Spotlight on Business - Movement Mortgage

Movement mortgage was founded five years ago and has quickly become well-known throughout the mortgage industry, recently being named the fastest growing mortgage bank in the U.S. by INC Magazine. The company is changing the way mortgages are done by being REALTOR® centered to drive Purchase Transactions. Over 70% of our loan files are cleared to close within 7 business days. Brian Price has been in the lending business for five years and enjoys getting people into the homes of their dreams. He has lived in Wilmington for over 30 years with his wife Katie, and daughter, Keeley. We have a wide range of options for financing, so contact us today for more information!

Senior Loan Officer
Brian Price
(910) 612-7225


Double Sprint Triathalon - June 15th

Step Up for Soldiers has partnered with the Kure Beach Fire Department to host a Double Sprint Triathlon in Kure Beach on Saturday, June 15th. The format of a double sprint triathlon consists of a 375M swim, 1.5Mi run, 20K cycle, 1.5Mi run, and another 375M swim. The cost to participate is $55 if registered by April 10th, $65 if registered between April 11th and May 31st and $75 the day of the event. There is a $10 discount for Veterans, Military, Police or Fire personnel.

Registration can be done online at http://its-go-time.com/kure-beach-double-sprint-tri-june-15. Additional information for this event can be found at the above link or by visiting www.townofkurebeach.org. Challenge yourself & sign up for this fun event and "Step Up" for a good cause!




Kure Beach Annual Street Festival - Saturday, April 27th

11:00 am - 9:00 pm

On Stage @ The Pavilion

11:00 am - Jolly Mon Da DJ
2:00 pm - South of K (bluegrass)
4:00 pm - Jolly Mon Da DJ & Line Dancing
6:00 pm - The Mako Band (blues, classic rock)

Free giveaways throughout the day!

For The Kids

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gracie the Clown, Balloon Art, Bounce Castle, 18 Foot Slide

On Sale

Seafood, chicken, gyros, italian sausage, cheese steaks, salad pitas, fries, kettle corn, funnel cakes, frozen treats, sweet tea, wine, beer, and more!

Unique Arts & Crafts

Handmade jewelry, wall art, shell & tile artwork, pottery, coastal decor, weathervanes, wood carving, face painting, & more!

2013 Commemorative T-Shirts & License Plates!

The Grand Finale

FIREWORKS!! @ 9:00 pm

Sorry...No Pets or Coolers Allowed

Street Festival presented by the Kure Beach Annual Street Festival Commitee


Boardwalk Amusement Park Opening May 16th, 2013

Another sign that summer is clearly on it's way: the Boardwalk Amusement Park will open on May 16th, 2013. Get ready to ride the rides - there's something for everyone from the little guys and girls to the thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.

For lots more summer fun check out the Where to Play section of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce website, www.pleasureislandnc.org.


Kure Beach Ocean Front Park Grand Opening - Friday, April 26th

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park Grand Opening

Friday, April 26th
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
105 Atlantic Avenue

Opening Ceremony

Flag Raising, Ribbon Cutting
Performance by Carolina Beach Elementary School 3rd Grade Class
and Thank You to Grant Partners

On Stage @ The Pavilion

12:30 pm - Educational Talks & Recreational Demonstrations
Shipwrecks, Civil War Anchor & History, Local Fishing, Ballet, Yoga & Zumba

3:00 pm - South of K

4:30 pm - The Imitations
with Free Shag Lessons provided by Babs McDance

8:00 pm - Wilmington Big Band
with Free Swing Lessons provided by Babs McDance

For The Kids

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pirate Magicians from No Sleeves Magic, Story Time, Craft Table, Treasure Chest of Surprises

For All Ages

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Informational Tables: Storm Water Dune Infiltration, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Watercolor Painting, Local Agencies, Town Committees, and more!

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Disc Golf, Sumo Wrestling, Bouncy Obstacle Course, & Jousting

Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy the entertainment from the lawn!


