After New Year’s Eve Party at Olde Salty, Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Head on out to Olde Salty on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for an After New Year’s Eve Party on January 2nd featuring music from Chuck Alford.

  • What: After New Year's Eve Party
  • Where: Olde Salty on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (3 Boardwalk Condo)
  • When: January 2, 2010 from 7:30 until 11:00 pm
  • Info: Please call Olde Salty at 910-458-8090 for more info
Chuck will be performing all of your favorite music:
  • oldies,
  • beach music,
  • soul, and
  • country tunes.
There is no cover charge and they will be offering free hors d’oeuvres.

Join Brenda and Chuck at Olde Salty for an evening of fun, good food, cold drinks, music and dancing.

For more information, please call: (910) 458-8090


Havana’s Restaurant, Carolina Beach - Holiday Hours

Havana’s Restaurant in Carolina Beach - featuring fresh island seafood, hand cut steaks, and an extensive wine selection - will have special holiday hours and events as follows:
  • For New Year’s, they will be offering a New Year’s Brunch.
  • Starting January 4th, they will be closing for the month of January.
Havana’s Fresh Island Seafood is located at 1 North Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach.

For more details call: (910)458-2822


Tangerine Caribbean Grille's New Years Eve Party

This New Year’s Eve head on over to Tangerine Caribbean Grille for “the best party in Town”.

The countdown will start at nine o’clock and at midnight all the corks will pop.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and will include:
  • Hors d’oeuvres,
  • Champagne Toast at Midnight,
  • Party Favors,
  • Damnpajamaband and DJ G.
Dinner specials will also be served from 5:00-10:00 p.m. featuring:
  • Twin Lobster Tail EntrĂ©e,
  • 8 oz. Filet Mignon, 
  • Surf and Turf, and 
  • With a glass of champagne.
Their full menu will also be available. For more information please call (910) 707-0202 or visit http://www.tangerinegrille.com/


Spotlight on Business - CMS Tool And Die

CMS Tool & Die, Inc. is a customer-oriented family operated business. We offer high quality, cost effective custom machined parts with on time delivery, and customer service second to none. CMS produces high precision CNC machined parts for the aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, and medical industries. We also manufacture parts for the movie vending machines, the Redbox. You can see our parts in action by renting a movie at the Redbox located at the Scotchman on Lake Park Blvd.

In 1986, CMS Tool and Die was founded by Nick Chambliss in Durham, NC. Over the years, Nick frequently visited Carolina Beach and fell in love with the many sterling attributes of the area, including the hometown atmosphere, the friendly residents, and of course, the beach life. In 2005, CMS moved its manufacturing plant to Wilmington, NC and Nick became a resident of Carolina Beach. CMS continued to grow and it was soon evident that a larger facility was necessary. A search began for a building that would offer us more room, and in 2007, CMS relocated to 1331 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach, NC, where we have found a permanently home.

CMS Tool & Die, Inc. is a full service CNC machining shop with a wide variety of manufacturing capabilities and the ability to ship worldwide. We are proud to say our products are Made in the USA!

Please visit our website at: www.CMSToolDie.com

CMS Tool and Die, Inc
1331 Bridge Barrier Road, PO Box 819
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Telephone: 910-458-3322; Fax: 910-458-3377
Website: www.CMSToolDie.com

Submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter by Nick Chambliss, Owner


Spotlight on Business - Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar

The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, located 6-A N. Lake Park Blvd. is ready to serve Pleasure Island fresh seafood and cold drinks for the holiday season. Carolina Beach’s one and only oyster bar is embellished with holiday decorations that illuminate the restaurant to set the mood for the 2009 festivities on the island.

Open for lunch and dinner, the nautical themed restaurant/bar is filled with memories from the past and present that will jog your mind right down memory lane. The Shuckin’ Shack’s extensive menu includes the highest quality stump sound oysters, local little cherry stone clams, Wild-American shrimp, shrimp cocktails, mussels, crab legs, and sandwiches.

Known all across the Carolina Coast for mouth watering seafood, the Shuckin’ Shack has obtained the title for their own award-winning wings voted by Snow’s Cut Monthly Magazine. The famous wings are whole and come in 6 different flavors. At a discount price, come in the Shuckin’ Shack Monday thru Thursday from 4-6 and try out these delicious wings for yourself along with a cold beer served by the finest bartenders on Pleasure Island. Sarah, Dorothy, Cassie, and Jen would like to invite you out to enjoy everything the “Shack” has to offer—good food, a friendly atmosphere, and outstanding service.

