Wednesday, August 7, 2013

From the House

Bluffton Today

It was busy in Old Town Bluffton this week. Along with the usual influx of visitors and local customers, we also had the groundbreaking for the new Corner Perk in the Promenade. Josh Cook and his lovely wife, Kali, have been planning this project for a couple of years and it’s about to come to fruition. The new Corner Perk is going up at the corner of May River Road and the extension of Calhoun St. in the very southern part of the Promenade.

Most folks know Josh as the purveyor of great coffee, good food, and a fierce dedication to the idea of Bluffton community and culture. The first Corner Perk was a small, out-of-the-way place, which nonetheless became something of a cultural hub and meeting place for morning bicyclists, study groups, and civic gatherings. Josh is also the originator of a well-received series of innovative “Love Bluffton, Buy Local” posters.

The new building and new business are the very essence of local Bluffton. The plan for the attractive 2800 square foot, two story Lowcountry structure was drawn by James Atkins of local Bluffton architecture and planning firm, Court Atkins. The financing was by the great team at Palmetto State Bank, which is about a seven iron shot from the new building. When my friend Josh says “buy local” he means it.

I am personally pleased that these good folks and this excellent business idea are a part of both the Promenade and the Old Town Bluffton family. I imagine in a couple of years, this Corner Perk will be the flagship of a franchise entity, serving locals in various parts of the country. The combination of great idea and creative, energetic ownership is just about unbeatable.

Another highly motivated person working for the future of Bluffton is my friend, Kathy Corley. Dr. Corley is the principal of Red Cedar Elementary School, just on the outskirts of Old Town Bluffton. Whether you have children in school, or are just concerned about the future of our culture and our country, I urge you to call or email Kathy and set up a time to visit the school for a tour. Not only will you be impressed with the school, the teachers, and the level of organization, you will understand that these folks are serious about each of the children in their charge. You will also be impressed with the non-nonsense dedication of the principal and her way of getting the best out of her faculty, staff and students. The emphasis here is not to just pass on these children to the next grade, but to prepare them to be good students and good citizens, with a strong future twenty or twenty-five years down the road.

So call Principal Corley at 843-707-0604 or email her at and make your appointment. That said, you may be asked to volunteer in any way that you feel you can make a positive difference at Red Cedar Elementary. If you have an extra hour or two a week, and you really want to pass on a little of what you have learned in your life, or if you want to contribute to the success and prosperity of your community, join Dr. Corley in this good work. You may find you get back way more than you give.