Spotlight on Business - Carolina Beach Athletic Club

Smart Strength Fitness is now under new ownership and will be changing its name to the Carolina Beach Athletic Club.

*To get things kick started we are offering a lifetime deal! A onetime payment of $750 and you never pay another membership fee! We only have ten to offer so get in on the deal of a lifetime!

  • Day passes available for $10
  • Week passes available for $30
  • Month to month no contract options
  • Open 24/7
  • Full Line of cardio equipment, Hammer Strength, LifeFitness, and free weights
  • Personal Training Available on site
  • Clean friendly environment
  • First Responder/Active Military 30% discount on memberships

One FREE hour childcare provided by and on premise of Island Time Drop n Play each day Mon-Sat. We are located in the lime green building behind HopLite. Stop by and see what the Carolina Beach Athletic Club has to offer you!

105 Winner Ave.
Carolina Beach NC 28428


2012 Free Summer Concert Series Line-Up

One of the most treasured Pleasure Island summer traditions is the Free Summer Concert Series. Held at the Ft Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach on the 2nd and 4th Fridays in June, July, and August, the concert series combines great live music with the picturesque setting along the Cape Fear River. 

The 2012 line-up has been released and it's filled with lots of talent and can't miss acts:

June 8th - Eastbound - Classic Rock & Roll
June 22nd - Spare Change - Beach, Country, & Classic Rock & Roll
July 13th - BLP - Classic Rock & Dance
July 27th - Beach Billy Brothers - Beach, Classic R&B
August 10th - South of K, Bluegrass
August 24th - The Mako Band, Beach Boogie Blues


Memorial Day Weekend 2012 Events on Pleasure Island

Celebrate the official start to Summer 2012 in on Pleasure Island! There's no shortage of things to do in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach during Memorial Day Weekend. Check out the full event calendar here:   http://pleasureislandnc.org/events-list.php but here are some highlights:

Friday, May 25th - Free Fireworks by the Gazebo
Live Music, Amazing Fireworks Display
at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Music Begins at 6:30 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 26th - Carolina Beach Farmer's Market & Art Show
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
at the Carolina Beach Lake

Sunday, May 27th - Free Movie at the Carolina Beach Lake
8:45 pm
Featuring Puss in Boots


And the winners are...

The 16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off was a huge success!! A record setting crowd got to enjoy delicious chowder from seven local restaurants from throughout the region on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Wondering where to go for the area's best chowder? Here's where things stacked up once all the votes were tallied:

Judges 1st Place: O'Charley's - Monkey Junction
Judges 1st Runner Up: The Seaside Grille at the Courtyard Marriott

People's Choice 1st Place: Havana's - Carolina Beach
People's Choice 1st Runner Up: The Cape Fear Seafood Co. - Monkey Junction

Best Decorated Tent: O'Charley's - Monkey Junction
Most Enthusiastic Tent: The Cape Fear Seafood Co. - Monkey Junction

So there you have it! Congrats to the winners!


Spotlight on Business - New Hanover County ABC Board

The New Hanover County ABC Board is proud and pleased to serve the patrons of Pleasure Island and surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide quality customer service with a wide range of products for our retail customers and business customers. Our main mission is to provide the safe sale of controlled beverages.

During 2009 we built a new 6,192 square foot building to expand our operations. We enlarged our operations to better serve the business and retail demands of Pleasure Island. Our former location was a small old brick building which left no room for new products or the ability to handle the large customer base of your growing community. In July, 2010, we started to provide services to our mixed beverage customers, such as bars and restaurants, to help serve their customers.

We are proud of our staff and our state of the art facility. To learn more about us, visit our location at 1020 Lake Park Blvd., Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm. You can also visit our website for more information on our locations in New Hanover County.

WEBSITE: newhanover.ncabc.com


Big Print Block Party - May 19th, 2012 in Carolina Beach

Cape Fear Press and the Carolina Beach Arts & Activities Committee present The Big Print Block Party Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 10 am - 5 pm.

Held on Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach with an artist reception outside Artful Living Group from 5 - 7 pm.

Watch giant works of art created with a steamroller! Unique event featuring local and regional artists.

Learn more at http://www.capefearpress.com/


Pleasure Island Community Garden from The Veggie Wagon

Wish you could grow your own crop of fresh produce, but don't have the space? Inspired by what you see each week at the Carolina Beach Farmers Market? Check out the Community Garden from The Veggie Wagon.