Looking for a meal to feed the whole family? Try out the Surf ‘n’ Turf or Hermit’s Feast which are two delicious menu items that are sure to fill the stomach of the whole family. The Surf ‘n’ Turf is composed of 1 dozen oysters with the option of adding either ½ lb. or 1 lb. of shrimp, crab legs, or large and small wings. The Hermit’s feast is made up of a peck of oysters, 1 lb. shrimp, 4 pieces of corn, 2 sides of Cole slaw, and 10 hushpuppies.

Visit the Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar website at www.PleasureIslandOysterBar.com.

submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter by Matt Piccinin, Owner


Fort Fisher Ferry Suspends Some Southport/Fort Fisher Runs

The NC Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division suspended half the runs at the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry route for the next several weeks.

The Motor Vessel Southport will be brought to the N.C. State Shipyard for repairs. The Division is sending the Motor Vessel Hatteras to Southport and it will be at the Cape Fear River to assist operations. Once the back-up ferry arrives in Southport, the schedule will return to normal.

In the meantime, the schedule will be as follows:

Departure times From Southport are :
  • 5:30 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,
  • 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m.
Departure times From Fort Fisher are:
  • 6:15 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.,
  • 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
For up-to-date departure times, please call the following:
  • Southport terminal at 1-910-457-6942 or,
  • Fort Fisher terminal at 1-910-458-3329 or,
  • 1-800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY).

The Last Resort Hosts Last Performance of The Notorious Gringos

The Last Resort will have the last performance of the Carolina Beach Band “The Notorious Gringos”. The Gringos are a local group, led by Jeff King. Jeff and his wife are relocating to Kansas City and The Last Resort is having a grand send off/going away party.

There will be a free pig pick’n and a three hour performance by the band.

Date: Sunday, December 20th
Time: 5 p.m.

All Chamber members are invited to come join in the fun. www.CarolinaBeachBar.com


Surfhouse Holiday Breads

Throughout December, Surfhouse will be offering holiday breads for $8.00 a loaf.

Orders are placed weekly.

Selections of bread include:
  • Apple Walnut,
  • Banana Walnut,
  • Pumpkin Raisin and
  • Cranberry Pecan.
These make great gifts and are great for any holiday gathering.

The Surfhouse is located at 604 N. Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. http://www.surfhousenc.com/


New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce - September 2009

Catching up on our blog announcements of the new members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Now announcing September, 2009....

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island, and have pledged their support by investing in your Chamber of Commerce. Please support your community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Craig Love
Surf House - Cafe and Surf Shop
604 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Mitch Rose
Springer-Eubank Oil Company - Provides gasoline, diesel fuel, and other petroleum products for on-road and marine uses.  Also Exxon/Mobil lubricant distributor.
123 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28412

Jennifer Jackson
Pilates Pathways, LLC - Teaches all levels of Pilates mat and equipment classes as well as private lessons. 600 hours of practical work, observation, and apprenticeship
242 Silver Sloop Way
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-707-0042 or 919-697-6725

James J. Vatrt
Associate Member
101 Seawatch Way
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Mary Davis / David Patella
Sunrise Broadcasting - Jammin 99 (WKXB), Sunny 104.5 (WILT), Surf 98.3 (WSFM), ESPN (WMFD AM 630), Z107.5 (WAZO)
25 N. Kerr Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28405


Spotlight on Business - Hidden Treasure Inn

Nancy said it herself..."It *is* a genuine Hidden Treasure"...our word of mouth advertising has done most of the work for us in the 14 years we have been serving the great Kure Beach travelers and
local guests. In the beginning, we could not afford a lot of advertising but I did go to the tourism brochures and once they came, they kept coming back.

Some for pleasure and relaxation, honeymoons and even business regulars. Hidden Treasure specializes in individual attention to detail and good 'ole southern hospitality. Though raised as one of
those "Northerners" it did not take long for Nancy to fall in love with the idea of being an Inn-keeper and her natural effervescent personality was a great match to being a truly great host.

Tucked into the local terrain it would be easy to miss which is precisely its charm. It does not need to SHOUT at you, it simply becomes you when you are the guest. Always immaculately clean there are homey touches in every suite; each one a little different from the other, just like its guests! Close enough to fall into the pool out the front door or take a leisurely stroll down toward the famous Kure Beach Pier, snagging an ice cream or fresh daily shrimp, it is never overrun with crowds and the village is very easy to navigate to get to all the local attractions: T-Shirt shops if you must but there are also ferry cruises to nearby islands and the best moons hung in the night sky that you have ever seen. Especially nice in off-season, where only the gulls will read over your shoulders.

