Spotlight on Business - Island Chic Consignment Boutique

ISLAND CHIC CONSIGNEMENT BOUTIQUE opened two months ago on the island. This store has been a large success for the island! They carry NEW and OLD ITEMS...promoting recycling and buying local....with a large variety for all women!

Kim Foust, Owner, has given back to the island in many ways in the short two months she has been opened! Island Chic has FREE WINE NIGHTS EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT hosted by local artists and home-based businesses to help their businesses grow and also help promote her store as well! Recently she donated some turtle items for the Sea Turtle Auction held on the Island to help them raise money. They donate monthly to the Chamber events, donated a few jewelry items for the Bride, Amber, with Operation Military Marry Me. Island Chic has also had a fund raiser for the month of October donating to the Pink Ribbon Project. They sold many breast cancer awareness items in the store and raffled a painting donated by Paint The Island; another Island small business!

In two months, Island Chic has grown with now over 100 consignees! Her inventory changes daily! Whether you need a cocktail dress, work attire, or just a casual outfit.....ISLAND CHIC HAS IT ALL! Come and shop for the holidays for gifts and also your party attire! They carry pam-pering items such as soaps, lip balms, lotions, oils, and bath salts that have been made by a local companies (stocking stuffers). They also carry local artists jewelry items, homemade recycled scarves and hats, paintings, and a lot of NEW GIFT items such as designer socks, frames, hats, wallets, manicure kits, monogrammed totes and tumblers, and many other accessories! The pric-ing is also very reasonable on all of the new items, as well as, their designer consignment items!

They want to be the store you come to shop for your holiday gifts! Once you go, you will want to keep going back! They truly strive to give you a BOUTIQUE experience in every way by also offering cookies and waters while you shop daily! If it's after 5.....we may offer a glass of wine or beer (if over 21)! The store is unlike anything else on the island! It's a "feel good" store you WANT TO visit and hang out in! Join them for FREE WINE NIGHT also on Thursdays 6-8 pm! Island Chic will be participating in Pleasure Island Shopping Spree and encourages everyone to SHOP PLEASURE ISLAND AND SUPPORT ALL YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES! If you haven't been in to see this Boutique, please do so!


Artists Draw Beauty from Nature at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Come take "A Walk in the Woods" and explore colorful art at the N. C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
The newest installation in the Aquarium's Spadefish Gallery, entitled "A Walk in the Woods: North Carolina's Maritime Forests," showcases the artistry of the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). On display from now to March 1, the creative works celebrate the rich animal and plant diversity of maritime forests along our coast.
These unique ecosystems have adapted to the effects of salt spray and wind because of their proximity to the ocean. Each of North Carolina's maritime forests is slightly different from the next and provides habitat for migrating and resident wildlife and a great array of plant species.
All pieces in the show are original and while other medium, such as watercolor or pastels, can be used, these pieces are at least 75 percent colored pencil.  Fine art colored pencils offer color intensity, depth and the ability to create fine detail ideal for illustrations, representational art, nature paintings and portraits.
The Spadefish Gallery at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher showcases artists throughout the year. Artwork that coincides with the Aquarium's mission of "Inspiring Appreciation and Conservation of North Carolina's Aquatic Environment" is located on the second floor of the Marine building, near the auditorium.
The Raleigh-Durham chapter of CPSA has a mission to support artists throughout the Carolinas.  For more information, visit the Colored Pencil Society of America website atwww.CPSA.org.


Spotlight on Business - Baker & Colby

Baker & Colby, PLLC was founded in Wilmington in 2004. Since that time we have grown to include five attorneys, six support staff and five office locations. We offer legal services to the surrounding nine counties. In an effort to offer greater service and support to the Pleasure Island Community we have recently opened a permanent office location at 703 St. Joseph Street, Suite 204. Our firm has focused its practice primarily on real estate transactions and development. We have recently expanded our service offerings to include criminal, traffic, DWI, estate and family law.

Service and efficiency is the key to our success. We understand that to effectively service our clients that having a team approach and attitude is everything. We increase our efficiencies with the aid of some of the most recent technological advances. Our offices are all inter-networked for both voice and data. This enables team members from other offices the ability to quickly and easily communicate and access information to offer additional assistance when necessary. All of our files are stored digitally which allows for real time date retrieval. We also employ Transaction Point which permits clients and other team members access file information via a secure web portal on a 24/7 basis, even if our office is closed.

We strive for the highest level of service and satisfaction. Please contact us at 910-343-5775 or visit our website at www.bakercolby.com for more information or if we may be of assistance.


Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off - January 28, 2012

Where the BBQ Meets the Beach
Carolina Beach, NC - On Saturday, January 28, 2012 twenty-five teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they've helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers.

The competition will start with a level playing field: everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints. But thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin' rights for the next year.
The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue and everyone is welcome. Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. There will be music, raffles, arts and craft vendors and additional food and drink for purchase. Gates open at 11:00am and prizes will be awarded at 2:00pm. And all to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.
Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet. His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down. The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers.
There is no better way to spend the day than tasting the best BBQ around, maybe eating some oysters or a burger, listening to great music and browsing through the goods from the arts and craft vendors while helping support such a deserving organization.
To volunteer during the event contact Kevin Holton at kwholton@gmail.com or call 919-274-8617. For more information contact Rose McConville at rosemc110@gmail.com or call 910-547-0087.


New Years Eve on Pleasure Island!

Welcome in 2012 on beautiful Pleasure Island, at some of the most beautiful North Carolina beaches. Here are just a few of the exciting ways to ring in the new year:

Island of Lights New Year Celebration
Fun for the whole family - dj, dancing, and the dropping of the huge lighted beachball at midnight, followed by an amazing fireworks display. It all starts at 9 pm at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

New Years Eve Party Cruise
All aboard the Royal Winner Princess II, one of the Winner Boats fleet, for a New Years Party at sea! $25 per person includes a champagne toast, dessert, and party favors - a cash bar will also be available. Dance the night away and have a great view of the fireworks at midnight. Reservations required - 910-458-5356.

4th Annual New Years Eve Bash at Tangerine's Caribbean Bar & Grille
This years theme is the "Roaring 20's" so put on your best Gangster / Flapper gear and enjoy a night of live music from 6 - 10, a DJ dance party to bring in 2012 from 10pm - 2am, balloon drop, champagne toast, party favors and lots of drink specials.

New Years Eve Party at SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar
Great music from Beachbilly Brothers and DJ Lil Mike. $10 per person. Seats are limited so call 910-707-0533 for a reservation.

However you spend New Years remember to be safe, and always have a designated driver. You can also get a ride from a local taxi company such as Lett's Taxi & Limousine - 910-458-2222.


Spotlight on Business - Keith Bloemendaal

Keith Bloemendaal is a resident of Pleasure Island and has been in internet marketing since 2008. He is well versed in web design, search engine optimization, social media as well as branding.

Keith has helped local businesses with websites, marketing and social media here on Pleasure Island. Some of the local businesses include:

  • Tangerine Caribbean Grille Uncle Vinny’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
  • Island Pet Shop Beach Blooms
  • Secof Construction North End Jet Ski
  • Red Hotz Beach Car Rentals Island of Lights

Keith was born in Central Florida and now calls the Southeast NC Coast home, loves warm weather but visits the mountains several times a year. In his off-time, Keith enjoys photography, sports, fishing, surfing, good wine & food, golf, the beach, cycling and music.

Please contact Keith if you need any help with web design, website hosting, marketing, social media, copywriting and more.

Carolina Beach, NC


Step Back In Time at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Take part in a historic tradition, posing with the Carolina Beach Crescent Moon, at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Create your own reminder of fun times spent on Pleasure Island with a photo with the Crescent Moon.


Show Your Island Pride with CB and KB Stickers

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach car stickers available at the Pleasure Island Chamber Office and Island Tackle & Hardware for $2.00. Show the world your Pleasure Island pride!


Have you seen Santa yet?

Don't miss your chance to see the big guy at Christmas by the Sea at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Christmas by the Sea (CBTS) continues every night through the New Year's Eve celebration. The CBTS activities (Santa's workshop, fire, pit, live nativity scene, hot coco, etc) will be open every Saturday (except for Christmas eve) beginning on Nov 26th and ending on Dec 31. This year both the displays and the activities will be open on New Year's Eve prior to the dropping of the ball!


Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show - December 9, 10, & 11

If you want to see all of your favorite Christmas characters like Frosty, Rudolph, Harriet Hippo, The Grinch and, of course, Santa Claus, come on down to the Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas for Friday, Saturday and, new this year, SUNDAY, December 9 through 11, beginning at 7:00 pm. 

You'll be treated to song and dance numbers sure to put you in that festive, holiday mood. A pre-show featuring South of K bluegrass music will begin at 6:30 pm. Don't miss this little slice of Americana in Kure Beach!

Show being held on K Avenue, near the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.   

For additional information, contact Diane Heglar at 910-279-0459.