Get Squiggled! Squigley's Ice Cream Opens for the Season

A Pleasure Island institution, Squigley's Shoppes, Ice Cream & Treats invites you to get SQUIGGLED! They will be open on weekends through Memorial Day and then 7 days a week. This must mean that summer is right around the corner!

208 S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC


Spotlight on Business - Sandpiper Marketing & Communications

Sandpiper Marketing & Communications, LLC (Sandpiper MarCom) recently launched to serve as the in-house marketing and communications team for small business and non-profits in and around Pleasure Island. Through Sandpiper’s services, the marketing and communications talent that is often associated with and obtained by larger businesses becomes affordable to small business and non-profits.

Sandpiper MarCom’s goal is to assist smaller businesses build their brands so that they can remain out in front, capture the attention of customers, and build awareness around what matters to their clients. That's what it takes to build confidence in a business, build relationships, and grow customers. Sandpiper MarCom’s DIG IN and deliver approach applies across the board in terms of their service to clients and then in return creates opportunities for clients to de-liver their brand to their customers.

Sandpiper Marketing & Communications, LLC offers services in marketing and advertising; graphic and custom illustrated design; web services such as design, development, maintenance, search engine optimization strategy development; business event planning; social media; and business branding and identity. Contact Sandpiper MarCom to DIG IN and deliver together. Visit their website at www.SandpiperMarCom.Com or like them at www.facebook/SandpiperMarCom.Com


2013 5K Race for the Planet - Sunday, April 21

Pick up the pace for the greenest race around. Join seasoned runners, first-time racers and families for the 5th annual 5K Race for the Planet on Sunday, April 21 at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Lace up for the festive fun and celebrate Earth Day one day early.

A scenic course, organic t-shirts for the first 300 runners and free Aquarium admission on race day for registered participants adds pep to the step, whether walking or running. Overall and age group winners receive eco-friendly awards.

The Aquarium’s goal for the race is to plant the seed for eco-conscious living and raise funds for the Aquarium's educational programs and green initiatives. Count on the Aquarium to walk the talk by reducing race waste as much as possible.

The 5K Race for the Planet starts and ends at the Aquarium. The flat, mostly asphalt course runs through scenic Fort Fisher with impressive views of the ocean, maritime forest and historic Fort Fisher Civil War site. The course is USATF certified.

The race begins at 8 a.m. To register online visit www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher or call 910.458.7468. Walk-up registration begins at 7 a.m. on race day. Early registration is $25; $30 after April 12.


Free Movies at the Lake - 2013 Lineup

Check out the list of films that will be featured as part of the 2013 Free Outdoor Movies at the Lake. One of the beloved Pleasure Island traditions, it is lots of fun to take in a great movie under the stars with your family and friends. Add in a little popcorn and you've got a night to remember!

In this year's lineup you'll find a wonderful assortment of family favorites, animation, a classic, and a little something for everyone.

May 26
PG  2012
June 2
PG 2012
June 9
PG 2012
June 16
PG 2012
June 23
PG 2005
June 30
PG 2012
July 7
PG 2012
July 14
PG 2012
July 21
PG 2012
July 28
PG 2006
August 4
PG 2013
August 11
PG 2012
August 18
PG 2012
August 25
September 1
PG 2013

Which movie are you most excited to see?

Schedule subject to change and weather permitting. Get more info on the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/free-movies-at-the-lake/


Spotlight on Business - Discovery Maps of Wilmington

 Carolina Marketing Company, LLC, is proud to be the new owner of the Wilmington Discovery Map. The publisher of multiple print products in Southeastern North Carolina, including North Brunswick Magazine, South Brunswick Magazine and the Brunswick County Discovery Map, Carolina Marketing Company purchased the Wilmington map in February of 2013.