As you loll in a beach chair, butt dragging the sand and feel the sun warm the side of your face and whip your jacket like a flag on a tall mast you will be sad to go but you will know for sure that you came as a guest, and left as a friend.

submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber Newsletter by Nancy Salerno, Owner


Spotlight on Business - FredCo BizServices, LLC

Five years ago, Fred Zaytoun realized that there were small business owners that needed assistance managing their accounting records for their business. These small businesses also realized that their time was too valuable to learn the system on their own and even manage their books themselves. After all, their expertise is running their business. Therefore, FredCo BizServices was born!

Fred graduated from East Carolina University with a business degree, concentrating in Accounting. He is very familiar with the day to day of running a small business. He owned and managed a printing business for 13 years. After learning QuickBooks on his own, he realized that he wanted to assist other small business owners in setting up their accounting systems using QuickBooks Financial software.

FredCo BizServices will assist your business in whatever phase it needs. Fred will work with new businesses, setting up their accounting system from scratch or he can come in at any point, providing accounting management services and support, from providing Payroll services, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Management as well periodic review of your accounting data. Being a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, also give Fred the expertise to assist your business in one on one training in QuickBooks for your accounting staff.

FredCo BizServices works with all types of businesses, from one person home based businesses to multi-employee small businesses.

You can contact at Fred at 919-971-0632 or fredz.fredcobiz@gmail.com

submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter by Fred Zaytoun, Owner


Island of Lights Tour of Homes, 2009

The Island of Lights Festival on Pleasure Island continues today with the Annual Tour of Homes.

Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island's most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into the privacy of their homes for this special holiday treat.

The 2009 Tour of Homes will take place today, Saturday, December 12th.

Tickets are available at businesses on Pleasure Island.

For more information, contact James Allen at 458-7116 or visit www.IslandOfLights.org.


Tuscan Grill in Carolina Beach Offers Christmas Parade Specials

Apart from their regular menu, Tuscan Grill is offering Christmas Parade Specials tonight, Friday, December 4th.

Among the selections are:
  • Tuscan’s Vegetable Pasta Chicken Bowl, 
  • Shrimp, Chicken or Filet Hibachi Bowl, 
  • Pasta of the Day and 
  • Meatballs with Marinara or Alfredo sauce, 
  • Tuscan’s Sicilian Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, 
  • Three Cheese Ravioli, 
  • Rotisserie Prime Beef with Au Jus, 
  • and their fresh fish of the day. 
Don’t forget that Tuscan Grill also has a 10 for under 10 bar food menu and daily drink specials.

More details at: www.TuscanGrill.us

Surfhouse in Carolina Beach Hosts Art Opening

On Friday, December 4th from 7:00-8:00 p.m., the Surfhouse Cafe and Shop in Carolina Beach will be hosting the December Local Artist Opening Reception.

There will be free hors d’oeuvres on the bar with a Surf Cinema showing to follow at 8:00 p.m.

Also, all throughout December, Surfhouse will be offering holiday breads for $8.00 a loaf. Orders are placed weekly. Selections include:
  • Apple Walnut,
  • Banana Walnut,
  • Pumpkin Raisin, and
  • Cranberry Pecan.
These make great gifts and are perfect for any holiday gathering.

The Surfhouse is located at 604 N. Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach.

More details at: www.SurfhouseNC.com.

Island of Lights Christmas Parade and Flotilla, 2009

The Island of Lights Christmas Parade takes place tonight, Friday December 4th starting at 7:30pm. 

The parade proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza.

Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the Season and provide a night of entertainment for families.

And don't miss the Christmas Flotilla on Saturday, December 5th starting at 6:00pm.

Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway.

They cruise from Snow's Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back.  The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit.

The panel of judges will watch from the Harbor Masters Restaurant.

What a great way to celebrate the season!  See you there!


Courtyard Marriott at Carolina Beach Offers Breakfast with Santa!

On Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m. until noon, SANTA will be at the Marriott in Carolina Beach!

Your child can have his/her picture taken FOR FREE as you give Santa your all-important Christmas List.

While there, enjoy the Courtyard's famous Breakfast Buffet with Santa in their Seaside Grill. The Buffet prices are: Children 6-12 are $5.95 and Adults are $9.95.

For more information, please visit: www.CourtyardCarolinaBeach.com.


Pleasure Island Rentals Offering Premium Fraser Fir Christmas Trees!

Pleasure Island Rentals on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will be offering Premium Fraser Fir Christmas Trees this holiday season - the "Best on the Island" (3’ to 10’ trees) that won't wilt away in weeks.

