East Coast Wings & Grill expands to South Carolina

  • Monday, November 25, 2013

Fanning the flames of great taste, a regional restaurant chain known for its fiery wings is establishing a foothold in South Carolina with a new franchise in the Charleston area.

East Coast Wings & Grill, whose logo features a blaze and the tagline “Feel the Flavor, Taste the Heat,” will open next to the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, at 1909 Highway 17 North. This will be the chain’s 28th location; the others are in North Carolina, Texas and Florida.

No ordinary wings joint, East Coast Wings & Grill takes the heat seriously. Its menu features 75 flavors of Buffalo wings, with nine heat levels. That means customers have 675 options – enough to try something different every day for over two years. The chain is also known for its Insanity Wing – which requires customers to sign a waiver before ordering.

Besides wings, the restaurant also has a diverse menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps, quesadillas and its signature Lava Blossom.

The Mount Pleasant location marks something of a return home for George Nichols, who co-owns the franchise with his wife Sherry. They currently reside in Lenoir, N.C., but jumped at the opportunity to bring East Coast Wings & Grill to their hometown.

East Coast Wings & Grill will have its soft opening on Dec. 9, with the grand opening scheduled for the second week of January, 2014.


Judy Dixon is a co-owner of Rush3 Product Design Studio, a Mount Pleasant based company founded by local architect and inventor, Rush Dixon who designed and patented the Kebo, a one-handed bottle opener and Chomp Stix, a child friendly eating utensil. Prior to joining, Dixon was an architect and principal at Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects. She will be handling the daily operations of the business.

Rush3 Product Design Studio is fascinated by function and inspired by simplicity. Their products are sold on their website, at hundreds of independent gift and gourmet kitchen stores (including The Coastal Cupboard and Charleston Cooks! locally) as well as Restoration Hardware and The Museum of Modern Art.

College Planners

College Planners of South Carolina is pleased to announce that Sheila Sparks, M. Ed., has joined their team. College Planners of South Carolina is a great resource for parents and students. Staff planners and educational advisors help the student manage and navigate the entire process from school selection, including applications up through the first semester of college. Sheila Sparks and Jenny Whittle are available to guide students as early as ninth grade with course selection and guidance towards meeting their educational goals.

The process of selecting college options involves obtaining and reviewing transcripts and test scores, as well as evaluating the academic, social, emotional and financial needs of the student. Students are empowered as they develop ownership in the college selection process. The educational consultant generates a list of “good fit” schools, but the decision rests with the student and their family. The consultant will assist the student through the entire applications process including exploring scholarship opportunities and can include traveling and touring of colleges.

Sheila Sparks is a Certified Guidance Counselor with State of South Carolina as well as a Global Career Development Facilitator. She was the former director Of guidance at Wando High School. Prior to that she held the position of guidance director at Moultrie Middle School. Combined she has more than 25 years of school counseling experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel and a Bachelors Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Charleston Southern University. Sparks lives in Mount Pleasant and is married with two children.

Jenny Whittle is the CEO and founder of College Planners of South Carolina. She is a South Carolina Certified guidance counselor and teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in School Counseling from The Citadel and her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston. Formerly, she was the director of guidance at Trident Academy: a private school for students with learning differences. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her adult children and niece and nephews.

College Planners of South Carolina works with students at all academic levels and interests. Services are also available for students and families interested in athletic opportunities, boarding schools, gap year and work-study options, as well as study abroad programs. Uniquely, College Planners of South Carolina offers guidance for career pathways and directions including Myers-Briggs Personality testing and assistance with SAT/ACT accommodations.

For more information, go to www.collegeplannersofsc.com or call 843-284-8684

EastCoast Entertainment

EastCoast Entertainment welcomes George Claussen as the newest agent in the Charleston office. A native of Augusta, Ga., Claussen joined the team on June 18. His experience as a founder of the Friends with Benefits Fund – a non-profit that uses musical events to build awareness and raise funds for other non-profit organizations – partnered with his years of involvement in the events and promotions industry, make him an invaluable asset to the ECE team. When asked about his new gig with ECE, Claussen enthusiastically replied, “As the largest, full-service entertainment agency in the country, EastCoast Entertainment customizes entertainment experiences – from up-and-coming local bands to the hottest nationally recognized talent – making their clients’ events unique and unforgettable.

For more information, visit www.eastcoastentertainment.com or call 843-856-9922.

Miller-Valentine Group

Miller-Valentine Group announces the promotion of Zach Ward to project manager within their Design/Build construction and development team.

