Women and Men Who Mean Business (October 2013)

Chris Kiliveros & Christopher K. Riese, Flowers On Broadway

Chris Kiliveros & Christopher K. Riese, Flowers On Broadway

Chris Kiliveros & Christopher K. Riese

Flowers On Broadway
519 W. Broadway St.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-712-1014
www.MyrtleBeach-Florist.com

What is your favorite wedding or reception memory?

Professionally it would have to be the Callihan/Danco wedding at Caledonia last year. At the time, it was our biggest wedding to date. Turning a golf cart path into a beautiful wall of lush plants, as a backdrop behind the black wrought iron gazebo decorated in pink garden roses, both white and pink peonies, draping white Dendrobium orchids and fresh curly willow has become a landmark moment for us as a shop and myself as a designer. Personally, it would be our wedding. We rented a tent for out in front of our house and had 130 of our closest friends witness our union back on February 28, 1999.

Who in your family has been married the longest? What do you think is their secret to a lasting union?

Christopher’s parents were married 52 years when his dad passed away. When all was said and done, they loved each other when he passed as much as they did when they met. Just like us, but we’ve only been together one third of the time.

If you have celebrated a milestone birthday, how did you celebrate?

We are both 50+ (53 and 52 respectively). Chris’ 50th birthday was also the Grand Opening of Flowers on Broadway, which just celebrated its 3rd year on September 13th!

Do you enjoy entertaining?

Our wedding reception was our favorite party. Back in 1999, especially in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we weren’t aware of any other same-sex unions, but we didn’t care. We had the wedding we always wanted, with friends and family all around us. It was beautiful, elegant and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

What is new and exciting at Flowers on Broadway this month?

We have introduced a lot of new décor for both weddings and special events, including lighted crystal containers and cake plates, plus new alternatives to accent room lighting, all in conjunction with Robbie Gerba of RSG Events. Weddings had previously made up in excess of 50% of our business and that has increased to 85% in 2013!

Patty Esposito, Perfect Fit Boutique

Patty Esposito, Perfect Fit Boutique

Patty Esposito

Perfect Fit Boutique
7703 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-692-2555
www.perfectfitmyrtlebeach.com

What is your favorite wedding memory? Are you still close to the people in your wedding party?

At our reception, the best man gave a toast and asked me to place my hand on the table and Joe (my husband) to place his hand on top of mine. The best man then announced that this would be the last time in our married life that Joe would have the “Upper Hand!” My matron of Honor was my first cousin, and we still are very close. She resides in Aiken, South Carolina, and we continue to visit and do fun things like the Steeplechase!

Who in your family has been married the longest? What do you think is their secret to a lasting union?

Our grandparents celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary, and they always whispered, “Never go to bed angry and seal it with a kiss.”

If you have celebrated a milestone birthday, how did you celebrate?

For my 60th birthday, my husband surprised me with a trip to Ireland since that is where my family originated.

Do you enjoy entertaining?

The best party I remember was when we had a surprise “going to college” party for my son. We had a magician who had fun with the guests, and the grand surprise was a car for my son, boxed in a car-sized cardboard box that fell magically open!

What is new and exciting at Perfect Fit this month?

We are excited about the new and updated look of our shopping center with the opening of Fresh Market in November, and the expansion of our bra line fashion.

Cappie King Bohler & Tammy King, Harvest Commons

Cappie King Bohler & Tammy King, Harvest Commons

Cappie King Bohler & Tammy King

Harvest Commons
312 Commerce Lane
Pawleys Island, SC
Main: 843-235-2630
www.harvestcommons.com

What is your favorite wedding memory? Are you still close to the people in your wedding party?

Tammy: Raising four daughters who were all “daddy’s girls,” my favorite memory would have to be the father/daughter dances, and when one of my daughters presented her father a monogrammed Clemson Tiger Rag hankie with “Daddy, I will always be your little girl, I love you” just before he walked her down the aisle.

Cappie: My husband and I had a very small wedding which included immediate family only. Our wedding party consisted of my husband’s father, along with my three sisters. My sisters have always been my best friends so I talk to them about everything! My husband is an only child, so he has always been very close to his parents. Naturally, not a day goes by that we don’t speak to someone from our wedding party.

Who in your family has been married the longest? What do you think is their secret to a lasting union?

Tammy: My parents have been married 52 years, and my husband’s parents were married for 60+ years. I think the secret is having a strong faith-based marriage, keeping the focus on God and not self.

Do you enjoy entertaining?

Cappie: I think the best party I have hosted was a couple’s shower my mom, sisters and family/friends hosted this past summer. The party was Lowcountry and “love-knot” themed. We served boiled peanuts to snack on, Frogmore stew for supper and banana pudding or strawberry shortcake stuffed mason jars for dessert. The Inlet setting under the lighted oaks was beautiful, and the weather couldn’t have been better. But what really made it such a special night was the happy couple we showered and all their family and friends who gathered. Special people always make for a memorable party!

What is new and exciting at Harvest Commons this month?

Fall is always an exciting time for retailers as well as shoppers. We are seeing lots of new merchandise being unpacked from fashion and accessories to new trends in decorating as well as art and furniture.

Southern Guys & Gals

Southern Guys & Gals

Beverly Griggs

Southern Guys & Gals
2126 Hwy. 9
Unit 5-A

Little River, SC
Main: 843-399-3300
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What is your favorite wedding memory? Are you still close to the people in your wedding party?

My favorite memory is watching my son, only two years old at the time, walk down the aisle with the ring bearer pillow, wearing his tuxedo and swinging the pillow from one side to the other. It was adorable. Our wedding party still remains good friends today.

Who in your family has been married the longest? What do you think is their secret to a lasting union?

My parents–I think their secret was loving each other through everything, no matter what.

If you have celebrated a milestone birthday, how did you celebrate?

I celebrated my 50th birthday with a surprise birthday party with family, friends and loved ones.

Do you enjoy entertaining?

Yes, I enjoy entertaining. The best party I’ve hosted was at the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort. We created a winter wonderland for co-workers, family and friends. Thank you Mark Gladden!

What is new and exciting at Southern Guys & Gals this month?

All the holiday items we have in now and will be getting next month are gorgeous! I am also exciting about the monogramming aspect of our business and allowing people to personalize their items. Don’t forget to check out all the sale items we have in the store daily.

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