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vol. two issue four january 2014


Dr. Travis of River Road Animal Hospital


Readers' Pets and Animals for Adoption


SHOWCASE: B.B. King plays Odell Williamson SAVOR: Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering


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3 letter from the editor Bethany Turner tells what she's thankful for this year

Discover the best eateries sure to please the most sophisticated palates

26 marketplace

Everything for sale from refrigerators to real estate

28-30 spottings

Check out photos of local dogs and cats having fun in our towns

31 occasions

Check out upcoming events


4-5 adoption round-up

Six local agencies work to find all pets a home


8 the king's reign

At 88-years-old, B.B. King continues touring and will play Odell Williamson this month


10-11 self-taught in seafood



Cover photo: Brigette Myers and her dog, Shelby, on Oak Island. Courtesy photo Inside photo, above: Misprint, a kitty owned by Katherine Hufham of Southport Realty. Courtesy photo

all about pets! Check out photos of readers' pets and animals up for adoption, plus many other pet-related features this month

17 cheers

21 biz Q&A



Delight in frothy brews for the frosty season

18-19 real-life resolutions

Leslie Reschly, RN, chats with two locals who made healthful changes to their lifestyles


The owners of Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering deal in the flavors of tropical isles

Greg Ochipa offers advice for traveling safely with pets as passengers

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Meet Dr. Alyssa Travis, veterinarian and owner of River Road Animal Hospital

22-25 worldly appeal

'Om Sweet Home on Bald Head Island marries coastal, modern and Asian styles

27 soirée

20 driving with pets

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13-15 dining guide

our facebook



Calling all party animals—throw a party for your pooch!

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ELCOME TO OUR ANNUAL PET EDITION! THE PHOTOS submitted by our readers, which we received late November and early December, brightened our day every time we checked the e-mail. Thank you for sending all the adorable pictures! Flip to pages 28 through 30 to check out the local dogs and cats. As Christmas 2013 came to a close, I did a lot of winter cleaning—making sure closets were organized and old clothes were sorted to be donated or consigned. I realized that many old blankets I had could be given to local animal shelters, which need tons of supplies just to get through each month. Of course they need food, treats and litter, but rescue organizations also require leashes, collars, toys, water and food bowls, grooming tools and pet beds. They also can use cleaning supplies, paper towels, and office supplies. On page 4 we've listed the shelters and organizations that service Brunswick County, along with contact information should you wish to donate supplies, money or your time. On pages 4 and 5, you can meet nine animals who are in need of a home. If you're not able to commit to a pet for a lifetime but can still open your home, consider fostering shelter animals! Each organization will be able to provide details on their foster programs if you give them a ring. I also had a chat with Dr. Alyssa Travis, a local veterinarian and owner of River Road Animal Hospital. She shared why she became a healer of animals, as well as answered a few questions on how we can take care of our pets between vet visits. Greg Ochipa, our Wealth columnist, also offers advice for pet owners—specifically for driving safely with pets as passengers. Of course, as 2014 rolls in, we all will take a look Beau, the editor's cat, and Ozzy, the owner's Bichon Frise, welcome you into the back on our lives and wonder how we can resolve to new year! They hope you'll check out pages 4 and 5 to see some of their buddies make them better. Usually any change lasts about a who need a home. month (for me, anyway!) until our hectic lives claim our old ways. Our Health columnist Leslie Reschly sat down with two local folks who made healthful changes in 2013 that endured. Flip to pages 18 and 19 to read about their struggles and strengths, and then see what you can tackle on your own! Happy New Year!

editor-in-chief Bethany Turner



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adoption round-up: Six local agencies work to find all pets a home


