One of the unfortunate realities about driving and owning cars in the Lowcountry is that you will probably have to deal with some form of body damage at some point. Whether your driver-side door gets dinged in a parking lot or you back into a light pole, accidents happen. The good news? Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration is here to help with all of your body shop needs.
Unlike many fly-by-night collision repair companies, our auto body shop in cityname, state has served hardworking people for years. We make it a point to only employ the most experienced, highly-trained auto body technicians available, so you have peace of mind that we'll get the job done right. In fact, our mechanics have more than 60 years of combined experience. There is no collision repair job that we haven't handled - from minor bumps and scratches to complex repairs stemming from multi-car accidents.
At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality body shop services at the most reasonable prices in town. We believe that everyone deserves to have their car or truck repaired when they need it the most. After all, our vehicles are crucial to daily life. We need them to live, work and play. We use them for just about every activity we enjoy, from taking the kids to soccer practice to hitting the gym on a Saturday morning. That's why we work with just about every car insurance company out there to ensure that our loyal customers have access to the best collision repair in South Carolina.
Customers choose Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration because they know we strive to exceed their expectations. At the end of the day, we want to do right by our customers with reliable body shop services, high-quality repair work, and helpful customer service. But that's not all. Our clients enjoy peace of mind with their collision repairs because we:
Provide Free Estimates: Drop by our shop or call our office to learn more about our free estimates. Once we understand the scope of your restoration needs, our team will get to work.
Offer 100% Guarantee: We have become a staple in our community because we guarantee our work 100%. If we missed the mark, made a mistake, or you're unhappy with our service, let us know. We'll make it right.
Specialize in Full-Service Repairs: Our collision mechanics make repairs on all vehicle makes and models, so you don't have to worry about whether we can service your car. As a full-service collision repair company in South Carolina, we help every step of the way, from the moment we meet until you leave our parking lot.
Love to Paint: Yes, you read that right. At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we have a team of incredibly talented car painters to supplement our collision services. We offer various auto painting services, from minor paint jobs to full-scale custom paint projects.
Accept Car Insurance: As daily drivers and locals in South Carolina, we know that collision repairs can be pricey. Despite the cost, they are necessary for daily life. That's why we're happy to work with car insurance companies, so you can go where you need to go without stressing about safety.
Work Hard for You: At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we try to keep it simple. You can rest easy knowing that there's no fine print, sleazy sales tactics, or lazy mechanics to worry about. When you pull into our parking lot, know that we prioritize good old-fashioned hard work and reliable service. No if's, and's, or but's.
According to recent statistics from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, a new traffic accident happens every 3.7 minutes in South Carolina. That's a lot of car accidents in a short amount of time. Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, filled with complex insurance claims and complicated auto body repairs. At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we know how stressful it can be to have your care restored to its pre-collision beauty. That's why we offer comprehensive, streamlined auto body services and unsurpassed car restoration quality.
With more than 60 years of combined body shop experience in South Carolina, our repair techs leave no stones unturned and never take shortcuts when repairing your vehicle. We're proud to say we only use the latest diagnostic techniques, equipment, and parts to get the job done right. That way, you can get back on the road quickly and safely.
A few of our most common auto body shop services include but are not limited to:
Studies show that about 50 percent of vehicles suffer some kind of frame damage in a car collision. Frame damage can occur easily, even in common situations involving minor fender benders. Often, frame damage is difficult to see and can go unnoticed by insurance adjusters. The unfortunate truth is that even minor frame damage can put you, your family, your friends, and your car at risk when driving. When it goes unnoticed, it can often spell disaster for everyday drivers who might think their car is fine to drive.
When your car's frame is bent, your alignment is usually off, too, causing you to swerve and veer while driving. At best, this scenario results in unnecessary wear on your tires and, at worst, results in a car wreck. The bottom line? You need to get your car's frame inspected by a team of professional collision repair experts, even if you've only been involved in a minor accident.
At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we take a comprehensive approach to frame repair and alignment. Our highly-trained frame repair technicians use a multi-point process to diagnose and correct your frame problems by:
Chips and cracks are bad news for your car's windshield and don't just look bad - they can do serious damage when left unrepaired. Cracks and chips can quickly turn from a minor inconvenience to a safety hazard by impairing your vision. If your windshield crack is bad enough, you might even get pulled over by a police officer. Driving your vehicle with a large crack or even with an object embedded in it is a bad idea, but Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration is here to help.