For more fun and festive holiday events check out the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar.


Spotlight on Business - Windjammer Construction

Windjammer Construction, Inc.

Windjammer Construction was formed in 2003 by Tom and Karen Theisen when they first built homes in Tucker's Square in Kure Beach. Windjammer has built custom homes in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wilmington and Brunswick County. They built several homes in Seagrove in Carolina Beach. Windjammer is currently finishing a custom home in Carolina Sands.
In addition to custom homes, Windjammer’s services also include additions and exterior renovations. Wind-jammer is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Tom is a Certified Green Professional (CGP).

Tom began his career as a financial professional. He is a CPA and was the CFO for several construction and manufacturing companies in Virginia. He started his building career in 1998 with the development and construction of an office / warehouse in Raleigh, NC. Tom and Karen moved to Wilmington in 1999 and now reside in Kure Beach.


Toys for Tots Tennis Mixer - December 10th, 2011

There will be a "Toys for Tots" Tennis Mixer at the tennis courts at Joe Eakes Park on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The entry fee is a donation to Toys for Tots. The format is doubles mixer with timed rounds of progressive partner doubles. Advanced registration is required and all levels are welcome. Maximum number of entries is 20, so please register ASAP. Pizza & sodas will be served to all participants. To register, go to www.pleasureislandtennis.info


Spotlight on Business - Victory Beach Vacations

No matter what the occasion, here at Victory Beach Vacations we are confident that your stay at the beach will be beyond relaxing. We offer family rentals to fit your needs, whether it be a family rental, a condominium or a town home. Not only are they with-in walking distance from many shops and restaurants in the town, but we are also only fifteen miles from the beautiful, historic town of Wilmington NC. Plan a day-trip and really experience coastal North Carolina at its fullest. And if you just can't quite bring yourself to leave the beach, then we under-stand:. We offer many pet friendly properties - oceanfront or off the ocean with fenced yards. All of our properties are non smoking….have a look around our website for available real estate. We take great care of the properties entrusted to us!

We assure you that your time spent here at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach will be unforgettable. Call us - we are ready to help you! 1 910 458 0868 Visit us on our site: www.victorybeachvacations.com


Christmas By The Sea - Lighting Ceremony on 11/25/11

Christmas by the Sea will hold its opening ceremony and lighting at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on Friday the 25th after the Island of Light ceremony at the lake. It will continue every night through the New Year's Eve celebration. The Christmas by the Sea activities (Santa's workshop, fire, pit, live nativity scene, hot coco, etc) will be open every Saturday (except for Christmas eve) beginning on Nov 26th and ending on Dec 31. This year both the displays and the  activities will be open on New Year's Eve prior to the dropping of the ball!

Don't miss this special holiday island tradition! You're sure to create memories that will last for years to come.


2011 Pleasure Island Shopping Spree - November 26th & 27th

Support your local businesses and take care of your holiday shopping on Pleasure Island. There's something for everyone on your list at one of the participating retailers. Find a one of a kind piece or art or pottery at Artful Living Group, surprise Dad with a new rod and reel from Island Tackle & Hardware, get the perfect necklace for Mom and stocking stuffers for the kids at Jeanne's Jewels, and a new ornament to trim the tree at Checkered Church. Be sure to explore all the great shops and boutiques in your favorite NC beach towns!


Spotlight on Business - MOBILE Quick Lube

We have become a full service shop with no job too big or too small... We're here to serve you! With the holidays fast approaching, we want to remind everyone to have their car serviced so they can travel safely. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Get Your Pet's Photo with "Santa Paws" at Coastal K-9 Bakery

Get your four legged friends in on the holiday spirit at the Coastal K-9 Bakery Christmas Open House. Your pet can even have their photo taken with the big guy himself!


Get Your Holiday Shopping Started at Two Holiday Open Houses

Check a few gifts off your list (and maybe even find a little something special for yourself!) this weekend on Pleasure Island. Two of the most popular stores on the island, The Checkered Church Gift Shop and Jeanne's Jewels, are having Holiday Open Houses this weekend. Stop in for great deals, special offers, and a little holiday cheer!

