Women and Men Who Mean Business (September 2013)

Judi Bonnoitt, Ooh La La

Judi Bonnoitt, Ooh La La

Judi Bonnoitt

Ooh La La
The Shoppes at 70th
6912 N. Kings Hwy.

Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-449-8040
www.oohlalamyrtlebeach.com

When do you listen (and dance) to your favorite music?

I always listen to music in the store. Right now reggae is playing and a Jimmy Buffet CD just ended. As a teenager in the ’60s in South Carolina, beach music was my favorite. I’ve been shagging since I was a young teenager and still love the sounds of rhythm and blues and old-fashioned beach music.

Are you crafty?

I am creative with my mind—not my hands! I enjoy the creativity I am able to use every day designing invitations, creating rhymes for them and putting the entire invitation together—from fonts, to colors and sizing as well as appropriate wording. So, all day every day my creative juices are flowing. I’ve been writing poems for invitations six days a week for 23 years—sometimes I think I make up rhymes in my sleep!

What makes you laugh?

Oh my goodness! I laugh a lot! My husband, John, makes me laugh every day. He is so funny—we laugh with and tease each other and we don’t take life too seriously! Life is too short to not live it with a smile on your face, and I am usually smiling! 

What inspired you to open your business?
Please tell us a little about what’s new and exciting this month.

I taught kindergarten and first grade for ten years and sold resort real estate for 12. I made an overnight decision in December of ‘89 to open a store—just blurted it out and immediately followed up. I told my boss I was quitting and going to the California Gift Show, but if I couldn’t find a store full of fun, unusual things could I please have my job back? The rest is history—23 years later and I LOVE every minute of what I do. September is an exciting month in retail because it is when we start looking forward to the holidays and get our holiday merchandise ready to go out. It’s always fun to make the transition from summer to fall—fall shoes are on the floor and the holidays are coming!

Megan Griffith, CHD Interiors

Megan Griffith, CHD Interiors

Megan Griffith

CHD Interiors
1088 Mall Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC
Main: 843-357-1700
280 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC
Main: 843-571-2446
www.CHDinteriors.com

When do you listen (and dance) to your favorite music? 

I come from a very musical family, so I like most all music. But, I tend to gravitate towards ‘80s music and reggae. I attribute my fondness of those genres to them being constant reminders of a wonderful childhood and family vacations in the islands. As the daughter of a piano teacher, I can play the piano… a little. I love to dance, although my sister got most of the rhythm in the family, so I couldn’t even begin to categorize the “type” of dancing I do. Dancing with my dad at my wedding in the Bahamas to “No Woman No Cry,” is one of my favorite musical memories, not because it was the song I had chosen in advance (“My Girl” was my original selection) but because it was one of the few appropriate songs the Bahamian band knew. My husband got stuck dancing to “Lady in Red” with his mother. Even so, what fond memories!

Are you crafty?

I love design—I love putting colors, textures and patterns together. I like designing an interior with an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and antique pieces. It is exciting to create a space that is beautiful yet very comfortable and functional.

What makes you laugh?

My children—they are both so opinionated and strong-willed. I never know what sassy comment my four-year old will come up with next!

What inspired you to open your business?
Please tell us a little about what’s new and exciting this month.

My dad and grandmother started CHD Interiors about 37 years ago. After practicing law for several years doing high income, high asset divorce work, I decided to do something that allowed me to be more creative and artistic. Having come from several generations of family members with an exceptional eye for interior design, I decided it was a talent I wanted to use on a daily basis. Enter lawyer/interior designer!

Julie Almeida, Seaside Furniture Gallery

Julie Almeida, Seaside Furniture Gallery

Julie Almeida

Seaside Furniture Gallery
527 HWY 17 N.
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-280-7632

When do you listen (and dance) to your favorite music?

I can’t pin point any specific favorite music, because I enjoy a wide variety. I don’t play any instruments, although I at one time tried the piano. I do love to dance—the Samba, Fogo, any fast-paced, heart-beating dance! My fondest music memory is heading to Florida when I was a teenager with my mother, Toni, listening to the Steve Miller Band and Boston. She made me laugh a lot and gave me great inspiration for my life journey.

Are you crafty?

Yes, I am very crafty—I love to paint, draw and create. A couple of my favorite creations are starfish pin-ups that you can poke in the wall and fun beach-themed signs.

What inspired you to open your business?
Please tell us a little about what’s new and exciting this month.

Actually, I wanted to open the business for my customers. I have never been in this business for me; it’s been about my customers and providing good quality products at great prices. I don’t have hard sales people working with me—I am a believer in honest selling. And what I mean by that is I want my customers to know what they are buying before they buy. For instance, I have customers coming in everyday and wanting a good quality sleeper sofa for $599 to use in their rental unit. And then I ask them, “How long do you want it to last?” And they are stunned… and when I explain the difference in quality, they tell me, “Thanks, Julie no one else has taken the time to explain this to us.” I believe that honesty is the best policy.

Something new and exciting at Seaside Furniture Gallery is that I have expanded our showroom and have brought in new quality vendors to make everyone’s shopping experience the BEST on the BEACH. Stop by and see us!

Dawn Brown Fannin, Bou’Tiki

Dawn Brown Fannin, Bou’Tiki

Dawn Brown Fannin

Bou’Tiki
2126 Hwy. 9 East
Longs, SC
Main: 843-390-2755
www.boutikigifts.com

When do you listen (and dance) to your favorite music?

I love all kinds of music. I listen in the car and in the stores; I think music helps everyone feel better. I don’t play any instruments, but I love to dance to anything—especially when no one’s watching! One of my favorite memories is my first dance as Dawn Brown Fannin. The dance was with my brother, Paul. And, I will always cherish the dance I had with my father in law, Charles Fannin (Pops). We lost him suddenly—that is when I realized how precious life is and that we should all live life to its fullest! 

Are you crafty?

I like to dabble in DIY projects. Pinterest has been very helpful in that field. But my arts and crafts expertise lies in accessories, I love helping my customers find the perfect additions to their outfits.

What makes you laugh?

Just being around my staff, friends and family makes me laugh, but my newest source of laughter has been the addition of my grandson, Easton Legend Smith—he is amazing! 

What inspired you to open your business?
Please tell us a little about what’s new and exciting this month.

After opening Tiki Tan I started dabbling in handbags, watches, scarves and other accessories. It was such a success that I added various types of clothing and Bou’ Tiki was born. I began toying with the idea of children’s clothing when I found out my daughter, Courtney (who you see in this photo) was pregnant I knew there was no doubt, Children’s Bou’ Tiki had to be! In addition to our location on Hwy 9 we added stores at Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach. I love being in the fashion business and can’t wait to see where this leads. Be sure to check out our “Game Day” clothing and accessories, you can NOT go to see your favorite team without them!

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