Coastal Entrepreneur Awards - Deadline for Applications is March 8

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal have joined together to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear Region.

Their mission is to help foster more entrepreneurial activity and higher paying jobs in the region. The category winners will be profiled in a special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards section in the April 30 Business Journal and honored at a large awards breakfast on May 21st.

To be eligible, it must be a company in:
  • New Hanover,
  • Brunswick or,
  • Pender counties.
The Company can be a start-up or a more established business, but must be actively engaged in entrepreneurial activity – creating new products or services for people in the Wilmington region or beyond.

Event Details:
  • What: Coastal Entrepreneur Awards
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2010
  • Profiled in Business Journal: April 30, 2010
  • Honored at Breakfast: May 21, 2010
The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce also has their own entrepreneur award that will be presented as part of this event. Nominations for this may also be provided.

If you would like to nominate someone, applications are available online at www.WilmingtonBiz.com/cea

Kure Beach Street Festival to be Held on April 24, 2010

The 4th Annual Kure Beach Street Festival is coming up on April 24th, 2010 and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. So, please mark your calendars and plan on enjoying a day filled with old-fashioned family fun.

Free entertainment will include:
  • three live bands,
  • recorded music,
  • a kid’s korner,
  • inflatable bounce castles, and
  • a car show featuring some of the Sun Coast Cruisers finest award winners.
Event Details:
  • What:  Kure Beach Street Festival
  • When:  Saturday, April 24, 2010
  • Time:   Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: K Avenue in front of the Kure Beach Pier
Stay tuned for more details as the festival approaches: www.TownOfKureBeach.org


Sea Turtle Project Seeks Donations

The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project (PISTP) is hosting a Sea Life Art Auction and Wine Tasting.

They would like to invite “Local Artists” to donate a single piece of “Sea Life Art” towards their fundraising endeavor.

Proceeds will be split between the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital on Topsail Island and Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project for local sea turtle activities and education.

If you are interested in submitting a piece of art or if you have any questions, please call or e-mail Pat Rittenmeyer at (910) 392-7884 or patrittenmeyer@mindspring.com

Spruce up your Home for Spring with C&J’s Cleaning Service

Right now, C&J’s Cleaning Service is offering savings of $50.00!

Book your appointment now and you will save $25.00 on your first and $25.00 off your 4th regularly scheduled cleaning.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (910) 799-1960 or visit www.CleaningServicesWilmingtonNC.com

Southern Charm’s New Fashions have Arrived

Southern Charm is fully stocked with brand new jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings) and handbags.

Spring fashions are arriving and they have brand new colorful and trendy all weather jackets.

There is also a clearance on winter items with most at 50% off.

You can visit their store at 1206 –C N. Lake Park Boulevard or you can shop online at www.SouthernCharmNC.com


Carolina Beach Farmers Market Coming In April

The Carolina Beach Farmer's Market will open at the Carolina Beach Lake on April 24th and run Saturdays through October 9th.

This will be your opportunity to:
  • obtain the freshest, most flavorful and nutritious produce possible, 
  • have an opportunity to talk to the people who grow your food, 
  • increase local employment while helping to keep money in the community, 
  • reduce consumption of fossil fuels and the resulting pollution from transportation, 
  • AND help to create and improve sustainable regional economics. 
The Carolina Beach Farmers Market Committee is in the early stages of getting this set up and are talking with not only farmers, but nurseries, home canners, bakeries, soap makers, artists and musicians to offer all a location at the Market.

Please tell everyone you know who has home grown or handmade wares about this opportunity and ask them to call Janet Knott, 910-431-8122 for more information.

So bring your neighbors and gather at the Carolina Beach Lake on Saturday mornings for a good time that will also support our local businesses!


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to Build Kids Playground

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal reports that the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is breaking ground to build an interactive kids playground.  This will be a fun and welcome addition to the Aquarium!

From the GWBJ report:
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is breaking ground on a new interactive children’s playground slated to be open this summer...

Aquarium Director Donna Moffitt said, “We’re very pleased about providing a safe, fun and unique play area in our garden. Using private donations, we’ve been able to hire a local fabricator to create this one-of-a-kind Adventure Reef."

The aquarium is looking for a corporate sponsor to fund the final two phases of the project, a turtle crawl and sea squirt play area. Those two phases total about $25,000.

Kilgore said the aquarium has been planning the project since last summer.

To get more details on this project and to read the full article, please visit: Aquarium installing interactive playground

New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce - January 2010

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!

