Summer business comings and goings across the Greater Outer Banks

Summer business comings and goings across the Greater Outer Banks

September 8th, 2023
New eatery opens in Edenton, downtown Elizabeth City bodega moving to new digs

The region is getting a new restaurant this weekend, while Friday was the last day for a deli and market in their current location.

After several months of preparation, Chef Kristopher Bateman will begin putting his spin on sandwiches and salads at Downtown Roots, 415 South Broad Street in downtown Edenton, starting this Saturday.

The Market in Elizabeth City has started their move to the former Todd’s Pharmacy on Poindexter Street. River City Hospitality Collective is planning to bring a new concept to the space at the corner of Water and Main streets.

August 30, 2023
Ribbon cuttings for Currituck coffee shop, KDH home accents store, OBX older adult services firm

Locally-owned Blue 42’s Brewing Barn Tap House and Coffee is now officially open after a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Currituck Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

[courtesy Currituck Chamber of Commerce]
Owned and operated by the Powell family next to their famous farmers market near the corner of the N.C. 168/N.C. 34 intersection in Sligo, Blue 42’s features coffees, smoothies, refreshers, craft beers and wine, along with food trucks and live music on a regular basis.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Sale Marsh Home on August 17.

[courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]
Jim Gilreath, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C. congratulated Amber McClanahan on her new business in Kill Devil Hills.

Salt Marsh Home features an ever-changing collection of unique art, home accents, gifts and premium outdoor furniture, and is located at 1706 South Croatan Highway, near mile post 9.5 on the bypass.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce also held a ribbon cutting for Monarch Elder Concierge Service on August 10.

[courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]
Jim Gilreath, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C. congratulated Tamara Warren on the new business in Kill Devil Hills.

“I provide support to elders that need assistance to remain living independently or those transitioning back home after surgery,” said Warren, who specializes in dementia care and is also CPR/first aid certified.

“The duties performed range from errands, meal prep, grocery shopping, medical transport, light housework, pet care and companionship interaction,” Warren said.

August 17, 2023
Newest Dunkin’ opens Saturday in Elizabeth City, Rivershore Outfitters bringing second store to Moyock

The latest location of Dunkin’ operated by a locally-based franchisee is scheduled to open this weekend in the Tanglewood section of Elizabeth City.

Restaurant Services of the Outer Banks, LLC, was founded in 2007 and opened their first store in Nags Head.

They now operate at least 48 Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins stores between Manteo and Richmond, and employ more than 2,000 workers.

The Conlon Way location is the second Dunkin’ in Elizabeth City, joining their store on Ehringhaus Street. Earlier this year, they opened stores on N.C. 168 in Moyock and in Corolla at the Monterey Shores Shopping Center.

Locally-owned hunting, fishing, and apparel store Rivershore Outfitters has announced they are opening another location that will be located at 112 Currituck Commercial Drive, in the plaza at the southern end of Moyock’s commercial district along N.C. 168.

Their store on Hughes Boulevard in Elizabeth City features everything from shirts, footwear, sunglasses, and gifts to hunting supplies, paddleboards, grills, and more.

August 1, 2023
Currituck bookstore relocates, new golf store opens in Nags Head, tweens/teens discount chain headed to Southern Shores, salad shop in Kitty Hawk closes

Read’em & Weep, an independent, woman-owned used bookstore that was previously located in Grandy, has moved to a new location just steps from the Currituck County historic Courthouse and the Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry Dock at 139 Courthouse Road.

Owner Venetia Huffman offers a large inventory of used books in all categories including rare, autographed, and unusual in a relaxed, expansive setting.

Read’em & Weep is available to host private events such as book clubs, mentor programs, children’s story times, and other small groups. For more details visit, email or call (252) 202-2454.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 25 for Outer Banks Golf Club, located at Croatan Centre, 4711 South Croatan Highway, Unit “Fore”, in Nags Head

Ribbon cutting for Outer Banks Golf Club at The Croatan Centre. [courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]
Jim Gilreath, Chairman of the OBX Chamber Board of Directors and Attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C., congratulated Thomas Kogut on the new business located at in Nags Head.

Outer Banks Golf Club is the premier golf pro shop for practice, play, and equipment fittings. The store is stocked with clubs and apparel for the entire family. Full service repair and build shop is on site.

“Looking for a premier golfing experience that will take your game to the next level? Look no further than the Outer Banks Golf Club,” Kogut said. “Our top-of-the-line TrackMan golf simulators offer a world-class golfing experience that is sure to impress even the most seasoned golfers.”