OR EVERY PET OWNER, THE bond between human and animal is strong. Despite the language barrier, we and our pets are able to communicate just through the tilt of a head and the perking of ears, or through a soft mew and a warm purr. We understand one another. After a long day, nothing welcomes us home better than the sight of an animal who has missed our companionship. Through the dedication of shelters and organizations all across the country, America has made great steps toward ending animal overpopulation and homelessness. Since 1970, the number of dogs and cats in homes has increased by about 1 billion animals, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Meanwhile, the number of dogs and cats euthanized annually has decreased from an estimated 20 million to 3 million. While the statistics are showing positive signs of growth, one must ask: If 2.7 million shelter animals are not being adopted each year, why is it that only about 30 percent of America's pets come from shelters and rescues? Certain breeds are desirable, of course, but many can be found through such rescue groups. My college roommate even adopted a purebred Papillon from New Hanover County's Animal Control. The pup's owner was evicted and she had to give up the dog; my friend was able to bring him to a safe and happy home. With all the reasons dogs, cats, and other animals become homeless—one only has to do a little search to rescue a new friend (at a much better price than buying from a breeder, I might add). If you cannot provide a home to an animal, please consider fostering one. Even a short slumber party at one person’s home can save a pet from being unnecessarily put to sleep. If fostering is not an option, I hope that you may donate—be it money, food, or supplies—or volunteer with one of the following organizations. Many of these not only run adoptions but also spay and neuter strays to prevent further population increase amongst homeless animals. Everything adds up, and everything helps.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services • Physical Address: 429 Green Swamp Rd. Supply, NC 28462 • Mailing Address: PO Box 92 Supply, NC 28462 (910) 754-8204 In July 2012, Sheriff Ingram took over leadership of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Animal Protective Services. We are committed to protecting the safety of citizens and animals within our community. Our goals are to create community partnerships to promote responsible pet ownership, decrease the overpopulation of domestic pets through spay-neuter programs and education, and to find every adoptable dog or cat a perfect, loving home. We hold off-site adoption fairs throughout Brunswick County several times a week—be sure to check our Facebook page (Brunswick Sheriff's Animal Adoption Page) for information on our events and adoptable animals! Adopting at our shelter on Green Swamp Road Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cat Tails Cat Adoption Service 6622 Beach Dr. Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 (910) 253-1375 • We are a no-kill facility for kittens and cats. Our kittens have age-appropriate vaccinations, FIV-FeLV-testing, and spay/neuter surgery before being offered for adoption. Adopting at the facility on Wed. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adopting at PetSmart in Wilmington on Fri. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sat. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paws Place 3701 E. Boiling Spring Rd. Winnabow, NC 28479 (910) 845-7297 • We are a privately run, non-profit, nokill dog rescue facility located on five acres of land in Boiling Spring Lakes. We were founded in 1999 by Nancy Janovetz. We

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offer refuge to the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs in our community. We are also a retirement facility for those that, for one reason or another, do not find that special home. Most of all, we are dedicated to finding dogs a loving home, no matter how long it takes—one life at a time. We are currently home to 30 dogs; five are "retired." Adopting on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first and third Saturdays of each month, the “meet-and-greets” are held at Four Legs Good in Southport. The second and fourth Saturdays, they are held at Unleashed of Wilmington in the Landfall Shopping Center. Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) 3376 St. Charles Pl., Southport, NC 28461 (910) 457-6340 • SOAR is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue providing safe shelter, medical treatment, healthy food, daily care and lots of love to lost and abandoned dogs and cats. Our goal is to give these animals everything they need to have a 2nd chance in life and find their "furr-ever" home. SOAR functions solely on the monetary donations of our gracious sponsors, as well as the time and efforts of our dedicated and faithful volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers so please call or come by for volunteer information!


GABBY is a beautiful, 5-month-old white cat, available at Cat Tails. She is a little shy at first, but as soon as you get your hands on her, she’s all purrs.

Adopting at the facility on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the week by appointment (M-F, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. only). Also servicing Brunswick County animals in need:

R.A.C.E: Rescue Animals Community Effort PO Box 3370, Shallotte, NC 28459 (910) 547-2839 • We rescue dogs, cats, birds, and small animals in any breed. nimal behaviorists and groomers have joined along with R.A.C.E. to rehabilitate pets in need so they will be healthy, adoptable animals. Adopting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; locations are listed every week on our website. Adopt-an-Angel PO Box 15095, Wilmington, NC 28408 (910) 392-0557 • Adopting at Petco in Wilmington every Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cats and kittens at Petco, Pet Supermarket in Wilmington or at PetSense in Shallotte daily.

JOLENE is a 7-month-old, long-haired pastel torti from Cat Tails. She used to be afraid but has decided that people are her friends and now she loves the attention!

Hello! I'm BABY KITTY from Brunswick County Sheriff's Office APS, a 4-year-old neutered Maine Coon kitty. In case you didn't guess by the name, I enjoy being pampered and spending lazy afternoons basking in the sun or snuggling on the couch. I would love to join a family who will love (and hopefully spoil) me, so please come spend some quality time with me to see if I'm the kitty for you! #A068993

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Hi! I'm RUBY from Brunswick County Sheriff's Office APS, and I'm a female Walker hound mix, just over a year-and-ahalf old. I'm such a friendly gal! My wish is to be the best sidekick ever—whether that's joining you for a hike in the woods, a stroll on the beach, or an afternoon nap on the couch! I've got so much love and loyalty waiting to be shared with a great family! #A068279

open daily BETTY and her twin sister, Sue, came to SOAR almost a year ago when they were left outside a vet's office, along with their kittens. Luckily we had room to take them all in. Over the past year, all the kittens were adopted and so was Sue. That just leaves Betty—who is a little sad without any of her family. Betty is a beautiful, sweet tiger, about 2-years-old. She lives in the open cat room with other cats so she would be fine if you already have a feline at home. She just wants a place to call her own. All of our cats are spayed/neutered and up to date on all shots.

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BABY BEAR: SOAR is looking for a foster home for this precious, but extremely scared Shepherd mix. Baby Bear is approx. 1-year-old and 27-30 lbs. Though she LOVES and trusts other animals - she is petrified of people. It will take a special person to foster and work with her. She needs someone with lots of patience and needs to be fostered with another dog(s). We will provide all the info that we have on her. Please call SOAR for more information!

BELLE: I am so happy that a PAWS PLACE volunteer found me. I don’t know how much longer I could have survived on my own. I was starving and had a raging infection in my mouth due to broken teeth and gum disease. So since my arrival, I had a total check up. It was determined that I needed to have surgery on my mouth to help get rid of the infection.Two surgeries later, I’m a happy camper and have gained 10 lbs.! In spite of all that I’ve been through, I love the fact that I am being taken care of and that people love me. I haven’t stopped wagging my tail since I got here. Because of my prior surgeries, we waited to have me spayed. By the time you read this, I will be ready for adoption. They also said that I am HW positive. I have already started the protocol to treat it. I love to run and I would need a family that would be willing to get me lots of exercise. Come on out to visit me, please!

I (HELEN) ran away from my neglectful owner and had been out on my own for quite a while. A very nice couple found me and took me home and started tending to my eyes that seemed infected. But they saw that I needed more help, so they took me to PAWS PLACE. Shortly afterward my “owner” came looking for me and he brought my sister with him. Ms. Nancy saw that we both needed help and was able to convince him to surrender us to Paws Place. We have been taken to an eye specialist who determined that we were sprayed in the eyes with some type of chemical. No one knows if it was deliberate or not.The good news is that we started getting treatment not long after it happened and things are looking pretty good (literally). Keller’s eyes were more damaged than mine, but the vet thinks he can get a good part of her sight back. Isn’t that great? We are so happy to be getting so much TLC and food and medical care! Keller and I are small beagles, about 18 lbs., and around 3-years-old.We’ve already had our shots and are HW negative, and also spayed. We are ready to go to a real home, where we will be loved. We would love to be adopted together—would you like two little love bugs?

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showcase the king's reign:

At 88-years-old, B.B. King continues touring and will play Odell Williamson this month

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Story by Bethany Turner What: B.B. King When: Sat., Jan. 11th • 8 p.m. Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium 50 College Rd., Bolivia Cost: $57-67 Info:

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HE NAME "B.B. KING" WILL resonate with the world for an eon. Its owner, now 88, has already proven himself to be the "King of the Blues." He's a master of the wailing guitar, and even though kids in generations to come may not know his exact sound, they will surely recognize his name. King's voice is like a scruffy street dog. Rough and grungy, it's sometimes mean and cold. But it's seen a lot of ache—or at least sings about it—and there is an omnipotent depth unparalleled by many artists of today. In blues, the instruments are what draws us in. For King, his guitar screams and cries in glorious vibrato as its strings are manipulated in maniacal, unpredictable ways. Like a ska singer, the blues guitar twists and bounds toward every direction; listeners cannot guess what the next note will be. Yet every movement is a beautiful stretch of the player's soul, and every sound makes a puppet of our hearts. In 1925, B.B. King was born in Mississippi. On street corners he busked—many nights in more than one town. In his early

Odell Williamson Auditorium

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B.B. King will perform his brand of iconic American blues at Odell Williamson Auditorium this month. Courtesy photo

20's, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, a city where blues and rock 'n' roll collided. Many great musicians were born in the area: Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, and more. Others, like King, succumb to the gravitational pull of the city's thriving music scene. W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues" relocated there in the early 1900s, helping solidify the city's hold

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on such soulful tunes and paving the way for artists like King. In 1948, King performed on a popular West Memphis radio program, which helped him gain access to a broader audience and book more shows. By 1952, the musician had his first number-one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues." Four years later, King and his band toured 342 stops in one year alone, from small-town juke joints to symphony concert halls and universities. In the blues' heyday, King found fans most any place. Having recorded over 50 albums since his humble curbside start, King will continue to garner fans long after he leaves this earth. He is a member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, and he's received honorary doctorates from six universities. A biography and an autobiography, titled "The Arrival of B.B. King" and "Blues All Around Me" respectively, stand as a testament to King's reign through 1996. Yet as he continues to tour an average of 250 concerts per year, one could suspect there is another lifetime of liner notes to be published again.

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Story by Rebecca Jones

self-taught in seafood:

The owners of Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering deal in the flavors of tropical isles


N THE MAIN drag of Oak Island Drive, a white metal building stands out. Multi-colored pastel shutters frame windows, while pictures of island sunsets and swim3pm - 6pm •$45 ming turtles beckon diners to a tropical Must register by Jan 14 oasis. Palms and othCome find your inner artist... er beautiful flora line PAINT & POUR the teal entryway. at Pescado Y Amor Inside 6220 E. Oak Is8519 E. Oak Island Dr. land Dr. awaits Turtle (910) 632-3908 Island Restaurant and Catering, owned by Jeff Todd, Gerald Leonard, and Teresea Taylor. Leonard, a Southport native, and Todd relocated to Oak Island 20 years ago and started Island Catering, one of the first catering services in the area. Once the 5002 East Oak Island Dr. business was up and running and the deOak Island, NC 28465 mand was strong, the duo expanded their culinary and entrepreneurial skills New Long Sleeve Shirts with Turtle Island Restaurant and CaAvailable Now! tering, a full-service restaurant in addition to the catering. As one may guess, the venture is named in part after Todd and Leonard’s volunteer work as nest parents with the Sea Turtle Protection Program on Oak Island. Turtle Island has a casual, funky, south Florida feel. Inside, the horseshoe bar to the right of the entrance is warm and inviting; it's the kind of place where the bartender will have your drink ready when you walk in the door. Freshwater aquariums and glass Cannot Combine with other offers. light boxes of shells transition into the dining area. A collection of turtles— some wire, some ceramic—is artisti910 201 1001 displayed on one turquoise wall. cally The personal touch in the ambience is 10 southport magazine / january 2014 /


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Steamed oysters and crab legs from Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering. Photo by Rebecca Jones

also reflected in the food. Both self-taught, Todd and Leonard are inspired by coastal cuisine from the Outer Banks to the West Indies. They bring to the menu a combination of local and traditional fares like Lowcountry shrimp and grits, Ocracoke crab cakes, and Brunswick clam soup (that’s without cream). The flavor of the south islands can be tasted in the Caribbean Grilled Grouper with a pineapple, mango and mint salsa, as well as in the Jamaican Jerk pork and wings. Leonard, as the executive chef, is joined by chef and kitchen manager, Renee Reed. Together they forge innovative dishes of seafood, steak, pork,

chicken, and pastas using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Best-selling dishes include fresh baby flounders and all-certified Angus beef. Popular fried seafood platters are also available. All of Turtle Island's desserts are made in-house by Todd; favorites are the Turtle Pie (chocolate, caramel and pecans) and the house staple: Key lime pie. Turtle Island is definitely a local's go-to eatery. Some of the staff have been with the restaurant since opening 12 years ago, contributing to the neighborhood feel. Lead bartender, Willie Williams, “came with the building," Todd muses.

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3316 Merchant Ct, Wilmington, NC 28405 Turtle art lines a wall in the dining room of Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering, complementing the establishment's funky beach vibe. Photo by Rebecca Jones.

Nightly food and bar specials are also a draw. Todd's case in point: Wednesday night. “A couple of months after opening, we wanted to get people in to see the menu,” Todd explains. “So the middle of the week, hump night, became steamer night. It has been a huge success.” Reduced prices are instated for the steamed seafood: oysters (in season), clams, and shrimp. Discounts also apply to the chicken wings:, including flavors such as Jamaican jerk, lemon pepper, buffalo, and boom boom (that’s with habanero peppers). Added with the lively crowd, "The

Turtle" becomes the place to be on Wednesday nights. The line of people that form before the doors open is a restaurant’s highest compliment—giving credence to the The Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering philosophy shared by Todd: “Great food doesn’t have to be complicated, and really good food doesn’t have to be overpriced or overstated.” Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering is located at 6220 East Oak Island Drive. For more information on the establishment, call (910) 278-4944 or visit their Facebook page: Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. until. During the summer, Turtle Island is open Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. until. Along with catering, the restaurant building is also available for private parties.

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Mr. P’s Bistro

309 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0801 • Fine low-country cuisine, from crab-stuffed fish du jour to crab cakes and prime rib.

Atlantic Seafood and Steaks

5059 Southport-Supply Rd. SE, Southport 457-4477 • Casual dining with variety from seafood, steak, chicken and pasta. Known for its Calabash-style cuisine and low-country classics.

The Pharmacy Restaurant

110 E. Moore St., Southport 457-5577 • Fine dining with home-spun appeal abounds at The Pharmacy Restaurant. Enjoy everything from gourmet chicken salad and fish tacos to blackened tilapia and Bouillabaisse.

Bald Head Island Club

1 Salt Meadow Trail, Bald Head Island 457-7300 • Offers options, from the Pelicatessen located poolside, to the pub-style Palms dining room or al fresco Palms Terrace to the Grille, the club’s primary dining venue. Full or temporary membership in the BHI Club is required to dine.

Shagger Jacks

8004 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4103 • With over 50 beer selections, Shagger Jacks offers an assortment of dishes from steamers to ribs and sweet curry chicken to tacos.

The Blue Marlin

4419 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport 363-4075 Serving up a menu to satisfy all palates, The Blue Marlin specializes in seafood, steaks and pastas in a fun, relaxed, Caribbean atmosphere.


302 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0044 Offering sandwiches, salads, soups and quiche. A gem of a café located on Southport’s main drag.

