Bluffton friends are flying back-and-forth to Europe this summer. Karen Davies has been in France, teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design campus there. While she was in Paris she ran into Karen Cerrati, a friend from Hilton Head Island. Both were thrilled and amazed to see each other in that magical city. Jaja Epps and baby Eli are in the Czech Republic visiting her family. Jaja and her husband Chris own May River Toys on Calhoun Street. While Jaja is away, Meredith Inglis is tending shop for her. Spartina, the beautiful handbag company, has opened a lovely shop on Calhoun Street next to The Cottage. The shop is chock-full of merchandise beautifully displayed like artwork on the walls. It is a real treat for the eyes with a very fresh-looking interior that shows off all the lovely patterns to perfection. Calhoun Street Gallery has been transformed into a wonderful art-antiques-gift shop by the charming twosome of Don and William. The two gentlemen are from New York, where they have owned an antiques shop for years. The duo fell in love with Bluffton while visiting the area and decided to move here. They were thrilled when the space they are in came available earlier this year. They are on Calhoun at the corner of Lawrence Street. Holly Hoover, a gorgeous blonde bombshell, can be found these days at Joy Ross' hair salon on Lawton Street. Holly and Joy have opened an adorable little general store that features homemade candies, drinks, ice cream and other goodies. So if you are at the farmers market or just strolling around town, stop in and see these new shops and say hello. I read that 50,000 cars travel past Exit 8 on Interstate 95 in Hardeeville each day. Hardeeville is among the fastest-growing towns in South Carolina, I've heard. That is a staggering fact. Plans are underway to make Hardeeville a destination, which at the moment it isn't. Planners want to beautify the exit so people will get off the interstate and look around. Sounds like a good idea because it certainly is unappealing now. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. Do you remember the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons? Tom and Jerry are 74 years old and still going strong. I can't believe the shenanigans those two still get into. I don't know what they eat, but I think someone should market it. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera won seven Oscars for their cat and mouse creations. June 14 is Flag Day. Flag Day is the anniversary of the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress sanctioned our flag for the brand-new United States of America. Everyone should proudly display a flag on this day to show their love of our country. Speaking of flags, the Bluffton Children's Fourth of July Parade will be at 10 a.m. in front of The Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street. Children, dogs and grown-ups are invited to join this fun event decked out, of course, in red, white and blue. Bicycles, wagons and strollers are welcome. If you can play a flute or have an instrument, you are welcome too. We will stroll three blocks down to Lawton Street. Details: 843-757-3855
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.