Business kudos

  • Friday, February 21, 2014

The new Rolling Rack Mobile Boutique in Mount Pleasant/Charleston is the area’s first full-service boutique on wheels. The business is based in Mount Pleasant and will be participating in local and large-scale events across the state as well as private events.

Following the popular food truck trend, the business completely renovated the back of a box truck and turned it into a glamorous, full-service, climate-controlled chic boutique, complete with a dressing room, hardwood floors, selection of stock, and more. After attending a food truck rodeo last fall and watching the food truck trend skyrocket on the East Coast and locally, Amanda Stephenson was inspired by the idea of a mobile business. After lots of research, she discovered that the concept of a mobile business provided several advantages for her start-up compared to your typical brick-and-mortar store. Not only is it a fun, exciting and memorable shopping experience, but it’s also a rolling advertisement for her online shop and brand, creating an opportunity for the company to market itself in different environments, while allowing the business to travel to its customers.

After working your typical “secure” jobs, bouncing from desk to desk and one mindless task to another, Amanda Stephenson saw that she had two options: practicality or freedom. Being more afraid of staying in a job in which she was unhappy than of the uncertainty of embarking on a new journey, she began considering the possibility of starting her own business.

In 2011, Amanda left her last and final “secure” job and set out on a journey to open a trendy online clothing boutique that paired style-driven fashion with affordability. After a year, it was time to take the next step and grow the business.

Stephenson’s mission is to find unique and affordable fashion for her customers and offer them a unique and memorable shopping experience, whether it be online or aboard the mobile boutique. The business takes pride in offering top-notch customer service, fast shipping and the trendiest pieces of apparel and accessories at prices that won’t break the bank.

Shop online at www.rollingrackboutique.com.

Roper St. Francis (RSF) first in state to implant Amplatzer Cardiac Plug in stroke prevention study

Two doctors at Roper St. Francis recently performed a groundbreaking heart procedure that may prevent blood clots from escaping the heart and causing a stroke.

Doctors conducted the procedure Aug. 13 at Roper Hospital, marking the first time in South Carolina that a physician inserted the Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug. Considered an investigational device in the U.S., the device prevents blood clots from migrating out of an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) and potentially causing a stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Defined as a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), AF can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure.

The procedure is part of a new clinical trial which is being conducted by PMG Research of Charleston and is sponsored by St. Jude Medical, who developed the device. Currently, RSF is the only approved hospital participating in the study in South Carolina. Brett Baker, MD, of Carolina Arrhythmia Consultants and Matthew O’Steen, MD, of Coastal Cardiology, both RSF affiliates, are the principal investigators for this new clinical study at Roper Hospital.

O’Steen called the plug a possible “blockbuster” for stroke prevention, which could be used as an alternative to clot-reducing drugs should the device be proved safe and effective. Baker, his clinical trial colleague, could not agree more.

“Strokes from atrial fibrillation are one of the most devastating events a person can experience,” Baker said. “And this device is the most exciting development in stroke prevention to come along in the past 25 years.”

The purpose of the clinical trial is to test the safety and effectiveness of the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug to traditional medical treatment where patients with AF take long-term, blood-thinning medication. Delivered via a catheter that is inserted in a patient’s leg, the device is designed to completely seal off the LAA at its opening, and minimize blood clots from forming and migrating into the bloodstream.

The LAA is a small finger-shaped pouch located on the upper left atrium of the heart. Blood can pool in the LAA and over time, form clots that can escape from the heart, travel to the brain and potentially lead to a stroke. Clots may also travel to other parts of the body and cause serious health problems.

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 2.7 million Americans have atrial fibrillation and the likelihood of developing it increases with age. The new tool could help cardiovascular physicians serve people who suffer from AF, a condition caused when the heart’s upper chambers beat too fast and irregularly, reducing the atrium’s ability to pump blood.

“A trial with a similar device has been shown to decrease mortality at four years after implantation in patients who had their left atrial appendage plugged rather than stay on anticoagulation medications,” O’Steen said.

That is promising news, as research shows two-thirds of strokes in AF are either fatal or severely debilitating and more than 90 percent of strokes in AF patients originate in the LAA.

For more information about this trial, contact PMG Research of Charleston at 843-849-1880 or visit online at www.PMGofCharleston.com

Ishpi named to 2013 S.C. 25 Fastest Growing Companies.

Ishpi Information Technologies (DBA ISHPI) has been named as one of 2013’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. This prestigious annual program recognizes the achievements of South Carolina’s top-performing private and publicly owned companies. It has evolved into the Palmetto State’s most sought-after recognition for rapidly growing organizations. For the last decade, this celebrated program has honored the state’s most dynamic companies for their numerous contributions to South Carolina’s economy. The rankings of the South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Companies 2013 Top 25 winners will be unveiled Nov. 5 at the Marriott in Columbia.

“Awards like the ‘SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies’ highlight efforts that companies like ISHPI are making to address the needs of dealing with the economic and industry challenges, not only at the national level, but locally,” states Mike Beadle Vice President. “These types of awards are a good measure of results we are getting from sub-stantial investments at the state level. At ISHPI we are honored to be recognized as a growing industry leader here in South Carolina and as such, we remain focused on providing a standard measure of cyber-based protections across the state, federal, and defense sectors.”

Buxton Legal Group, LLC is now Buxton & Collie, LLC

Local law firm Buxton & Collie, LLC announced today that Brian M. Collie, Esquire, MBA, LLM has been promoted to partner within the firm. As a result, the firm name has changed to Buxton & Collie, Attorneys at Law.

Brian practices in the areas of corporate law, estate and tax planning, and real estate. Brian is a Summerville native who graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in 2004. Brian later obtained an MBA from Clemson and provided consulting services for start-up companies while working at the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clemson. He also served as a compliance analyst and equities trader at Automated Trading Desk, a division of Citigroup, and was an associate with the law firm of Manaker, Cipolla and Associates before joining Buxton & Collie, LLC.

Buxton & Collie is a boutique law firm founded by Jim Buxton, a Charleston native who returned to his hometown after practicing at two law firms ranked in American Lawyer’s top 50 list: Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, and Hunton & Williams, LLP in Richmond, Virginia. Together, Jim and Brian are able to serve individual and corporate clients on a variety of transactions. Buxton & Collie serves as general corporate counsel to a number of businesses, and has served many families with their estate planning, business and real estate matters.

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