They will also be offering wreaths (from 12-24”), Cinco stands and fresh cut garland.

So come get warm by the fire pit, listen to the music and watch your favorite Christmas movies while you check out their beautiful trees from our own North Carolina Mountains.

Best of all, FREE DELIVERY of your tree and end of season recycle pickup.

But even better, a portion of the proceeds will benefit OUR Carolina Beach Elementary School. So come join the crew at Pleasure Island Rentals at their winter wonderland and pick from the best trees around for your Holiday Season. They look forward to seeing you and please remember…BUY LOCAL.


Tangerine's at Carolina Beach Offers Live Entertainment

On Sundays and Mondays come cheer for your favorite team as Tangerine’s offers drink specials, $.40 wings and $5.95 Personal Pita Pizzas.

Enjoy your team on one of their 10 big screen televisions and their giant projection screen tv.

Every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m., take part in WII Bowling Night. There are cash prizes as well as well drink and draft specials. Entry fee is $5.00.

Also, every Tuesday and Thursday evenings enjoy 40% off all entrees.

Lastly, as a Holiday Special, purchase a gift card of $50 or more and receive
10% off.

For more information, please visit www.TangerineGrille.com

Plaza Hair Design Offers a Holiday Deal!

Just in time for the Holidays, Plaza Hair Design in Carolina Beach NC offers a full menu of services that meet your unique needs.

And, receive $10 off by combining any 2 services.

They offer Color ($45), Hi/Lo Lights (starting at $75), Perms (Starting at $75), Haircut/style ($25), Men’s Cut and Shampoo ($22) or just a Men’s Cut ($17).

Plaza Hair Design is located at 1009 Lake Park Boulevard, Suite 3A.

Call Erin today for an appointment at (910) 458-6117 or (775) 293-2299.


Beau Rivage Golf Specials

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is offering discounts on their getaways for the holiday season.  This would make a perfect getaway for you or as a gift for someone special.

Beau Rivage is offering $59 Villa Rentals and $39 Golf seven days a week.  In-room gift baskets and custom golf packages are also available as well as gift certificates.

In addition, Beau Rivage is offering All-You-Can Play golf after 1:00 p.m. for just $29.

All these specials will run through February 2010.

Finally, they are offering golf memberships with ZERO initiation through 2010, which also makes a great gift.

For more information, please visit www.BeauRivageGolf.com.


Havana's Now Offers Sunday Brunch

Havana's in Carolina Beach NC, one of the Island’s newest and most elegant restaurants, is now offering Sunday Brunch.

Their “Bottomless Buffet” is available from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sundays:

Adults are $12.95 and Kids are $6.95.

For more information please call (910) 458-2822 or visit www.HavanasRestaurant.com.


Coastal K-9 Bakery Helps Get Your Pet Ready for the Holidays

Coastal K-9 Bakery is offering Photos with “Santa Paws.” Bring your pet in for this unique opportunity.

Santa visits take place on November 29th, December 6th and December 13th from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

One pet is $10 – 2 pets is $20 and 3 or more is $25.00.

All proceeds will be donated to the Ruffian Foundation and its feral cat shelter.

For more information, please visit: www.CoastalK9Bakery.com.


Muscleworx Has A New Studio - And A New Bargain for the Holidays!

Muscleworx Personal Fitness Training in Carolina Beach NC has expanded to a 3000 square foot fully equipped membership fitness center with a 1200 square foot fully equipped private personal training studio.

Certified fitness professionals are always on staff during business hours.

And, if you join by December 1st, it’s only $19.00 a month!

For more information call (910) 458-9950 or visit www.Muscleworx.com.

The Fudgeboat and Krazy Kones Business Hour Changes

The Fudgeboat fudge and dipped chocolates shop and Krazy Kones ice cream shop on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk are currently operating under seasonal hours.

The Fudgeboat is open Friday from 5-8 pm, Saturday from 1-8 pm & Sunday from 1-5 pm.

The Fudgeboat is already accepting holiday orders and has added Bailey’s Irish Cream, Eggnog and Candy Cane flavors to the traditional line up.

Krazy Kones is open on Saturday from 1-8 pm & Sunday from 1-5 pm.

Seasonal soft serve flavors have been added which include pumpkin pie, caramel apple and coffee & cream.

For more information, please visit www.Fudgeboat.com and www.KrazyKones.com.


Thyme Savor Offers Thanksgiving Dinners To Go

Thyme Savor Personal Chef and Catering Service is offering three different Thanksgiving Dinners to Go.