Get more info at or call/text 252-216-2235.

With the ongoing transformation of The Marketplace in Southern Shores and the departure earlier this year of Dollar Tree, all eyes were on what would be going in the space between CVS and Food Lion.

Those questions were answered this past week.

Sign announcing Five Below is coming to The Marketplace in Southern Shores went up during the final week of July. [Sam Walker photo]
Five Below is a discount retailer selling many products that are less than $5, plus a small assortment from $6 to $25, that are aimed at tweens and teens.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, with more than 1,100 stores coast-to-coast, including 33 in North Carolina, the chain announced earlier this year they were opening a store in Elizabeth City at Southgate Park on Ehringhaus Street in the old Dragon Buffet space.

And it was announced earlier this summer that The Salad Bowl, a quick-service eatery featuring salads and wraps, closed after nine years in business at The Ocean Center milepost 1.5 on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.

July 29, 2023
Legendary eastern N.C. barbecue joint shuts down; new paint store opens in Southern Shores

Bunn’s Barbecue in downtown Windsor. [courtesy WNCT]
We’ve lost another of the legends in eastern North Carolina’s barbecue heritage, as Bunn’s in downtown Windsor announced this week they have closed following over eight decades in business.

Surviving everything from floods to pandemics, the simple restaurant in what once was a filling station was probably best known for its unique barbecue sandwich: Chopped with slaw on cornbread.

WNCT-TV has more on the closing of this legendary restaurant.

Below is a feature from 2019 on Bunn’s Barbecue ahead of their 80th anniversary celebration:

Sherwin Williams has opened another location on the Outer Banks, located at The Marketplace in Southern Shores at milepost 1 on U.S. 158.

[courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Sherwin Williams in Southern Shores on July 26, when Richard Hess, Past Chairman of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Realtor at Sun Realty, congratulated Sherwin Williams City Manager Monty Arensman, Store Manager Chris Davidson on the opening.

Sherwin Williams is a full-service store for both contractors and homeowners, with the paint and supplies for all your projects. They also carry pressure washers, paint sprayers, ladders, and a large selection of wallpaper available through special order.

July 17, 2023
Elizabeth City waterfront restaurant sets debut date; Currituck chamber taking 2023 small biz awards noms

The long wait is almost over, as the debut of Sagos on the River is almost here.

For more details, including employment opportunities, checkout their Facebook page.

The Currituck Chamber of Commerce is now taking nominations for their Small Business of the Year awards.

Click here to submit your nominations. The deadline is August 4, 2023.

July 5, 2023
New owner for downtown Elizabeth City book store; ribbon cuttings for new Outer Banks courier service, pet supply store in Elizabeth City

It’s been a year of transition for Page After Page Bookstore.

After having to vacate their original Water Street storefront in Elizabeth City, and a brief stay at Kenyon Bailey Shopping Center on McArthur Drive, the locally-owned book store is now back downtown at 104 South McMorrine Street in a combined space with The Candy Bar.

Now, founder Susan Hinkle has announced she will be retiring and handing over the reigns to new owner Jennifer Beach. A meet-and-greet with Jennifer will be held during First Friday’s Art Walk on July 7.

Robert DeFazio, Chair-Elect of the Outer Banks Chamber Board of Directors and president of Centurion Security Services, Inc. and Big Blue Services, Inc., congratulated Pamela Broadhurst, owner/operator of Blue Dream Courier on opening of her new business in Nags Head.

“We are a woman-owned courier service from Corolla to Ocracoke,” said Broadhurst. “We are dedicated to delivering everything you need. We offer a wide range of delivery options.”

“Whether you just ordered a surfboard, and it doesn’t fit in your car, or you’re enjoying a peaceful day at the beach, we are hear for you” Broadhurst said. “We deliver groceries, chairs, surfboards, yard supplies, small home improvement items, and more. Just ask!”

Get more info and request a quote at or call (252) 207-4707.

Petco opened its newest store off Halstead Boulevard Extended in Elizabeth City on July 1, and the first of its type in North Carolina.

Along with the usual pet supplies, dog grooming and training services, and low-cost animal vaccination clinics, the Petco at Tanglewood is one of just 11 in the nationwide chain that also features farm supplies.

Petco has more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

July 1, 2023
Pigman’s Bar-B-Que, Jewelry By Gail designated OBXMADE

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce recently presented Pigman’s Bar-B-Que in Kill Devil Hills and Jewelry By Gail in Nags Head with the OBXMADE designation, the only registered trademark celebrating products that are locally made.

