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Locally owned is much better than chain stores

My son, Will, is a real estate agent. He specializes in homes and commercial ventures. When we discovered the Piggly Wiggly site in old town was vacant several years ago, we salivated at the idea of a Whole Foods Market or something on that order. Will was in constant contact with corporate gurus hither and thither. He got nowhere. It seems Bluffton is not the ideal market for that sort of enterprise.

Then a miracle happened. Jeff Scott decided to open his butcher shop and gourmet store next to his sister June's beverage shop and the Sippin Cow Cafe and Grill. Jeff's emporium carries all sorts of wonderful food items to tempt your taste buds. He will cut your meat to order and happily order anything your heart desires. Who needs those corporate giants when we have a homegrown, genuine Blufftonian to laugh and joke with while waiting for our orders to be filled? Dollar General has leased a portion of the old "Pig" and soon will open. They offer all kinds of items, including grocery staples and items you didn't know you needed.

A bargain is a bargain, so people will flock to Dollar General. But at the end of the day, it's nice to visit our own Jeff and June, without whom Bluffton would not be the town we cherish.

  • My friends Janice Elenbaas and Jeff Ginn have two of the most beautiful dogs you have ever seen. I'm sure you have seen them walking around old town Bluffton almost every day. Janice is the chief chef and brains behind Lucky Dog Cuisine. Dogs are addicted to her tasty, healthy concoctions. Janice makes her dog food from natural ingredients and uses nothing artificial. Her husband, Jeff, has vowed to eat nothing but Lucky Dog Cuisine for the month of October. The couple are passionate about For Paws Hospice and Canine Cancer Awareness, two organizations that will benefit from their effort. The wonderful duo and their dogs will be at The Store from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 to autograph their newly published book, "Educating Humans." The book is co-authored by their dog Bugsy. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the soon-to-be built Bluffton Dog Park. The Farmers Market of Bluffton will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. that Thursday, so go shop and then stop by to meet them.
  • Lynn King of The Side Door Antiques is at Marburger Antiques Fair deep in the heart of Texas. Lynn is there with her friends, Corey and Yann Amaro, who she met in Provence while on an antiquing adventure. The Marburger Fair is a grand 10-day affair where dealers from all over the United States sell their wares to other dealers and collectors. The fair is set up in old buildings and tents in the middle of cow pastures. One has to bring everything needed to set up shop as there is nothing on the site but barns and cow droppings. It is quite an adventure, and certainly not for the faint of heart. Corey and Yann have made many friends in Bluffton, including Julia Causey, who has taken them crabbing on her boat and on excursions to Palmetto Bluff. Corey writes a blog called Tongue in Cheek, and I think you will find it charming. Go to to follow the happy trio's travails in the pastures.
  • Head to old town Oct. 16 to join us for the second annual Loco Pub Crawl for the Cure, sponsored by the Carolina Cups. We are forming a team led by Peggy Schultz, "Queen Cotton," and her court. We are looking for a few good "sisters" to join our fun. Druella is making sashes with our names on them, so we need to know soon who will be in our court. We will walk around Calhoun Street to several of the watering holes, so comfy shoes are a must. The crawl starts at 5:30 p.m. Last year the event raised nearly $10,000 during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
  • Details and to join "Cotton's Court": 843-757-3855

    Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.