Each package includes Turkey, Potatoes and Gravy, Vegetables, Cranberry Chutney, Chestnut Stuffing & Dessert.

The small package serves 4-8 people; the medium package serves 10-14 people & the large package serves 18-24 people.

Prices range from $69.99 to $179.99. Additional side items can be purchased for $4.99 per quart.

To place an order, please call 910-465-9668 or email to thymesavor@hotmail.com. Please visit www.ThymeSavorCatering.com for more information.

Annual Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show - Dec 11 + 12

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show coming December 11 & 12, 2009 in downtown Kure Beach.

This event is one of the highlights of the holiday season on Pleasure Island and is packed full of fantastic entertainment and amazing talent.  The Kure Beach Fire Department Women's Auxiliary puts on this event that is free and open to the public.  Shows begin at 7:oo pm each night and include singing, dancing, characters, and more!

You are reminded, as always, to dress warm because it always snows for the Christmas Fantasy Show!


Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover Shining in Holiday Season

The Star-News recently reported on the First Annual Christmas by the Sea event put on by the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover committee.  They noted the success of the amusement park rides on the Boardwalk this past summer and how the committee hopes to extend that success into the holiday season.

Over the last two years, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover committee has worked to improve the image of the boardwalk through landscaping and painting as well as improve the draw of the area with family entertainment, including weekly live music at the Gazebo accompanied by a fireworks display.  And, this past summer saw the return of the amusement park rides that once marked the prime of the Boardwalk district.

The amusement park rides brought an unprecedented number of people to the Boardwalk compared to the last few decades.  While Christmas by the Sea may not necessarily bring the same number of visitors, the event may help to cement the area's presence as a year-round attraction and will hopefully become a long-term tradition.

To read the full Star-News Article, please see Carolina Beach Boardwalk tries to extend summer success


Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover Presents Christmas by the Sea, November 27th

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover Committee Presents Christmas by the Sea starting Friday, November 27th and running through December 19th, 2009.

The first night kicks off at 8 pm after the Lighting at the Lake Ceremony at the Carolina Beach Lake Park, part of the Island of Lights Festival.  Christmas by the Sea features fun for the whole family every Friday and Saturday night from 5 - 8 pm including:
  • Fire pit with hot chocolate and storytelling
  • Live Nativity Scene
  • Caroling
  • Santa (on Saturdays only)
  • Theatre, choral, and band performances by Ashley, Murray, and Carolina Beach Elementary Schools (on Saturdays only)
  • Pleasure Island Drama Club
  • Cape Fear Roller Girls
  • Puppet Shows
  • Arts and Crafts Activities
  • Ornament Making for the kids
The Christmas by the Sea committee is looking for additional volunteers to help wherever possible (Santa's Workshop, Santa's area, story telling, stage area, and general assistance).  To volunteer, please contact Michele Connet at 458-8666.

For full Christmas by the Sea event details, please visit the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover website.

See you there!


Island of Lights 2009 Schedule, Pleasure Island NC

Time to catch the holiday spirit!  To help you along, mark your calendars and be sure to catch the spectacular events of Pleasure Island's Annual Island of Lights Festival:

  • Friday, November 27th (day after Thanksgiving) at 7 pm: Lighting At The Lake Ceremony

  • Friday, December 4th at 7:30 pm: Christmas Parade (for applications, call Frances Massey at 458-5507)

  • Saturday, December 5th at 6 pm: Holiday Flotilla (for applications, call the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at 458-8434)

  • Saturday, December 12th: Tour of Homes (contact James Allen at 458-7116)

  • Thursday, December 31st at 9 pm: New Year's Eve Celebration at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Complete Island of Lights Festival details can be found at the website www.IslandOfLights.org.

See you there!


Fourth Annual Holiday Walk in Carolina Beach

On November 22nd, from Noon until 6:00 p.m., the deals will be plentiful in Carolina Beach during the Annual Holiday Walk.

Businesses will be holding open houses complete with prizes, great deals, entertainment, discounts and more.

Look for the Santa Balloon outside participating businesses to take advantage of this early holiday shopping opportunity.

For more information or to have your business take part, please call 458-0120 or visit www.SnowsCut.com. You can also view the participating businesses.


Spotlight on Business - Southern Sign Company

Southern Sign Company is a full service sign shop offering design, fabrication and installation of all types of commercial and residential signs.

Although only in the Wilmington area for the past 4 and half years, the ownership team of Clark and Andrea Wilson provide many years of industry knowledge and experience, as well as creative design services. They can help you with everything from banners to vehicle graphics, real estate & jobsite signs to boat lettering.

Southern Sign Company has full color digital knowledge and capabilities, including vehicle and boat wraps! Their four-person team offers friendly personal service, quality craftsmanship and timely turn-around.

Where have you seen their work: the New Beau Rivage Marketplace (All Monument/Entrance Signs, Firehouse Subs, PT’s Grille, Pita Delite), Mad Science & Jupiter Jacks, Marley’s Boardwalk Market, the Tuscan Grill, marina pictures inside the Shuckin’ Shack, Le Soleil, Pleasure Island Plaza (sandblasted signs & window lettering), Indo Jax vehicle graphics, The Last Resort, Alliance Credit Union, Flaming Amy’s Bowl, Myrtle Grove Vol. Fire Dept. vehicles, Carolina Beach Police Dept Rescue boat, The Fudgeboat and on many, many boats out on the water!

Southern Sign Company is located at 5905 Carolina Beach Rd, about 1 mile South of Monkey Junction. Feel free to stop by, call: 910-794-8243 or visit their website: www.SouthernSignCompany.com to see what they can do for you. When not at the shop, you’ll most likely find Clark out surfing or golfing, Andrea is delighting in 8month old Brody, Stew is playing disc golf in Castle Hayne and Joe is heading to the beach or out to hear a band.

Submitted by: Andrea Wilson - Owner


Kure Beach Disc Golf Course Coming to Life

The Kure Beach Disc Golf Course at Joe Eakes Park is coming to life and there are lots of ways you can help! The Kure Beach Parks and Recreation Department have a few suggestions:
  • Make a financial donation (tax deductible)
  • Become a hole sponsor - $330 will put your name on the disc catcher. There are also $150 1/2 hole sponsorships available (A $50 annual renewal fee insures your continued sponsorship of the hole).
  • Provide a material donation - discs, goals, concrete, etc. to be used in setting up the public course
  • Donate some time - trimming trees, clearing brush and other landscaping work needed to set up the new course
For more information, please visit the Town of Kure Beach, NC.


Happy Halloween from the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce!

We hope you all enjoy a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!
~ from Gail, Aimee and everyone at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce


Creating the Magic in the Hospitality Industry - CFCC Free Seminar

If Disney ran your organization, what would it look like?

Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center (CFCC SBC) recently announced it's upcoming seminars for the Fall/Winter season.  Among the free seminars is one called "Creating the Magic in the Hospitality Industry" with John Formica.

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce members may want to take note of this offering designed for resorts, hotels, restaurants, and other tourist-related businesses and their employees.

Speaker John Formica spent 30 years as a leader with the Walt Disney World Resort organization and other top service industries. He will share Disney’s Success Model on People Management, Exceptional Service and a Positive Working Environment, that has helped hundreds of organizations and professionals, “Create the Magic” for success.

CFCC SBC previously held a workshop with Mr. Formica called "Creating the Magic in the Healthcare Industry - Sharing Disney's Customer Services Practices."  It was a great success and very well received.

For details and more information, please visit www.CFCC.edu/sbc or call Kim LeClair at 910-362-7216.

This seminar will be held on January 28th, 2010.


US Police Canine Association Region 2 Dog Field Trials

The Carolina Beach and Kure Beach Police Department K-9 Units have the honor of hosting the Region II Police Dog Field Trials October 28-31, 2009.

This is the first time the Trials are being held in Carolina Beach. The week-long event is expected to bring up to 50 K-9 teams to Pleasure Island.

On October 29th at 8:00 drop by Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach to observe the Obedience and Agility portion of the trials.

Get more information on this event at the Island Gazette online: Police Dog Training Trials.

Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Tonight and tomorrow night, October 28th and 29th from 5:00 - 8:30 pm, the Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents Trick or Treat Under the Sea featuring No Sleeves Magic. 

Tickets are $6.00 each and children 2 and under are free.

Dress up in costume (no masks for adults though), rake in the candy and play games with prizes. Enjoy face painting, story-telling and haunted gardens. Look for their spooky divers in the big tank.

Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult and only umbrella strollers are allowed.  For more information, please visit Trick or Treat Under the Sea or call 910-458-8257.


Spotlight on Business - Bluewater Carpet Solutions, Inc.

Locally owned and operated, Bluewater Carpet Solutions, Inc. is “Professional Carpet Cleaning at Its Best!”

Specializing in both residential and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning, Bluewater features a truck-mounted steam cleaning system and guarantees that all products used are 100% safe and non-toxic.