Our windshield repair technicians have years of experience repairing car windows and windshields for many types of automobile glass, including side and rear windows. If you have been involved in a collision and need new glass, we can help facilitate that process and install a new windshield without you ever lifting a finger. New glass is usually needed with serious car wrecks, and it's always best to trust a professional auto body shop in cityname, state to get the job done. Our team uses the most modern glass and adhesives on the market, so you know your windshield and windows are high-quality and ready for the road.
Whether you have a chipped windshield or need all-new glass for your car, we're here to serve you.
Out car windshield and glass repairs include:
Any kind of item or stray piece of debris can dent your car. If you've been driving for at least a few years, chances are you've parked at a grocery store and, after shopping, returned to your car to see a big, unsightly dent. Whether they're due to inclement weather or rocks on the highway, dents cause noticeable damage that only gets worse with time. One of the most common dent repair solutions is paintless dent removal - a process that removes dents in your vehicle without removing any paint.
Paintless dent removal is great because it is not invasive and is a very efficient, cost-effective way to fix car dents before they get even worse. There are no fillers or sanding involved, making this option one of the quickest ways to remove dents. At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, our dent removal technicians use several tools to gently massage dents out of your car. When we're done, we'll smooth everything back into place, leaving your car looking like new.
To make matters even better, most paintless dent removal is supported by car insurance agencies, meaning you may not pay a cent out of pocket for our dent removal services.
At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we are very passionate about classic car restoration and offer a wide range of restoration services in Daniel Island. We understand that no two classic car restoration projects are the same, which is why we offer a wide variety of services. We're talking mechanical upgrades, partial restorations, and full car restoration projects. If you have a repair, upgrade, or restoration plan in mind, chances are we can help you achieve your goals.
After we perform an initial inspection and provide you with a detailed estimate on the scope of work needed to restore your car, our seasoned technicians will get to work on your project.
Our full-scale classic car restoration process includes:
When was the last time you got compliments on your car's paint? If you loved your car's paint when it was brand new but hate what it looks like now, Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration can help you fall back in love with your vehicle. Whether your current paint job looks old and faded or you're craving a new color to show off, our paint technicians can deliver what you're looking for.
Between our advanced painting tools and uber-talented vehicle painting experts, our team can transform your car's aesthetic appeal, no matter the make and model. We can even fix dings and scratches in your paint while we're at it, so your car is shiny, smooth, and ready to turn heads.
We offer various auto painting services, from minor paint jobs to full-scale custom projects. We're happy to work with budgets of all sizes and can accommodate all of your painting needs, whether you want to paint a daily driver or a show car.
We recommend you call our office today, so we can get to know you a little better and understand what kind of paint job your car needs. We're happy to chat about cars and your paint job, even if you're just inquiring. After all, we're more than the best body shop in Daniel Island - we're enthusiasts, too.
If you're on the hunt for the highest-quality auto body repair services in South Carolina, backed by decades of experience, look no further than Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration. We put our customer's needs first and strive to exceed expectations with every service we offer - all at a price you can afford. Swing by our body shop or contact our office today to discover why we're the Lowcountry's first choice in collision repair.(843) 996-4995
A new marina is in the works on Clouter Creek near Daniel Island in southern Berkeley County.Thomas Island Marina will consist of 110 slips along with parking near the southern terminus of Clements Ferry Road, according to site plans.The proposed development will include a 74-space parking area, restroom facility and picnic pavilion as well as a boardwalk across the marsh to the marina.The 1.5-acre parcel is a highland tract on the southern edge of a 16.5-acre parcel owned by a firm called Cloute...
A new marina is in the works on Clouter Creek near Daniel Island in southern Berkeley County.
Thomas Island Marina will consist of 110 slips along with parking near the southern terminus of Clements Ferry Road, according to site plans.
The proposed development will include a 74-space parking area, restroom facility and picnic pavilion as well as a boardwalk across the marsh to the marina.
The 1.5-acre parcel is a highland tract on the southern edge of a 16.5-acre parcel owned by a firm called Clouter Creek Reserve LLC of Charleston.
The city of Charleston must approve the proposal for the site, south of Interstate 526.
A Mount Pleasant real estate investment firm that recently bought a set of office buildings on Shem Creek for nearly $7 million is now the owner of three industrial properties in Summerville after paying $8.1 million.
