Women and Men Who Mean Business (October 2012)

Rachel Buckley, Simply Sophia, A Children’s Boutique

Rachel Buckley, Simply Sophia, A Children’s Boutique

Rachel Buckley

Simply Sophia, A Children’s Boutique
328 Laurel Street, Unit 104
Conway, SC
Main: 843-488-9003

Rachel Buckley, owner of Simply Sophia, enjoys travel and the convenience of flying. “I love that we can get just about anywhere in the country in a matter of hours!” While most of her recent traveling has been to visit family in Washington, D.C., one of Rachel’s favorite trips was a Caribbean Cruise. “In Puerto Rico, we went kayaking in a beautiful lagoon at night. The lagoon houses an exotic organism that glows when touched. It was such a unique experience.” At home, Rachel is looking forward to Halloween, especially since this is the first year her daughter, Sophia, will be able to participate. “We are very excited! I love dressing up and handing out candy—my favorite costume is a Renaissance princess.”

Rachel shared her very personal reason for opening Simply Sophia. “We started our business last year after Sophia’s birth. She was born 2 &frac112; months prematurely, weighing only 3 pounds and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. After this battle for her little life, I wanted a way to always be with her. Sophia joins me most days at the boutique, and recently took her first steps here! I love being able to enjoy all the special moments with her every day.” 

There is a lot going on at Simply Sophia, A Children’s Boutique, this season. Rachel is excited about the arrival of all the new fall clothing, toys and accessories. “We have several custom pumpkin sets, game day sets and much more. We also have a variety of dance and ballet wear, dress up and costumes. We’ve recently added a large selection of Melissa & Doug Wooden Educational Puzzles, Toys, and Crafts, and just received our new shipment of See Kai Run shoes.”

Leslie West, Restless Style Salon & Nail Spa

Leslie West, Restless Style Salon & Nail Spa

Leslie West

Restless Style Salon & Nail Spa
981-E Hackler St.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-839-9744

In 2009, Leslie West, owner of Restless Style Salon, took a cruise with her son, who is now 16. “We went to the Caribbean, and my favorite part was visiting Honduras. What an amazing place! The beauty was breathtaking and I enjoyed learning about their culture.” Halloween is one of Leslie’s favorite holidays, and while she doesn’t dress up, she loved seeing her son in costume when he was younger.”

Leslie has a natural gift for envisioning the perfect hairstyle or fashion—she loves her work! “Recently, I was on my second round of P90X and discovered that I could become a coach for Beachbody—now, 4 months later, I love motivating people toward healthier living. I use only organic and 100% vegan products in the salon and try to stay as close to natural as possible. So when I had an opportunity to become a fitness coach for this corporation, I knew it was a match made in heaven. It has been a blessing and an honor to be a part of trying to end the trend toward obesity, and to also give people a boost in their confidence by not just redoing their hair or make-up, but also their mind and body.”  

“I’m very pleased that Restless Style Salon and Nail Spa has teamed up with Beachbody, and to celebrate, we are offering free makeovers for anyone who commits to a fitness program,” said Leslie. “This is not your typical fitness program; it is a system of tools, such as an online support system and most importantly your OWN personal fitness coach. We will do our best to provide you with as much coaching and positive reinforcement as needed to replace all the negatives in your life. This truly is a place of cleansing.”

Dr. Nick & Carol Pennings, Take Shape For Life

Dr. Nick & Carol Pennings, Take Shape For Life

Dr. Nick & Carol Pennings

Take Shape For Life
981-E Hackler St.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 914-850-5830
Main: 843-410-8735

Dr. Nick Pennings and his wife, Carol, enjoy exploring new places. Their last vacation was a trip to St. Kitts last December. “We have five adult children, and we started taking them away instead of exchanging Christmas presents,” said Carol. “It is so much fun to get them together and see them interact.” The best vacation the family ever took was when they loaded up all five kids and the family dog in a rented RV and headed from their home in New York to Florida!”

This busy couple enjoys giving out candy on Halloween. “When we lived in New York, our neighborhood was the busiest trick-or-treat block in all of Orange County—it was famous for cars lining up on the street, and hoards of kids going from house to house trick-or-treating. It was so busy that we would just sit on the front stoop and hand out candy—sometimes more than 50 bags,” laughed Dr. Nick. “If the weather was really nice, we even had to raid the kids’ stash a time or two because we would run out!”  

When asked the best part of owning a business, Carol said it was definitely “the freedom it gives us. There are no time clocks to punch; we make our own hours and determine our financial future. We have been doing Take Shape for Life for 4 1/2 years and decided to become health coaches because we recognize the amazing business opportunity that it affords. There is an immense need in our country to get people healthy—both physically and economically.” Dr. Nick and Carol are doing monthly meetings the second Saturday of each month at ITT Tech in Myrtle Beach and are looking for people to become health coaches and help change the lives of people all along the Grand Strand!”

Rick Baumann, Murrells Inlet Seafood

Rick Baumann, Murrells Inlet Seafood

Rick Baumann

Murrells Inlet Seafood
4886 U.S. 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC
Main: 843-651-9309

Rick Baumann, owner of Murrells Inlet Seafood would love to have the time to travel, but his business keeps him pretty “stapled in.” He laughed and said, “My wife, Judy, and daughter, Emmamarie, get to take trips to visit relatives on the weekends, while I work and take care of our three dogs.” Rick’s Halloween plans are centered on his daughter, who loves going to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and trick-or-treating with her friends.

“I have been in business for myself for almost fifty years,” Rick began, “as a musician, writer, caterer, restaurateur, hunting and fishing guide, commercial fisherman, and logger (firewood). For the last forty-plus years my main endeavor has been owner of Murrells Inlet Seafood. I quit working for other folks after several doses of my best efforts being unappreciated.”

Rick’s favorite part of owning his business is seeing the same smiling faces walk into his door. “They could go anywhere to buy their food. When they come to my place, my staff and I greet them and make sure they have a happy experience. My customers teach me daily.” This seasoned businessman also appreciates his wonderful staff. “I have become increasingly aware of the privilege of employing a wonderful group—what a blessing it is to have their loyal support. It is also a pleasure working with area chefs and restaurant owners that put a real focus on authenticity and quality.”

Rick is looking forward to fall’s seasonal opportunities—local fish, oysters, clams and white shrimp. “Fall also brings the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. It is an honor to cook for all of the entertainers—and to cook for our customer’s special events throughout the fall and winter. Making folks happy with my food is so gratifying!”

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