Owner Travis Koontz takes pride in providing quality cleaning services to his neighbors and offers many solutions to solve your cleaning project needs. There are no hidden charges and each service is fully insured. Services include: pet stain removal, cigarette odor elimination, mattress cleaning, water extraction, oriental rug cleaning, and boat and RV carpet cleaning. Janitorial services are also available. Same day service and regular maintenance schedules are available.

Own a rental property? Schedule Bluewater Carpet to clean and sanitize your unit between renters.

Have company coming? Most carpets are usually dry in 2-4 hours!

Need to revive an old couch or recliner? Bluewater’s upholstery cleaning methods are effective and safe.

Suffer from allergies? Having your carpet and upholstery cleaned is an excellent way to remove both dust and mold.

Bluewater Carpet Solutions has been offering quality carpet and upholstery cleaning services since 2006. Contact Travis today at 910-297-0568 or visit www.BluewaterCarpetSolutions.com for more information.

Submitted by:
Brittany Koontz
Bluewater Carpet Solutions, Inc.


Ashley High School Athletic Boosters to Host Golf Tournament

Joint the Screaming Eagles Football team and the Boosters from Ashley High School in a football fundraising golf tournament.

  • What: Swinging Iron for the Gridiron Golf Tournament
  • When: Saturday, October 24th at 1:00 pm
  • Where: Wilmington Municipal Golf Course
  • Info: Cost is $60 per person or $220 per team
There will be a 1:00 shotgun start, Captain's Choice.

For more information, please contact Butch LeCompte at elecompte@bellsouth.net or call 910-398-2785.


New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce - August 2009

Catching up on our blog announcements of the new members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Now announcing August, 2009....

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island, and have pledged their support by investing in your Chamber of Commerce. Please support your community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Tom Campbell
Beach PC - Computer Repair, Security Cameras, Web Site Design and Hosting
1018 N. Lake Park Blvd. #17
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Bryant Bass
Bass Built, Inc. - General Contractor, Custom Homes and Renovations
117 Leeward Ct.
Kure Beach, NC 28449

John Batson
Capt. John Batson Charter Boats - Charter Fishing
PO Box 172
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

George Godwin
Godwin Associates, P.A. - Architects
505 N. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Hal Smith
Merrill Lynch - Financial Advisor
1123 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Elaine Stewart
Prepaid Legal, Inc. - Providing Access to Legal System with Provider Law Firm
408 Carolina Sands Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Ed Moseley
Rapid Refill - Selling Refilled Ink and Toner Cartridges, Refurbished and New Printers and Office Supplies
3715 Patriot Way, Suite 123
Wilmington, NC 28412

Cameron Edwards
Rent-A-John - Rental of Portable Sanitation Units
PO Box 15549
Wilmington, NC 28408

Bill Wells
Wells Construction Corp. - Construction
713 St. Joseph Street
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross Red and White Fundraiser

The 2nd Annual Red and White Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is coming up!

  • What: 2nd Annual Red and White Fundraiser
  • When: Friday, October 23rd from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm
  • Where: Beau Rivage Golf Resort
  • Info: Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple
 Ticket price includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, over 40 varieties of wine, plenty of micro-brew beers to taste, and a silent auction.  The wine will also be available for ordering at a steep discount rate.

For more information, please contact Audra walker at 910-392-9021 x 254, visit www.BeauRivageGolf.com or purchase tickets directly at the Red and White Fundraiser page of the Cape Fear Red Cross website.


Town of Carolina Beach NC to Purchase Lots to Build Aquarium Pier

The Star-News and Snows Cut Monthly reported last week that the Carolina Beach Town Council voted 3-2 to approve the purchase of six empty lots from the former Arcadius development project located on Carolina Beach Avenue North to build out site of a new Aquarium Pier.

The Town Council also voted to approve the purchase of an additional Carolina Beach Avenue North lot where they held the winning bid in a bankruptcy auction.

The aquarium pier would be a joint project between the Town of Carolina Beach and the North Carolina Aquariums. The Star-News reports:
The pier would be a 1,000-foot concrete pier with wooden decking, including fish tanks and educational and event facilities. The town also has discussed putting a beach access, bathhouse and park there.
 The details of the project are still in the works.  The cost of purchasing the land and building the pier could mean higher taxes on residents or it could be covered by grants.  For now, the purchase price of the lots will be covered by funds from a town parking lot (which was not paid for with tax money).  Also, several uses for the lots are in consideration.

For more details on this story, please visit:

Carolina Beach approves buying aquarium pier lots

or listen to the Carolina Beach Town Council meeting from October 13th here:


(Photo credit to Diane Berry-Klutz via via the Facebook Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Fan Page)


Thank You for a Successful Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival!

