Women and Men Who Mean Business (May 2012)

Caryn Smith, Once Upon A Time Consignment & Antiques

Caryn Smith, Once Upon A Time Consignment & Antiques

Caryn Smith

Once Upon A Time Consignment & Antiques
5107 North Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-839-0050
www.onceuponatimeshop.com

Caryn Smith, owner of Once Upon a Time Consignment and Antiques, remembers how much fun she and her husband had on their last vacation to Las Vegas. “We did a little bit of everything—exhibits, shows, sightseeing, playing the slots and shopping. We saw Carrot Top and could not stop laughing.” Caryn’s best vacation memory is a girls’ trip she took while living in Charlotte. “A group of us (just girls) went to Nags Head and Manteo for a week. We rented a house right on the beach.”

Caryn is the primary caregiver for her 83 year-old mother and will celebrate Mother’s Day at her home with a special brunch. “Mom suffers from many health issues that cause her to be housebound. It will be a treat to have her over and spend time with her.” Family is important to this hardworking businesswoman, and she makes it a priority to keep in touch. “Spending time with one another, especially with my side of the family or my husband’s, is something I believe we all wish to do more often. Each of us lives in different cities and with everyone working and our nieces and nephews in school, visits are few and far between. The phone, email and handwritten cards are usually our mode of communication.”

Caryn and her husband took over Once Upon a Time Consignment and Antiques about seven months ago and have been busy transforming the store. “We love meeting and getting to know visitors and locals. The best part of the business is definitely the people you meet, and I would like to think that they keep coming back to see new and fresh consignments and to get a little of some ‘good ole’ southern hospitality!”

Dawn Brown, Tiki Tan / Bou’Tiki

Dawn Brown, Tiki Tan / Bou’Tiki

Dawn Brown

Tiki Tan / Bou’Tiki
2126 Hwy 9 East
Longs, SC
Main: 843-390-2769
www.hottikitan.com

Dawn Brown, owner of Tiki Tan / Bou’Tiki serving North Myrtle Beach remembers her last vacation well. “We went to the Bahamas. I really wanted to catch a BIG fish because of an ad I saw online, BUT, we only caught a barracuda. We still had a great time and got to relax a little.” Her best vacation memory is a trip to Las Vegas where she was engaged at the Eiffel Tower. 

Mother’s Day is a special time for Dawn and her family. “I have one daughter, Courtney, who works with me. We will probably spend the day on the water and then go to dinner.” Her mother and grandmother will join Dawn and Courtney for dinner. The four generations get together often. “Dinners, boating and holidays are always a blast,” Dawn said.

Dawn opened Tiki Tan in March of 2009 and loves her work. “The relationships I have developed with my clients, employees and suppliers are the best thing about being here. It seems more like a big family.” Tiki Tan has lots of repeat business, and Dawn works hard to ensure her customers are happy. There are always lots of specials—check them out online at www.hotikitan.com or on Facebook for up to the minute information. Customers can choose from four levels of tanning in a clean, modern environment. “We have amazing tanning beds and are always adding new items to Bou’Tiki—our Designer Skin Luminary is a fabulous product. Everyone always likes to stop in and see us!”

Dr. Kimberley B.C. Goh, Grand Strand Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Center

Dr. Kimberley B.C. Goh, Grand Strand Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Center

Dr. Kimberley B.C. Goh

Grand Strand Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Center
4610 Oleander Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-497-2227
www.kimberleygohmd.com

Dr. Kimberley B.C. Goh, of Grand Strand Plastic Surgery, took her last vacation in the mountains of Georgia, saying, “We hiked and walked on trails in the forest. One of my most memorable vacation trips was to Alaska. I absolutely loved it. We even took the bus trip two days up the Alaska Highway, which is a gravel road up to the Arctic Ocean. It was one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful places I have ever been.”

Dr. Goh gets together with her mother and mother-in-law frequently, but is not always able to be with them on Mother’s Day. “My family and my husband’s family try to get together at least once a year, but as our siblings’ children get older, it is more difficult. When we are here in Myrtle Beach, we cook, shop, talk and go to the beach. The rest of the time we stay in touch by email, phone calls, visits and facebook.”

Horry County resident since 1991, Dr. Goh completed her Plastic Surgery Residency/Fellowship in Cincinnati and came here to join Grand Strand Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She was the first woman in the Department of Surgery at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center (then Grand Strand Hospital) and only the second woman on staff there, later becoming the first Chief of Surgery. “The best part of my work is actually being able to see what I do make a difference in my patients’ lives. It is remarkable how repairing, reconstructing or enhancing a person’s body can make them more confident in their day to day lives. Our patients are very important to us and we appreciate their trust in us.”

Electa Drake, Beaver Junction Antiques & Consignments

Electa Drake, Beaver Junction Antiques & Consignments

Electa Drake

Beaver Junction Antiques & Consignments
3525 Business 17
Murrells Inlet, SC
Main: 843-651-8955
facebook.com/Beaverjunction

Electa Drake, owner of Beaver Junction, laughed when I asked her about her last vacation. “It’s been so long I can’t remember! I do remember my best vacations; they were spent here, at my aunt’s home in Garden City, when I was a child. We would come from Georgia or Louisiana, and I was always able to bring a friend to experience our coast. The entire family came—I have lots of good memories.”

“My daughter, Caitlin, and I will spend Mother’s Day together. We just hang out and watch movies—I’ll cook, and she’ll clean up. It’s a good day for both of us,” said Electa. “Our lives are so busy; it’s nice to have down time. Caitlin is my heart. She attends CCU and works for my sister, Leslie Beaver, at Beaver Bar.” Electa and her sister see each other quite a bit, since she owns the bar across the street. “I love spending time with Leslie’s children, my nieces and nephews, and their children and spouses. Since I moved to the area, I’ve been able to really get to know them.”

A move from Louisiana to the Grand Strand inspired Electa to follow her heart and open the unique and eclectic business she’s always wanted. “I first opened a small shop in Georgetown after I moved here after Hurricane Katrina,” Electa began. “I had always wanted an antiques shop. People who like old things are a different group and usually are a very kind and generous group.” Electa enjoys talking with her customers and hearing their stories. “I may forget a face or a name, but I never forget a story! I have a lot of unusual things and you will generally find something new every time you come in. Stop by and see me!”

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