August’s business comings and goings on the Outer Banks and in northeast N.C.

August’s business comings and goings on the Outer Banks and in northeast N.C.

August 29th, 2022

Editor’s note: As part of our commitment to “Covering The Business News of the Greater Outer Banks”, WOBX will be updating this story on a regular basis with information on businesses that are getting rolling, those that are unfortunately having to call it quits, updates on staff, manager and owner changes, and other similar information. Feel free to submit announcements and tips, and make sure to include photos, to

Aug. 30, 2022
Ribbon cutting held at new retailer in Duck, photographer in Kill Devil Hills

[courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, along with Ribbon Cutting Sponsor ACE Hardware, held a ribbon cutting on August 24th for Empress Curated Loungewear and Intimates at the Scarborough Lane Shoppes in Duck.

Myra Ladd-Bone, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Broker at Atlantic Realty congratulated the owner, Jennifer Black for the grand opening.

Women’s apparel, including loungewear, bras, lingerie, panties, jewelry and gifts for all occasions, including bridal! Empress offers custom bra fitting and brands from Brazil, Italy, Germany, Colombia, the UK and right here in the U.S.A.

Contact them at (252) 256-3606 or

A ribbon cutting was held on August 25th for Artography by R&D, located in Kill Devil Hills.

John Denny, Diplomat and Business Development Manager at ACE Hardware joined R&D owners Diana & Rachel Saddlemire for the grand opening.

“At Artography by R&D, we know exactly what makes a good shot. Whether it’s for weddings, engagements, senior portraits, real estate, and more, you can count on us.”

Contact them at, call 336-970-1386 or visit

Aug. 28, 2022
Northeast N.C. losing another restaurant; new ABC Store coming to Buxton

[courtesy Facebook]

Sadly, the month of August has been dominated by eateries that are deciding to close. This time, its The Villa on Halstead Boulevard.

Now for some good news.

Earlier this week, The Island Free Press reported the Dare County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is in the final stages of permitting for a new store to be located in Buxton.

The new store will be located near Dollar General on N.C. 12, will be similar to the design of the Kitty Hawk store and replaces the current location in the Osprey Shopping Center the store has outgrown.

Aug. 25, 2022
One Camden restaurant closing, another coming soon

Track One Restaurant in Camden. [Sam Walker photo]

Track One Restaurant on U.S. 158 near the railroad crossing in Camden has been a staple for several decades, but co-owner Amy Merritt announced earlier this week that Friday will be their last day.

The announcement comes just a few weeks after Lamb’s Convenience Store closed and announced they will become a seafood restaurant right across the road.

Lamb’s Convenience Store was renovated during the U.S. 158 widening project, which included the addition of a kitchen.
Now the entire store is being converted into a seafood restaurant. [Sam Walker photo]
Aug. 24, 2022
Burger Burger in Avon up for sale

Burger Burger in Avon. [photo courtesy]

Located in the Kinnakeet Corner shops, the owners of Burger Burger have decided they are ready to retire. More from the listing at

The current owners have operated Burger Burger since 2019, however, it has been a staple of Hatteras Island life for over 13 years with a very loyal following comprised of island locals and repeat visitors to the island. During the last three years the owners have established solid relationships with suppliers, made numerous upgrades to the front of the house as well as the kitchen equipment, and have expanded on Burger Burger’s already stellar reputation for great food and outstanding service. This is a unique opportunity to own and operate a turn-key, highly visible and proven restaurant located on the iconic NC 12 Highway, in the heart of Avon.

While putting the restaurant on the market, they aren’t quite done yet. And they’ve just come up with a unique way to serve large parties:

Taiko Sushi to close Labor Day weekend

The popular Japanese restaurant at the Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head has announced they will be shutting down after next week.

Aug. 14, 2022
Nora’s Wish in Rodanthe celebrates Good Ol’ Days all this week

Nora’s Wish is located in Rodanthe. [photo courtesy]

Nora’s Wish Chicamacomico Treasures & Nostalgia, 23772 Highway 12 in Rodanthe, is commemorating its namesake’s birthday and the anniversary of The Mirlo rescue all this week.

These dates had been honored with a traditional fish fry and in support of Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site since the tiny cottage shop’s establishment in 2012 until the first year of the pandemic. Now, Good Ol’ Days are back!

The tiny cottage gift and nostalgia shop is built on ships timbers and was repurposed after Hurricane Irene in 2011, as it was previously a single-unit rental.

Nora’s Wish was named for Nora E Midgett Herbert (1899-1969) who had been a beloved citizen of Hatteras Island’s Tri-Villages. The little business seeks to highlight island treasures, including its barrier island history.

Aug. 5, 2022
Grand openings and ribbon cuttings

Latitude 36 in downtown Elizabeth City has its grand reopening set during Friday’s Art Walk.

Electric Garden Smoothie and Juice Bar and Magical Wanderings LLC will also be celebrating ribbon cuttings this evening.

Rivershore Outfitters and The Lodge in Elizabeth City will be opening at their new location on South Hughes Boulevard this Saturday.

Coastal Staffing LLC has opened a new Outer Banks branch location in Point Harbor.

“We offer our employees tons of opportunities, temporary and permanent placement, seasonal jobs, and flexible assignments. We can proudly say that we have helped nearly 20,000 people find employment in various industries including customer service, administration, hospitality, clerical, and industrial and manufacturing.”

For more information or to connect with an Outer Banks Office Staffing Specialist:

Hometown Med of Moyock and OBX in Moyock will be hosting a ribbon cutting with the Currituck of Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

PT2Go Concierge Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic in Moyock celebrated its grand opening recently.


After nearly two decades, the popular Dragon Buffet at Southgate Park shopping center closed for good last month.

The Daily Advance reports the restaurant’s owner cited financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason they had to call it quits.

The Vireo Group, which owns the shopping center, said the interior of the 12,000 square foot space will be demolished. They are seeking a new occupant, but it will not be a restaurant.

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