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Longtime Hilton Head residents bring the Daily Café and Market to Shelter Cove Harbor & Marina

Updated: Apr 1

exterior of the Daily Cafe with seating and a black umbrella and chalk menu board

Longtime Hilton Head Island, SC residents Scott and Michelle Allen have blended their talents to bring the Daily Café and Market to life at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.

The couple sought to design a convenient café and market featuring creative grab-and-go market items using locally sourced goods and quality ingredients. They wanted to create a comfortable place to eat, drink and shop on the waterfront at Shelter Cove Harbor & Marina.

customer accepting a bag of take out food and a server in a black shirt carrying food to a customer at the Daily Cafe

All of which has come to fruition with the Daily Café, which opened in early March in the Harbourside 3 building (9 Harbourside Lane, Unit A1) next to the Shelter Cove Harbor & Marina stage.

A Familiar Name at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

The Shelter Cove Marina location is ideal for Allen, who first started on the island in 1982 at Harbourmasters (now ELA’S on the Water) and later opened Scott’s Fish Market, now a pillar of Shelter Cove, which he owned for 35 years. “I’ve probably been in Shelter Cove longer than any other person,” Allen said with a chuckle.

“I’ve been designing restaurants, not only for myself. I’ve helped other people out along the way,” he said. “But I kept some concepts on the back burner. I sold Scott’s Fish Market about seven years ago to the Ross family, who are a great family. They were my best customers. And the reason why I sold it mainly was to get out of working at night. I had worked at night for over 40 years."

black metal tables surrounded by grab and go food items at the Daily Cafe

“I didn’t think that monetarily, just a market and a breakfast place would (be enough),” said Allen. “So, we expanded the concept to one side being a line producing food — sustainable packaging, really fresh ingredients, locally sourced items as much as possible. And the other side both a specialty and a pedestrian type market.”

Allen, who studied architecture and art in college, and his equally creative wife designed the entire space. “It was my concept with the help of my wife, Michelle. She’s got an incredible design sense,” he said. “We did all the work ourselves as far as all the color choices. We wanted it to be an industrial type, modern theme rather than like a lot of places that are more Lowcountry design.”

Shelter Cove Habour & Marina's Convenient and Creative Grab-and-go Café

Like its name, The Daily Café’s products and market items are things people enjoy daily with a beautiful waterfront view. Healthy breakfast and lunch items, an eclectic array of creative coffees, and a wide-ranging selection of market items are all available for take away, including sandwiches and wraps, soups and salads.

The Allens also designed the concept around the coffee brand featured at the Daily Café called King Bean from Charleston, which is one of the top roasters in the state. “It’s a dark roast that we’re using, but it’s a little less bitter. It’s a product that really excels when you’re looking for a cup of coffee,” said Allen.

“We also have a state-of-the-art espresso machine, which we’re doing lattes, cappuccinos, pretty much any kind of coffee drink you like. We’re featuring a product that’s really hot around the country right now, a Nitro Cold Brew,” he said. “You infuse coffee with nitrogen, and it comes out almost like a Guinness Stout — real frothy.”

The Allens want their customers to feel at home as a welcomed neighbor in Shelter Cove’s beautiful waterfront community. Inside the Daily Café is seating for 10 and there is an outside deck that seats up to 24.

“We designed most of the space to be to-go,” Allen said. “You can eat inside or on the patio. But you can also go down to the promenade, sit in the rocking chairs or enjoy on your boat.”

shelves of to go drinks and wine at the Daily Cafe

“Customers might want to grab a cold beer or wine,” he said. “We have featured two draft beers on tap. Both will be local beers from this area of South Carolina — Hilton Head, Charleston, Savannah — and we feature a full selection of wines and beers by the glass, by the half bottle, by the full bottle, mimosas, Bellini’s, a little bit of everything.”

A true, one-stop shop, the Daily Café also carries a wide variety of decorative jewelry and crafts designed by Michelle, as well as other beach-related items such as T-shirts, hats and sunscreen.

The Daily Café and Market (843-686-2525) hours are currently Monday through Saturday from 7 AM until 3 PM. The Daily Café and Market is closed on Sunday. They plan to extend their hours into the evening and feature happy hour on food, beer and wine. Orders may be placed online at Follow them on Instagram & Facebook @dailyhhi.


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