Lowcountry experiencing post-pandemic business boom – WJCL News

A business boom.Coming out of the pandemic, new shops and restaurants are popping up all over the Lowcountry, and the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t see the trend slowing down anytime soon. Since Jan. 1, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has already hosted 22 ribbon cuttings.“That not only equates to new business, but its jobs as well as families that are thriving here in the Lowcountry. And that’s one of the reasons we get so excited to do a ribbon-cutting,” says Bill Miles, president & CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.Miles says over the next month and a half, 10 more ribbons cuttings are planned.The new spots range from retirement communities to vacation rentals, but the most common: restaurants.“That’s refreshing to see after what took place during the pandemic with restaurants across the nation,” Miles said.One of those new eateries is Lulu Kitchen on Hilton Head. The restaurant opened its doors in March of this year, but not without its fair share of challenges brought on by COVID-19.“Our furniture was actually stuck in Los Angeles for four extra weeks. We knew there would be hurdles that we’d have to jump through. I think that’s made us a better restaurant in that fact that we were able to overcome those hurdles,” says Scott Hastings, chef/owner of Lulu Kitchen.Hastings says, despite the pandemic, the location on one of America’s top-rated islands made the decision a no-brainer.“We have a huge fishing industry that just brings so much quality product to the area. I think that, especially as a restaurant, really has a huge attraction to the area,” Hastings said.Lulu Kitchen is hiring for all positions.If you’d like to apply, click here.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. —

A business boom.

Coming out of the pandemic, new shops and restaurants are popping up all over the Lowcountry, and the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t see the trend slowing down anytime soon.

Since Jan. 1, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has already hosted 22 ribbon cuttings.

“That not only equates to new business, but its jobs as well as families that are thriving here in the Lowcountry. And that’s one of the reasons we get so excited to do a ribbon-cutting,” says Bill Miles, president & CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

Miles says over the next month and a half, 10 more ribbons cuttings are planned.

The new spots range from retirement communities to vacation rentals, but the most common: restaurants.

“That’s refreshing to see after what took place during the pandemic with restaurants across the nation,” Miles said.

One of those new eateries is Lulu Kitchen on Hilton Head.

The restaurant opened its doors in March of this year, but not without its fair share of challenges brought on by COVID-19.

“Our furniture was actually stuck in Los Angeles for four extra weeks. We knew there would be hurdles that we’d have to jump through. I think that’s made us a better restaurant in that fact that we were able to overcome those hurdles,” says Scott Hastings, chef/owner of Lulu Kitchen.

Hastings says, despite the pandemic, the location on one of America’s top-rated islands made the decision a no-brainer.

“We have a huge fishing industry that just brings so much quality product to the area. I think that, especially as a restaurant, really has a huge attraction to the area,” Hastings said.

Lulu Kitchen is hiring for all positions.

If you’d like to apply, click here.