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Catching Up with Chef Joe Bonaparte by Melissa LaScaleia This month, the Insider took a look at what is cooking and in the works for Chef Joe Bonaparte, executive director of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach in the Market Common, and a trailblazer in the arenas of sustainability and food production from farm …

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Doing Things Right, The First Time by Melissa LaScaleia Since its beginnings in 1997, Conway Builders of Myrtle Beach has taken pride in offering quality workmanship.  The family owned and operated company specializes in interior house restoration and remodeling.  They handle everything from framing, drywall and cabinet installation, painting, flooring, trim, and plumbing. Michael Sokolik, …

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Bringing Awareness About Deafness To Our Community by Melissa LaScaleia Michael Sokolik began the non-profit organization, Beach Society For the Deaf, as a way to build greater awareness of the existence of deaf people in the Myrtle Beach community, and to help foster greater inclusion for them. He has a small team of people who …

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A Family Owned Business With Good Old Fashioned Values by Melissa LaScaleia Custom Outdoor Furniture is a family owned business in Garden City; and next year they’ll be celebrating their 40th anniversary in business. In an interview with the Insider, the second-generation co-owner, Gregg Holshouser, shares the story of how they got started. “My dad …

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Keeping Myrtle Beach Clean Goes Commercial by Melissa LaScaleia The existing clients of GermBustMy- Bins, the Myrtle Beach based trash and recycle bin-sanitizing company, have often inquired about that company’s capability to clean commercial dumpsters; they were unable to say yes…. Until now! “We’ve had a lot of requests to clean dumpsters,” says the owner …

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A Homegrown, Ridiculously Good Restaurant Group by Melissa LaScaleia Having grown up here, Jack Divine has always called Myrtle Beach home, and started the Divine Dining Group of restaurants in Myrtle Beach in the early 80s.  His first restaurant was the classic River City Cafe.  He followed it up with Ultimate California Pizza in the …

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Food Artfully Prepared in a Casual Environment by Melissa LaScaleia The Water Tree Cafe, run by Pennsylvania native Chef Gabi Mazzochetti, has been open since March 1 of this year in the Market Common. “I wanted to go to college for art,” Gabi says of her background, “and my parents directed me into the land …

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Computer Viruses Get the Boot With This Myrtle Beach Based Company by Melissa LaScaleia PC Pitstop is an American owned, engineered, produced, and operated antivirus software company with headquarters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Many people might recognize the founder and CEO, Rob Cheng, as the guy from TV and be surprised to know that …

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A Living Local Legend of Myrtle Beach History by Melissa LaScaleia This July edition, in recognition of the service of our wonderful military personnel who protect our country, we bring you a local living legend of Myrtle Beach history—Dwight Roach.  Dwight was born on January 2, 1936 in Larned, Kansas; he is 82-years-old. “I attended …

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Putting Customers’ Needs First In Myrtle Beach by Melissa LaScaleia The Gasque Insurance Agency is a second generation Allstate Insurance agency located in Surfside Beach.  Allstate Insurance agencies are individually owned, and operate as independent contractors—each one is unique in terms of the service they provide. Empie Gasque opened the business in 1983, and led …

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