A resident of Charleston, Ward grew up in South Carolina and is a graduate of Clemson University’s Civil Engineering program. He has been with Miller-Valentine Group in excess of five years both as a co-op and full time employee and has more than 10 years of construction experience including, medical, industrial, retail and office facilities.

“Mr. Ward has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the construction services and related building solutions we provide our customers. We look forward to his leadership in this well-deserved promotion,” said Kurt Eyring, partner and vice president of Miller-Valentine Group. “We have every confidence that he will achieve great things in his new capacity.”

Carolina One

After a seven year absence, Sarah Walker Gipe has returned to Charleston to partner with her father, veteran realtor Timm Gipe to form the Gipe Partners team in association with Carolina One Real Estate in Mount Pleasant.

Sarah Gipe was born in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2005 with a degree in Communications. She has been associated with Prudential Georgia Realty (PGR) in Atlanta since 2006 as an Accredited Buyers Representative and has also earned the Green Designation from the National Association of Realtors. Gipe was the No. 1 individual agent in her PGR office YTD for June 2013. The younger Gipe enjoys scuba diving and playing soccer.

Timm Gipe, a 1969 graduate of the Citadel, has been a successful realtor for the past 40 years. Gipe served as member of the Mount Pleasant Town Council and as president of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Gipe is also past president of both the Charleston Citadel Club and the Metropolitan Exchange Club of Charleston.

Commenting on the father-daughter reunion, Coleman Boulevard office manager Dave Sansom said, “Sarah’s deep local ties and extensive sales experience in Georgia make her the perfect business partner for her dad, Timm Gipe. Together Gipe Partners will provide an exceptional real estate service experience for their clients.”

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

Hospice of Chas.

Hospice of Charleston Foundation (HOCF) announced the selection of seven new members for their Board of Directors. These new members have joined the 13 existing directors as of July 1st to comprise the group’s governing body. New officers were also elected for this fiscal year.

Joan Ustin, board president, stated, “We welcome these board members who add important experience and skills to our leadership group. We are now well prepared to address unmet needs related to end-of-life issues in our community. We look forward in the next several months to sharing information about a new focus and programming efforts for our organization.”

New HOCF Board members include:

Anne Bauer – With a master’s degree in nursing, Bauer retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 as a Colonel. Among her postings was service at the Pentagon as the Nursing Advisor to the Chief of Staff.

Elena Bell – An oncology social worker, recently retired from the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, Bell also has a private practice in grief counseling. She has served on the faculty of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and is the recipient of several awards recognizing her outstanding service.

Rev. Tom Herrington – Presently serving as the Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Herrington is a National Certified Counselor and was on the staff of the Hospice of Cabarrus County in North Carolina. He has a Master of Divinity degree as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling and more than 30 years of experience at various Presbyterian churches in the southeast.

Rev. Fr. Robert Higgins – Before being ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 2005, Fr. Higgins had careers in education and the financial industry. He now serves at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, as chaplain at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and as the Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Port of Charleston.

Karen Luhrs – Luhrs is presently the lead counselor at Fort Johnson Middle School in Charleston. She has a Masters of Education degree, Licensed Practicing Counselor certification, and more than 15 years of experience in education and school counseling.

Stephanie Scott – With more than 20 years in the healthcare field, Scott has worked with several hospice care providers in various roles. Presently she serves as a Provider Relations Specialist for Absolute Total Care. She has a Master of Arts in Education degree and has held positions as a trainer and a community and patient educator.

Mary Wilbur – With more than 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, Wilbur retired in 2010 from Hospice of Charleston, where she served at the inpatient center in Mount Pleasant. In addition to her Master of Science in nursing degree, she is certified as an End of Life Counselor and has worked at several hospitals in Charleston.

New officers of the Hospice of Charleston Foundation Board of Directors for fiscal year 2014 are:

Joan Ustin, president (Joan K. Ustin & Associates)

Keith Riddle, vice president (J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Chapels and Crematory)

Rita Worthy, secretary (Berkeley Electric Cooperative)

Joe Gallagher, treasurer (retired, Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland)

Additional members of the FY 2014 Board include:

Pat Anderson (Summerville Medical Center)

Angus Baker (Department of Palliative Medicine, Roper St. Francis Healthcare)

Robert Demarco (Robert V. DeMarco, P.A.)

Emily Ghassemzadah (East Cooper Medical Center)

Janet Gopsill

Gary Leonard (Charleston Southern University)

Mary Anne Luttrell (Wildflower Farm Stables & The Retreat at Wildflower Farm)

Willard Stout (Harbor National Bank)

Robert Wolf (Wolf & Wolf)

For more information, please visit the website at www.hospiceofcharlestonfoundation.org or call 843-216-7323.

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