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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.

The Cottage Shop embodies the breezy style of Outer Banks living — from coastal-inspired clothing and accessories to home décor and colorful outdoor furniture — and its merchandise is as unique as the Outer Banks itself. Inside you will find whimsical and artful dishtowels, accents and wall …

Morris Farm Market, 3784 Caratoke Hwy., can be found about 30 miles north of Kitty Hawk in Currituck County by way of Wright Memorial Bridge.

George Mazza is the owner of Sweet Rides, an electric bicycle rental service. For the past year, Sweet Rides has been offering visitors and residents a unique way to experience the Outer Banks. To take your own Sweet Ride, you can book a bike online and George will deliver a two-wheeler righ…

Julie Christian is the owner of Mermaid Permanent Cosmetics. She opened for business this month and offers a variety of permanent cosmetic services including microblading eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner and color, as well as re-pigmentation of areolas for women who had breast cancer, camouflag…

Billie Steese is rarely at a loss for words when it comes to women’s fashion and style, having devoted more than three decades to helping people look and feel their best. However, the co-owner of Lady Victorian paused when asked how she would describe the longtime Duck boutique to the uninitiated.

An iconic Outer Banks business — The Bird Store & Outer Banks Wildlife Art Gallery in Kill Devil Hills — is a paradise for lovers of wildlife. Inside, shoppers will find bird feeders, bird puzzles, bird books and all things birds. It boasts an exceptional collection of antique and new, l…

Hatteras Yoga is devoted to instilling inner peace and wellness through its myriad classes, which range from beginning yoga for people with little- to know experience to those who have been engaged in the ancient practice and meditation for decades.

Travis Cope is the owner of Outer Banks Power Washing LLC. His company power washes roofs, all types of siding, flat work, pool decks, and wooden decks. They serve individual homeowners, rental companies, and commercial businesses located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Northern Virginia.

Island Bookstore is one of those places that makes living on a barrier island in the winter seem a little less isolated, and makes lounging by the water on a warm, sunny day even more blissful.

Megan Gwin is the founder of Learn & Love CPR, LLC. Her business provides basic life support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training (as well as first aid and bloodborne pathogens training) for local small businesses, healthcare providers and members of the community who w…

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Hatteras resident Christina Deneka is a master at formulating the perfect blend of essential oils and botanicals to create personal care products, including European-style, handcrafted Castile soap and natural skincare products.

Deja New, a charming cottage-style shop in the Dunes Shops in Kitty Hawk, boasts an eclectic mix of repurposed, distressed furniture and home décor items, handmade art and more. The space is warm and colorful, and it reflects the personality of the woman behind Deja New: Donna Morgan Hollowe…

Anthony Kugler is the president of Coastal Carolina Water and has owned the business for 11 years. Coastal Carolina Water is a one stop water shop offering the only locally bottled water in the northeastern corner of North Carolina. The business offers 5- and 3-gallon jugs, jug-less water co…

Ami Hill gazes around her new gallery Muse Originals OBX. “I don’t have talent like this, she says, as she gestures to the art that fills the venue to the brim.

Stacy Justice is the co-founder, CEO and president of Bluewater Restoration Inc, a specialty licensed general contractor that handles emergency indoor environmental property losses, such as water and fire damage, as well as general contracting for both residential and business needs.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Currituck County Economic Development, Northeastern Workforce Development Board and the NCWorks Career Center will host the OBX Success Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Richard A. Brindley Sports Center in Corolla, and from 10 a.…

The Jolly Roger Restaurant has been part of the Outer Banks landscape since 1972, and for good reason: It’s fun, affordable and unique.

When local entrepreneur Terry Bell decided to open The Spice & Tea Exchange of Duck, she knew she wanted it to be more than a place to buy quality products: She wanted it to be a must-stop destination for people who find joy in cooking, just as she does.

An Outer Banks treasure is hoping old friends and new will join him for a special celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of The Christmas Shop, 621 US-64, in Manteo.

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Residents and visitors alike have an opportunity to explore the latest trends and grandest innovations in home design at the Outer Banks Home Builders Association’s 25th Annual Parade of Homes.

The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group are fortunate to have three providers who are absolutely passionate about wellness. The truth is, all of our providers would rather see illness prevented or caught early, but three in particular have or are earning additional credentials to keep pac…

Getting together with a group of girlfriends is revitalizing. Sharing laughs, insights and even sorrows can lighten the heart and inspire the mind. Sometimes we get so busy, though, that we need to put group gatherings on the calendar, just to make sure they happen.

With Halloween around the corner, there is plenty of fright-filled fun than to have on the Outer Banks — from kid-friendly Halloween activities and events for all ages to parties for those ages 21 and older. Following is a sampling of what’s on tap: