Some local companies reach well beyond the Lowcountry.
1. Best in Show – Salty Dog T-shirts
You see people wearing Salty Dog T-shirts everywhere — from Beaufort County to New York subways, Denmark to Dubai and parts in between. The famous shirts featuring Jake the dog in his Sou’wester have shipped to every state in the union and several foreign countries, often to people who have never visited Hilton Head Island.
2. Rice, Rice Baby – Cera Products
Charlene and Esko Riikonen founded Cera Products, a Hilton Head Island company that sells rice-based rehydration products all over the world. As a long-chain carbohydrate, rice contains many times the energy of sugar and is better suited to people with allergies. Their products are found in major medical centers, all branches of the U.S. military, more than 200 travel clinics and internationally in South Africa, Central America and Canada.
3. Liquid Assets – Gourmet Warehouse
Based on Hilton Head Island for more than 23 years, Gourmet Warehouse specializes in hand-crafted barbecue sauces, rubs and marinade injectors that pay tribute to the South’s culinary heritage. Its products can be found in the condiment aisle of grocery stores and supermarkets across the country. The Jenkins family, founders of the Publix chain, buy it by the case for their home.
4. It’s in the Bag – Spartina 449 Handbags
Inspired by Daufuskie Island, Kay Stanley created Spartina 449, a collection of linen-and-leather, coordinated handbags. The company sells a broad line of products and accessories inspired by the saltwater marshes along our coast to a global audience. Inc. magazine listed Spartina as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States in an overall poll of American firms.
5. Tight as a Drum – Gretsch
Gretsch manufactures guitars, basses and drums and is one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments. Its drum factory in Ridgeland makes custom drum kits for some of the most popular musicians in the world, including Phil Collins, Taylor Hawkins and Brad Wilk.
6. Have a Seat – J. Banks Collections
Expanding on her signature interiors, J. Banks Design Group owner Joni Vanderslice has created several J. Banks Collections specialty product lines popular around the globe. Fun fact: Vanderslice names all of her furniture pieces after employees. Shown here are the Alyssa tufted sofa, Kathy end table, Lydia scatter table and Blake occasional table.
A few other local brands that reach well outside the Lowcountry