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Always There, Always Fair by Melissa LaScaleia “I was raised on a dairy farm, outside of Danville, in Virginia,” says Jim Bowdre in an interview with the Insider.  “I learned at an early age, that the easiest way to get out of farming was to get an education.  I spent my formative years raising cattle …

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Specializing in Senior Markets by Melissa LaScaleia “In my thirties I had an opportunity to go into the insurance industry, around the same time my parents were turning sixty-five and going on Medicare,” says David Parker in an interview with the Insider.”  I realized then the complexity of Medicare, and how important it was to …

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With 30 Years Plus of Experience Serving Myrtle Beach by Melissa LaScaleia Matt Lillich, the owner and operator of Coastal Tinting, is originally from Michigan.  He attended college at UNC Wilmington, where he got started working with window film. “I graduated in 1993 on a Saturday, ”Matt tells the Insider in an interview.  “And on …

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A Message from Jim Parker

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, it was very impressive how fast the National Guard, emergency responders, and the whole community pulled together to help and bring aid to the Grand Strand.  The Coastal Insider and Real Living Home Realty Group support donations to the Red Cross, and we encourage you to contribute your time and resources as well.

Our front page article this month puts a spotlight on Carolina Forest as well as the ways that the community has rallied in the aftermath of the storm.  Be sure to take a look at the ways that the Carolina Forest Civic Association, a non-profit community-driven volunteer organization, is supporting a lot of great advancements in Carolina Forest.  This month, they’re hosting a Business Expo to help garner interest in the small businesses in the area, as well as helping them to network with one another while making the services that they offer known to the community.  You can find the date and time on their web- site,

Carolina Forest has been a significant part of Horry County’s growth over the past twenty years, with a lot of national developers participating in that growth.  Commercial development has matched the pace of residential expansion, and continues in that market to address community needs.  Today, there are retail stores, banks, restaurants, and grocery stores in abundance.

We want people to know about this area, what makes it unique, and how it shapes the fabric of the Grand Strand as a whole.  We mention more about the culture as well as statistical facts and data in this month’s Coastal Home Insider.  We’re excited to bring attention to this still-developing part of the Grand Strand

As always, we invite your feedback about our paper, and the content that you want to read.

Jim Parker, Co-owner, Coastal Insider & President, Real Living Home Realty Group

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Living the Good Life in Market Common Charlie’s Corner is the domain of Charlie, the furry four-legged lady’s man of Market Common.  Each month, he’ll share information to help all new, visiting, and existing doggie community members get the most out of life alongside their human companions.  Here, we’ll feature his reflections on what it’s …

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Market Common Residents – Robert Palmer and Palmer, the dog by Melissa LaScaleia Introduce me to your family. It’s myself and my dog Palmer.  I got him when he was three months old, and he was already named Palmer.  He’s a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. Where are all the places you came from?  Where do you …

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Jack Walker by Melissa LaScaleia Jack Walker was the oldest of six children, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina.  As a boy, he had a paper route that took him through his neighborhood and beyond, exposing him to a variety of home styles, building materials, and landscapes.  Jack was disheartened by the landscapes and …

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Recipe Corner – Taste the South This soup combines the best of what the Fall culinary season has to offer— apple and root vegetables, and a smattering of herbs still standing proudly in the garden.  Smooth and creamy, the gentle flavors pair well with almost anything.  Try it for breakfast, with a salad or a …

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Recipe Corner – Taste the South As the summer season begins to wind down, (but not the heat!) it’s a great idea to offer our body a nourishing as well as detoxifying dish.  Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish which has been relied upon for centuries to calm, cleanse, heal, and nourish the digestive system, …

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Recipe Corner – Taste the South As summer reaches its apex here in the South, blueberries, succulent and juicy, abound.  When you’ve had your fill of eating them plain and by the fistful, then celebrate their glory and dress them up in this delectable cake from Melissa’s kitchen.  Light, easy, and refreshing, this satisfyingly sweet …

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