Spotlight on Business - Fo(u)r Dogs Pet Salon and Treatery

Welcome to Fo(u)r Dogs Pet Salon and Treatery, where pets and their parents are treated as family, and every pet gets pampered according to their specific needs! I’m so excited to be a part of the Carolina Beach community and I look forward to getting to know other residents and business owners in the area.

My name is Elise Agnor and I’m the owner of Fo(u)r Dogs. I’ve always had a passion for animals, and began my career as a groomer back in Texas in 2009. My family and I lived in Texas for several years while my husband served in the US Army, but we are North Carolina natives, and so happy to finally be back home. It’s been a dream since I began grooming to have my own salon and I don’t think I could have found a more perfect place to open one!

My goal as a business owner is for every client (both the pet parents and the pets) to leave my salon happy with the services they’ve received. I offer competitive prices and hold grooming specials that change each month. Beyond good prices though, I offer fantastic customer service as well as a comfortable and safe place to leave your pets. Each pet is cared for as if they were my own, with loving care, gentle kindness, and the understanding of the importance that each pet feels safe and secure in the salon environment. My secondary goal is to educate pet parents of the importance of grooming for the health and wellness of their pet. I am happy to explain any of the grooming process as well as answer any questions regarding the at home grooming pet parents can do to help their pets between salon visits!

I invite every pet owner to stop by and say hello, check out my pet supplies and treats, and call for any questions or to set up appointments! Looking forward to a fantastic experience being a Carolina Beach business owner!
-Elise Agnor

807 N. Lake Park Blvd. - Carolina Beach


Spotlight on Business - Seaside Law

Lauren N. Page, Attorney

I am an attorney practicing estate planning and elder and special needs planning for individuals and families. I assist clients with wills, trusts, general and health care powers of attorney, living wills, and asset protection. I work with clients to plan for long-term care, and special needs trusts for individuals and family members with special needs. I also assist clients when it becomes necessary to have a guardian appointed for a loved one.

I value my relationships with my clients, and assisting clients who are facing uncertainty or difficult situations. I enjoy finding solutions that give folks piece of mind, and I consider myself very lucky to do this in such a beautiful and special community.

I’d be honored to work with you or your family. Please contact me if you have questions about what I do, or if you would like to meet to discuss how I can help.

Phone: (910) 515-7267


Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar - 5 New Franchise Locations in the Works

Shuckin' Shack owners Cook & Piccinin
Shuckin’ Shack owners Sean Cook and Matt Piccinin opened their flagship oyster bar on Carolina Beach in the fall of 2007, offering steamed seafood with a full bar, and a casual, family friendly atmosphere to the locals and visitors of the beach. Becoming a favorite seafood restaurant and a good Shuckin’ time, Cook and Piccinin decided to recreate the concept in downtown Wilmington in 2012. One year later, with two successful locations in eastern North Carolina, the two have teamed up with veteran restaurant franchise developer, Greg George, to expand the Shuckin’ Shack concept.

The Shuckin’ shack team has turned the concept into a turn-key franchise opportunity complete with site selection, design and layout, construction, marketing, and training to ensure success. One month into Franchise development, the team has 5 new location agreements planned for the coming year - three in Charlotte and two locations in the Carolina Beach neighboring areas of Surf City / Topsail Island and Mayfaire / Porter’s Neck.

“The Shuckin’ Shack is a unique franchise opportunity because of the niche oyster bar concept as well as a great name.”, said George.

Investors and six year patrons of the Shuckin’ Shack, Eric Weller, Gary Weller, Wade Newman, and Phil Newman have plans in place to open at least one of the Charlotte area locations by the end of 2014.

Investor Gary Weller said, “I kept telling myself for years I would never get into the restaurant business, but if I did, it would definitely be a Shuckin’ Shack!”

Owners Sean Cook and Matt Piccinin are very excited for their first expansion to be in the biggest city in North Carolina.

“Expanding to Charlotte is a natural for us and will greatly enhance the Shuckin’ Shack brand by having multiple locations in the area. We’re excited about working with our new partners and looking forward to helping them get their first location by years end.”

Retired military Jason Simas and his wife Bev are excited to own a Shuckin’ Shack oyster bar and will be moving from Newport News, VA to Topsail Island early 2015; Chris Cashwell, also retired military is moving to Carolina Beach from Albuquerque, NM this month to select his location.

Owners Cook and Piccinin are excited about the quick expansion and look forward to each location’s future success.


FREE Live Music on Pleasure Island - This Weekend

There is always something for everyone... on our little slice of paradise!

