Coastal NC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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14 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 12—ISSUE 2 CAPE FEAR LIVING SALES | SERVICE | INSTALLATION | RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL Heating/Heat Pumps Air Conditioning Oil & Gas Furnace Repair Specialists George Barefoot, Owner NC License #22460 910.763.1183 | 121 Arlington Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 LOCALLY OWNED FOR OVER 40 YEARS New to Wilmington and need a product or service? Find what you need in the Wilmington Chamber's online business directory... everything from banks to hair salons. Download the Wilmington Chamber mobile app from the App Store or visit our website. Shops at the boardwalk selling apparel, food and beach necessities make for a fun shopping experience. Since January, seven new businesses have opened with several to open in late fall. The newest shops at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk range from a new arcade to a locally owned sandwich shop and a specialty store with more than 500 varieties of salsas, and BBQ sauces. The new businesses will join existing boardwalk favorites like Britt's Donuts, serving its famous glazed donuts since 1939; the Fudgeboat, known for its handmade butter and cream fudge; Wheel Fun Rentals, offering everything from surrey bikes built for eight to surfboards and boogie boards; seaside amusement rides during the summer months, and others. Head to Surf House for dinner, and later cap it off with a brew at the Fat Pelican bar. The line blurs as Carolina Beach morphs into next-door neighbor Kure Beach making it hard to determine where one starts and the other one ends. Together the beaches are called Pleasure Island and all who return each year agree the name fits. Kure Beach is loved by families who return year-after-year to the small friendly beach town. A walk on the long standing Kure Beach Pier in the evening might bring you face-to-face with the friendly Pelican named Maggie known for keeping company with fishermen. The Kure Beach Pier is the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic coast, dating back to 1923. During the summer season the popular pier shop is bustling with people looking for fishing gear, buying souvenirs or eating ice cream. Just minutes from the beach, visitors head to the state's number one attraction, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. After time at the museum take the Fort Fisher ferry to Southport for the afternoon. No matter what beach town you are in the coastal life cures what ails. In the quieter months of fall and winter, the island vibe still comes through. You just have to listen for it. []

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