Discovery Map International, formerly Resort Maps, is based in Waitsfield, Vermont, and has been America’s favorite tourist map brand for more than 30 years. The maps are available in more than 100 popular destinations through the United States as well as Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Central America. The maps are popular for their full-color, hand-drawn layouts and well-organized service menus. The company’s local franchise operators distribute more than 25 million travel maps a year in popular tourist destinations.

“These maps provide a great service to visitors,” says Justin Williams, owner of Carolina Marketing
Company. “They are fun to look at, easy to use and informative.” Williams believes the quality of Discovery Map International is a great parallel to the high-quality magazines that Carolina Marketing Company has been publishing for the last seven years.

“Our advertisers get great exposure on our Discovery Maps,” says Williams. “It’s a great way for a business to get their message out on our maps in a different way. The map user doesn’t have to flip any pages for a business’s ad to be seen, it’s all right there around the map.”

For the summer 2013 season, Carolina Marketing Company will publish 200,000 copies of the Wilmington Discovery Map and distribute them in June to more than 300 high-traffic locations in the Greater Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure beach areas.

If you want to participate in this year’s Discovery Map, please contact Carolina Marketing Company by April 9, 2013 at 910-239-8008 or wilmingtondiscoverymap@gmail.com.


Buddy Guy To Headline Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest!

We are thrilled to announce this year's headliner for the 20th Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest...blues legend Buddy Guy!

A big about our headliner:

  • Five time Grammy Award Winner
  • 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (more than anyone)
  • Billboard’s Century Award
  • Presidential National Medal of Arts
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Rolling Stone ranked him  in top 30 of the top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
  • 2013 Kennedy Center Honoree
  • Major influence for Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • A pioneer of Chicago’s fabled electric blues West Side Sound

All this and he is only “76 years young”!

Known for his stage showmanship, playing guitar with a drumstick, his teeth, his elbow, his posterior and strolling into the audience, Buddy Guy is sure to create an amazing experience at the Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest...you won't want to miss this one! The festival is expected to sell out so don't wait - tickets are available now.

Buy tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5873454661


Chowder Fest Contestants

Are you ready to taste the area's best seafood chowder and decide who reins over them all? Come on out to the 17th Annual Chowder Cook Off on April 13, 2013 at the Carolina Beach Lake.

Here is the list of contestants who will be competing for Chowder fame:

Deck House Casual Dining
Sawmill Restaurant
Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill
The Bistro - Courtyard Marriott CB
The Grill
The Landing Bar & Grill
The Twisted Lime

Admission: $5 (12 & under free)
11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tasting begins at noon

Come early & come hungry!


Tour Of Pleasure Island

As you take in the sweeping views of glistening water and happy boaters while crossing the Snow's Cut Bridge onto Pleasure Island, you'll know right away that you've entered a special place. Just minutes after you leave the bridge behind, you'll be in charming downtown Carolina Beach. It's a wonderful mix of old and new where you can find everything for the ideal coastal getaway. Old school surf shops, upscale boutiques, and funky beach shops dot the area. Take time to explore a bit, because there are some unique finds here!

To your left, you'll spot the marina where there are several charter boats for fishing, sightseeing, and dinner excursions. There are national chain hotels on the island, along with privately owned Mom & Pop operations, B&Bs and scores of rental cottages. Check them out here: Pleasure Island - Where to Stay

Beyond the marina, is the famous Carolina Beach Boardwalk, home to a multitude of casual dining and entertainment venues. The town gazebo is also adjacent to the Boardwalk and is a lively place during the summer for live music (See: Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast Music). This area is also where to find easy parking, restrooms, and beach accesses.

Before heading south to explore more of the island, note the excellent dining options, such as seafood, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, and some of the best cheeseburgers on the east coast! Maybe you'll get lucky and snag an outdoor, waterfront table.