OBXMADE is meant for all who create, build or produce here on the Outer Banks, and celebrates this spirit while looking to grow it in the next generation of workforce, entrepreneurs and dreamers through outreach, recognition and branding our unique and special area.

The trademark allows consumers to easily recognize companies and produces that are locally produced, whether its a company that is big or small making items that are handmade or mass produced.

For more information on OBXMADE, contact Karen Brown at The application is available at

June 27, 2023
New paint-your-own pottery studio, pet store in Elizabeth City, hot dog joint in KDH celebrate

The Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed their newest member, Lily Pad Pottery.

Located on Water Street in Downtown Elizabeth City, Lily Pad Pottery is a local, veteran family-owned small business looking to bring joy, fun, relaxation, and activity to the community.

The environment in Lily Pad Pottery promotes positivity and gratitude. You may often see a friendly dog around the studio in addition to smiling faces and lots of encouragement.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Petco at Tanglewood Plaza has been rescheduled for Friday, June 30.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 19 at Kill Devil Dogs.

Jim Gilreath, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C. congratulated Jes Gray, owner of the new chamber member in Kill Devil Hills.

Kill Devil Dogs is located at milepost 8.5 on the Beach Road, featuring hot dogs, nachos, beer and more.

June 22, 2023
Treehouse Coffee Co. in Duck celebrates 10th anniversary

Karen Brown, President and CEO of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce congratulated Craig and Haley Readmon, owners of Treehouse Coffee Co. as they celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Treehouse Coffee Co., famous for its mouth-watering homemade biscuits, is located in the Scarborough Faire Shoppes at 1117 Duck Road.

This trendy cafe offers a unique southern twist on classic breakfast favorites, as well as a wide selection of expertly crafted espresso drinks and refreshing cold brews, making it the perfect spot to savor a delicious biscuit, while taking in the sights of Duck.

For menu and online ordering info, visit

June 15, 2023
Ribbon cuttings for new shipping center in KDH; beach services, event & entertaining boutique in Corolla

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, Barrier Island Shipping Center, which recently opened its doors at the Dare Centre, mile post 7 on U.S. 158 in Kill Devil Hills.

Jim Gilreath, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Attorney at Rose, Harrison, Gilreath & Powers, P.C. congratulated owner Jennifer Housand during the ceremony.

“We offer shipping from all major carriers, freight shipping, copies/faxing, on and off-site/after-hours notary services, laminating, and mailbox rentals,” Housand said. “We also offer hotel returns of lost/found items and have established a professional and personal relationship with most businesses in our area.”

[courtesy Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce]
The Currituck Chamber of Commerce also held ribbon cutting ceremonies for a pair of business located in Corolla.

[courtesy Currituck Chamber of Commerce]
The Event Boutique marks the beginning of an exciting journey for Laura Billak, the visionary owner with over 20 years of experience in creating unforgettable event experiences.

The Event Boutique offers a curated collection of modern and vintage table settings and décor to elevate your gatherings. From elegant events to laid-back beach dinners, Laura and her team will assist in creating a personalized entertainment space reflecting your unique style.

Visit The Event Boutique at 1130-B Corolla Village Road and explore their exquisite collection.

For the latest news and offerings, visit, contact Laura at (252) 207-9810, or on Instagram @theeventboutiqueobx.

[courtesy Currituck Chamber of Commerce]
Corolla Beach Services offers a top-notch beach equipment rental and setup service along the Currituck Outer Banks.

If you’re looking for a convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy the beach, be sure to visit their website or call 252.457.5732

June 9, 2023
Tonja Moore promoted to Jennette’s Pier Shop manager

Tonja Moore [courtesy]
Say hello to Tonja Moore, the new Pier Shop manager at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

She worked as the assistant for many years before being promoted when former manager Tamara Hughes accepted a similar position at the Elizabethan Gardens last month. The shop is owned and operated by the non-profit North Carolina Aquarium Society.

June 3, 2023
Much anticipated opening of new downtown Elizabeth City restaurant getting closer

Since taking over a popular waterfront restaurant space in downtown Elizabeth City, everyone has been waiting for word of when Sagos on The River will finally be able to open their doors.

This week, co-owners Sy Davis and Dana Rabon gave us another hint on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Posted in BIZ
Share this Article

Subscribe for Daily Updates

Invalid email address
Send this to a friend