbour will be hosting a special celebration on Black Friday, November 28, that includes shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. Decked out for the holidays, stores will be offering discounts, refreshments and other bonuses throughout the day. Be sure to register for the drawing at Nash Gallery to win a piece of American artwork; stop by San Miguel’s for a “Wrap It” lunch special for $7.95; pick up a $100 gift card at Mediterranean Harbour and get an additional $25 gift card free; and save 10 percent on all merchandise in the Ship’s Store. If you’re ready to purchase a home here, Dunes Real Estate is offering a free home warranty on property purchased from one of their buyer’s agents Nov. 28-30.

Lynn Alexander, owner of Nash Gallery, in business here for 24 years, encourages all shoppers to come out for the festivities on Friday, November 28. If you can’t make it then, consider dropping by on Small Business Saturday®, sponsored by American Express, on November 29, she suggests.

While most of us embrace the idea of distinctive businesses, we often forget that their survival depends on our patronage. Be aware of the impact of your dollars and give the gift that gives back to our community. This holiday season, take time to rediscover the unique shops, restaurants and other businesses at Shelter Cove Harbour.

For a complete listing of shops and restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour, visit

Kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 28 at Shelter Cove Harbour, where you’ll find unique gifts for everyone on your list. In addition to holiday sales and specials at all the shops and restaurants, enjoy music, refreshments and a variety of children’s activities (moon bounce, train rides, Santa’s first stop on Hilton Head Island and more). Stores open at 10 a.m. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with Santa arriving at noon aboard a Hilton Head Island Fire Department fire truck.

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