Women and Men Who Mean Business (December 2011)

Cindy Davenport, Social Garden

Cindy Davenport, Social Garden

Cindy Davenport

Social Garden
7706 N. Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-712-1365
www.sogabuzz.com

“My two children are the best gifts I’ve ever received,” began Cindy Davenport, owner of Social Garden in Myrtle Beach. “And, my two granddaughters, well, they are the light of my life!” Cindy and her family adopted a less fortunate family for Christmas one year, selecting gifts and food to take on Christmas Day. “The kids were involved in selecting the gifts, and it really had a big impact.” On Christmas Eve, Cindy’s family gathers for their traditional holiday celebration to enjoy the children’s excitement and special holiday food and drink. Christmas parties are usually the smaller more intimate kind for this close-knit family but Cindy looks forward to decorating for the holidays and dressing up. “We will attend a big party at the Ocean Club on New Year’s Eve.”

“Opening Social Garden allowed us to come to Myrtle Beach and be near the ocean again after living in North Carolina,” said Cindy. “It’s been a wonderful outlet to meet people and get involved with the community. I‘ve been in the event-planning business for many years and am an interior designer also. It’s nice to be able to combine the two. I also look forward to participating in the Sasee’s Circle of Love again next year!”

Barbara Marshall, South Atlantic Bank

Barbara Marshall, South Atlantic Bank

Barbara Marshall

South Atlantic Bank
630 29th Ave N.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-839-0100
www.southatlanticbank.com

A Christmas engagement was the most exciting gift Barbara Marshall, Vice-President of South Atlantic Bank, ever received. “I opened a present, a cowl-neck sweater, and when I pulled it out of the box, a small package fell out of the neck!” After nearly 25 years of marriage, Barbara and her husband still cherish this very special holiday memory. “I love the peace that descends on Christmas Eve; all the hustle and bustle is over, and our worries are kind of shut away for awhile.” Barbara loves the fun of dressing up for special parties during the holidays, but also enjoys the small, fun gatherings. “This is the best time of year because time with family and friends comes first.”

“South Atlantic Bank is genuinely a family,” Barbara began when asked about her work. “It’s wonderful to work amongst such good friends, and to be a part of a business that cares about the community. We have worked on so many worthwhile projects this year and are already planning for 2012. It’s great to work for a company that cares so much about its customers and employees.”

Ilka Doubek, Litchfield Dance Arts Academy

Ilka Doubek, Litchfield Dance Arts Academy

Ilka Doubek

Litchfield Dance Arts Academy
97 Otis Drive
Pawleys Island, SC
Main: 843-237-7465
www.litchfield-dance.com

Ilka Doubek, founder of Litchfield Dance Arts Academy in Pawleys Island, remembers that the best gift she ever received came from her husband. “When you are an artist, the biggest complaint from your spouse is that you are married to your art. Since Tom is also a performing artist, he has given me my dance and let me follow my passion.” The best gift Ilka has ever given is forgiveness, and she believes this is the only way to get through the hardships in life. “Forgiveness makes life work.” A professional dancer for many years, Ilka fondly recalls one of her favorite holiday traditions. “When we performed in Germany, we were always on stage on New Year’s Eve, but German tradition allowed us to play around with the dance and have fun on that one day—the audience loved it!” Now, Ilka’s daughter, Leda, is rapidly climbing the ladder in the modeling world, and Ilka spends a lot of time traveling with her.

“It’s very inspiring to teach and see my students go off to great futures,” said Ilka when asked about her work. “They carry the work ethic taught by dance into their chosen careers. I am very proud of my students. I see myself as a springboard.”

Dr. Jerry Guanciale, Dr. Jerry M. Guanciale

Dr. Jerry Guanciale, Dr. Jerry M. Guanciale

Dr. Jerry Guanciale

Dr. Jerry M. Guanciale
4022 Postal Way, Suite 201-A
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-995-5005
www.yourjourneytobeauty.com

Dr. Jerry Guanciale has never forgotten his sixth Christmas when he received a microscope from his parents. Year later, Dr. Guanciale bought his parents a gift that he remembers fondly. “I bought them a Grandfather clock with money I earned from my first job. It was very special!” Growing up, Dr. Guanciale’s favorite traditions were centered around food. “On Christmas Eve our house was a feast of Italian dishes—spaghetti with anchovies, marinated smelts and octopus were among my favorites!” These days, Dr. Guanciale prefers to celebrate the holidays with small intimate gatherings with friends. “I prefer time spent with friends in real conversation versus the cursory interaction that tends to follow big parties.” This preference extends to New Year’s Eve, which will find this hard working physician relaxing at a lake house with friends, “roasting s’mores and toasting 2012!”

Dr. Guanciale’s work as a cosmetic surgeon brings him many rewards, including being voted a finalist in the Best of the Beach 2011 for Cosmetic Surgery/MedSpa. “I am also very excited with my HCG diet program. It is special because it doesn’t just help people lost weight, it teaches them to live their life with a healthy diet.”

Kim Perry Williams, Carolina Opry

Kim Perry Williams, Carolina Opry

Kim Perry Williams

Carolina Opry
8901 N. Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-913-4000
www.thecarolinaopry.com

Talented and beautiful, lead singer Kim Perry Williams, of Carolina Opry, didn’t hesitate when asked about her best-ever gift. “My wedding was on December 30, and the first anniversary gift is supposed to be paper. I gave my husband a map with an outline to Snowshoe, W.V., for our skiing vacation, and he gave me a certificate saying he had a star named after me!” Christmas means family to Kim—her childhood Christmas Eves were always spent with her parents and Christmas Day with her godparents. “Until my mother passed away, I always wrote a short Christmas poem or story to read on Christmas Eve.” These days, Kim enjoys intimate holiday gatherings with friends and family, but does put on her holiday finery when she and her husband throw parties for the cast of Carolina Opry.

“I’ve been with Carolina Opry for 17 years,” said Kim. “We become a part of people’s lives and holiday traditions—it is such an honor.” This year, hear Kim sing one of her favorites, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” a big band, jazzy standard. “I look forward to singing it at every show!”

Jo Ann Johnston, The Blue Heron Gallery

Jo Ann Johnston, The Blue Heron Gallery

Jo Ann Johnston

The Blue Heron Gallery
1780-10A Chandlers Ln
Sunset Beach, NC
Main: 910-575-5088
www.blueherongallery-nc.com

Talented and beautiful, lead singer Kim Perry Williams, of Carolina Opry, didn’t hesitate when asked about her best-ever gift. “My wedding was on December 30, and the first anniversary gift is supposed to be paper. I gave my husband a map with an outline to Snowshoe, W.V., for our skiing vacation, and he gave me a certificate saying he had a star named after me!” Christmas means family to Kim—her childhood Christmas Eves were always spent with her parents and Christmas Day with her godparents. “Until my mother passed away, I always wrote a short Christmas poem or story to read on Christmas Eve.” These days, Kim enjoys intimate holiday gatherings with friends and family, but does put on her holiday finery when she and her husband throw parties for the cast of Carolina Opry.

“I’ve been with Carolina Opry for 17 years,” said Kim. “We become a part of people’s lives and holiday traditions—it is such an honor.” This year, hear Kim sing one of her favorites, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” a big band, jazzy standard. “I look forward to singing it at every show!”

You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

One Response to “Women and Men Who Mean Business (December 2011)”

  1. Remarkable! Its truly awesome post, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this piece of writing.

Leave your mark with style

Comment in style

Stand out from the crowd and add some flare beside your comment.
Get your free Gravatar today!

Make it personal

avatar versus gravatar Close