Fall 2022 business comings and goings on the Outer Banks and in northeast N.C.

Fall 2022 business comings and goings on the Outer Banks and in northeast N.C.

December 9th, 2022
Hearing aid provider opens new location in Kitty Hawk

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, along with Ribbon Cutting Sponsor ACE Hardware, held a ribbon cutting on December 6 for HearingLife, 3704 N. Croatan Hwy, Suite D, Kitty Hawk.

[submitted photo]

Myra Ladd-Bone, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Broker at Atlantic Realty congratulated Sara Bolton, Hearing Instrument Specialist for their new location and membership with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

HearingLife is committed to delivering unsurpassed hearing healthcare by placing your individual needs first. They pledge to provide
affordable, custom-tailored solutions supported by their professional and dedicated staff.

December 6, 2022
Bottle shop on the Beach Road celebrates ribbon cutting
Beach Road Bottle Shop owner Tony Gonzalez cut the ribbon for his shop at milepost 8.8 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 and business after hours on November 17 for Beach Road Bottle Shop, 1006 S. Virginia Dare Trail #4 in Kill Devil Hills.

Beach Road Bottle Shop is a beer and wine tasting room located at MP 8.8 on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills. Featuring 17 craft beers on tap, small batch wines from wineries around the world, cider, kombucha, and beer and wine flights available in the tasting room.

November 29, 2022
More new restaurants on the way to downtown Elizabeth City
Sunset on Main Street in downtown Elizabeth City before the annual Christmas parade. [Baxter Miller/VisitNC.com photo]

A trio of new restaurants are expected to be open in the coming weeks, including two in spaces that have been vacant for some time.

Work continues on getting Sagos on the River ready in The Waterworks building at the corner of Water and Ehringhaus streets.

An opening date has yet to be announced by co-owners Sy Davis and Dana Rabon, but they posted last week an eastern North Carolina native has been named head chef.

Over in the Colonial Avenue section of downtown, Tooley’s Tavern at The Narrows is gearing up to host a New Year’s Eve celebration and could be open before the end of the year.

Jeannie and John Young have been working since before the pandemic to convert the space that has been home to several eateries and night clubs next to City Hall.

The Young’s said they expect to begin selling tickets to their New Year’s Eve event on their Facebook page.

And The Daily Advance reports John and Lucretia Wilson plan to open a steak and seafood restaurant called Allecious at 108 North McMorrine Street.

The building at 108 North McMorrine Street was once home to the Oxena News Stand and Sandwich Shop, which closed in the 1990s, and has stood vacant for the last two decades.

The Wilson’s plan to open Allecious, named for John’s mother, by the beginning of 2023.

November 20, 2022
Tea shop and record store at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing celebrate with ribbon cutting

[courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]
After spending the last several years in Little Rock, Arkansas, Abbi and Jordan Siler returned to the Outer Banks this spring and opened a tea and record shop over the summer in the shopping center next to Kitty Hawk Kites across from Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce along with Ribbon Cutting Sponsor ACE Hardware held a ribbon cutting on November 15 for Abbi’s Tea’s & Things and Sudden Light Records at 3933 South Croatan Hwy #8, Nags Head.

Robert DeFazio, member of the Chamber Board of Directors and president of Centurion Security Services, Inc. and Big Blue Services, Inc. congratulated Abbi and Jordan on the first season of their new businesses.

Visit their shop for hand-crafted loose-leaf teas, teapots and accessories, vinyl records and unique gifts.

Find them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/teasandthings and https://www.facebook.com/suddenlightrecords and visit their websites: www.abbiteas.com and www.suddenlightrecords.com.

November 8, 2022
Coasters Downtown owner expands portfolio with The Market

The Market is at the corner of Water and Main streets in downtown Elizabeth City. [Facebook photo]

The Market in downtown Elizabeth City is getting a new owner, as Adam Swain adds the eatery at the corner of Water and Main streets to his expanding portfolio.

An Elizabeth City native who owns Coasters Downtown at the corner of Poindexter and Colonial avenues, Swain will begin operations of the bodega, deli and bakery in early December.

“I’m proud to pass the torch to someone who loves downtown as much as I do and shares a similar vision for the future of The Market,” said Heather Sawyer, who opened the shop in September 2021 and also owns Water Street Real Estate Group.

“I’m looking forward to building on the foundation of what The Market has already become in such a short time,” Swain said.

“While we’ll be making some small adjustments and rolling out some new offerings in the weeks to come, this is a moment to appreciate what Heather and the entire team at The Market have been able to accomplish,” Swain said. “I’m again humbled that she has entrusted me with the stewardship of The Market.”

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 news@wobx.com.

October 31, 2022
Ocracoke Coffee Company goes on the market

[courtesy Ocracoke Coffee Company]

The owners of Ocracoke Coffee Company say they are ready to hand off the reigns of an “island treasure”.