Cape Fear Restaurant and Lounge

101 W. Bay St., Southport 457-9222 • Family-owned, Cape Fear Restaurant delivers excellent Southern-style cooking in the form of crabs, scallops and, of course, surf ‘n’ turf.

Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory Grille

4907 Fish Factory Rd., Southport 454-4002 • Known for real Maryland crab cakes and Cream of Crab soup and offering fresh, local seafood specials along with great entrees, nachos, cheddar fries, and more. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway with slips for docking and a beautiful view, including sunsets. We belong to the NC 10% Campaign.

Fish House Restaurant

5710 57th Place W., Oak Island 278-6012 • Offering items such as award-winning chowder and signature crab dip to home-made desserts and chef specials.

Fishy Fishy Cafe

106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 457-1881 • A sophisticated take on the dockside seafood café, Fishy Fishy serves up plates like shrimp ceviche, Cajun grouper bites, and cilantro crusted Wahoo.

Frying Pan

319 West Bay St., Southport • 363-4382 Featuring homemade sweet potato biscuits and fried seafood, as well as other delicacies such as crab salad.

Beana's Kitchen

106 SE 58th St., Oak Island • 278-7209 Ruby's Southern Cuisine (1131 N. Atlantic Ave., Southport) features traditional homestyle dishes kicked up a notch, such as pulled pork in a plum barbeque sauce. Don't forget the fried okra and mac 'n' cheese. Photo by Bethany Turner

Island Way Restaurant

1407 E. Beach Dr., Oak Island 278-7770 • Offering fine steaks, from filet mignon to flat iron, and fresh seafood, from lobster to crab cakes, with attentive service.

fers a la carte seafood sandwiches, conch fritters, steamed shrimp and more.

Shoals Club

Jolly Rogers

5515 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-7060 The menu features seafood, from shrimp to oysters and more, broiled or fried.

100 Station House Way, Bald Head Island 454-4850 • A private membership club, Shoals Club emphasizes fresh ingredients and a twist on American dishes. This is especially true in its local grilled tuna, grouper and other seafood items, as well as its excellent steak.

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Yacht Basin Eatery

6404 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-5231 Family owned and operated since 1964, this eatery offers seafood fried, broiled or grilled, plus charbroiled steaks.

MoJo’s on the Harbor

16 Marina Way, Bald Head Island 457-7217 • Featuring Southern classics like fried pickles and shellfish steam pots to global dishes such as Italian meat antipasto and Mediterranean-style shrimp and grits.

Provision Company

130 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 457-0654 • Established in 1933, Provision Company of-

122 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 363-4108 • Dishing up goods from both the North and South, Yacht Basin Eatery offers everything from hand-rolled pizza, Jersey-style breads and authentic Italian, to Southern comfort foods and fresh seafood.


614 N. Howe St., Southport 454-4360 • Serving creative cuisine in a cozy atmosphere, Live Oak Cafe offers dishes such as duck crepes, low-country gumbo, and baked scallops au gratin.

Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beana's serves breakfast and lunch.

Bob's Dogs

8903 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-3456 •

With custom hot dogs featuring an array of ingredients to home-style sandwiches like chicken salad and burgers.

Castaway Keys

1102 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-0240 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Castaway Keys features a varying menu with items such as a classic Reuben, gator bites and crab nachos.

Chaser's Sports Bar and Grill

8520 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-1500 Enjoy BBQ sandwiches, wings, fish 'n' chips and more at this sports grill.

Duffer's Pub and Grill

928 Caswell Beach Rd., Oak Island 278-9299 •

Located at the scenic Oak Island Golf Club, the grill serves up premier burgers and wraps, as well as entrees from prime rib to salmon.

Eric's Grille

1671 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-9024 Offers old-fashioned, hand-patted hamburgers, plus bbq, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and breakfast sandwiches and platters.

