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Parker’s Kitchen to host official ribbon cutting for newest store in Savannah

Parker’s Kitchen, an award-winning convenience store and food service company, will host a special grand opening celebration on Monday, June 17, at 11 a.m. for a new, state-of-the-art Parker’s Kitchen at 1750 Grove Point Road in Savannah. Members of the media and the general public are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting for the company’s 89th store. On-site attendees will include Parker’s Kitchen Founder and CEO Greg Parker, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, local dignitaries and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce representatives.

The newest Parker’s Kitchen location in Savannah is located in Georgetown and offers award-winning, Southern-inspired food prepared fresh on-site, including hand-breaded Southern fried chicken tenders, savory mac ‘n’ cheese and a complete menu of breakfast offerings including egg casserole; sausage, egg and cheese biscuits; and more. The store features a new Lowcountry-inspired prototype with a modern, contemporary glass-front façade, lime-washed brick, handsome bracketry, designer lighting and the cleanest bathrooms in the industry.    

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Author Mary J. Nestor to sign books at Barnes & Noble Oglethorpe Mall

Say It Now! Say It Right! encourages tough and tender conversations

Author Mary J. Nestor will be at Barnes & Noble Oglethorpe Mall (7804 Abercorn Extension #72, Savannah, Georgia 31406) on Saturday, June 29, from 1–4 p.m. to sign her book, Say It Now! Say It Right! How to Handle Tough or Tender Conversations. Nestor believes that taking a risk to have the tough and tender conversations we’d rather avoid can transform our interactions, deepen relationships, reduce conflict, and build connections. Say It Now! Say It Right! offers practical advice on how to speak up in critical moments in business, relationships, and life.

Mary J. Nestor has more than 25 years of experience in communications, executive coaching, management and leadership. A current member of the National Speakers Association and past member of Toastmasters International, she is an international speaker and consultant and has worked as a freelance writer, coach, and facilitator. A second edition of her internationally distributed Amazon No. 1 bestseller, Say It Now! Say It Right! How to Handle Tough or Tender Conversations, was published in 2021 by Panoma Press.

Outside Brands announces new hires to lead marketing team

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Matt McKee

Outside Brands has appointed Matthew McKee as their new Marketing Director and Madeline Cox as their new Marketing Manager. McKee is a classically trained marketer who hails from Chicago, Illinois and comes to Outside Brands with over 30 years of experience in advertising and marketing. Most recently, he served as the president and CEO of FAS, a hybrid management consultancy/ad agency that he founded in 2014. Prior to that he held leadership positions at a variety of Chicago based ad firms and served as director of marketing for Outside magazine (not related to Outside Brands). He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and DePaul University, and has guest lectured at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, among other schools. McKee has been married for 27 years to wife Rani, and is the proud father of Calvin, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a 2022 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Madeline Cox

Originally from Hudson, Ohio, Madeline Cox spent many summers and spring breaks on Hilton Head Island, creating cherished memories with family and friends. These formative experiences inspired her to pursue further opportunities in the greater Lowcountry area. Madeline earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in marketing from the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her professional career has included roles with local organizations such as The Sea Pines Resort, 9Rooftops, Palmetto Bluff, and most recently, The Outside Foundation and Outside Brands.

“We are so fortunate to have Matthew and Madeline join the Outside Brands team,” said CEO Mike Overton. “Their experience and expertise will bring a valuable perspective to help spread awareness of the breadth and depth of what our organization can offer the community and beyond.”

The award-winning adventure team of Outside Brands offers uniquely crafted guided experiences in Hilton Head, Palmetto Bluff, Savannah, and beyond. From humble beginnings as a windsurfing school in 1979, Outside Brands has grown into a dynamic four-division business with operations in South Carolina and Georgia. Driven by a mission to enrich lives by connecting people to exceptional places, products and experiences, Outside offers fully customized group travel services, team building programs, activities and specialty retail. For more information about the mission or the Outside Brands, visit

Outside Brands offers "Fireworks and Nature" boat cruises during Harbourfest

Outside Brands has launched their annual “Fireworks and Nature” boat cruises in conjunction with the island’s annual HarbourFest firework displays. These unique tours are offered every Tuesday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. from early June until Tuesday, August 20.

Departing from Shelter Cove Marina, this three-hour tour starts with a 90-minute Dolphin Eco Tour and ends with front-row seats for the fireworks display over the salt marsh of Broad Creek.

“It’s always a pleasure to provide these one-of-a-kind boat cruises during the summertime,” said Mike Overton, Founder and CEO of Outside Brands. “Residents and visitors alike can witness the fun and beauty that HarbourFest brings to our community while learning from our highly trained guides about the ecosystem around them. These cruises give guests the best seats in the house for the firework display, so get your tickets today!”

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is a weekly celebration during the summer with live music, entertainment, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, and Tuesday night fireworks.

To book a boat tour or learn more about Outside Brands, please visit and follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok. 


Chantel Britton

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