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For The Love Of Reading

ur “Love Issue” feature this month is a little different. While we did speak to a couple using their complementary strengths to launch a new business during these difficult times in our Biz Q&A section, our lead story is about the love of reading and books. As publishers, it should come as no surprise that we are huge fans of the written word and its power to transform us, help us grow and to express ourselves. Our home is full of books; they overflow our bookshelves and clutter all of our flat surfaces. Seeing Little Free Libraries popping up all over the county warmed our book-loving hearts. And it also left us wondering what was in all those boxes. We wondered what the books we read, and the books we shared, could possibly tell us about our community. So, like good little reporters, we set out on a mission to see what was inside our Little Free Libraries. What we found was interesting, adorable and heart-warming. We hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we enjoyed the investigation.

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Little Libraries

What The Books We Trade Say About Us STORY BY LISA P STITES, PHOTOS BY JEFFREY STITES

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t seems that more Little Free Libraries are popping up in our communities lately. Maybe you’ve seen the Kiwanis one on Howe Street near Port City Java, or the one in front of the Oak Island Recreation Center. The concept is simple — individuals or groups sponsor a box and anyone is welcome to take a book and asked to return a book. We wanted to write a story about this grassroots community service of sorts, but with a twist. So in December, we took a grand tour of Little Free Libraries, some officially registered and included on the organization’s interactive map (searchable by zip code) and some apparently being independently operated. What we found was a heart-warming snapshot of our local communities and neighborhoods, so come along with us as we discover what’s inside a Little Free Library on any given day.

traffic past this one as people go to and from the beach. There were some heavy hitters from the literary world inside, including Jodi Picoult and Tom Clancy. The box is a pretty blue with happy flowers painted on the side, so it blends in with the surroundings nicely. I planned to find a book - just one - on our tour. The Picoult novel was tempting, since I love her writing, but the plot looked to be a bit more of a downer than I wanted at this time of year, so I refrained. Next it was on to the Oak Island Recreation Center, where we found another box that likely sees a lot of traffic. There were several well-read romance novels, and we also found well-known authors here too, including James Patterson and Catherine Coulter. We actually found a lot of James Patterson everywhere on our tour of libraries, which is not surprising as often as his name appears on the bestsellers list.

Our next stop was a library in a residential neighborhood, on Frying Pan Road. We were so fortunate to meet the Library owners at this location — Francine Manor and Barbara Simmons. These ladies are sisters, both talented artists who sell their works online and at area open air markets and festivals as The Southport Sisters. They explained that their library was made from an old sewing machine they found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. They named the Library Irene, after their mother, who was a seamstress. This Library beautifully embraces a nautical theme, complete with netting. The sisters have had a Library there for about five years; the first one was a birdcage. People often bring them books to help stock it, so they get first pick of new titles to read themselves before sending them into circulation. “It’s so well used in this neighborhood,” Francine said. She also said that they get a lot of children’s books, which

We started out in our hometown and stopped at a library at the Arboretum, on the corner of Oak Island Drive and Middleton Avenue. There’s a lot of foot

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CURRENTS she donates to Smart Start. When they first started the Library, Barbara explained, they invited their friends to a party and told them they had to bring books. “It’s just something nice to do for the neighborhood,” she said. And in the Library, we found a pile of Christmas-themed stories, perfect for the season. Next we were off to Southport. Our first

stop there was at the Ginger Harper Real Estate Group. This Library is outside their office, across the side street from the Maritime Museum. We found a good variety here, including James Patterson again, and something called “The Chocolate Bible.” I am not sure why I didn’t grab that one. This location has the added benefit of being half a block away from the Southport waterfront, where you can grab a chair and sit a spell with a new-to-you book. We opted to grab some take-out from Moore Street Market and enjoyed lunch on the benches under the trees in front of the Maritime Museum. On Howe Street near the Port City Java is a Library sponsored by Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis. This Little Free Library had novels (yes,

County, stopping in Boiling Spring Lakes on the way, since there is a box outside Town Hall. It’s painted bright green, so it’s pretty easy to spot. On this day, we found more quilting publications and contemporary novels by Patterson, of course, but also David Baldacci and others, as well as some really cute children’s books.

James Patterson again) and nonfiction, including lots of magazines and books on quilting. We headed up to the north end of the

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CURRENTS In Stoney Creek Plantation, off U.S. 17 in Belville/Leland, there is an adorable Library that looks like a barn, with red walls and white trim. Not surprisingly, this Library had lots of children’s books, including classics like Nancy Drew and the Little House on the Prairie series. I was so glad to see these, as I enjoyed them in my own childhood.

We also stopped by the Leland Cultural Arts Center, with a beautiful Little Free Library, sponsored and decorated by Girl Scout Troop 4257, out front. Jeffrey nabbed a book out of this one — a compilation of Joseph Conrad short stories. There was a great assortment of nonfiction, children’s books and fiction (including one by Maeve Binchy and a book of ghost stories). We headed over to the Windsor Park community off U.S. 76 in Leland. This is where I found my book for the day. It’s

and plenty of others just waiting to be discovered. I am in that in-between generation. I have the Kindle app on my iPad, and I also love borrowing e-books through the Brunswick County Library system. But I also still love the feeling of holding a book in my hand, and the anticipation of opening it and starting on the first page. We have so many online choices and a great local library system, but these Little Free Libraries nurture the community aspect of reading and sharing good stories with others.

“The Friday Night Knitting Club,” by Kate Jacobs. I don’t knit, but the story looked interesting. Leland’s Founders Park also has a sharing library, this one the product of an eagle Scout project in 2018, according to its plaque. We’ve loved seeing the progression of this park as it continues to serve its growing community in new ways. The Library is tucked away by the playground, and there was a selection of holiday-themed books, totally appropriate for the time of year. There was also an installment from Janet Evanovich’s popular Stephanie Plum series, several children’s books and even a local coupon book. Our final stop for the day was at the Brunswick Riverwalk Park in Belville. This Library is near the playground, and is painted a woodsy brown to blend in with the trees. There was the usual assortment of fiction, and also the most interesting find of the day, a book called “If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat? Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing and the Wilds of Suburbs.” And that’s one the best things about Little Free Libraries. You never know what you’ll find. While we did have a grand tour, we did not see all of the Little Free Libraries in the area. To see all the locations for those officially registered, or to find out how you can start your own Little Free Library,

visit littlefreelibrary.org. Little Free Library is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries, according to the website. One thing we noticed about all the libraries we visited — they all have lots of selections, including well-known favorites