Recycle Those Halloween Costumes at the NC Aquarium at Ft Fisher

Costumes and candy make for a sweet Halloween. Afterward, however, the clutter and litter haunt closets and landfills for years.
Wrap up this spooky season with the help of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Pass along the fun of a special outfit, remove unwanted items from your home and recycle. Donate gently-used costumes and empty candy wrappers to the Aquarium as part of our Green Halloween initiative.
The Aquarium will collect those ninja suits, princess dresses and all other spooky get-ups Nov. 1-30. Next fall, families can select new costumes from the donated items as part of a free costume exchange.
This initiative continues the Aquarium's work with Green Halloween, a community initiative focused on creating child- and Earth-friendly holiday traditions.
Another Halloween tradition, candy consumption, produces a scary amount of waste, with the potential to litter our waterways and oceans. Instead of trashing the empty wrappers, save them and drop them off at the Aquarium.
The Aquarium collects empty wrappers throughout the year and sends them to a recycling partner, TerraCycle, as part of our focus on conservation. TerraCycle creates recycling systems for hard-to-recycle waste, turning trash to treasure in the form of new products like park benches and backpacks. This partnership raises money for conservation efforts at the Aquarium.


Pleasure Island Fresh Market - The Place to Get Local Produce

Each week through December 3rd, the Pleasure Island Fresh Market is open from 8am - 1 pm at the Carolina Beach Marina.

The benefits of purchasing fresh local produce are numerous. Not only are they better for you, they leave money in the local economy and are better for the environment. By keeping big trucks off the highways less gas is used and emissions are reduced.

The best place to get local produce is at the Pleasure Island Fresh Market. With multiple vegetable vendors, you will be sure to find the freshest available produce around. The wide variety and selection of in season fruits and veggies will expand your menu selections. Be sure to ask about different recipes and ways to prepare the items you are buying. You just might discover a new favorite meal.

The market is easily accessible and offers plenty of parking for your car, bike or boat. The public marina offers free boat parking for all of you who decide to come by water as well as plenty of street parking for cars and bikes.

You can find a vendor list and map at www.pleasureislandfreshmarket.com, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PIFreshMarket, and check us out on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PINCmarket. For more information, contact the Fresh Market at 910.313.6005 or pleasureislandfreshmarket@gmail.com


Election Day 2011

Polls on Pleasure Island will be open for local elections from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 8th. Find your polling location here: http://www.nhcgov.com/Elections/Pages/PollingList.aspx

Carolina Beach polling location: Carolina Beach Muni Complex Rec, 1121 N Lake Park Blvd
Kure Beach polling location: Kure Beach Town Hall, 117 Settlers Lane

Learn where the candidates stand by reading their candidate questionnaires here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/section/news102

Don't forget to vote!


Spotlight on Business - L.E. Long Consulting

Island resident Larry Long is the “L. E.” in L. E. Long Consulting. Larry is a CPA and a real estate broker with 26 years of experience in both fields.

Larry and his wife Pat have lived on Pleasure Island for 14 years and in the greater Wilmington area for over 30 years.

Formed in 2001, L.E. Long Consulting offers a variety of services for both businesses and individuals, including:

  • Preparation of all individual and business tax returns, with free electronic filing;
  • Assistance with unemployment insurance issues for businesses and individuals, drawing on Larry's years of experience with the Employment Security Commission;
  • Consulting on payroll issues, ranging from helping a new business set up a payroll system to helping an existing business with a Quickbooks issue;
  • Acting as buyer's agent for real estate purchases.

Larry emphasizes that he really enjoys helping his clients resolve any tax or business issues they may have in a relaxed but professional manner. You can phone him at 910.458.3796 or 910.228.8140, or e-mail him at larrylong-cpa@yahoo.com. There's no charge for your first consultation.


Spotlight on Business - The Beat Magazine

The Beat Magazine is a free monthly arts and entertainment magazine located in Wilmington, NC, and is owned by Jeff Reid. The Beat is 12,000 readers strong with over 50,000 web page hits per month and growing. The magazine is distributed to over eighty locations in Wilmington, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach.

Many things have changed in the last five years since Jeff has owned the magazine. The Beat maintains a virtual magazine online for our readers, and as an added value for our advertisers. More recently, in September of this year, the magazine went to a four color glossy cover and added more content to include theater and visual artists. A business directory debuted as well, expressly for small business owners, to help them create awareness within their community. In the months ahead, look for Pleasure Island businesses taking advantage of these pages as well.

The Beat Magazine will continue as an upbeat, feel-good magazine with positive messages. As part of our expansion, we will be including more human interest stories about the people behind the talent. The Beat will continue to bring awareness to our readers about the many charitable organizations that help our local communities.

Please read about The Beat Magazine at www.readthebeatmagazine.com.

We would love to assist you and help your business grow. Please call Valerie Moore at (910) 620-9093, The Beat Magazine’s marketing director, with any
advertising questions you may have.