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a huge
to all our supporters, volunteers, musicians, chefs, participants, and to Mother Nature for a fun and successful Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival!

It was a gorgeous weekend in Kure Beach - perfect for the festival! We could not have done it without all of you and we truly appreciate all of your support!

If you have photos of the festival, we'd LOVE to see them. Please upload to our Pleasure Island Facebook Page (you have to become a fan first - but of course we know you're a fan - it's just a formality).

Until next year......


Island Women to Host 2nd Annual Women's Health Summit

Saturday, October 17th at the Beach House at Fort Fisher Recreation Area, Island Women will be hosting the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Summit.

Registration Fee is $75.00 but if you register before October 15th, the fee is only $55.00. This fee covers spa snack, spa lunch, seminars and Exhibit Hall fees.

Topics to be discussed include “Educate before you Vaccinate”, “What in the Cell if Going On?”, “Do you need to Detox”, “Bio-Identical Hormones for Women 35 and up” and “Thyroid Dysfunction Despite Normal Test Results”.

You can register online at www.IslandWomen.org. For more information, please contact Caroline at 910-458-0079.


Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, October 10+11, Featuring Delbert McClinton

The 16th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is this weekend but there's still time to buy your tickets - $30 in advance or Saturday only for $30 or Sunday only for $15.

Read today's Star-News article about the festival:

Seafood Jazz and Blues Festival features children's zone, chowder and music

The Headliner for this year's festival is Delbert McClinton. We are SO excited to have him play for us here in Kure Beach, NC. He has a new album out now called "Acquired Taste." Read more about Delbert and his album here:

Delbert McClinton mines styles from honky tonk to soft rock

Can't wait to see you at the festival!

3rd Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

The 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge, brought to you by Fisherman’s Post Newspaper, will be held on October 16- 18, 2009.

This tournament, which attracts roughly 300 participants each year is only $55 per person to enter and is a fundraiser for the Big Buddy program.

Participants will be fishing from any of the Pleasure Island beaches (it’s a land-based tournament – no boats) for bluefish, speckled trout, flounder, red and black drum, whiting and pompano.

Registration is on Friday, October 16th on the grounds of the Federal Point Shopping Center or you can pre-register at Island Tackle and Hardware or go online to www.FishermansPost.com and click on the “Surf Challenge” link under “Tournaments”.

For more information on the event, you can also call Eddie Hardgrove at (910) 264-5487 or email at surf@fishermanspost.com.


Carolina Beach and Kure Beach Debate

Be sure to turn out for the 3rd Annual Snow's Cut Town Hall Debate featuring candidates from both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

  • What: Snow's Cut Town Hall Debate for Carolina and Kure Beaches
  • When: Thursday, October 8, 2009 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
  • Where: Shanty's Beach and Blues Club, Carolina Beach
The Kure Beach debate will go first, followed by the Carolina Beach debate.

The event welcomes questions from the voters in attendance.

The town hall style debate will be broadcast live on 106.3 FM the Big Talker.


Spotlight on Business - Ocean Breeze Properties

OceanBreeze Properties was formed by Cindi Jacobs to service the
property management needs in the community.

Property Management is their chosen profession and they focus on long term rentals as well as vacation rentals. While they acknowledge that property management requires real estate skills, (Ms. Jacobs was first licensed in 1988) they feel strongly that experience and customer service are close seconds. They listen to you and create a plan to help you reach your desired goals.

Ms. Jacobs believes that "Building relationships with our property owners and tenants alike is the cornerstone of our business. Our goal of providing quality service outweighs the need to increase the number of homes we manage. Our high rate of referrals are proof that we provide excellent service and communication to all of our customers and clients. We offer flexible terms and conditions based on our customers needs."

The company is locally owned and operated and they strive to be an altruistic member of the community. Their office is located in suite 22 in the Federal Point Shopping Center at 1081 N. Lake Park Blvd. For your convenience, they are available seven days per week by appointment.

They can be reached at 910~707~0308 or 910~508~4339. Visit them on the web at www.OceanBreezeNC.com.

Submitted by: Cindi Jacobs for the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter


Fort Fisher & Carolina Beach State Parks Show Big Summer Crowds

The Star-News reports that local N.C. State Parks and attractions drew strong summer crowds this year, including Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Carolina Beach State Park.

Officials credit both the economical advantages of the parks in a challenging financial climate as well as great weekend and holiday weather throughout the season.

Read the full article at:
Local N.C. state parks, attractions draw strong summer crowds


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