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The Flavor of Love

The “Flavors of La Polena” Cookbook Was Labor of Love For La Polena’s Innkeeper STORY BY JEFFREY STITES, PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

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ood can certainly be a love language. Whether try to recreate a loved one’s childhood favorites and dishes we’ve enjoyed together on our travels, or if we pour our hearts and souls into our own recipes that become shared favorites, we can certainly show our love in the kitchen. For someone who has had a love of food running as a thread through her entire life, the language of cooking is a natural way to express love especially in the toughest times. The Flavors of La Polena, full of recipes from Innkeeper/Owner Suzanne Foster, is a dedication to her husband Jeff (she calls him JD) as he begins his second fight against cancer. “During the process of finding an editor, JD was diagnosed with cancer

a second time. He was just beginning to taste again!  During one of our intimate talks, I asked JD what he wanted from me.  His wish was that I continue to run the Inn.  ‘It’s your dream!’ He said. His second request was  to be his support. JD has always loved my cooking.  His daily texts, ‘what’s for breakfast?’ tell me he’s having a good day. It

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just seemed natural to dedicate this book to him,” Suzanne said. Of course Jeff’s favorite, Stuffed French Toast, is included, but you won’t find it in the “Breakfast” section. There is no “Breakfast” section. This cookbook is organized by season, an idea that came to Suzanne in the garden. “I first started thinking of a cookbook when I built my herb garden. My first COVID project while the Inn was closed. Like the herbs, the Seasons dictate what is fresh,” she said. The book’s dedication explains, “In this cookbook I chose Seasons at they relate to our Inn and the flow of guests. The seasons dictate the fresh ingredients used and as the verse says, there is a Season for Everything and a Time for every matter under the Heavens.” The book was also a product of guest demand, something Suzanne can certainly identify with. “When JD and I met, we enjoyed trying new restaurants of all ethnic types.  In our travels we have always searched out the local faire found

on the back roads. This is where you get to meet the owner and locals, learning the story behind a favorite recipe,” her dedication explains.”The same holds true at LaPolena. Our guests have frequently asked for recipes of their favorites so I started adding a recipe to our newsletter each month.” Those newsletter recipes, and more, have found their way into this new cookbook. Food has been a thread throughout Suzanne’s life from her earliest days. “My father worked at Kellogg’s in Battle Creek and I grew up on cereal, which is why I won’t eat it today!” she said. Later, while working in real estate in Oregon, Suzanne founded a foodbased charity. “In 2006, I was the creator and Director of The Table, a restaurant and grocery store in a suburb of Portland, Oregon,” she said. “Our primary donor was Whole Foods. This was my calling after being the Director of the Meals Ministry at our church for ten years. When I departed,  there were over 150 volunteers and the County was using The

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community Table in their Community Work Release program. I understand it is still in operation today under a different name.” Suzanne and Jeff left Portland for Southport in 2018, opening the La Polena bed and breakfast in October of that year. “The day after we arrived in Southport, we had our first guests; contractors cleaning up Hurricane Florence,” she said. Since then, Suzanne has been serving up a two or three course breakfast and evening dessert to all her guests, so she had plenty to choose from for her cookbook. “All the recipes are favorites I have used over the years. Many have been created for LaPolena,” she said. “The difficulty is writing them down since I have them in my head and I don’t measure when cooking.” Suzanne sought help with putting the cookbook together, and says she was incredibly fortunate to find the perfect editor. “The cookbook’s Editor is Amelia Collins from Leland,” she said. “I had 26 applicants and narrowed it down to three.  Amelia had a dozen recipes pulled from my newsletter and already created the beginnings of my cookbook accompanying her application.  She’s a self starter and so creative.  I liked how she had my vibe implemented in a book before we ever met.”

But the mechanics of book writing and publishing weren’t the only hurdle Suzanne had to cross. “As a very private person, I was reluctant to share recipes and share JD’s story,” she said. “Realizing that it’s his story and his choice to share was most difficult for me to accept. Once I began answering friends’ ‘how are you doing?’ with an honest answer, I realized this is a small community who embraces. We are not different.  We are just like your family.” Suzanne is inviting that community family to a VIP launch of her cookbook on Wednesday, February 10 from 5-7 pm. The event will raise funds for Jeff’s medical bills and cancer research. “I have asked a few talented local chefs to prepare and feature some of my recipes during our event.  Videos will be streaming to see how they are made as you taste the many flavors of the evening,” she said. Dress is cocktail attire and guitarist Galen Hunsucker will provide entertainment. Also from Suzanne’s dedication, “....February may be Valentines, but it is also JD’s birthday.  I am thankful to celebrate another birthday with my Valentine. May you continue to enjoy my cooking JD, because I pray you will join me at the breakfast table for many years to come….”

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Teacher of the Year South Brunswick High School Social Studies Educator Honored Regionally STORY BY JEFFREY STITES, PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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uring a year that has been particularly difficult for teachers, students and parents, South Brunswick High School has reason to celebrate. Jennie Bryan, currently teaching AP US History and World History at South, was named Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year and is now a finalist for North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

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comm classroom. She goes above and beyond to meet the needs of her students.  In addition, to her teaching, Ms. Bryan is a strong advocate for SBHS, Brunswick County Schools, and public education in North Carolina. Her involvement on our School Improvement Team, being the Teacher of the Year representative for our teachers with the Superintendent and Board of Education, and representing  our region as the Regional Teacher of the Year are all activities that Ms. Bryan embraces and activities in which she shines,” he said. Bryan was first named district teacher of the year and then regional teacher of the year, but she isn’t finished yet. “I am now one of nine finalists for the 2021 North Carolina teacher of the year,” Bryan said. “The final interviews are held on Friday, February 19 at the Umstead Hotel in Cary. From what I understand, it will be an all-day affair where I will learn more about the expectations, opportunities, and experiences of a state teacher of the year. The 2021 NC Teacher of the Year will serve as the team leader of the other regional teachers of the year, so even if I am not selected as the state