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

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host its popular pre-Halloween "Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea" on two evenings again this year. The aquatically-themed festival will be held at the Aquarium from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 26, and Thurs., Oct. 27.

Now in its 10th year, Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea offers fun for the whole family.  Dress up in costume (no masks for adults, please) and check out what all the other goblins are wearing. Scoop up candy and prizes, play Halloween-themed games, and treat yourself to face-painting and fortune-telling. Two magic shows are offered each night by No Sleeves Magic Camp. There will be spooky divers in the big tank again this year, and two sets of haunted gardens - one for the very brave, and another for the more cautious.

The Aquarium's classrooms will be rigged for games and prizes, with "scary" deep-sea creatures to hand out treats.

Local merchants, costumed for the event, will distribute prizes and coupons to trick-or-treaters. At the start of each evening, judges will award prizes to the merchant BOOth crews with the most imaginative costumes and eco-friendly booth d├ęcor. UNCW's Sammy the Seahawk, the Chic-Fil-A Cow and the Wilmington Sharks mascot will strut their stuff and greet the little ones.

The fun begins early for visitors on the plaza, with fencingskeleton demonstrations and live animal encounters around the Spadefish Fountain. The Shark Bites snack bar will be open on the outdoor deck both nights. And throughout the evening, two radio-controlled "Air Swimmers" - a shark and a clownfish - will cruise above visitors' heads.

Tickets are $6 each, and children 2 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.ncaquariums.com or at the door the night of the event. Please note:  Umbrella strollers only. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Be green and bring your own trick-or-treat bag.



Individual assistance is available from FEMA for homeowners and renters including grants for temporary rental assistance, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. 

To apply for assistance, call FEMA's toll-free registration hotline @ 800-621-3362 or TTY @ 800-462-7585. 

The phone lines are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm, eastern time, seven days a week until further notice.


Spotlight on Business - Port City Executive

For over 10 years now, The Port City Executive has been providing businesses throughout the Wilmington area the opportunity to reach employees of companies in all areas of New Hanover County. The PCE is a valued advertising medium that after a decade of delivery, has grown to be expected and anticipated each quarter by business executives and employees throughout the area.

Imagine having information about your company and its‟ services be considered an Employee Benefit.
Imagine Human Resources of large local corporations considering your company's message important enough to be approved for all employees. That is exactly the unique advantage your company has as an advertiser in the Port City Executive!

15,000 copies of The PCE are delivered personally by a knowledgeable PCE employee (not a delivery
service) straight into the hands of area businesses, for direct distribution to their employees. This is greatly different from other advertising publications that are either bulk-mailed or mass-delivered to common areas in supermarkets, restaurants and waiting rooms. Think of it… PCE readers are educated, employed, have disposable incomes and could have a need for your business or services in both their professional life and at home!


Pleasure Island is Going to the Dogs!

Fall is a great time of year for our four legged friends - it's time for the Salty Paws Festival and they get to enjoy our beautiful nc beaches with us!

Starting October 1st in Kure Beach and November 1st in Carolina Beach dogs are permitted on the beach on leashes. Please remember to ALWAYS clean up after your dog. At the North End (Freeman Park), dogs are allowed to play off leash starting October 1st as long as they remain under voice command.

If your heart belongs to a dog, cat, or other animal, you won't want to miss the 3rd Annual Salty Paws Festival, held at the Carolina Beach Lake on Saturday, October 15th, from 11 - 5. There will be fun activities, contests, raffles, arts & crafts, food, and more. All proceeds benefit Animal Rescue. Learn more at www.SavingAnimalsDuringDisasters.org


Attention Foodies - Encore Restaurant Week Comes To Pleasure Island

Encore Restaurant Week takes place this year from October 19th - 26th, and is an opportunity to enjoy a fixed price meal at some of the area's finest restaurants. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots throughout the greater Wilmington area are participating, including several on Pleasure Island.

Deck House
205 Charlotte Ave, Carolina Beach
Some of the entree options in the three course dinner for $20 per person include a fried seafood combination or a 16 oz hand cut ribeye steak. Click here for the full menu.

1 North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach
For $19.99 choose from a Caesar or Cottage Salad to start, one of three mouthwatering entrees, and finish up with Hot Rum Banana Foster. Click here for the full menu.

308 S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach
Indulge in a three course tapas feast for $20 per person. Select from items such as Spanish meatballs, mini-crab cakes, or spicy mussels among others. Click here for the full menu.

1012 S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach
You won't leave hungry when you enjoy the three course meal at Uncle Vinny's for $17.95 per person. Choose from Italian classics such as Cappase Mozzarella, Chicken Marsala, Penne Rustica, and Tiramisu. Click here for the full menu


VISIONS & VIEWS 2011 - A Political Forum

The Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce and the Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community invites you to participate in a non-partisan political forum with the candidates for Municipal Office. What are the issues that are most important to you? Please submit your questions and concerns to the Pleasure Island Chamber at greg@pleasureislandnc.org. Please let us hear from you.

Si Cantwell of the Wilmington Star News has graciously agreed to be our Moderator for both Forums and we look forward to all of our candidates presenting their Visions and Views for their respective Island towns. The first half of the forum will feature questions for the candidates for Council followed by a brief break and then the Mayoral candidates will take the stage and share their thoughts with their constituents.

The Kure Beach Forum will be held at the Kure Beach Community Center on Wednesday, October 12th from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Carolina Beach Forum will be held at the Courtyard Marriott CB on Monday, October 17th from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Important Dates: Voter Registration ends Friday, October 14th
One-stop Voting begins on Thursday, October 20th and ends on Saturday, November 5th. 
The Election will follow on Tuesday, November 8th.   

Good Luck to all of the candidates.

Get involved and remember, Information is Power. 


And a good time was had by all...

Two days of gorgeous weather, legendary music, and mouth-watering seafood made for another fabulous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Fest. Headliner Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton didn't disappoint, and kept the crowd going strong as the moon rose over Pleasure Island.

(Photos by Paul Boroznoff of Southern Digital Art.com - see many more on the Pleasure Island Facebook Page.)

Missed this great event, or already ready for more? Mark your 2012 calendar for the second weekend in October for the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Fest!


Spotlight On Business—Pacifica Senior Living Wilmington

Pacifica Senior Living Wilmington is a leader in providing quality Assisted Living, Memory Care & Personal Care to seniors in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We love to Pamper our Residents! We are dedicated and devoted to offering a higher standard of living to seniors, by providing a distinguished lifestyle; unsurpassed
care; first-class living quarters; a warm and homelike environment; superior dining, and heart lifting entertainment and activities, to and through people, because at Pacifica Senior Living, it’s all about people, wonderful people!

For those people that call us home, enjoy more than the intimacy, charm and comfort of our stylish building. Residents feel the security and affection that is provided by our caring and courteous staff. Our residents receive the personalized attention they deserve. Special care programs are tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual resident. We pride ourselves on remembering each resident’s needs and preferences.
At Pacifica Senior Living we believe that our residents and families should have choices regarding the care they receive. Therefore, our community provides Assisted Living, Personal care and Dementia care, as well as on-site Rehab Services and 24 hour Licenses Nursing staff. In our Community we provide various levels of
care within each community. This allows our residents and families the comfort of knowing that whatever their needs are today or tomorrow, they can continue to enjoy the friends and staff they have come to know and trust. Our Memory Care Neighborhood is an area where those residents with Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders are provided with a safe, secure and supportive caring environment 24 hours per day. While we realize there are no miracle cures, we believe that a person with Alzheimer’s requires understanding, security
and a sense of dignity. By reinforcing the unique skills and abilities that people with Alzheimer’s have retained rather than dwelling on their losses, our Memory Care Neighborhood provides an enriched quality of life for residents as wells much needed support for families.

We invite you to visit our home at Pacifica Senior Living Wilmington and experience the warm and friendly atmosphere. We look forward to speaking with you soon.


Spotlight On Business—Van Coley-Broker/Realtor-Century 21 Sweyer

Van Coley-Broker/Realtor
Century 21 Sweyer

I am proud to call Pleasure Island my Home as well as my place of business. I have Lived, Worked, and Enjoyed our beautiful community & beaches for the past 8 years. As a Top Agent with Century 21 Sweyer and a Short Sale & Foreclosure Specialist, I have been blessed to SELL so many homes, land, and condos on our Island and fulfill many clients Dreams of owning their very own piece of the beach! If I can ever help you or anyone you know with a Real Estate need, please feel free to call or email me. You can reach me at 910-352-9636 or vcoley@century21sweyer.com.

"Van worked with us to narrow down condos that fit our criteria (which weren't all that easy to find) and actually took us to the perfect property as the first condo we saw on our very first day looking. I'm completing this survey from that condo as we speak ;-) "~Gary and Sharon


Tickets Available For The 18th Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

Don't wait - get your tickets early for the eagerly anticipated Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival! Now in it's 18th year the fun filled and family friendly event will be held October 8th & 9th at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC.

