Business Kudos

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

Charleston business consultant Joel Goobich has launched a new podcast series that goes behind the scenes of Charleston area businesses, telling the stories of business people who shape the local economy and exploring the trends in the Lowcountry business community. BizBuzzCharleston will produce two podcasts each week – one interviewing a Charleston area business owner, community or civic leader and another that highlights major business trends or issues impacting the business community. “I wanted to find a way to connect the business community and develop a place to tell the business stories that I come across everyday as a business growth and exit planning consultant,” Goobich said. “So I'll be talking to business people that make up our business community – from the movers and shakers and community leaders to the unheralded business professionals, business owners and worker bees. Everyone has a business story to tell. Every one of us contributes to what is becoming such an exciting and vibrant business community.”

Goobich, president of Big Picture Advisors llc., has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, consultant, mentor and small-business owner. Goobich successfully developed his first company, Colorations, Inc., from conception to a leading international manufacturer and distributor of children's art products. He now focuses on working with business owners and their teams to strengthen the elements of their businesses through Big Picture Advisors. Guests so far include Chris Nickels, Mount Pleasant Councilman, Patrick Bryant, co-­founder of The Harbor Accelerator; Cheryl Smithem, owner of Charleston PR and Design; and Tiffany Jacquey of Journey Cycle and Fitness Studio amongst others. The podcast are available for download from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or listened to directly from the website at www.bizbuzzcharleston.com.

Clawson and Staubes welcomes two new hires

Robert Brown, S.C. native and 2013 recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star award, will be joining the team in their Columbia office to focus on insurance defense and civil litigation.

Also, Ashlee Poplin, who began her career with the firm as a law clerk, will be joining the team in their Charlotte office. She is a recent graduate of Campbell University and will be focusing on insurance defense.

Ristorante LIDI to bring authentic, affordable family-style Italian food to Daniel Island

Chef/Owner Jason Colon announced today that he will open Ristorante LIDI at 901 Island Park Drive at the corner of River Landing Drive. Projected opening is late fall.

The interior and exterior of the building are being renovated by Stumphouse Architecture and Design who will also monitor construction and will feature murals of pastoral Italy by local artist Sophie Nemethy. Inside, the clean and contemporary redesign will include family and community tables, booths, bistro seating and a separate bar area. There will also be outdoor seating.

LIDI will serve authentic, affordable Italian cuisine from regional Italian traditions. Dishes will focus on the finest quality handmade, sustainable and local ingredients. Among traditional selections will be simply prepared basics like Chicken Marsala, Shrimp Scampi, Bolognese and Spaghetti and Meatballs. Many of the pastas will be made in house and a selection of menu choices will be offered family style. There will be an extensive wine list, cocktail and dessert menu to complement the dining experience. Bar patrons may order from the full menu or choose lighter fare.

“My wife and I recently moved to Daniel Island because of the community's family atmosphere and all that is offered here. We're raising our 16-month-old daughter to appreciate quality table food that is freshly prepared instead of relying on children's menu standards like chicken fingers and fries. That's what we want to develop at LIDI, a place where families can enjoy good, simple food together,” said Colon.

Colon also referenced the growing food community on Daniel Island, “With the new Agave Restaurant and others on the way, I see the island becoming a food destination.”

Jason Colon's world travels and culinary experiences have made him a proficient chef in ethnic fare. Classically trained in French cuisine, he constructed Italian café dishes while living in Asia and Italian-Chinese fusion while living in Hawaii. He has a passion for local ingredients and attention to the uniqueness and similarities of the way each culture eats.

Colon graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, Mass. and worked at the acclaimed Armani Café on Newbury Street in Boston. He assisted in the opening of Gusttimo di Roma, a chain of Italian cafés in China, Korea and Japan, and Sarang, a Korean restaurant in Singapore which has since expanded into other areas of China. He was sous chef for the acclaimed Ciao Mein Restaurant in Hawaii.

Back in Boston, Colon spent four and a half years at Mare, a restaurant rated one of the “Top 10 tables to dine in the world” by Conde Nast Traveler during Colon's residency. He helped to open Market by Jean Georges at the W Hotel, as well as ABC Kitchen in New York City, and took on the role of executive sous chef at Miel in the Intercontinental Hotel.

The team of Jason Colon and Sous Chef Steve Davison will develop the menus and the cuisine of Ristoranti LIDI.

Carolina One

Jackie Scarafile, a former English and Creative Writing teacher, has recently joined the Mount Pleasant Coleman Boulevard office of Carolina One Real Estate Services.

Born in Arlington, Texas, Scarafile was raised in Hartsville. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Media Studies and later received her MAT in English from the Citadel Graduate School.

Named “S.C. Student Teacher of the Year” in 2008, Scarafile taught 10th and 12th grade English at West Ashley High School and Creative Writing and Public Speaking at the University School in Mount Pleasant.

The mother of two girls, Charlotte Grace (3) and Mattie Claire (1), Scarafile and husband Matt, also a Carolina One realtor, reside in Mount Pleasant. Her hobbies include travelling, reading and spending time with her family.

Visit the Carolina One website at www.carolinaone.com.

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