teacher of the year, I know I’ll be busy working with this team of outstanding educators all next year to advocate for NC public school students and teachers... and that’s exciting!” Brunswick County Schools also involves its Teachers of the Year in planning and decision-making, Bryan said. “In many districts across the state the recognition itself is all there is to it. However, in Brunswick County Schools, teachers of the year from all schools in the district serve together on the Teacher’s Advisory Council, which meets once a month with Superintendent Dr. Oates and his cabinet to have student centered, teacher driven conversations about the

work taking place in our schools. As the district teacher of the year I have the responsibility of chairing this committee.  We do spend a lot of time talking about COVID-related concerns, but we are also really examining what we can be doing to better serve our students social and emotional learning needs. In addition to that, I have the opportunity

to make a presentation to the school board at each of the monthly meetings about some of the impressive work students and teachers are accomplishing in the county. In short, the Brunswick County Teacher of the Year Program has provided me with valuable leadership experiences and insights over this past year and in doing so demonstrates a commitment to teacher voice. I look forward to taking what I have learned to the regional and state level and hope that BCS’s  TOY program will soon be replicated by districts across the state,” she said. Bryan recognizes the challenges faced by students, teachers and families during the pandemic. “Seeing students struggle the way they have this past year has been incredibly difficult,” she said. “It’s not unique to schools in Brunswick County or North Carolina that students who have traditionally flourished in the classroom have had an extremely difficult time staying motivated and engaged with remote learning. Some students are not just struggling academically, but emotionally as well - and of course those two

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munity are very much related to one another. I have been more mindful this year than ever before about checking in on the social-emotional well being of my students. I do a lot of quick surveys about their stress level and what things are going on in their lives that are ‘filling their buckets’ and ‘emptying their buckets.’ I spend as much time as I can reaching out to students and parents to have moments of genuine connection to let students know that I am here for them, that I believe in them, and that they are capable of getting to the other side of this moment in history.” Bryan also has a message for students as they navigate these times, “Your high school career has dealt you some seemingly unfair blows. From Florence to Isaias and of course COVID. I admire your resilience, your grit, and your perseverance. If you feel like your tank is starting to run empty on those things, please reach out to your teachers and let them know. If you have fallen behind, ask your teachers to help you prioritize assignments to complete.  Don’t look back at regrets on last semester and worry over that right now.  Focus on your tasks at

hand. Take things one day at a time, one Zoom meeting at a time, one assignment at a time.” There are also challenges not related to the COVID outbreak, Bryan added. “Growing up, there were a lot of people who told me to not pursue a career in education.  There was a time someone actually said to me that I was too smart to be a teacher and that I should be a

lawyer or a doctor. Thinking about that comment still makes my blood boil and eyes roll, but I understand that is simply one indication of the gross disrespect many people in our society feel towards educators.  And as a result of this attitude, we not only have a morale problem among educators in North Carolina, but a pipeline problem.  We are seeing an overall decreased  number of students graduating from teacher prep programs and that really scares me.  I want my daughter to have a highly qualified teacher in every single one of her classes as she goes through school, and right now, that isn’t a guar-

antee for many students in classrooms across the state of North Carolina,” she said. Bryan said she truly enjoys her career as an educator. “There is never a dull moment, I really like my coworkers and administrators, and there is always more to learn, but at the end of the day, the best thing is getting to help students develop into informed and engaged citizens,” she said. “I’ve had students asked to speak to local history organizations about their research, students I’ve run into when they are voting for the first time, and students to simply make connections from the past to the present that they may not have otherwise. Anytime anything like that happens, it’s a great day to be a history educator.” “My life has been greatly enriched for pursuing a career in education,” Bryan said. “There have been really hard days and hard years, but what career doesn’t have its challenges? So students - if you want to be an educator? Go for it!  We need you!  I’ll never tell you to pursue something else instead. I look forward to having you as a colleague!”

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Art Beat

Texas To The Beach

Sculptor Finds Inspiration Everywhere STORY BY CARLA EDSTROM

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ith an admiration for the Western United States, bronze sculpture artist Todd “Tex” Mueller carves out his 3-D pieces with precise, photo-like accuracy. His sculptures capture minute details, highlight personality, and often elicit emotion. After 30 years working as a Computer Artist and Illustrator while living in Denver and Texas, he has brought his love of art and sculpture, and his remarkable talents, to Southeastern North Carolina. Capturing roaming bison and long horn cattle, floating octopuses and Blackbeard, Mueller is now a full-time sculptor. “I love the history of the old west and consider myself a western artist,” said Mueller. “Lately, Southport’s history is captivating me, and the nautical aspects of this area are totally inspiring me,” he said. Mueller was always an artist and grew a special admiration for life in the Lone Star State. “I was always good at art, and after high school I went to the Colorado Institute of Art to get a degree in Commercial Arts. I worked in a T-shirt shop in Denver for about a year, and then went into television at CBS KMGH-TV 7 as an Illustrator. The company I worked for grew and grew, and 12 years ago, they moved me into the Dallas, Texas office as a Computer Art-

ist. Using the computer this whole time I was missing the beauty of traditional art. So I picked up some wire and clay and started sculpting. I was hooked from day one,” he said. Amazingly, he is mostly self-taught in sculpture by going online and watching tutorials. His sculptures of long horn steer capture the immense strength and fierce nature of the beast. “I have alway enjoyed photorealism and strive for

that style. However, I’ve learned late in my career that an artist can do what a camera cannot and that is very exciting to me,” he said. “I like all kinds of stories and stories inspire me and help to drive my work. I never have any trouble coming up with my next idea or sculpt because of the stories I hear day-to-day. Recently I’ve been working on a Blackbeard bust hearing great pirate stories from the Wilmington area and I have been motivated by those tales both being true and not-so-true.” Remington and Charles Russell are Mueller’s favorite artists for both their sculpting and painting. “It also helps that they were both western artists and lived in the 1860s,” he said. “Both loved movement in their art pieces and you can see it in their work for example with horses running with just one foot on the ground, airborne but still connected to the base. Love that!” Mueller enjoys creating both computer art and sculpting, and is kept busy making them both and thinks that both together is a good mix. “They do not really work together as my sculpting seems to be in the fine art area and my computer work is more in the commercial art area,” said Mueller. “I like doing both and together, I think it’s a good mix,” he said. “I still like making art on the computer as a commercial artist and animator. I could always see things in 3D