As you wind towards Kure Beach, you'll see Carolina Beach Lake Park on your right. This is a favorite gathering place, the site of numerous festivals, and summertime movie nights. Upon entering Kure Beach, to your left, you'll see the Kure Beach Pier. The pier is a wonderful place for a stroll, and maybe later, lunch or dinner at one of Kure Beach's nearby restaurants. The little community only boasts a few, however, each is outstanding in its own right.

At the southern tip of the island, one could spend many delightful hours at the Ft. Fisher Historic site and museum, the NC Aquarium, and the Southport/Ft. Fisher Ferry. Be sure and take a stroll on the beach here, it's a little less crowded and has a completely different vibe. You may even feel like you've stepped back in time! The ferry basin is a great place to take a picnic and watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers when the conditions are right, which is often.

Wherever you choose to stay and play ~ enjoy your time on Pleasure Island!


Island Women 6th Annual Yard & Bake Sale - Saturday April 13th

Don't miss this great event for a great cause! Clear out some clutter, find some bargains, or just eat some tasty treats!


Springtime Fun on Pleasure Island

Thanks to warmer days and longer daylight hours, the fun factor at Pleasure Island is steadily increasing!  There are so many activities planned for the coming months that making a decision about what to do are going to be tough. The great news is that whether you are a frequent visitor or a Pleasure Island resident, boredom will simply not be an option! Along with the regularly scheduled activities, such as the monthly fish fry and pancake breakfast, the calendar is full of lots of family-friendly events. Here's a look at a few scheduled for the near future that are particularly noteworthy:

Saturday, April 6th - Island of Lights Fashion Show & Luncheon - Get those tickets fast ladies, because only 100 will be available. The deadline to purchase a ticket is March 31st, and be aware this could be a sellout! Along with the fashion show, there will be a delicious lunch provided by Middle of the Island, a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit everyone's favorite holiday happening-The Island of Lights.
The runway action takes place at the American Legion Post at 1500 Bridge Barrier Rd. from 11am until 2pm. Tickets are $22 and available at touché, Unique Boutique, and Carolina Beach Surf Shop. For more information, please call Linda Cheshire at 910-617-5945.

Saturday, April 13th - The 17th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off - As you can imagine, this is a biggie. For the 17th consecutive year some of the most talented local restaurant chefs will vie for the top spot in this fierce competition. As things heat up throughout the day, chowder lovers can enjoy some great live music. Face painting and a colossal bouncy house are set to be part of the Kidz Zone. If there's a non-chowder head in your crowd, no worries, hot dogs and funnel cake will be available.
Please be aware that you'll need to leave Fido and your cooler at home. However, beer and wine will be offered for purchase. The action starts at 11:30 at the Carolina Beach Lake Park on the corner of Atlanta and Lake Park Blvd. Voting wraps up at 4pm and the event is over at 6pm.
Tickets are $5 at the door and kids under 12 may get in free.  Learn more here: Pleasure Island Chowder CookOff

Saturday, April 27th - Surfrider's Expression Surfing and Music Event -This is one you'll definitely want to put on your calendar! In addition to supporting Surfrider and all of the valuable work the agency does to protect our coastlines, this fun for all ages event promises hours of entertainment, and all for just a $10 donation. The festivities will be held on the Boardwalk behind Hurricane Alley, from noon until 7pm. An amazing lineup of area bands, including Selah Dubb will be on hand all day. Surfers should bring their favorite stick and compete in the Expression Session heat that will start at 3pm. All ages and all board sizes are welcome and yes! there will be a few prizes for divisions such as:
Best Costume - Gnarliest Wipeout - Rippenest Grom - Smoothest Legend and Most Soulful.

Saturday, April 27th- 6th Annual Kure Beach Street Fair -Plans are underway to make this event one of the most fun ways you can spend a Saturday! Of course there will be activities for the kids, food, and entertainment. Please call 910-458-8216 for more details on this event.

As you can see Spring is starting off with a bang on Pleasure Island. For our complete calendar of events, please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or visit this link: www.pleasureislandnc.org/events-list.php.


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