Women and Men Who Mean Business (April 2013)

Michael Abushakra, Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers

Michael Abushakra, Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers

Michael Abushakra

Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers
7183 Beach Dr.
Ocean Isle Beach, SC
Main: 910-575-3455

Michael Abushakra, owner of Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, remembers his wedding day as the most perfect day of his life. “We will have been married five years on August 30th. Our wedding was held at the community center in Southport overlooking the water, and the weather was perfect! However the thing that still stands out the most is how absolutely beautiful my wife looked that day. There is no describing the feeling I had when I first saw her come out of that door, I knew I was one lucky man.”

“I don’t take as many photos as I should,” Michael began.” Our daughter, Brynn Elizabeth, just turned one so most of my pictures are of her. I use my phone to take pictures as it is always convenient, and am on Instagram as ‘mikeabushakra.’ I have two photos that hang in my store that are my favorites, and, big surprise, they are both of my daughter. My friend Suzy King at Calabash Photography took them. We used my wife’s great grandmother’s pearls, one is very serious and in the other she has the biggest smile. They represent her personality so well, and our customers really seem to identify with them.”

Micheal and his wife stay busy, so downtime is always a blessing. “We like to take the Southport Ferry over to Fort Fisher, go to the Aquarium, and then drive over to Downtown Wilmington to walk through the shops and have dinner overlooking the Cape Fear River.”  

Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers just opened last November and everything is new and exciting this spring/summer. “I am constantly searching for new and unique designers who are using natural gemstones. As a jeweler I love artistic creations, pieces that are one of a kind. I look forward to meeting many new friends while expanding my business, I am a native to Brunswick County, and I have a great love and appreciation for this community.”

Wendy Greif & Jennifer Avant, Which Craft?

Wendy Greif & Jennifer Avant, Which Craft?

Wendy Greif & Jennifer Avant

Which Craft?
129 King Street
Georgetown, SC
Main: 843-520-2677

Wendy Greif and Jennifer Avant, owners of Which Craft? in Georgetown, are both married; Jennifer for two years and Wendy will be married for ten years in June. Jennifer and her husband were married at the Kaminski House. “It was beautiful—Spanish moss hanging on the trees with the water in the background.” Wendy had a destination wedding. “My husband’s family owns a house on a lake in Florida, and we had a big barbeque.”

Jennifer takes a lot of photos when her children are around. “I have eight grandchildren!” Wendy has three children, but no grandchildren. “We always have the camera around at family gatherings.” Neither takes cell phone photos. “My phone doesn’t even have a camera,” laughed Wendy. One of Jennifer’s favorite photos is a wedding picture of the couple standing by the water. “Of course, all the photos of my children are my favorites!” Wendy’s husband took a photo of their dog when she had puppies five years ago and caught two puppies nose to nose. “It’s adorable,” said Wendy, who also loves all the photos she has of her children.

Jennifer loves to cook a big meal for her family when she has downtime, while Wendy would rather spend the day fishing with her husband. Spring weather will find both women outside enjoying the sunshine.

Wendy and Jennifer are very excited about their new business. “We have opened an online shop through Facebook” said Jennifer. “And, we’re always getting new vendors.” The two women want to get as many local people involved as possible and are constantly searching for new items. “We have a company that makes things out of metal, like cool metal purses. There are so many fun things in our shop; natural dog treats, soaps, handmade dresses, hats, scarves, jewelry, dog sweaters, quilts, hand knitted custom wedding gowns and much more,” said Wendy. Jennifer stressed that the store has only American made, handcrafted items. “We are unique with a twist.”

Nancy & Rich Kreidler, Rice Paddy Restaurant

Nancy & Rich Kreidler, Rice Paddy Restaurant

Nancy & Rich Kreidler

Rice Paddy Restaurant
732 Front Street
Georgetown, SC
Main: 843-546-2021

Nancy and Rich Kreidler, owners of Rice Paddy Restaurant in Georgetown, have been married for 33 years, but still remember every detail of their special day. “The weather was perfect—a warm, sunny October day spent with family and friends.”

I asked Nancy if she enjoyed taking photographs. “Yes, Rich and I do take a lot of photos, but we both use our phones mostly. Neither of us is on Instagram.” I went on to ask Nancy about her favorite photograph. “My favorite photo is a church directory shot taken when our sons (and ourselves too!) were much younger. The photographer commented it was ‘nice to photograph a family that really likes each other!’”

“When we have down time, Rich and I love walking on the beach at Huntington Beach State Park or strolling the Harborwalk in Georgetown. We enjoy being outdoors,” said Nancy. “As the weather warms up, we are both looking forward to getting more sunshine and sand between our toes. One of favorite things to do is invite friends over and grill in the backyard.”

Nancy is very excited about the paintings in the dining room of the Rice Paddy. “There is new art hanging in the restaurant by local artist Susan Tiller. The works are beautiful florals, perfect for spring. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, April 13, from 4 to 5:30 pm so folks can come out and meet her. We are open for Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch and hope this becomes a tradition for many families.”

Dr. Wm. Jackson Epperson, Inlet Medical Associates

Dr. Wm. Jackson Epperson, Inlet Medical Associates

Dr. Wm. Jackson Epperson

Inlet Medical Associates
912 Inlet Square Dr.
Murrells Inlet, SC
Main: 843-651-4111

Dr. Wm. Jackson Epperson, MD, MBA, is still a newlywed. “I’ve been married for one year. We were married in the tuna tower of Harold Lewis’ offshore fishing boat 52 miles off of Murrells Inlet.”

“I’m not on Instagram,” Dr. Epperson laughed. “But, I have several thousand photographs on my iPhone. I love photography and own many cameras, but I still use my cell phone for some shots.” I asked Dr. Epperson about his very favorite photograph, and he didn’t have to think long to give me an answer. “My favorite photo is of my wife and me at a surprise birthday party for a friend who is on the USC Gamecock coaching staff.”

Skiing is the Epperson family’s favorite activity to do together. “It involves exercise and working together as a family. The travel and lodging requires close family time.” Being outdoors is important to this physician. “As the weather warms up, I will be turkey hunting and fishing as much as possible. I look forward to enjoying more exercise and fresh air to run off the dark doldrums of winter!”

Inlet Medical Associates puts their customers first, and are constantly working to make visits more convenient for patients. “We have a new, improved electronic records system that will allow for better service for our patients. We can meet needs that patients may not have even known that they had! Our practice has so many great services, including dental care, weight loss services, hormone health problems, x-ray, bone density, family healthcare, women’s healthcare and laboratory. Our practice offers the widest range of services found anywhere in our area.”

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