Business Briefs - September 26, 2019


The team at River Landing Dentistry has announced that Dr. Ellen Paulisick has joined the practice. Dr. Paulisick graduated from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and completed a general practice residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center the same years as the practice’s founder, Dr. Rebeca Zechmann.

“Drs. Paulisick and Zechmann share similar practice philosophies in relation to treating patients comprehensively and compassionately, using the most advanced dental technology, and dedicating time and resources to their continuing education,” stated a press release. “They are constantly looking for ways to improve the practice and expand their own skill set to benefit our patients.”

Dr. Paulisick spent the last eight years in private practice in Maryland, before making the move to warm, welcoming Charleston. She is excited to participate in and give back to the Daniel Island community.

“I have always been a passionate leader in my community and in service to others,” stated Dr. Paulisick. “While in dental school, I served as the national student representative for the American Association of Women Dentists. I am the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for community service, and I ran health-based education programs for homeless women and children in Baltimore. I cannot wait to be equally as involved in my new community.” A life-long learner, Dr. Paulisick was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry—an honor bestowed on less than 6% of general dentists for accruing over 500 hours of continuing education. She has focused her skill set on providing an array of additional advanced treatment options including Invisalign clear aligner therapy, oral conscious sedation, Botox cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, and dental implants. Dr. Paulisick is the proud mother of two children. “I could think of no better place to raise my family than here,” she said. “I have been so overwhelmed by the love and support of the Charleston community, and I look forward to helping make them all smile.” For more information, visit or the practice’s Facebook page @RiverLandingDentistry.


Andrew Hare, general manager and co-founder of Vertical Roots, has been named the Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) 2019 recipient of the Next Generation Award. The award is given to SEPC members under 39 who have made a significant contribution to the industry through their company. The award ceremony took place in Nashville, Tenn. during the Southern Innovations Organics and Foodservice Expo Sept. 12-14.

“We are beyond thrilled for Andrew to receive this award. He pours his heart and soul into Vertical Roots, and he could not be more deserving of this recognition,” said Stefanie Swackhamer, vice president of mission, marketing and business development at AmplifiedAg, the parent company of Vertical Roots. “The work he does daily challenges how we grow, consume, and distribute food, so we’re even more proud that our industry colleagues recognize that with Andrew’s leadership.”

Based in Charleston off Clements Ferry Road, Vertical Roots grows fresh, pesticide-free greens year-round inside recycled shipping containers. Each farm is outfitted with fully-automated systems, LED lighting and soil-free, hydroponic growing technology. The farm company is dedicated to transparency and quality. The company opened its second site in Columbia in spring 2019.

Vertical Roots greens are available in grocery stores and restaurants across South Carolina and into Charlotte, NC, Savannah and Augusta, GA. For more information and to see where Vertical Roots is available for purchase, visit

Currently, the company offers six different lettuce varieties: green and red oak leaf, red butter, arugula, bibb, romaine and a specialty Lowcountry blend that is its house spring mix. Each head of Vertical Roots lettuce is traceable from the seed, with an average harvest time of 24 hours from farm to table. Its farms are fully automated and outfitted with a vertical hydroponic growing system that uses 98% less water, LED lighting, and provide hyperlocal delivery to grocery stores, distributors, schools, and more.


Hardscoop Distillery and Bar Mash have partnered to create a signature cocktail benefiting local and national agriculture initiatives, The Green Heart Project and Toast the Trees. The Hardscoop Smash signature cocktail, made with Hardscoop Strawberry Sorbet, Angel’s Envy, dark rum, lemon and Angostura Bitters, will be available for a limited one-month span at Bar Mash.

Whenever the Hardscoop Smash is purchased, a large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Green Heart Project, an organization that builds garden-based experiential learning projects and school garden programs throughout Charleston and surrounding areas (read more in this issue on pages 20-21). And, during the month of September, whenever a Hardscoop Smash or any cocktail made with Angel’s Envy is posted on social media, tagged @angels envy and includes the hashtag #toastthetrees, Angel’s Envy will plant a tree with their goal of planting 30,000 of them for their Toast the Trees initiative.

“We can’t wait for Charleston to enjoy the Hardscoop Smash,” said Jason Kirby, president of Hardscoop Distillery, which is located off Clements Ferry Road. “Not only is it one amazingly good cocktail, we also love Bar Mash and agriculture is something that is very important to us at Hardscoop with our use of all local produce. Partnering with Bar Mash and benefiting both The Green Heart Project and Toast the Trees is a win, win for us.”

Hardscoop’s Strawberry Sorbet is made with “only the finest SC strawberries during the harvest each year,” stated a press release. As friends of Hardscoop and a bar deeply rooted in the community, Bar Mash brought together both causes through the creation of the delicious Hardscoop Smash with the Strawberry Sorbet. Their partnership and giving back to the Green Heart Project organization helps to educate students, connect people and cultivate community through growing, eating, and celebrating food.

For more information about Hardscoop Distillery, please visit For more information about Bar Mash or the Hardscoop Smash, please visit

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