Business Briefs - February 13, 2020

Local teacher named Cool School Teacher of the Week

Daniel Island Academy teacher Jenell Simmons was named “Cool School Teacher of the Week” by WCBD News 2.

Nominated by coworker Cossondra McCorkle, Simmons is the lead teacher in the Minnows classroom at the local preschool. The award was presented by News 2’s Octavia Mitchell on Jan. 23 at the school.

As an incredible teacher to some of the youngest students, Simmons is described by her fellow teachers as “humble, kind, patient and helpful.” She has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been with Daniel Island Academy for 13 years.

Congratulations to Ms. Simmons and her recognition for her dedication to young children.

Charleston Budget Blinds named 2019 Franchise of the Year

The local Charleston area Budget Blinds franchise was recently named the 2019 Franchise of the Year at the Home Franchise Concepts International Convention in Orlando, Florida. Budget Blinds owners and Daniel Island residents Merv and Adam Epstein received the prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year.

According to Home Franchise Concepts’ Mark Libby, “After Merv and Adam’s team were recognized for being in the Top 20 in gross sales for all franchises and No. 1 in that category, the Budget Blinds Charleston franchise was once more propelled into being named the 2019 Franchise of the Year for the fifth consecutive year, an outstanding achievement for the entire Budget Blinds Charleston organization.” Home Franchise Concepts is the largest home improvement, direct-to-customer, franchise organization in North America.

Merv Epstein added, “Adam and I and everyone at Budget Blinds are extremely honored to receive this award once again, thanks to our loyal customers throughout the greater Charleston area. Our goal is simple, to be honest and please our customers.”

Budget Blinds offers a broad selection of blinds, shutters, shades and window treatments, as well as advanced smart home technology, including design assistance and installation.

The Budget Blinds showroom and design center is located at 4950 Centre Pointe Drive, Suite 136, in North Charleston across from Tanger Outlets. For more information, visit

Harper, Davis and Yost represent landlord on Clements Ferry lease

Pete Harper, CCIM; Reid Davis, CCIM, SIOR; and Cameron Yost of Lee & Associates Charleston, represented the landlord in leasing of 3,365 square feet of office space at 2265 Clements Ferry Road, Suite 203. The Tenant, Carolina Office Systems, Inc., was represented by Kevin Coats of Jones Land LaSalle.

Daniel Island Publishing

225 Seven Farms Drive
Unit 108
Daniel Island, SC 29492 

Office Number: 843-856-1999
Fax Number: 843-856-8555


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