Don't miss headliner Jimmie Vaughan and the rest of the amazing 2 day lineup on 2 star studded stages!

Purchase Tickets online at Wilmington Tickets or at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Office (1121 N Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach or call 910-458-8434.)

Keep up to date on all the latest on the Festival on the Official Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Facebook Page.


Super Sized Fireworks Display - Friday, September 16th

Thanks to a few storms earlier in the summer we get to enjoy one more fantastic fireworks display on Pleasure Island.

The Double Fireworks show will start at 9:00 pm on the beach by the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, but come early to hear Wilmington's own classic rock band, Radio Flyer Band, playing from 6:30 - 9:30 at the Carolina Beach Gazebo Stage.

Spotlight On Business—Talk, Inc.

Talk is a public relations agency that helps companies grow and navigate change. Services include public relations, crisis communications, issues management, advertising, logo design and website design. Founder and President Debbie Elliott has specialized expertise in crisis and issues management. So whether you want to get into the news or stay out of it, we can help.

Talk was established in Boston, MA in January 1990. In 1997, Elliott returned to her native North Carolina to settle in Wilmington. Since then, Talk has earned an exemplary reputation as one of the leading providers of public relations in the Carolinas. Online at www.talkinc.com.



2nd Annual Island Day - Saturday, September 24th

Come join all of your Island friends at the Carolina Beach Lake. There will be fun for kids of all ages with Live music, Kid's activities, K-9 demonstrations, Hot Dogs, beverages and lots more.  More details to come in the very near future.  

Brought to you by the Towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach in conjunction with the Boardwalk Makeover Group, the Arts and Activities Committee and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. 


Free Concert At Fort Fisher - The Mako Band - Friday, September 9th

Come hear the Beach Boogie Blues sounds of The Mako Band, Friday, September 9th at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach. This popular local band will be playing from 6:30 - 8:30. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs and enjoy a fun evening on Pleasure Island. Beverages will be available for sale.

Learn more about the Free Summer Concert Series and other Pleasure Island happenings on the Event Calendar.

The Mako Band

There's still time to enjoy a Britt's Donut...

Fall on Pleasure Island means uncrowded beaches, crisp cool air, sea turtles hatching, and fun events like Island Day and the Seafood, Blues and Jazz Fest. Unfortunately it also means saying a fond farewell to our beloved Britt's Donuts for the off-season.

But don't worry - the little shop on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will be open a few more weeks with reduced hours. Britt's will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the month of September.

Update: Wondering when does Britt's Donuts open in 2012? We've got the answer here!


Labor Day Weekend on Pleasure Island

Labor Day Weekend is here!  We know tons of folks are headed to the beach to enjoy the break so we've planned a fun-filled week to close out the regular Summer season full of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment.  There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Free Concert: Please plan on joining us this FRIDAY night, September 2nd, for a FREE concert from 6:30 until 9:30 at the Carolina Beach Gazebo stage featuring Nags Heads' Mojo Collins.  Mr.Collins is an award-winning, Blues guitarist & songwriter who is also the former lead guitarist for Initial Shock and Sawbuck.
Fireworks: And don't forget to stay for our fantastic TRIPLE Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting).  Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Carolina Beach Farmer's Market: Let's not forget, the final and very popular Carolina Beach Farmer's Market held this Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake featuring over 85 vendors for this final week.
Movies at the Lake: This Saturday, September 3rd, at 8:30 pm, Toy Story 3 (G) will be presented where the toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Movies at the Lake: To close out our Summer Movie Series on Sunday, September 4th, we will offer Rango (PG) for your viewing pleasure.  Join Johnny Depp as he brings Rango to the animated screen… Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics - Concessions and drinks are available for purchase on site.

Don't forget about the final week of Family Night this Tuesday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30. The next night will offer Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings.
Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions: (910) 458-8434 .

And don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.


The Final Free Outdoor Movie of 2011 on Pleasure Island

Though colder weather is still hopefully several weeks away, the official summer season is winding down on Pleasure Island. Don't miss your last chance during 2011 to take in a Free Movie at the Lake. Catch Rango on Sunday, September 4th - showtime is at dusk (around 8:45) at the Carolina Beach Lake.

September 4th
But don't be too upset about the approach of fall - that means it's almost time for the 18th Annual Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival!


Spotlight on Business - Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture

Open the doors to 5 beautifully colored panels, soothing music, a quiet, relaxing, healing atmosphere and comfortable reclining chairs and you are at Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture. For many people Acupuncture is an intriguing form of medicine which they know very little about. In fact, most people are unaware that Chinese Medicine is a complete form of medicine with scientific basis and amazing clinical results.