New Members in January 2010:

Bruce Holsten
American Harbor LTD - Financial Services
1015 Ashes Dr. Ste 100
Wilmington, NC 28405

Pat Holsten
American Security Mortgage - Mortgage Banking
1015 Ashes Dr. Ste 100
Wilmington, NC 28405

Dina Dare
Eye Care Associates - Optometric Practice, full eye exams, glasses, contact lenses & sunglasses
5611 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412

Tracy Garner
Island Pet Shop, Inc. - Pet foods and treats, accessories, and grooming for dogs and cats
1009 N. Lake Park Blvd. Ste B2
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Jeffrey Mechanick
Splash Water Park - Inflatable bounce houses and water slides
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Don Swartz
360 Wilmington
1002 Carolina Beach Ave. N.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Muscleworx in Carolina Beach to Sponsor Education Funding Program

A Muscleworx program called “F.I.T.” (Funding Incredible Teachers) came about after a news story ran about teachers who had to spend money out of their own pockets to purchase educational materials for the classroom.

For every new membership to Muscleworx Fitness Center in Carolina Beach between February 1 and March 31, 2010, Muscleworx will:

  • Donate 50% of the first month’s dues to the fund benefiting Carolina Beach Elementary School or

  • Double their donation for memberships that are paid in full for the year.
Event Details:
  • What: Muscleworx to Sponsor F.I.T. Program
  • Start: February 1, 2010
  • End:  March 31, 2010
Muscleworx hopes to raise $3000 or more with this initial drive with plans in the future to grow to help the middle and high schools as well.

For more details, contact Jason at (910) 458-9950. www.Muscleworx.com


Wilmington Resort Maps Offers Special Advertising Packages

The Resort Map will be publishing 225,000 maps to be distributed to over 250 locations both locally and statewide.

  • The interactive website is included at no extra charge.
  • Resort Maps allows users to print a full color map wherever they are.
  • The average monthly distribution is 15,000 with spikes in the season to over 25,000 copies.
  • There are still some available spots for the 2011 printing.
  • They have affordable installment programs and,
  • They are offering a 15% discount from this year’s published rates.

Let Resort Maps help you capture some of the new business that’s coming to Pleasure Island by placing an ad on the map.

For more information, contact Peter Kurki at (910) 380-3738. www.ResortMaps.com


Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off - April 17, 2010

It’s time to start the countdown! Mark your calendar now for April 17th, 2010 for the 14th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off.

In addition to serving up some of the best chowder around, this daylong event includes live music….and, we are proud to announce Mark Roberts and Breeze will be entertaining you all day! As always, our Kidz Zone will have face painting, balloon art and a “giant” inflatable. There will also be hotdogs, funnel cakes, beer, wine and much more for sale. (No coolers or pets will be allowed).

Last year’s winner in the Judges Choice and Peoples Choice, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, will not be competing this year. As most of you know, Michael and Shelly took their chowder recipe all the way to Newport, Rhode Island to compete in their Chowder Cook-Off and won 1st place in the Seafood Chowder Division. How cool is that? This win opens more doors for them to compete for National Titles. So, for those restaurants who ALWAYS claim they won’t enter because Michael’s wins every year, now is your chance!

The food vendor applications are ready, so please call at the Chamber at 458-8434 if you would like to compete.

There are also sponsorship opportunities available. This is a great family event and the perfect opportunity to promote your business...last year we had over 3,000 people in attendance! If you are interested please call Gail at 458-8434 or Donna at 442-4144 for more information.

For more information about the event, please visit: Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off.

Star News - Carolina Beach Meetup At Surf House February 24, 2010

Star News Meetup
Editors and reporters from the Star News invite Pleasure Island residents - or anyone who works or plays in Carolina Beach,  Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher - to a reader interaction meetup at Surf House Cafe & Shop on February 24th, 2010 from 5pm until 7pm.  The public can come by anytime during those hours.  It is free to attend.

The Star News hosts a meetup each month in a different area of the New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick County coverage region.

Come out to meet reporters who cover Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher as well as other reporters, columnists, and editors from the Star News who will be in attendance.  Let them know what's going on in Pleasure Island, what issues are important to you, what ideas you have for articles, ask questions, or simply meet and chat.

For more information, please see: StarNews meetup scheduled for Feb. 24 in Carolina Beach.


Bingo Bash at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center

On the third Saturday of each month, head out to the K.B. Hines Senior Center for Bingo Bash. There are 17 games with a pot totaling $2500.00.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the games start at 11:00.

All games are included in the pack. Seating is limited however so it is a first come-first serve basis. There is also free coffee and popcorn for the bingo participants.

The K.B. Hines Senior Center is located at 308 Cape Fear Boulevard.

For more information, please call Dee at 910-458-6609 or 910-619-2100.


Carolina Beach Aquarium Pier Proposal

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal reports that Carolina Beach Town Manager Tim Owens went before the New Hanover County Commissioners yesterday with a proposal to partner with Carolina Beach and the North Carolina Aquarium to build the new Aquarium Pier.