Thursday - July 24th
FREE Pop-Rock-Party Cover Band -  JACK JACK 180 from 6:30-9:30pm
**And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic DOUBLE Fireworks show at 9:00pm at Carolina Beach Boardwalk (weather permitting). 

Friday - July 25th
FREE Summer Concert Series at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area with everyone’s favorite - the Mark Roberts Band featuring Dance, Funk, Blues, Rock & Roll, Motown, Beach and Country – truly something for everyone! 6:30–8:30pm.

Saturday - July 26th
FREE double header at the Carolina Beach Gazebo stage featuring Cell Block 2 and Port City Shakedown from 7:30–9:30pm.

Sunday - July 27th
To close out the week, Boogie in the Park presents FREE Surf Reggae Sounds of Selah Dubb at the Ocean Front Park from 5:00-8:00pm.

For more information, please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber: 


FREE Turtle Talks at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

Turtle Talks on Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm at 105 Atlantic Avenue in Kure Beach.  Learn about sea turtles from the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and how they do an amazing job of helping to protect these animals.  Learn how to do your part in protecting the sea turtles.  Receive expert advice on what to do if you see a mother sea turtle or her babies.

Find more fun things to do on Pleasure Island on the Event Calendar


Spotlight on Business - Island Massage & Spa

Island Massage & Spa is a family owned, beach boutique spa offering individual attention with every appointment. From the moment you enter the Spa, all of your senses will be awakened, naturally flavored water and a cool towel greet you, aromatherapy fills the air, tranquil music flows, calming colors remind you of the sea, and finally the stress melts away with your treatment. Whether you have aches and pains, or just need to de-stress. You will find tranquility, relaxation and renewal at our Spa, with services to treat your body, mind, and soul.

Katrina Rogers, Owner and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, utilizes her skills in each massage by offering massage styles such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Medical Massage & Prenatal Massage. Katrina deeply believes in doing what you love and it will show, and her talent and energy flow with every massage.

Offering massages in 30, 60 or 90-minute appointments that include complimentary aromatherapy. You will also find unique Spa services such as Sea Salt Scrubs, Sugar Foot Scrubs, Coffee Scrubs & Sea Algae Wraps. Offering Chair and Mobile Massage for those who prefer to stay in the comforts of their own home or vacation rental. What an amazing experience having a massage on your ocean front deck, carolina room, or private patio. Individuals, groups and business; contact us about chair massage for your next event, meetings, employee appreciation, reunion, or any other celebration.

Whether you’re a massage veteran or a first timer, young or old, every one is welcome. Our goal is to become the relaxation destination on Pleasure Island for tourists and locals alike!


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Mayor's Update - Carolina Beach, NC

With record breaking crowds on our island and at Freeman Park this past Memorial Day weekend, I thought it might be good to share what we have done this year to improve Freeman Park. Over the past several months various town departments have been working on a list of improvements to encourage a family friendly atmosphere at the park. These changes are highlighted below:

Freeman Park Command Center

This facility will allow us to double the enforcement staff at the park providing a more robust police presence and better ability to identify and resolve issues before they become large problems. Burning pits, trash, glass and bottles and other concerns will be addressed in a polite yet firm manner to improve the overall experience.

Along with increased police presence and the focus on rules and regulations, the police department will also be establishing a Freeman Park Command Center on the beach in the #6 section. The command trailer will give the police department a dedicated location where assigned staff can take requests and complaints from visitors, process violations and citations, administer customer service functions and provide a secure location to address individual issues. We expect that between the increased staff and the “Base Camp” presence of the Command Center, the level of compliance will improve this season.

Hatteras Ramp

A new Hatteras Ramp has been installed to improve the traffic flow between the dunes. We will likely be seeking additional CAMA approval to place rip-rap rock at the end of the ramp to extend it out to a wider section of the beach, but we do not anticipate the additional approval during this season.

Pass and Parking Signage

Our Parking Contractor has improved the daily and weekly pass process by making the passes stand out, by printing them on blue paper with graphics and larger text. This change will make it easier to identify and inspect the passes and limit the ability to forge passes. Along with the new pass design will improve signage at the entrance explaining the fees, rules and process for obtaining a pass. We anticipate that this will improve the enforcement of the daily and weekly passes along with the visual aspects of the entrance.

Trash & Fire Debris Container

We have doubled the concrete fire debris containers, added more trash containers and increased pickups.
If you are headed to Freeman Park, please be safe and enjoy your experience! Keep in mind the holiday weekend are the busiest, so avoid those weekends if crowds are a concern!

Dan Wilcox, Mayor of Carolina Beach


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