Island Vibes Feb 2024

of Palms community newspaper, we strive to bring people together. Whether it’s digitally at www., feeling the paper in your hands or attending an in-person event such as our monthly launch party. Bringing the community together in as many ways as possible is why we exist. Cheers! Bill Macchio, Publisher hew! Now that we’ve plunged into the new year, whether it’s polar plunges or Dry January, I hope all of you are keeping up your resolutions. However, do as I say and not as I do. My resolution is the same every year: stay true to yourself. My esteemed publisher Bill once told me, “We don’t create a newspaper, we create a brand.” Island Vibes is far more than a monthly periodical; it’s a conduit for fostering community and keeping the island spirit alive and positive! There is no time like the present and February being the “Month of Love” is the perfect opportunity to spread joy to the island. Perhaps you could perform an act of kindness ’m reminded every day how blessed I am to live where I live and do what I do. One day last week, I was coming out of Starbucks when I heard someone yell as they were leaving the neighboring Mozzo Deli, ‘Hey Bill, what a great job you’re doing with Island Vibes.’ The response to Island Vibes has been better than I could have ever imagined, starting with the inaugural issue. Here is an excerpt of an email from a longtime friend: “Just received my inaugural copy of Island Vibes. I love it. You continue to amaze me with your talent and entrepreneurial spirit. Best of luck to you and your new undertaking. Hope you are doing well. Your old friend, Tommy Hartnett.” Tommy, hopefully you’re reading this edition of Island Vibes. You knew Fritz Hollings well, and I hope you and the rest of our readership will enjoy Mary Coy’s article on Page 24, “IOP’s power couple of the past,” about Fritz and Peatsy. After all, February is the month 4 FROM THE CREW D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. I Island Vibes Vol. 2, Issue 2 February 2024 PUBLISHER BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MANAGING EDITOR ZACH GIROUX EDITOR@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ART DIRECTOR BETHANY LONG ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER JENNIFER BURKE JENNIFER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM BRAND AMBASSADOR SONYA BUCKHANNON SONYA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER MORGAN WINNINGHAM SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM COPY EDITOR COLIN MCCANDLESS PHOTOGRAPHY TONYA MCGUE CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN RYAN BUCKHANNON • SONYA BUCKHANNON • JOHN CHITWOOD MARY COY • LAURA FOGARTY • MAURICE FRAZIER CLARK LEACH COLIN MCCANDLESS PHILLIP POUNDS SALES REPRESENTATIVES ANDY BIMONTE ANDY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MAURICE FRAZIER MAURICE@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE BOSS DOG REGGIE DISTRIBUTION ISLE OF PALMS • WILD DUNES • GOAT ISLAND DEWEES ISLAND • U.S. POST OFFICE HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX • ASHEVILLE/ HENDERSON AIRPORT • ALL SC WELCOME CENTERS Island Vibes is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Island Vibes is published 12 times per year by Islands Publishing LLC. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Islands Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Content, including editorial, advertising or comments, that threatens, harasses or degrades others may be revoked or refused from print and online publication at the sole discretion of Island Vibes. Inquiries to: Island Vibes P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 Editor’s Note W Publisher’s Note of love and they were Wild Dunes residents for many years. Speaking of love, make sure to check out Page 16 to catch the article on Isle of Palms residents who found love. To anyone reading this, Zach and I would love to meet you. Every issue of Island Vibes has a launch party at one of the island’s businesses. Become part of our community at to discover where each month’s gathering will be held. As the Isle for a neighbor or go out of your way to help a stranger in need. Don’t forget to treat your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! Speaking of love, how romantic is our front cover? Two lovebirds, one heart and one stunning sunset. The story of their young love is even sweeter. No spoilers. Read About the Cover on Page 3. Speaking of romance, if you’re looking for everlasting love, check out Island Love Stories on Page 16. I’m not Cupid, nor do I pretend to be, but I guarantee this issue will make you catch the love bug. At the very least, you will catch our vibe because it’s very contagious and addicting! One island. One heart. One love! Positively yours, Zach Giroux, Managing Editor