Along with it's effectiveness in treating pain, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used to treat both internal (IBS, PTSD, Acid Reflux, Migraines, Colds, Flus) and external (muscle sprains, strains, chronic pain, RSD, back pain, neck pain) diseases. Along with the acupuncture, CBCA offers 7 yoga classes weekly with 3 donation based "Pay What You Can" classes and a Massage therapist to round out the complete Health clinic.

Although there are a couple types of practitioners who are Certified to perform acupuncture Carolina Beach is lucky to have Jeremy Linquist L.Ac., a Licensed Acupuncturist who is fully trained in all aspects of Chinese Medicine. Graduating the 4 year medical program at the top of his class from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA, Jeremy furthered his studies working rotations at the Chengdu University Hospital of TCM in Chengdu, China. His passion for medicine led him to open the only full time Community Acupuncture Clinic in New Hanover County.

Open 5 days a week, Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture or CBCA as the locals call it, provides acupuncture treatments on a sliding scale of $20-$40 allowing the patient to determine what they can afford to pay for treatment. "Our number one priority is getting people better at a price they can feel good about." says Jeremy.

Acupuncture is a process much like exercising. It is very rare for one treatment to resolve a problem and in our fast pace, "Magic Pill" society, hiding the symptoms is what many people consider a treatment. This is not the case at CBCA. The treatments provide relief for many types of pain and disease but the course of treatment and type of treatment varies from person to person. "We treat people, not symptoms. Our
treatments are designed to get rid of the cause of the disease not just hide the pain so
that it does not return later on in life."

If you would like more information about Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture Yoga and Massage visit their website at www.JeremyLinquistAcupuncture.com.

Book your appointment online today or call (910) 202-4718


Hurricane Irene - Pleasure Island, NC

Photo by local real estate agent, Wendy Fincher-Hughes.
We are thankful that Pleasure Island was spared the worst of Hurricane Irene. After the storm moved on we were left with a breathtaking sunset on Saturday night and a bright, sunny beach day (or yard cleanup day) on Sunday.

Our thoughts are with those all along the coast who suffered damage and losses during the storm.


Update on Hurricane Irene & the Impact on Pleasure Island

As Hurricane Irene moves towards the North Carolina beaches it is important to be cautious and prepared. Watch for storm updates on local news sources. Please see below for messages from The Town of Carolina Beach concerning Freeman Park and The Recreation Center.

The following events have been cancelled or postponed due to the approaching storm:

Fireworks at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on Thursday 8/25/11 - Rescheduled for Friday, September 16th
The Carolina Beach Farmers Market on Saturday 8/27/11

TOWN OF CAROLINA BEACH1121 N. Lake Park BoulevardCarolina Beach, North Carolina  28428

Press Release

Issued:  August 25, 2011                                                        Contact:  Timothy W. Owens
For Immediate Release                                                                              Town Manager
                                                                                                                       (910) 458-2994         

Freeman Park to Close Due to Hurricane Irene

Carolina Beach, NC – Due to weather and tide conditions associated with Hurricane Irene, the Town of Carolina Beach will close Freeman Park at 5pm on Friday, August 26th.  The park will be closed sooner if conditions warrant.  The park will be closed to all vehicular traffic and camping.  Lifeguards will not be on duty and everyone is encouraged to keep out of the surf.  The park will reopen once the weather improves and high tides subside.

For updated information, you can visit the Town’s website at www.carolinabeach.org or contact the Town at 458-2999.

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Attention Recreation Center Members:

Due to Hurricane Irene, the Recreation Center will be closing at 6pm on Friday and will be closed all day on Saturday.  Sorry for any inconvenience and everyone be safe.

Recreation Center Staff

Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation Department
1121-B N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, N.C. 28428
910-458-2997 (Fax)


Spotlight on Business - The Expedition Organization

The Expedition Organization is an outfitter and guide service that provides half, full, and multi-day kayak programs in the Cape Fear region. From the marshes of Masonboro to the barrier islands in the Cape Fear River, we offer adventurous and educational programs that are customized for the needs of our participants.

In addition we also offer select programs on the unique and scenic Lake Waccamaw, and the Black, Lumber and Waccamaw Rivers.

We provide boats, all gear, and qualified and knowledgeable guides to ensure a safe and educational experience.

Visit us on line at www.expeditionorganization.com or feel free to call us at 910-200-1594 with any questions. We look forward to paddling with you soon!


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