Business Briefs - May 10, 2018
DOCKERY'S NEW GM ANNOUNCES HAPPY HOUR & SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Dockery’s has added a new general manager, Chuck Isenberg, to their team. Isenberg, who has over 25 years of hospitality experience, is leading Dockery’s in a community-centric approach to their business, introducing a happy hour, a summer concert series, a customer loyalty program, and, of course, smart phone apps to track all of these things and to order takeout as well.
Happy hour will begin on Wednesday, May 9 and will give customers $1 off all standard house-brewed beers from Dockery’s and will introduce affordable, happy-hour only, small plates every weekday.
“We wanted to give customers that live on Daniel Island a reason to stop by for a beer or two on their way home from work, a reason to stop in and say hello to friends and neighbors and enjoy the large outdoor patio at Dockery’s,” said Isenberg.
Also being introduced by Isenberg is the Music on the Pavilion concert series, “We’ll have bands playing on the Dockery’s outdoor pavilion from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday evenings and will feature some big acts on Saturdays,” continued Isenberg. The first big act will be Oracle Blue on May 12, 8-11 p.m., with Adam Barley playing a long opening set from 5-7 p.m.
“Does it get any better than sitting outside with friends drinking craft beer listening to some great music?” asked Isenberg. “I don’t think so.” A full calendar of musical acts is available at dockerysdi.com/events.
To bring everything together, Isenberg is also introducing a customer loyalty program, the Dockery’s Backstage Pass. Members will receive one point for every dollar spent and will receive a $25 gift card every time they reach 250 points. Members will also receive special offers on birthdays and anniversaries, as well as other special offers throughout the year. Anyone can join this free program by texting their phone number to 843.212.0177 or by downloading the Dockery’s app from the Google Play or Apple App Stores.
For more information on any of these programs at Dockery’s, please their website at dockerysdi.com, email them at email@example.com, or follow Dockery’s on Facebook, Instagram, or Untappd.
BEN NAVARRO PLEDGES $250,000 TO INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Philanthropist and businessman Ben Navarro and his company Sherman Financial Group pledged $250,000 in support of the International African American Museum (IAAM). The museum and memorial, anticipated to break ground late this summer, is now just $2 million from reaching its Founders Fund goal of $25 million.
Navarro is the founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, a global investment company headquartered in Charleston. He also founded Meeting Street Schools (MSS) in 2008. MSS was founded upon the belief that all children deserve an excellent education regardless of their geographic or socioeconomic circumstances.
“Ben has made a remarkable impact in South Carolina through his philanthropic endeavors, chiefly through his work with Meeting Street Schools,” said Joseph P. Riley, Jr., former Charleston mayor and IAAM board member. “He cares deeply about our community and our state. His passionate interest in providing quality education for all of our children is especially inspiring. It’s an honor to have his support of the International African American Museum.”
The IAAM will advance education in the State of South Carolina as a center of learning and through curricula that will help teachers present chapters of our nation’s history related to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its far-reaching ramifications. The museum will also give children of color a prideful glimpse of their ancestry – of distinct, impressive and powerful African civilizations that made great contributions to the world.
COLUMBIA LAW FIRM TO OPEN OFFICE ON DI
Willoughby & Hoefer PA, a law firm based in Columbia, has signed a lease for 3500 square feet of Class A office space on Daniel Island. According to Lee & Associates, the agent representing landlord Counterbalance Properties LLC, the firm will occupy suite 200 at 133 River Landing Drive. Representing Lee & Associates in the lease was Pete Harper, CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), and representing Willoughby & Hoefer PA was Gerry Schauer of Avison & Young.
Willoughby & Hoefer is described on the company website as a firm of “experienced and tenacious litigators who can also provide counsel…on how to craft policies and procedures that can ward off future litigation.” Their sub practice areas include civil, class action and commercial litigation. For additional information, visit www.willoughbyhoefer.com.
DULLES DESIGNS RELOCATES BACK TO CHARLESTON
Dulles Designs, a bespoke calligraphy, engraving, and letterpress printing company specializing in wedding, cocktail gala, and corporate events is relocating its headquarters from McLean, VA and Palm Beach, FL back to the Charleston, SC area this month.
The high-end printing company expanded to DC three years ago, closing its long-standing South of Broad retail shop on Church Street in Charleston, to reach a larger audience of wedding planners, brides, boutique offices, law firms, and creative companies from New York to Miami. Washington, DC and South Florida have large, seasonal concentrations of traditional wedding and internationally stylish clients, yet owner Emilie Dulles decided to relocate the company back to “sweet home Charleston” mainly for the calmer lifestyle, Lowcountry climate, and more genteel people.
“Being close to dear friends and families, and to hopefully raise children in Charleston is definitely a huge plus,” said Dulles.
According to a press release from the company, the online availability of the business has tripled due to the reach and frequency that multi-city mobility and “Facetime” now allows.
Charleston’s explosive growth, improved air travel service, and more traditional wedding market also tipped the scales for Dulles Designs’ return to the Lowcountry. The company has secured private “by appointment only” office-shipping space in Mount Pleasant.
“We were located South of Broad on Church Street for almost 13 years, yet clients typically wanted us to visit them in their homes or offices or their preferred wedding or corporate event venues, due to the extreme difficulty of parking downtown on the Peninsula,” Dulles says.
In addition, Dulles Designs has expanded the logo, family crest, and monogram graphics side of the business. The company is also now a preferred supplier of custom engraved/printed stainless steel S’well beverage bottles, which require greater shipping and warehouse space.
For more information, visit www.dullesdesigns.com.
BLACKBAUD ANNOUNCES 2018 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
Daniel Island-based Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, recently announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
“We’ve continued moving the business towards a subscriptions-based revenue model with our mix of recurring revenue now standing at 89 percent of total, a new all-time high for us,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud’s president and CEO. “The market remains strong and we continue to integrate our solution portfolio at a rapid pace and deliver innovative new software capabilities to our growing base of over 40,000 customers and to the millions of individual change makers using our platforms.”
According to a press release, Blackbaud’s total GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) revenue was $204.2 million, up 10.3 percent, with $180.8 million in GAAP recurring revenue, representing 88.6 percent of total GAAP revenue. GAAP recurring revenue was up 13.0 percent. Total non-GAAP revenue was $204.5 million, up 10.5 percent, with $181.1 million in non-GAAP recurring revenue, representing 88.6 percent of total non-GAAP revenue. Non-GAAP recurring revenue was up 13.2 percent.