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and was a 3D computer artist all of my television career. It was a perfect fit for me moving into the fine art sculpture business.” After Mueller creates a clay sculpture, the piece goes to a foundry where it goes through the lost-wax process to make the bronze. “Unfortunately, I’ve picked an expensive art field to create in. Bronze sculpture is not cheap, and I have to create a sculpture, cast it in bronze and market it before I see any fruits from my labors. A good foundry can also take up to six months to create your sculpture in bronze which means nothing happens fast. Also at that point my original clay sculpture is destroyed to make the cast to create the bronze. It’s all very final.” Mueller now resides in Boiling Spring Lakes. “I’m changing over to more of a nautical theme these days instead of the Western theme, as the Western theme doesn’t mean the same thing out here on the East Coast,” he said. “I’m enjoying the new flavors of the East Coast, the Atlantic Sea and all of the possibilities it provides. I have recently taken a truck load of natural themed clays back to the foundry I use, and hope to get the bronzes out to the different galleries by this spring.” You can see more of Mueller’s work at www.texasmadesculptures.com, or


art beat on his Facebook page at Texas Made Sculptures. You can also reach him at tmueller.dallas@gmail.com or text him at 214-232-2958. With more than 100 portraits in her portfolio, Harrison has had a successful career as an artist. As her portraits are privately commissioned works, she has been able to work from home during this pandemic. “I am represented by a number of prominent nationally and regionally portrait agencies. This year and the COVID pandemic have presented a challenge for most artists. Fortunately, with the nature of my work I am alone when I am painting. I have been able to do photo sessions by masking and practicing social distancing.” Harrison currently has representation by the following Portrait Agencies. Portrait Associates, Raleigh, NC, New South Portraits, Greensboro, NC, Lori Mitchell Art, Macon, GA, J Daniel Portraiture and Fine Art and Portraits Incorporated. She currently teaches painting at Brunswick Community College. For more information about her portraits

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hen Melanie Meade and Joe Amato were tunred down for a business loan, little did they know it would turn out to be a stroke of good fortune. A year later, they have switched gears, shifted away from starting a traditional brick and mortar fitness studio, and embraced the current nessesity to provide many services online. We spoke to Melanie and Joe about hteir business and forging ahead with a dream during a pandemic. Can you briefly introduce yourselves and explain your roles in FitnessPlus? Joe Amato, a managing partner, has worked in financial planning and also, in recent years, dedicated greater focus to his own personal health and works out at least three times a week at the gym. Melanie Meade, a certified personal trainer and a certified Behavioral Change Specialist, has dedicated most of her life to maintaining personal fitness. Melanie is also a managing partner in Fitness Plus, LLC and holds a masters in General Psychology, has a doctoral level understanding of educational psychology and teaching experience.  Joe handles mostly administrative duties and marketing while Melanie does the personal training, health coaching, and maintains the information on the website and the community site.

What are your backgrounds? Have you been in the fitness provider business before? Melanie has experience as a group fitness instructor for seniors, and has over 20 years of personal experience associated with Senior Fitness. We both also have backgrounds in insurance and financial planning, and have a strong understanding of how the mind, the body, and the spirit work together for the overall health and well-being of individuals.  Melanie also has teaching experience in the field of psychology and understands behavioral issues that may inhibit some women from pursuing health and wellness goals when a traditional gym may be perceived as the only choice to get in shape.

How long have you been in the

Leland area and what brought you here? Joe moved to Leland from Southport in July 2019 to be closer to his daughter and Melanie joined Joe in Leland in November 2019. Melanie came to Wilmington as an insurance agent, but as of May 2020, we realized the time was right to move forward on the fitness studio, albeit in a virtual format. We also recognized the growth of Leland and because of the growth, Leland is an appealing area for our fitness market.

You founded Fitness Plus last year, correct? Given all the challenges of 2020, that was brave. What were your biggest challenges and how have you overcome them? We actually filed the LLC in 2019, but because Melanie was still working full time as an insurance agent, the website didn’t officially open until July 2020. Given the challenges of the pandemic, we are actually blessed to have an incredible support network and an amazing web developer who got the virtual site up and running quick-

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ly.   We also realized that we were really blessed  regarding the SBA loan we did not get final approval on. We dodged the bricks and mortar nightmare and we were able to transition seamlessly to an all virtual studio without the exorbitant expenses of a retail site that would not have been able to accept walk-in customers, so we feel truly blessed that we can operate virtually. 

How is Fitness Plus different from other fitness consultants? Fitness Plus is different from other fitness consultants in that we focus on the needs of women between the ages of 4065 who have unique challenges associated with maintaining health and wellness. Melanie already has a group instruction background in fitness along with the psychology education and the teaching experience. This diversity allows the virtual aspect of our business to flow more smoothly.  We were also the first fitness studio, locally, who went all-virtual and did not have to convert a bricks and mortar business to an online business when the pandemic started closing businesses.

What do you bring to the business that sets it apart? Melanie’s background in psychology, fitness

a d instruction, and her understanding of the u challenges women face staying in shape a as they get older, gives her the unique e insight into the obstacles that so many a women face in maintaining a healthy lifei style. Melanie also understands what it is w like to juggle many things, such as family, t school and career, as a single parent and how hard it can be to find time for selfcare and exercise.  Joe’s background in W financial planning, accounting and sales m and marketing allows Joe to properly survey the market potential in our Leland area.  The many opportunities this fast growing community offers to us, especially in the area of health and wellness, gives us the opportunity to be more focused on our target market. 

What has this experience, starting a business together during the pandemic, shown you about each other? Starting this business during the pandemic reinforced our strengths but it also showed us some weaknesses we may not have discovered had the shelter-at-home orders not been imposed. We learned that it really is important to stay focused on your goals, but at the same time, you have to be flexible in how you reach those goals.  We also learned a lot about our colleagues, especially our web developer who is such a tremendous asset in giving us tips and tricks and creating networking opportunities for us even while we are working from home.  

What lessons have you learned that will serve you well in the future? We learned the importance of proper planning and the unique ability to utilize a comprehensive website to reach our


clients on a regular basis. We also learned that this transition is potentially how the future of marketing and business in general will continue to evolve as the pandemic lingers on and people remain skeptical or uncomfortable with gathering in large groups or exercising in large groups. 

You originally planned a brick and mortar business. How has shifting into an online model allowed you to proceed? Is this a bit of a silver lining in the long term, as far as expanding your customer base? As we noted earlier, the online model allowed us to open regardless of the shutdown imposed due to COVID-19 and by utilization of our website. This is absolutely a silver lining in that we are not prohibited to a physical location or any restrictions associated with gathering limits.  We also immediately recognized the benefit of our website taking our business global rather than just local. 

What are your plans for Fitness Plus moving forward?

We intend to enhance our virtual format and grow our business online. We also have incorporated a fitness community for seniors that is not limited to just health and wellness, but addresses many concerns seniors face on a daily basis.  We have also established alliances and continue to establish alliances with similar organizations focused primarily on women’s health and well-being.

How can readers contact you to find out more about Fitness Plus and its offerings? Our website is always available at https:// www.fitnessplusleland.com  Our community is also available 24/7 and is located at https://community.fitnessplusleland.com.  The community site is also accessible directly from the home page of our website. Our phone number is (910)795-6060 and we also have an email address of fitnessplus20@gmail.com.    We want to make contacting us as easy and convenient as possible for our ladies.   

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COMMUNITY

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The Art League of Leland (ALL) is accepting submissions for “It’s ALL Art,” the organization’s annual art exhibition and sale to be held on May 1 and 2, 2021, at the Brunswick Forest Fitness and Wellness Center in Leland, in accordance with NC guidelines in effect at that time. The deadline to register is March 5, 2021.   ALL welcomes applications from 2-D and 3-D artists in various disciplines throughout the Lower Cape Fear area. The cost to enter is $25 for Art League of Leland members and $40 for nonmembers. Three pieces of artwork will be selected by exhibition visitors for People’s Choice Awards.   Visit ALL’s website www.artleagueofle-

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March Meeting The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Thursday, March 4, 2021, virtual meeting with professional photographers John Mehalik and Alan Morris. Mehalik and Morris will share their tips and ideas about photographing artwork as well as field questions following a video presentation by Chuck Black Art. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4-6 pm. To register to attend, email artleagueofleland@ gmail.com by February 26. The Cape Fear area has inspired John Mehalik’s pursuit of “chasing shadows and light” to capture special moments in time. After retiring from the Fairfax County, Virginia, school system, Mehalik worked at George Mason University. HWatercolor, Photography and a is interest in photography led him to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from the University of Virginia. His background includes teaching photography classes for Northern Virginia Community College and owning his own portrait and wedding photography business. Mehalik has exhibited his photographs and won awards in various juried and non-juried local and state  competitions and venues   Alan Morris specializes in sports and event photography, and his portrait photography includes celebrity portraits. Morris photographs both locally and nationally. His action shots have appeared in local newspapers and magazines and are frequently requested for sports banquets and award presentations. Morris also supports the  Cape Fear Raptor Center with his photography of injured and recovering birds of prey. Following thirty years with the U.S. Capitol Police, he retired to Le-

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Above: “Memorial Bridge #1” by John Mehalik

land in 2014. We hope that you will join us. Details about how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to registered attendees several days before the meeting. If conditions surrounding the pandemic allow for an in-person meeting at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, ALL will announce meeting updates on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and www. artleagueofleland.org.

April Meeting The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Thursday, April 1, 2021, virtual meeting with featured speakers Kari Feuer and Donna Launey. Feuer will discuss finding and obtaining artist residen-

cies, and Launey will talk about what art gallery owners look for in artists and artwork. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. To register to attend, email artleagueofleland@gmail. com by March 26. Landscape artist Kari Feuer paints in oils, often with a knife, working toward an abstracted style. Her work has won national awards, and she teaches painting to artists locally and around the U.S. Feuer will speak about finding and obtaining an arts residency, a sponsored trip to a setting that is granted to the artist for uninterrupted time and support to create new work.  Feuer will share what she has learned from her personal experiences in arts residencies, including setting goals, packing supplies, and making the transition from the studio to a new

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community Launey began to pursue her artistic passion. Using bold, expressive brushwork, she strives to create passionate, imaginative interpretations of everyday objects in her paintings, which have been in many local juried art shows and are in private collections in the U.S. Launey will speak about what gallery owners seek in the artwork they select. Details about how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to registered attendees several days before the meeting. ALL will announce meeting updates on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and www.artleagueofleland.org.

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FITNESS

A Strong Heart

Total Personal Health Depends On It STORY BY BRIAN TULLY, MS

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am sure you have heard the phrase “they have a good heart.” This is usually a reference to an individual’s level of caring, kindness, and overall loving nature, and has nothing to do with the health of the actual heart muscle itself. Yes, the heart is a muscle. A very important one, that we need to take good care of so we are able to provide care and kindness to our loved ones for many years.

You may be asking yourself “how do I know if I have a strong heart?” The following are ways for you to self-check. Of course, checking with your doctor will be the most accurate, but the ability to maintain a level of self-awareness about your own health goes a long way. Heart Rate – a high resting heart rate could mean that your heart is working harder than it needs to be; a strong heart has to pump less often at rest — it is more efficient. You only need a couple of fingers and a timer with a second counter to check your heart rate. Place your index and middle finger on your opposite wrist just below and in line with the edge of your thumb. Once you feel the pulse, count the beats for 15 seconds and then multiply by 4 to get your heart rate. A normal resting heart rate for adults is between 60 to 100 beats per minute. Usually, the lower the resting rate in that range the better — it means the heart is functioning more efficiently, a sign of good cardiovascular fitness.   Blood Pressure – a doctor visit will almost always start with a blood pressure check, it is a good indicator of what is going on with the circulatory

system. But you don’t have to wait for a doctor visit to keep a check on these numbers. You can purchase an automatic blood pressure cuff at a reasonable price, allowing you to keep an eye on the numbers between visits to the doctor. High blood pressure can inhibit blood flow to the heart, making the heart muscle weaker over time. One reading is not an accurate measure of high blood pressure, since your pressure can be impacted by a lot of things in that given moment. Taking it at different times while at rest will give you a more accurate understanding of your true numbers. Shortness of Breath – when performing a physical activity, if you quickly become short of breath, it may be because your heart is having trouble keeping up. Movement requires fuel and oxygen be transported to the muscles (including the heart muscle) via the bloodstream. If this oxygen and fuel can’t get distributed quickly enough to keep up with the activity, you will feel short of breath quicker than expected. It may be a sign of a weak heart.   As I mentioned earlier, the heart is actually a muscle, which means you can

