Spring business comings and goings across the Greater Outer Banks

Spring business comings and goings across the Greater Outer Banks

March 18th, 2023
Ribbon cutting for new owners of Duck’s General Store

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The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, along with Ribbon Cutting Sponsors ACE Hardware and TowneBank/Towne Insurance, held a ribbon cutting on March 9 at Duck’s General Store.

Jim Gilreath, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C. congratulated Heather Martin and Chris Costa for their new business ownership and membership with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

Duck’s General Store is a popular gift shop located directly beside the famed restaurant, The Blue Point, and was purchased by Martin and Costa on November 22, 2022 from Kathy and Don Nye.

Both from Taunton, Massachusetts, Martin is a CPA and Costa is a regional sales manager for a large national beverage company.

Their store is filled with the work of several local artists, cedar fence post ducks, duck decoys, coastal-inspired home decor, OBX tees, sweatshirts, hats, and souvenirs, humorous cards and napkins, unique gifts, and tons of other fun items!

More info at www.shopduck.com or call them at 252-261-5579.

March 13, 2023
Nags Head independent insurance agency nears anniversary; shopping center welcomes new tenants, eatery

Basnight and Moran Insurance Agency. [submitted photo]

Transferring from one local couple to another, an independent insurance agency in Nags Head will soon be celebrating their first anniversary.

Husband and wife team of Allen Moran and Caroline Basnight purchased The Willey Agency from Fletcher and Linda Willey last April. But other then the change in name, the staff, phone numbers and offices at the Nags Head Professional Center are still the same.

Basnight and Moran Insurance Agency offers a full line of home, commercial, business and auto products through a variety of carriers.

“We have been working hard over the past few months to ensure the transition was seamless and uneventful for you,” Moran wrote in a March 3 email to clients. “We look forward to continuing the longstanding tradition of providing local, friendly, and professional service to the same standards you have known and trusted throughout the years.”

It’s been a busy offseason at Surfside Plaza in Nags Head, with a host of new occupants at the shopping center between the highways at milepost 13.

Surfside Plaza is the new home for OBX Toys and Engraving, Travelers Moon featuring crystals and gems, Dragonfly Art Gallery and Custom Framing, and Family Construction Company Window and Door Showroom.

And another change is coming later this spring, as the popular Blue Moon Beach Grill is almost ready to move into their new home just down the road, and a new eatery will soon take its spot.

Dune Street Grill and Raw Bar, named for the street that connects the Bypass and Beach Road adjacent to the center, is currently scheduled to open by May 1.

March 9, 2023
Discount bin store opens Saturday in Elizabeth City, Outer Banks Brewing Station sold

What some refer to as almost like a treasure hunt shopping experience, DaaBIN Store is opening its 17th location in the country on March 18 in the old Sears Hometown location on Ehringhaus Street in Elizabeth City.

DaaBIN features bins full of overstock and return items, commonly from major online and brick-and-mortar retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target, that is replaced with new stock every week.

“From electronics to household items, to clothing or toys, DaaBIN Store has it all. Anything sold in stores or online can make its way to DaaBins,” the company says on its website.

“A shipment of new product arrives weekly, we restock Daa supply on Thursday & Friday, and every Saturday we have a flash day sale. First come first serve. Every day following decreases in price until Wednesday when we have a fill your bag for $10 sale.”

DaaBins also has stores in Newport News, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Kinston and Graham, as well as Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

In a short, cryptic post Thursday afternoon on Facebook, the founders of Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills announced they have sold the business.

No other details of a transaction, and Dare County property records do not yet reflect a sale of the restaurant and brewery that were constructed in 2001. Tax records show the assessed value of the property at $1,813,600.

“The Outer Banks Brewing Station restaurant and brewery began as a concept in 1992 while the founders, Eric Reece and Aubrey Davis were Peace Corps volunteers alongside Tina Mackenzie in Thailand,” according to their website’s About Us page. “Aubrey had grown up spending summers at his grandparents’ place on the Outer Banks, and felt it was the perfect place to start a brew pub.”

The Outer Banks Brewing Station is the first wind powered brewery in the United States, and first local business to produce wind power.

March 3, 2023
Grand opening celebration at locally-owned convenience store, ribbon cuttings at pair of new businesses

After changing hands and brands several times over the last decade, a convenience store along U.S. 158 is now in the hands of a pair of natives.

Ike and Rick’s Barco Food Mart reopened last fall, featuring Marathon fuel, Kripsy Crunchy Chicken, Hunt Brothers Pizza, N.C. Lottery games and more.

They have scheduled a formal grand opening on Friday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including a live radio broadcast during the midday, face painting and DJ spinning tunes in the afternoon.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce held a pair of ribbon cuttings over the last week of February, sponsored by ACE Hardware and TowneBank/Towne Insurance.

Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty is now open in Duck, representing the firm’s sixth office location, joining Wilmington, Southport, Ocean Isle Beach, Surf City and Morehead City.

Jim Gilreath, chairman of the chamber board and attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C. congratulated Danny Malechuk, CEO and Broker, and Nick Phillips, Founder and Principle Broker, on their new business and membership with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in brokering luxury and lifestyle real estate, with properties receiving ultimate exposure to qualified buyers via Sotheby’s International Realty’s exclusive marketing channels. Watch the incredible marketing journey that a property takes when listed with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Call them at 252-565-0091 or find them at www.landmarksothebysrealty.com.

John Denny, Chamber Board member and Business Development Manager at ACE Hardware congratulated Renee and Gavin Wente, owners of Loblolly Estate Event and Wedding Venue, on their new business and membership with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

Loblolly Estate is a 31-acre wedding and event venue located in Jarvisburg, and believes every event deserves their full attention and comes with an earnest promise to make your event experience one of a kind.

Call them at 252-455-6536 or find them at www.loblollyestate.com.

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