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How do you top a new business’ fantastic first year of offering great coffee and delicious ice cream in a welcoming, family environment? For the gang at Higher Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream Company on Colington Island, you just add a dash of Christmas.

Visitors to the Outer Banks have the opportunity to interface with some of what we residents refer to as “locals.” Most of the interactions are with folks in the “service industries.” Restaurants may be the most prevalent locations where those interactions take place. From servers to chefs t…

This sweet girl has been at the Outer Banks SPCA since July 17 — and she'd love to spend the holidays and the rest of her life with a family of her own. She is a mixed-breed and just under four years old.If you throw her a few tennis balls, she'll be your best friend forever.

John and Karen Whitfield are the owners of Spry Creek, a store that features an eclectic collection of gifts and unique accents for people and their homes. They offer unusual items ranging from shipwreck jewelry to house numbers made in Spain. For 14 years, they have been a shopping destinat…

Lindsay Dilworth and Andrew Carnill are the owners of Altwood, a homegoods, furniture, and lifestyle store focusing on artisan-made goods. Their furniture line is handmade by Andrew, and the store also serves as a sort of showroom. Every piece they have in their space can be customized to me…

Michelle Kirnan is the founder, owner and namesake of Michelle Kirnan Photography. Since 2011, Michelle has worked as a portrait photographer serving Southside Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina. Her company offers a custom portrait experience, from pre-session design consultation…

Robert DeFazio is the owner of Centurion Security Services, Inc. Since 2015, Centurion Security has provided trained, state-certified security officers to anyone looking to secure and preserve the integrity of their local business and/or community in the Outer Banks.

A vacation on Hatteras Island always delivers great memories, and nothing adds more flavor to a beach vacation than a bit of local shopping.