Owens requested $1.4 million from New Hanover County.  The total cost from Carolina Beach is estimated at $4 million. This money would be used "to establish beach access, a bathhouse with shower and dressing facilities, flexible park space for outdoor events, connectivity with the boardwalk and an improved marina for recreational boating and canoe access points."  The Town of Carolina Beach already purchased 2 acres of land they are reserving for the Pier.

The North Carolina Aquarium would be responsible for building the Pier.  The cost of this construction is approximately $15 million and will be funded with gate receipts.

The Aquarium Pier would be an educational project associated with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Owens was hoping that the New Hanover County funding would come from the $35 million parks bond but the county’s Parks and Gardens Director, Jim McDaniel, said that they had committed most of the parks bond money to a park in Castle Hayne that has previously been under-served.  This was their priority.

The New Hanover County Commissioners did not vote on the Aquarium Pier proposal but said they may bring it up at a later date.  Meanwhile, Owens will be looking into alternative grant opportunities.

Please read the full article from the Greater Wilmington Business Journal here:
Carolina Beach makes pitch for help with aquarium pier.

6th Annual Polar Plunge - February 20th, 2010

The 6th Annual Polar Plunge is just around the corner. They will return to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for their Plunge to support Special Olympics New Hanover County.

Please join them on Feb. 20, 2010 in the big tent on the boardwalk starting at 11:00 am and be ready to take the Plunge at 3:00 pm.

They will have entertainment and other activities throughout the day.

Please go to the registration pages for online individual and team registration at www.PlungeNHC.com.


Winner of the 2010 Pleasure Island Visitor Guide Contest - Peter Doran of Kure Beach

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that the winner of the 2010 Pleasure Island Visitor Guide Contest is Peter Doran of Kure Beach.

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that the winner of the 2010 Pleasure Island Visitor Guide Contest is Peter Doran of Kure Beach.

Peter studied fine art and graphic design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in 1972.  He continued his formal education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received his Masters Degree in 1974.

Peter is a photographer whose passion for photographing nature is formed by his love and concern for the Carolina coast.  He seeks to capture not only the essence and the inherent beauty of the coast, but to show it in a manner that allows the viewer to see it from a fresh or unique perspective.  His unique sense of style and use of light transports the viewer into the scene, standing in the photographer’s shoes, seeing with his eyes what Peter saw before capturing the scene.

Peter and his family live in Kure Beach, North Carolina, and publish and distribute high quality educational consumer products including postcards, photographic playing cards, panoramic posters, note cards, magnets, key chains, drink coasters and limited edition signed prints  Peter is very community minded and donates his work to many area foundations and non-profit organizations for fund raising purposes.Peter’s work can been seen via his website at www.PeterDoranPhotography.com.

The 2010 Pleasure Island Visitor Guide will be available in the Chamber offices beginning February, 2010.

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or visit us at www.PleasureIslandNC.org.


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

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

Lynn & Jackie Millikin
Carolina Captains, LLC - Boat deliveries, boater instruction, Broker boat sales
116 Green Turtle Lane
Carolina Beach 28428
lmillikin@aol.com and jamillikin8900@aol.com

Peggy Bowker
Custom Colors Paint & Decorating, Inc - Paint / Flooring—Sales, Installation
6943 Market St.
Wilmington 28411

Kathy Miller / David Pierce
Lazy Parrot - Sports Bar & Grill
701 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach 28428

Wayne Gunter
Pleasure Island Towing - Towing - local and long distance, flatbed service, 4z4 service, jump starts, unlock vehicles, flat tire service
103 Winner Ave.
Carolina Beach 28428

Rose McConville & Sonya Powell
RS & Associates - Entrepreneurial Investment Opportunities
1204 Unit B N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Paul Boroznoff
Southern Digital Art.com - Fine Art Photography
103 Lighthouse Dr.
Carolina Beach 28428

David Singley
Stinger Electric - Residential and Commercial
13 Seagull Lane
Carolina Beach 28428


American Legion Fish Fry Friday, Carolina Beach

The American Legion Hall will be hosting their monthly fish fry.
Today $8.00 will get you a plate with:

  • Fresh Fried Fish,
  • Hushpuppies,
  • Cole Slaw,
  • Potato Salad,
  • Corn on the Cob,
  • Ice Tea & Coffee.

Desserts will be sold by the Ladies of the Auxiliary starting at 5:00 p.m.
Event Details:
  • What: American Legion Fish Fry
  • When: Today, February 5, 2010
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Where: The American Legion Hall is located at 1500 Bridge Barrier Road, just south of the Post Office in Carolina Beach, NC.
For more information call (910)458-4253.