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make it stronger. This is great news, because a strong heart equals improved health and longevity. So, let’s look at some ways we can help you make your heart stronger starting today. 1. Exercise and Move Regularly – the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise spread out over three to five days per week. The activity itself isn’t as important as doing it at an intensity to help strengthen the heart. You want to be able to feel exertion but still be able to speak to someone next to you; winded but not unable to speak. The AHA also recommends two days of strength training each week. You should also continue to move throughout the day, not just during your workouts. Movement is life. 2. Quit Smoking – smoking is a major contributor to heart disease, causing damage to the blood vessels supplying the heart with oxygen. 3. Lose the Extra Weight – the extra weight causes strain on the heart, inhibiting movement and leading to metabolic conditions such as high blood pressure. 4. Eat Healthier – this will not only help with energy for exercise and weight management; but eating healthy fats

can also help to lower cholesterol to clear a pathway for the heart to work more smoothly. 5. Lower Stress – when you are stressed, your body releases hormones that increase blood pressure and heart rate, which can cause damage to artery walls and increase risk of blood clots. Lowering stress levels with laughter, deep breathing, or other form of relaxation that you enjoy will decrease these stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and decrease blood pressure.   Remember the heart is a muscle and exercise will help it to stay strong and work at its best. The phrase “use it or lose it” definitely applies here. If you aren’t already exercising, be sure to start slowly and safely. If done correctly, you have nothing to worry about. It truly is never too late to start and have a positive effect on your quality of life.   If you have any questions or other thoughts to share, I would love to hear from you!   Brian@BetterTogetherFitness.com BetterTogetherFitness.com


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ower Cape Fear LifeCare will offer a multi-week, no-cost virtual grief care program on Wednesdays, Feb. 10 through March 3, for those coping with the death of a loved one due to an opioid overdose.

we offer compassionate care, educational and enrichment opportunities that support many types of loss in safe and familiar environments. Because of our generous donors, these caring, no cost groups, camps and workshops are available to all. Your donation is always appreciated. Lower Cape Fear LifeCare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the highest quality LifeCare, education, and supportive services to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve. For more information, visit lifecare.org.

The group will be held 12–1:30 pm in a secure virtual environment. Pre-registration is required; to register, please call 1-800-379-4880 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and the name and date of the program you wish to attend. A grief counselor will contact registrants. Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (formerly Lower Cape Fear Hospice) is here to help. Throughout the year,

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation is pleased to announce the continuation of the Coastal Stewardship Award in 2021. The Federation is offering three $1,000 awards coastwide. The winners will be announced on April 1, 2021. The Coastal Stewardship Award was launched in 2019, providing one award of $1,000 to a graduating high school senior with outstanding dedication to the coastal environment. It was expanded to three awards in 2020. The 2020 award recipients were Henry Ferrell from E.A. Laney High School, Ella Harlacher from Croatan High School and Dylan Gray from Cape Hatteras Secondary School. “We are so glad we’re able to offer three awards again this year through support of local sponsors. We are continuously impressed by the students we work with, and are honored to invest in their future,” said Rachel Bisesi, coastal education coordinator for the Federation.

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meeting will focus on setting personal goals and group goals. Throughout the year, youth will work together to decide what they want to learn about and ways to volunteer in the community. 4-H is free to join for anyone between the ages of 5 and 18.

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he February meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table examines the lives and experiences of Union General Franz Sigel and Confederate General John C. Breckinridge. The presentation focuses on how their leadership styles and decisions changed history on a rainy afternoon near the crossroads town of New Market, Virginia on May 15, 1864. The guest presenter is Sarah Kay Bierle, an author, speaker and researcher whose career is dedicated to major events and turning points in the American Civil War. The meeting begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb 2 via Zoom, and all members are invited to attend. Not a member? Email Brunswickcwrt@ gmail.com to join prior to the meeting. Annual membership dues are $25. The Battle of New Market was fought on May 15, 1864, in Virginia during the Valley Campaign of 1864. A makeshift Confederate army of 4,100 men led by Confederate General Breckinridge, which included cadets from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), defeated Union General Franz Sigel and his Army of the Shenandoah. On the winning side, Breckinridge was a politician who served as the 14th Vice-President of the United States in 1856, and later mounted an

unsuccessful presidential bid in 1860. He joined the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War, and served as brigade commander at the Battle of Shiloh. Promoted to Major General in 1862, he fought in numerous noteworthy battles, including New Market and Cold Harbor, before serving as the final Confederate Secretary of War in 1865. On the losing side, Franz Sigel was an intriguing historical figure. In losing the Battle of New Market, he failed to provide a campaign victory General Ulysses S. Grant wanted in the Shenandoah Valley. Sigel was a fantastic organizer, loyal to his friends, valued education, understood the value of image and influence, and loved the ideals of freedom and liberty. Yet he struggled with leadership,

which hampered his military career. His two great blunders in the New Market Campaign were the loss of confidence from his regimental commanders, and piece-mealing his army into the battle. His commanders did not fully trust him or understand his orders, sometimes even speaking to his troops in German when frustrated on the battlefield. The end result at New Market, two generals, two different lifestyles, and one conclusion, a victory for the South. Sarah Kay is the managing editor of Emerging Civil War, which serves as a public history-oriented platform for sharing original scholarship related to the American Civil War. She is also assistant to the director at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She holds a BA in History from Thomas Edison State University. Over the years, she has spoken at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Civil War round tables around the country, the Temecula Valley Historical Society, Society for Women & The Civil War Confer-

ence, and Emerging Civil War symposiums. “From writing books and hosting Zoom conferences, to research projects and blogging, I’m blessed to stay busy during this Covid-19 pandemic. I am really honored and looking forward to my ZOOM appearance at your impressive Civil War round table on Feb. 2,” she said. (Note: The Brunswick Civil War Round Table is the largest Civil War round table in the country with more than 1,300 members.) For additional information about the Round Table, its ongoing activities, its guest speakers at future monthly meetings, or its involvement in Civil War and historic preservation, visit brunswickcivilwarroundtable. com and find the group on Facebook. The meeting begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb 2 via Zoom, and all members are invited to attend. Not a member? Email Brunswickcwrt@ gmail.com to join prior to the meeting. Annual membership dues are $25.

Celebrate Spring!

NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY Confederate Gen. John C. Breckinridge

Union General Franz Sigel

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CALENDAR

February

and 25, all 10 am to noon. Visit foisoi.org to sign up for online programs.

Some places are opened again, and we’ve included events here that are still listed as scheduled, and also some reschedule dates pretty far in the future, but please remember that all events, dates and times are subject to change. For programs offered through the Town of Leland, visit https://apm. activecommunities.com/townofleland/ to register online or call 910-408-3092. .

Ongoing Events

Riverwalk Marketplace

Fridays and Saturdays 11 am - 6 pm.; Sundays 11 am - 4 pm, Fresh seafood, seasonings and all things related to seafood, and lots of fresh produce, all with the beautiful backdrop of the Brunswick River.

FEBRUARY 1-28

Town of Leland — Parks & Recreation

Private tours - Franklin Square Gallery

Check out http://bit.ly/lelandevents for more information on classes and online programs, including: painting, pottery, jewelry-making, acting, dance and more.

Groups of up to six people may schedule a tour to view or buy paintings, pottery, cards, or gifts at the gallery before the March 1 opening. Visit https://www.franklinsquaregallery.com/ or call 240-321-0839 to schedule a tour of the Gallery, 130 E. West Street in Southport.

FEB 2

Ninth Annual Brunswick County Brunswick Civil War Round Table Black History Month Symposium The Brunswick Civil War Round Table Feb- (Southport Historical Society, ruary meeting examines the lives and ex- Harper Library) periences of Union General Franz Sigel and Confederate General John C. Breckinridge, according to the group’s website. The presentation focuses on how their leadership styles and decisions changed history on a rainy afternoon near the crossroads town of New Market, Virginia on May 15, 1864. The guest presenter is Sarah Kay Bierle, an author, speaker and researcher whose career is dedicated to major events and turning points in the American Civil War. The Zoom meeting begins at 7 pm. Attendance is for members only, but anyone is welcome to become a member prior to the program. Email to Brunswickcwrt@ gmail.com. Annual membership dues are just $25.

FEB 10

Virtual events through Zoom include portrayals of historic persons and events by actress Carolyn Evans, musical performances and discussions. Programs are scheduled for Feb. 19 at 6 pm, Feb. 26 at 6 pm, Feb. 27 at 4 pm, and Gospel Fest on Feb. 28 at 3 pm.

FEB 27

Mug Madness at Leland Cultural Arts Center

See mugs made by potters taking classes at the Center. Mugs will be on display from 1-4 pm in the parking lot at the Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way. Shop for a mug or enjoy some tea or hot cocoa while social distancing outside.

MARCH 1

‘Galentine’s Week’ Flower Crowns Youth Art Month at Leland Cul— Town of Leland’s Spring Into tural Arts Center DIY Enjoy artwork from area youth all month

Grab your gal pals and learn how to make at the Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way. fresh flower crowns. Cost is $38 for resi- Artwork from students from Kindergarten dents, $48 for Feb 14 through 12th grade will be on display Wilmington Symphony Orchestra during the Center’s normal hours. Members of the Orchestra will perform at the Cameron Art Museum. Tickets are $10, and seating is limited.Visit https://www. wilmingtonsymphony.org/concerts--tickets.html for more details and ticket information.

MARCH 6

BSL Neighbors Market

Shop local from area artisans and farmers at this open-air market next to The Office Coffee and Wine Bar, Hwy 87 in Boiling Spring Lakes.

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non-residents. Call 910-408-3092 to register.

Programs from the Libraries:

Southport Historical Society and Harper Library have teamed up for a few events in February. A lecture at 1 pm on Feb. 9 highlights UNCW’s Special Collections of rare books and manuscripts from Southport and the Cape Fear Region. On Feb. 15 at 7 pm, Mike Royal shares stories about growing up in Southport and Liz Fuller will discuss Southport and Historic Black Colleges and Universities, Feb. 16 at 1 pm. Barbee Library hosts a Meet the Author Zoom call with Judy Dearlove on Feb 17 at 10 am. Black History Month is featured in a series of online talks, Feb, 4, 11, 18

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site 8884 St. Philip’s Rd. SE, Winnabow The grounds are open, and distancing protocols are in place inside. There is plenty to do and see outside, with historic ruins, great information on the site’s history, and some of the most beautiful riverfront property in the County. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Leland Library - 487 Village Road

The Library is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 5 pm. Curbside delivery is still available - reserve your book and pick it up outside the library. Call 910-371-9442. Visit https://www.brunswickcoun-


tync.gov/library/ for more information about the Brunswick County Library system and a list of other reading resources.

NC Maritime Museums - Southport

Hours are 11 am to 4 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Masks are required, as is social distancing. Online programs also available: Live Learning on Facebook on Tuesdays at 5 pm; Story time with Captain Meanie on YouTube on Wednesdays at 3 pm; Trivia Thursdays at 10 am on Facebook; Craft time on Facebook with Captain Meanie at 11 am on Fridays; and Sunday stretch at 11 am on Instagram. . Art League of Leland (ALL)

Leland Cultural Arts Center

The group welcomes artists of all kinds and normally meets monthly (except in summer months) 4-6 p.m. at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Oct 27, 2021 — Million Dollar Quartet, 7:30 pm - The Tony Award-winning musical inspired by a recording session of icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College 701 N. Third Street in Wilmington April 15, 2021 — Cirque Eloize, 7:30 pm. This cirque show centers around the happenings and characters of an art deco hotel. June 9, 2021 — Trace Adkins, 7:30 pm. The Grammy-nominated Country musician performs.

Visit https://wilsoncentertickets.com for more information.

Odell Williamson Auditorium Brunswick Community College

May 15 (new date)— The Kingston Trio — The iconic American folk and pop group performs.

Aug 10-12, 2021 — Cats — The hit Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Check https://www.brunswickcc. edu/odell-williamson-auditorium/ for ticket information.

Aug 14, 2021— Boz Scaggs, 7:30 pm. The musician performs songs from five decades of his music career, including his most recent album, “Out of the Blues.”

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar 1175 Turlington Ave, Suite 101, Leland

Aug 21, 2021 — The Village People, 7:30 pm. The group performs classics such as “Y.M.C.A’ and “Macho Man.”

BEER AND WINE Full menu available for dine-in or takeout — also hosting live music, karaoke and trivia.