In a post on their Facebook page Sunday morning, they said “if you are interested in making the transition to island life, please contact us at java@ocracokecoffeeco.com.”

October 20, 2022
Ribbon cutting for Bejamin Moore – Kellogg Paint Solutions in Kitty Hawk

[courtesy OBX Chamber]

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce along with Ribbon Cutting Sponsor, ACE Hardware held a ribbon cutting on October 14 for Benjamin Moore – Kellogg Paint Solutions at 3722 N. Croatan Hwy, Unit B, Kitty Hawk.

Bob Peele, Past Chair of the Board of Directors, and Director, of Wanchese Marine Industrial Park congratulated Joe Gaca, Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg Supply Company.

“Benjamin Moore offers the highest-quality paints and finishes in the industry, which we provide directly to our customers through knowledgeable, customer-friendly, trained paint specialists.”

Contact them at (252) 715-5980 or kelloggsupplyco.com/benjamin-moore-paint.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is the area’s largest business membership organization and serves Currituck
County, Dare County, and Ocracoke County.


October 14, 2022

Wake Up OBX celebrates ribbon cutting with Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon cutting at Wake Up OBX. [courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]

[courtesy OBX Chamber]

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, along with Ribbon Cutting Sponsor ACE Hardware, held a ribbon cutting on October 7 for Wake Up OBX, 1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane, Duck.

Richard Hess, Immediate Past Chair of the chamber board and realtor at Sun Realty, congratulated owner Crystal Jones for the grand opening.

Wake Up OBX is a Boho-Inspired boutique with gifts, home decor, clothing, jewelry, crystals, hemp, all-natural holistic products, and more. Go to their website, wakeupobx.com or call (252) 489-3984.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is the area’s largest business membership organization and serves Currituck County, Dare County, and Ocracoke.

October 10, 2022
Sugar Kingdom expanding its realm into Kitty Hawk

Construction is underway along U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk near the N.C. 12 intersection on a 7,500 square foot retail candy store, and it appears it will be the third Sugar Kingdom on the Outer Banks.

The property at 5201 North Croatan Highway is zoned BC-2, beach commercial and retail uses, with candy store listed specifically in the ordinance as a permitted use, according to Rob Testerman, Director of Planning and Inspections for the Town of Kitty Hawk.

“The site was subject to a commercial site plan review by the Planning Board and Town Council, but as this is a permitted use, the review was only to review compliance with the zoning requirements (lot coverage, setback, etc),” Testerman said. “There were no special approvals or public hearings required for this.”

The Kitty Hawk Planning Board reviewed the site plan at its December 16, 2021 meeting, and subsequently Town Council reviewed and approved the site plan on January 10. A permit was issued August 5 for construction of the building with 7,000 square feet of retail space and valued at $1.6 million.

The 0.9527 acre lot was purchased by S&S Properties of Virginia Beach in June 2021 for $750,000. S&S has the same address as Sunsations Inc., which operates beach supply stores of the same name and Sugar Kingdom locations in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

The Sugar Kingdom website touts they offer over 2,500 different types of candy to meet every taste, craving and age.

“Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the ultimate candy experience that can only take place in a kingdom. Our bright, colorful décor will make you feel like you’re in Disneyland.”

We’ve reached out to Sugar Kingdom to confirm they are coming to Kitty Hawk, but have yet to receive a response.

October 4, 2022
Wendy’s, indoor self storage coming to Elizabeth City’s Halstead Blvd. Ext. corridor

The City of Elizabeth City’s Community Development Department received two additional commercial site plans in September for a new Wendy’s and a new self storage facility, both to be located along the Halstead Boulevard Extended corridor.

SP 1222, submitted by Carolina Quality Foods, Inc. for the property located at the corner of Halstead Boulevard Ext. and McPherson Crossing North for the construction of a +/ 2,600 square foot Wendy’s fast food restaurant with drive through. The property is located in the Halstead Blvd Extension Overlay District and has a current zoning of General Business (GB).

The new locations will likely replace the North Road Street location that has been closed since a fire sparked by a lighthing strike in January.  The original Wendy’s in Elizabeth City on Ehringhaus Street was recently-renovated.

Carolina Quality Foods also operates the Wendy’s in Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Moyock.

SP 1322, submitted by UHC of Raleigh for the properties located at 1615 Patrick Way and lot numbers 14, 15, 16, and a portion of lot 20 of
preliminary plat phases 58 of the Stockbridge at Tanglewood Subdivision for a 129,000 sf selfstorage UHaul facility and separate 17,608 square foot UBox storage facility, to also include truck and trailer rentals. Parcels 14, 15, 16, and 20 have not yet gone to final plat, along with Patrick Way road way and utility extension. These properties are located in the Halstead Blvd Extension Overlay District and are zoned General Business (GB).

The City of Elizabeth City’s Technical Review Committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday with the applicants.

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