Choose from 3 plot sizes and monthly or seasonal plans. Nothing tastes quite as good as something you've grown yourself.

Learn more at TheVeggieWagon.com/Garden or by calling 910-805-3014.


Spotlight on Business - Carolina Beach Animal Hospital

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital has been providing the Pleasure Island community with exceptional veterinary care for over 8 years. We focus our attention on the needs of the patient and the concerns of the pet owner.

Our highly trained team members not only have the skills needed to deliver superior care but they also have an enormous amount of compassion. They work with our clients to help provide the best medical care available in a warm, comforting environment. In 2010, we expanded our facility to accommodate the growing needs of our community. We now can offer the technology that previously was limited to large cities, in the comfort of our small community.

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital is also involved in helping the local community through free educational seminars, support of area events, support of local businesses and choosing more environmentally friendly practices. We work to enrich our business through understanding and actively seeking out feedback from our clients. This year alone, based on our client suggestions, we have implemented a referral reward program, monthly Facebook promotions and extended hours at our College Road Animal Hospital location. Our clients now have access to medical care for their pets 7 days a week and until 11pm on weekdays.

When looking for care for your furry family members, we hope you choose Carolina Beach Animal Hospital, “The other family doctor”.

Monday- Friday 7:30- 6:00pm 
Saturday 7:30- 4:00pm 
Closed Sunday 
Closed 1:00- 2:00pm on Wednesday 
For after hours emergency care please call the Animal Emergency & Trauma at 910-791-7387. 
1337 Bridge Barrier Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


The 2012 Summer Season at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Wondering what's happening at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk during the 2012 summer season? Well...a lot! There's something fun for everyone with family night, live music, BINGO, Fireworks, and much more! The festivities kick off May 22nd (the week leading up to Memorial Day.

Check out the lineup in the official 2012 Boardwalk Blast Poster. And let's make this the best summer yet!




Kure Beach, NC – Bluegrass is Back on Pleasure Island.  The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce presents the 1st Annual Bluegrass By The River on May 12th at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.  After being away for a few years, the folks at the Chamber decided it was time to bring this Family-friendly event back to its home – Pleasure Island!

This year will feature a variety of bluegrass music with five of the best bands in the southeast.  Starting out the afternoon will be local favorites South of K from Kure Beach, NC. with their traditional and inspiring bluegrass selections.  To mix it up just a little, we are bringing you The Mystery Hillbillies from Winston-Salem with their special renditions of bluegrass standards as well as some Patsy Cline and a little rock-a-billy to boot.  For our third band, we welcome the Donna Hughes Band from the Triad area.  Donna is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that has written for and recorded with some of the best in bluegrass (Allison Krauss to name one).  Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys will be back for their 3rd Pleasure Island Festival and  bring their gospel-inspired, traditional bluegrass renditions to our stage all the way from Smithfield, NC.  Rounding out the evening, we are proud to present the hot, young group from the hills of Harlan County, Kentucky – Cumberland River.  Their hit song “Justified” can be heard on the television show of the same name on the FX channel. 

In addition to the great music on the stage, we encourage musicians to bring their instruments and voices to participate in the Open Jam that will be going on all day at the Beach House (inside and outside on the deck).  We will also have clogging demonstrations, antique tractor exhibitions as well as mule rides for the kids…we might even have a wash-tub bass exhibit or maybe some moonshine to sample.

The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with face painting, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more!  You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.  The Food selection this year is outstandig as well.  Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar from Carolina Beach will be serving up delectable peel-n-eat shrimp, while the folks at Miracle Temple Farms will be providing Ribs, BBQ, Turkey Drumsticks and more.  Of course it would not be a festival without the fine culinary selections from Greek Boys or the fried pickles, funnel cakes and Sweet Tea from N.C. Sweet Tea.  We will also have Gourmet Popcorn from David’s Karolina Kettle Corn as well as the Kona-Ice Entertainment Vehicle serving up everyone’s favorite frozen creations.

Tickets are just $10.00 in advance or can be purchased at the door for $15.00 for this one day event.  Tickets are available on-line at www.EventBrite.com or at many local establishments. Kids 12 and under are free.  Gates open at 11:30 am. We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style shindig!  Remember, Pickin’ and Grinnin’ are encouraged.  See you there!

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.  


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