WRS Inc. Real Estate Investments bought the three sites totaling nearly 56,000 square feet off Varnfield Drive on April 18. The seller was Summerville Industrial Partners LLC.
The deal gives WRS a 25,000-square-foot facility at 215-A&B Varnfield Drive, a 20,803-square-foot building at 114-A&B Trigard Lane and the 9,840-square-foot property at 220 Varnfield Drive.
Pat Marr, development principal with WRS, represented his firm in the purchases off North Main Street, west of Azalea Square Shopping Center.
It’s the company’s latest industrial real estate investment in the Summerville market. In January, WRS paid $13.3 million in two separate transaction to acquire seven industrial and flex-space buildings with a combined 91,000 square feet off U.S. Highway 78 south of Flowertown. One of the sellers was Summerville Industrial Partners.
Earlier this month, WRS paid $6.825 million for twin office buildings at 410 Mill St. beside Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, four years after the property changed hands for $3.5 million, according to Charleston County land records.
A Charleston-based real estate investment firm recently sold three storage facilities across the Southeast for $48.5 million.
Adams Property Group announced April 21 it sold Monster Self Storage sites on Grand Oaks Boulevard in Charleston as well as sites in Savannah, Ga., and Winston-Salem, N.C., to New York-based Life Storage.
The seller said in a prepared statement the self-storage industry has been rapidly growing in recent years and it wanted to take advantage of “the heated market” for the best return to its investors.
All three properties will be rebranded as Life Storage.
Adams Property Group manages a portfolio of more than 1.9 million square feet of self-storage in 22 properties, including Monster and Your Storage Units, across South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The company also owns nearly 1 million square feet of retail and flex space in the Carolinas and Georgia. Those properties include grocery-anchored retail, non-anchored retail and flex industrial facilities in business parks.
Staying up to date on routine appointments and starting healthy habits can make lasting improvements to overall healthNational Women’s Health Week (May 8-14) serves to remind women of the importance of routine and preventive care for both their mental and physical health. This weeklong recognition, which kicked off on Mother’s Day, also serves as an important time to encourage women and girls to take steps to improve their overall health.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ...
Staying up to date on routine appointments and starting healthy habits can make lasting improvements to overall health
National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14) serves to remind women of the importance of routine and preventive care for both their mental and physical health. This weeklong recognition, which kicked off on Mother’s Day, also serves as an important time to encourage women and girls to take steps to improve their overall health.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also stress the importance of catching up on missed or delayed annual checkups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delaying routine or annual health care checkups can impact individuals in different ways and can lead to undiagnosed health issues or a delay in treating preventable illness.
In June 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that four in 10 adults had avoided medical care appointments because of concerns related to COVID-19.
“Too often, women put their health last when they should be prioritizing their bodies, minds and overall wellbeing,” said Kimberly Seals, Director of DHEC’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. “It’s important that women take time to put their health first. Make an appointment if you’re overdue for checkups and be sure to stay current on preventive screenings like mammograms, PAP smears, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, stress tests, and physical exams.”
Better overall health can be achieved by taking small steps each day that can have lasting effects and noticeable improvements on a women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Women and girls can implement small, positive changes by:
“Anyone feeling affected by stress, anxiety or depression should reach out to a health care provider for mental and emotional support and guidance,” said Seals. “These past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a drastic toll on everyone’s mental and emotional health. There’s no stigma or shame in asking for help. Getting help when you need it is one of the bravest and smartest things a person can do for themselves and for their families and friends.”
Women and girls can find more resources at the National Women’s Health Week webpage, www.womenshealth.gov. Find additional information and learn how DHEC works to improve women’s health and the health of all South Carolinians at scdhec.gov/health.
SC HOPES is a support line for any South Carolinian impacted by COVID-19 or any other associated stressors. Anyone can call this line to be linked to resources for mental health and substance use treatment or other needs. SC-HOPES is available 24/7, toll-free, at (844) SC-HOPES (724-6737).
Bishops and Iron Horses track and field, baseball capture region ringsTrackThe Bishop England girls and both of the Philip Simmons track and field teams shone at their respective region championships.The Bishop girls ran away with the Region 8-AAA title on May 2 with a 218.5-85 victory over Academic Magnet at Cane Bay High School on May 2. Hanahan topped BE 211-128 to win the boys’ crown.The Iron Horse girls and boys both claimed the biggest trophy at the Region 6-AA championships, which wer...
