Shannon Dunn O’Neal is certainly not the only Outer Banks woman to be raised in a commercial fishing family, but she is one of very few to follow the calling into the male-dominated industry.
One night back in 2013, three generations of women sat on a porch in Wanchese sipping cool drinks and dreaming. Matriarch Patty Steinau, her daughter Rheanne Byrd and Rheanne’s four daughters, Lacey Apple, Molly Kinnisten, Maddie Kinnisten and little Sydney Byrd, conceived the idea for an income-producing creative outlet that would allow them to express their shared love of shopping, styling, designing and DIY projects – a women’s clothing and gift boutique. Best of all, it was a place where they could work together.
When it comes to the Outer Banks, there is no shortage of amazing women. You can find them doing incredible things up and down this strip of sand we live on. And these five women are part of the reason why. They help keep us strong and fit, mentally, emotionally and physically.
For the first time in her life, Jody Mikul Mullis, is living by herself. Her children are grown, and her creative projects are minimal. She says it was hard initially; now, she relishes the solitude. This is not a retirement dream come true, though, nor is it because of the pandemic.