Check Facebook for specials and details on music and trivia nights.

Local’s Tavern 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Leland

Music Bingo on Wednesdays, starting at 7 pm. Specials are posted on Facebook.

Bridgewater Wines 1132 New Pointe Blvd., Leland

Tuesday Trivia is at at 6:30 pm (reservations required). Checkout the great food menu, and Sunday brunch specials; call 910-408-1900 to order take-out.

Blossoms Restaurant Greens) 1800 Tommy Jacobs Dr.

(Magnolia

New menu. Reservations are encouraged; call 910-383-0998. Check Facebook for drink and food deals and special events.

The Joyce 1174 Turlington Ave.

Only From The Kitchen Man GRANITE AND QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS KITCHEN AND BATHROOM DESIGN REMODELING AND CUSTOM CABINETRY

Cape Fear's Best Kitchen and Bath Designer

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All these features are included with every Kitchen Man countertop job!

Over $1,500 in value added at NO Charge!

15 Year Sealant - X $500 - Included! Composite Sink - X $600 - Included! Top-Line Faucet -X $200 - Included! 5 Edge Choices - X $200 - Included!

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Handcrafted Pottery COFFEE JUST TASTES BETTER IN A HAND-MADE MUG

Comprehensive Routine Exams Medical Eye Care • Emergency Care Full optical with designer frames and contact lenses

Dr. Michael Howard

Most insurances accepted

Vision Source of Brunswick

4633 Long Beach Road Southport, NC 28461 (910) 457-6667

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Handmade, one of a kind pieces you can use everyday. Glazed with food safe glazes. Available at: THE PAINTED MERMAID • 817 N Howe Street, Southport

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Mulch • Topsoil Soil • Pine Straw Pavers • Patios • Walkways and much more!

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dining guide APPLEBEE’S 1113 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-371-6315 Full-service chain bar &grill providing hearty American eats in an informal setting

BLOSSOMS RESTAURANT

HWY 55 BURGERS, SHAKES AND FRIES 1114 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-371-2707 Retro-themed chain with 1950’s sodafountain look

ISLAND FRESH-MEX GRILL

Magnolia Greens Golf Course 1800 Tommy Jacobs Dr., Leland 910-383-0998 Traditional American Breakfast, Brunch and Burgers

2013 Olde Regent Way, Ste 110, Leland Serving frshly made burritos, quesadillas and more Mexican

BRIDGEWATER WINES

JADE GARDEN

1132 New Pointe Blvd, Leland (910) 408-1900 www.bridgewaterwines.com Free Wine Tastings Thursdays and Fridays 3-6pm, Saturdays 1-5pm and Sundays 12-3pm

1735 Reed Rd, Leland 910-383-0880 Chinese

CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD CO Waterford Leland, 910-399-6739 American seafood, signature dishes, hand cut fish, steaks and chicken, freshly made desserts all served in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

DUNKIN DONUTS 1132 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-383-8383 Hand crafted espresso drinks, fresh made all day breakfast sandwiches and delicious donuts.

EMPIRE DELI AND BAGEL 1105 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-383-8383

ETERNAL SUNSHINE CAFE 117-G Village Rd NE, Leland Phone: (910) 399-3299

FAMILY PIZZA & SUBS 1735 Reed Rd NE, Leland 910-371-2611

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN 1281 Cape Fear National Dr, Leland Southern Style, Breakfast & Brunch

FRANKS PIZZA & EATERY 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-371-3442 Authentic Italian Fare

THE FOREST RESTAURANT Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest 1007 Evangeline Dr., Leland 910-383-3283

FUZZY PEACH 1109 New Pointe Blvd, Ste 4, Leland 910-371-1238 Frozen Yogurt

P.T.’S OLDE FASHIONED GRILLE 1035 Grandiflora Dr, Leland 910-399-6808 Burgers, sandwiches and fresh-cut fries

SAN FELIPE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1114 New Point Blvd, #140, Leland 910-371-1188 Mexican Food and Drink

SUBWAY 103 Village Rd NE & 1012 Grandiflora Dr 910-371-9933 910-383-0211 Subs & Salads

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE 143 Poole Rd, Leland 910- 765-1144 Healthy Choices

SHIRLEY’S DINER

WAFFLE HOUSE

112 Village Rd. NE, Leland 910-371-2890

111 Village Rd NE, Leland 910-371-3600

JERSEY MIKE’S 2029 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-523-5300 Sub sandwiches

JIMMY JOHN’S 503 Old Waterford Way 104-A, Leland 910-399-7007 Sub sandwiches

THE JOYCE IRISH PUB 1174 Turlington Ave, Ste 101, Leland 910-408-1400 Irish Pub, Burgers, Beverage

LATITUDES Compass Pointe, Leland 910-777-7740 Floribbean, fresh fish, sauces, tropical themed appetizers, and frozen drinks

LOCAL’S TAVERN 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910- 769-1289 American Bar/Pub, Music

The salmon special at Cape Fear Seafood was amazing!

PELICANS SNO BALLS 403 Village Rd NE, Leland 910-609-3646

PIZZA HUT 112 K Village Rd NE, Leland 910-371-9547

PIZZETTA’S PIZZERIA 1144 E. Cutlar Crossing, Leland 910-371-6001 Pizza, Italian, Bar

PORT CITY JAVA 511 Olde Waterford Way 1112 E Cutlar Crossing 910-383-1238, Leland Coffeehouse chain with house-roasted, organic, breakfast items, sandwiches.

SHUCKIN’ SHACK OYSTER BAR - LELAND 1175 Turlington Ave Suite 101 Leland, North Carolina (910) 221-5522

SIX HAPPINESS ASIAN RESTAURANT 1114 New Pointe Blvd, Leland 910-371-0021 Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Breakfast Restaurant

WOK AND ROLL 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-371-9025 Chinese

YUMMI YUMMI 112 Village Rd NE, Leland 910-371-0077 Chinese

SMITHFIELD’S CHICKEN ’N BAR-B-Q 2020 Olde Regent Way, Leland 910-371-6900 Counter-serve chain offers fried chicken &Eastern NC BBQ vinegar-based sauce

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Do you love music? Visit WilmingtonSymphony.org for a calendar of socially-distanced WSO concerts at the Cameron Art Museum! Tickets are $10. WilmingtonSymphony.org

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(910) 791-9262

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