Bishops and Iron Horses track and field, baseball capture region rings
The Bishop England girls and both of the Philip Simmons track and field teams shone at their respective region championships.
The Bishop girls ran away with the Region 8-AAA title on May 2 with a 218.5-85 victory over Academic Magnet at Cane Bay High School on May 2. Hanahan topped BE 211-128 to win the boys’ crown.
The Iron Horse girls and boys both claimed the biggest trophy at the Region 6-AA championships, which were contested at Woodland High School on May 4.
The Bishop girls won 11 of the 17 events contested including wins in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays.
Gold medal performances included: Maggie Long (shot put, long jump and triple jump), Audra Schaafsma (400 dash, high jump), Hope-Elaine Stowell (discus and javelin), Caroline Edgerton (800 run) and Nora Brahim (3,200 run).
Justin Hafner led the Bishop boys with gold medals in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while the Bishops’ 4x800 claimed first.
Bishop England will compete in Saturday’s Lower State qualifier at Camden.
In the Region 6-AA meet, Iron Horse sprinter NaJhyria Watson led the way by sweeping the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
De’Andra Brown claimed two gold medals, winning the 100-meter hurdles and long jump while the Iron Horse girls won the 400- and 3,200-meter relays.
Other gold medal winners included: Phoebe Coggan (800), Samantha Watson (1,600), Elizabeth Habakus (3,200), Kelsey Kieffer (high jump), Madison Jent (pole vault) and Brooke Wall (javelin).
The Iron Horse boys were dominant as well. They swept the 400-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays.
Bryce Kinloch (400 and high jump) and Pierce Walker (1,600 and 3,200) were double winners.
Other gold medalists included: JaQue Green (100), Corey Steed (200), Kanye Doyle (800), Troy Stevenson (long jump), Trey Hensley (pole vault) and Abram Wright (discus).
Philip Simmons claimed the Class AA Region championship Monday night with a 13-3 victory over Camden in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The victory gave the Iron Horses an 18-9 record and a spot in the Class AA Lower State Championship Series.
The Iron Horses were 3-0 in district play. They also beat Silver Bluff 13-6 and Marion 12-8 to reach the district title game.
Bishop England, meanwhile, went 1-2 in the Class AAA District 6 play. The Bishops beat Lake City 1-0 in the opening round and lost to Battery Creek 11-5 to fall into the elimination bracket. Lake City eliminated BE, 11-4.
Both the Bishop England and Philip Simmons girls’ soccer teams were scheduled to play Tuesday night for berths in this weekend’s state soccer championships.
The Bishops were scheduled to Oceanside Collegiate with the winner advancing to Saturday’s Class AAA state championship game, while Philip Simmons was scheduled to play at Christ Church with the winner moving onto Saturday’s Class AA championship.
The Bishops recorded victories over Lake City, Gilbert and Camden. Philip Simmons received a first-round bye and beat Brashier and Buford.
The BE boys won their opening round game with a 2-0 decision over Camden, but dropped a 3-2 decision at Waccamaw. The Iron Horse boys received a first-round bye and lost to Greenville, 2-1, in the second round.
The Philip Simmons High School boys’ tennis team claimed its third consecutive state championship May 7 with a 6-0 victory over Christ Church.With a hoard of titles in the school’s brief five-year history, the natural question to ask head coach Richard Schulz was, “Are you building a dynasty?”The venerable coach’s reply was, “I’ve got a better word for it: We’re building a program at this school. Five years ago, I had one player for the first four weeks of the season. In February,...
The Philip Simmons High School boys’ tennis team claimed its third consecutive state championship May 7 with a 6-0 victory over Christ Church.
With a hoard of titles in the school’s brief five-year history, the natural question to ask head coach Richard Schulz was, “Are you building a dynasty?”
The venerable coach’s reply was, “I’ve got a better word for it: We’re building a program at this school. Five years ago, I had one player for the first four weeks of the season. In February, we had 31 players come out for the team. We are drawing players from all over.”
While it’s way too early to talk about the 2023 season, when the Iron Horses will compete at the Class AAA level; the team will be prohibitive favorites to win a fourth straight state crown. All five of the top singles players are scheduled to be back: Josh Lively (sophomore),
Henry Hayden (junior), Zade Hyatt (junior), Jordan Mercado (eighth grade) and Matthew Esse (freshman). The doubles team that won at the state tournament is composed of senior classmates Soren Spina and Parker Black.
All seven players posted convincing victories against Christ Church at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center in Florence. The Cavaliers were seeking a state record 26th state championship, but were no match for the Iron Horses.
The Iron Horses celebrated their first state championship in 2019. COVID-19 halted the 2020 season. But the Iron Horses didn’t miss a beat, bouncing back to win state championships last spring and again in 2022.
Schulz said coaching high school athletes is a combination of skill, art and energy.
“You have to be an artist because you start the season with a blank canvas,” Schulz said. “You have to be able to complete the big picture. It also takes skill, not a lot of it, to be a coach. It takes art and, for me, it takes 100 percent energy. If you give as much energy as the players, you’re going to have a good practice.”
The Iron Horses didn’t have a glitzy regular season, finishing with an 11-7 record against competition that included teams that reached the state finals in Class AAAAA and AAAA. The team also played New Jersey state power Bergen Catholic in April when Bergen Catholic ventured to South Carolina to play a handful of schools from the Palmetto State.
Schulz praised his co-captains for their tennis and academic success.
“Soren has a 5.08 GPA (on a weighted scale),” Schulz said. “And Zade is an exceptional student as well. He takes some challenging engineering courses.”
Schulz also coaches the Iron Horses girls’ team, which captured the state championship in the fall. The boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled to receive their state championship rings at 11 a.m., May 13, at the school’s football stadium.
But first, there’s still unfinished business as the spring sports schedule winds down. Schulz and his top-three players Lively, Hayden and Hyatt headed back to Florence on May 9 for day one of the individual championships.
It’s a half hour until close and almost all of the caffeine connoisseurs have come and gone. Except for one.A blonde-haired girl sits alone at a far table in the back of Blondies Bagels & Cafe on Daniel Island. She’s minding her own business as she strokes the keyboard of her Macbook.Her athleisure apparel, which consists of an oversized T-shirt and yoga pants, and laid back demeanor suggests that she’s self-employed because it’s Monday afternoon not the weekend. She’s not lonely, she’s w...
It’s a half hour until close and almost all of the caffeine connoisseurs have come and gone. Except for one.
A blonde-haired girl sits alone at a far table in the back of Blondies Bagels & Cafe on Daniel Island. She’s minding her own business as she strokes the keyboard of her Macbook.
Her athleisure apparel, which consists of an oversized T-shirt and yoga pants, and laid back demeanor suggests that she’s self-employed because it’s Monday afternoon not the weekend. She’s not lonely, she’s working.
Her name is Ashley James, she’s a 24-year-old Realtor for a cloud-based brokerage by the name of EXP Realty and a former business marking graduate from East Carolina University. She moved to Charleston two years ago for a job she never got to start because of a hiring freeze due to COVID-19.
At first she was apprehensive about the instability of a commission-based job. Now, she’s her own boss, works her own hours and simply wouldn’t have it any other way.
James resides in Park Circle, but prefers to work anywhere that has a WiFi connection, except from home. She likes to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air and of course the fragrance of freshly brewed coffee.
James changes her coffee destination on a weekly basis. Lately, Blondies Bagels & Cafe has been her flavor of the week. She doesn’t mind the commute, it’s only a 12-minute drive.
“They have good bagels so I come here,” James admitted.
A cinnamon sugar bagel with a vanilla latte are the contents of her midday ritual.
“That’s the go-to,” James confirmed.
When James isn’t landing contracts, sifting through a maze of paperwork in the form of online documents or just doing her due diligence for clients, she’s people watching. She’s a silent observer.
As James types away, she can’t help but overhear the woman who’s sitting at a nearby table. She’s talking about fostering children, particularly a 4-month-old that she just recently has taken custody of.
The two struck up a lovely little chat that was short lived once the woman’s friend arrived to join her in the consumption of a caffeinated beverage and perhaps a delectable bagel too.
James returns her attention to her laptop’s screen as she attempts to regain focus on work. Although, she can’t help but naturally eavesdrop on her coffee neighbors’ conversation.
After all, it’s human instinct to be interested in others’ conversations going on around us.
Coffee Conversations is an ongoing observational feature, highlighting local people and the issues they discuss over coffee.