St. Patrick's Day Lo-Tide Run Registration is now Available

UPDATE 2012 - The Lo-Tide Run for 2012 is on March 17 starting at 8:45 am: http://pleasureislandchamber.blogspot.com/2012/01/8th-annual-steve-haydu-st-patricks-day.html

This year’s 6th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo-Tide Run is scheduled for March 13, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

On-line registration is now available through the website at www.LoTideRun.org.

What: Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Day Lo-Tide Run
Where: Carolina Beach, NC
When: March 13, 2010
Time: 9:00 am

While on-line registration is preferred, mail-in registration forms will be available for download on the website as well as distributed to local businesses.


Spotlight on Business - McLamb Communications

Founded in 1988, McLamb Communications specializes in public relations and business communications.  Owner Teresa McLamb is also an accomplished freelance writer, having been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers as well as co-authoring the book Wilmington - Treasure on the Atlantic.

“Among the truly fun projects I’ve tackled were the Olympic Festival Torch Run and several of the documentaries produced by Dr. Leutze while he was chancellor of UNCW,” McLamb said. For her work in publicizing the documentaries, which aired on PBS, she was awarded both the Award of Excellence and the Grand Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

She has been a volunteer publicist for many of the area’s major events including Marine Expo and
the North Carolina Azalea Festival. She served as a board member and board chair for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and as a board member for the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority.

For business clients, McLamb Communications researches, writes and distributes news releases, writes web site editorial, creates brochures and develops comprehensive communication plans as well as documenting corporate histories and employee policies. Her freelance articles have appeared in national, regional and local publications including Ideal Living, Public Affairs Monitor, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Wilmington Magazine and Focus on the Coast. Her first piece for Snows Cut Monthly was in the November 2009 issue.

Prior to establishing the firm, McLamb was an employee communications specialist for General Electric Nuclear Energy. She holds a BA in journalism from UNCCH and MA in English from UNCW.

Contact McLamb Communications at mclambcommunications@charter.net or call 910-520-9035.

Submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce by Teresa McLamb.


14th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off Applicants being Accepted

On Saturday, April 17th, 2010, chefs from Pleasure Island Restaurants and surrounding communities gather on Pleasure Island for our famous Chowder Cook Off.

This wonderful, daylong event includes:
  • live music,
  • fun for the kids and,
  • of course, great food.
If your business is interested in competing in this year’s Cook Off, please contact the Chamber offices for an application at (910) 458-8434 or visit our website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org.

  • What: Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off
  • When: April 17, 2010
  • Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park, Pleasure Island NC


Lazy Pirate Gears Up for Super Bowl

Celebrate the Super Bowl at The Lazy Pirate as they host the 1st Annual Super Bowl Pig Pickin’ Party.

The Lazy Pirate will offer:
  • free food,
  • prizes,
  • an appearance will be made by the Miller Girls, and 
  • the largest flat screen televisions on the Island.

  • What: The Lazy Pirate Super Bowl Pig Pickin' Party
  • When: Sunday, February 7, 2010
  • Where: 701 N. Lake Park Boulevard next to the Drifter's Reef Motel

For more information contact them at (910) 458-5414 ext. 505.

Cheer on your Team during the Super Bowl at Tangerine Caribbean Grill

Tangerine Caribbean Grille in Carolina Beach will be offering Super Bowl Specials on February 7th, as you cheer on your team in their quest for the coveted Lombardi Trophy.

Specials include:
  • Chili Bowls,
  • Blackened Ribeye Sandwiches,
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches,
  • $.40 wings,
  • Personal Pan Pizzas,
  • Nachos,
  • Quesadillas,
  • Burgers,
  • Seafood Tacos and
  • Classic Fish Fry Platters.
All of these items are also available to go along with their full menu.

Tangerine’s will also be offering a variety of drink specials.

What:   Super Bowl Specials
When:  Sunday, February 7, 2010
Where: Tangerine Caribbean Grill
             300 N. Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach


Carolina Beach Planning Department to Host Community Discussion

The Town of Carolina Beach wishes to extend an open invitation to participate in a discussion about allowances and changes to the Town’s sign regulations with the goal of enhancing economic development while preserving community appearance.

Any and all signs will be on the table for discussion including but not limited to permanent signs, temporary signs and any other sign not now displayed in Carolina Beach.

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Business and Economic Development Committee and the Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to attend. 

Meeting Details:
What:   Town Sign Regulations Meeting
When:  Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time:    6:00 p.m.
Where: Police Training Room of Town Hall,
             1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
             Carolina Beach, NC 28428

For more information or any questions, please contact Gary Ferguson at (910) 458-2986.


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