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Greenlands Farm Store

668 Midway Rd. SE, Bolivia 253-9515 •


EVENTS Weekly Wine Tastings Every Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • $5+ Uncorked by the Sea 602-A N. Howe St., Southport 454-0633 • “Good Wines for a Great Cause” Wine Tastings benefit local non-profit organizations. Join us to enjoy great wines and hors d’oeuvres while helping out a worthy cause. Weekly Wine Tastings Every Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Southport Wine Rack 102 W. Brown St., Southport 457-5147 • Our tasting events are a great way to meet other wine lovers, get to know our assorted wines, and learn to discern among the different flavors and regions. No experience is necessary, and we encourage you to bring your friends. Daily Wine and Craft Beer Tastings Any time, no appointment needed • $6 Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room 105 S. Howe St., Southport 777-5151 • Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in downtown Southport offers wine and craft beer tastings seven days a week. Come in any time between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mon.Sat., and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, and enjoy six wines or six beers (keep the souvenir glass) for $6. Traditional NC New Years Day Food & Wine Pairing Wed., Jan. 1st • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. • $20/person Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room 105 S. Howe St., Southport 777-5151 • Come to Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in Southport and enjoy the traditional NC New Year's Day menu of country ham, black-eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread all paired with wine. Prepurchase your tickets by calling David Thorp at the shop. Coffee with the Girls Tues., Jan. 21 • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Port City Java, 113 N. Howe St., Southport 457-6964 • Attention, ladies. The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee invites you to a program for women in business focused on women-related issues and creating a women based supportive network. Free. Coffee with the Girls is a benefit of being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and it's open to all female owners, managers or representatives of any chamber member business or non-profit organization. Speaker: Representative from Brunswick County Sheriff Office. Topic: Self-defense.

Farm-fresh, organic and natural ingredients—grown here, made here! Gluten-free and vegan options offered. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, unique sides and desserts.

Little Bit's Grill

5902 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island • 278-6430

A classic burger joint, with onion rings and other sides. Plus, breakfast is served, including pancakes and bacon.

Local’s Family Diner

832 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0444 • Within a warm and friendly atmosphere, Local’s Family Diner serves breakfast all day long and a seafood and entrée menu to rival higher-priced eateries.

Loco Jo’s

602 N. Howe St., Suite E, Southport • 457-9009

A burger joint with fish sandwiches, pulled pork and shrimp wraps. Offers select Vietnamese dishes, too, with over 60 beer selections.

Kopp's Kwik Stop II

3196 George II Hwy., Southport, 845-7700 Kopp's grill serves up a full breakfast (available for school kids before class starts, too), plus homemade lunches throughout the day.

Maritime Market Cafe

8 Maritime Way, Bald Head Island 457-7450 •

Serving breakfast classics as well as imaginative daily specials like seafood omelets or banana crepes. As well, lunch includes fresh sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Moore Street Market

130 E. Moore St., Southport • 363-4203 Open for breakfast and lunch, this market specializes in organic and fair-trade coffee as well as gourmet sandwiches crafted with Boar’s Head deli meats.

Ruby’s Southern Cuisine

1131 N. Atlantic Ave., Southport • 454-8007 Southern fare with an exquisite twist, such as pulled pork with a plum BBQ sauce.

Russell's Place

5700 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 278-3070

Southport Grill

8429 River Rd., Southport, 363-4712 A casual atmosphere open for breakfast to dinner.

Taylor Cuisine Café

731 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0088 Bald Head Marina at Deep Point • 457-7830 Putting its Southern style where guests' mouths are, this eatery offers "Taylor-made" fried string beans, fried green tomatoes, country fried steak and more in two locations.

5705 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island• 278-9040

From BLT's with avocado to Cajun and Reuben sandwiches, this deli serves up quality sandwiches.

Oasis Bar and Grill

8039 River Rd. SE, Southport, 454-4004 Shrimp in every style desirable, plus sandwiches; try entrées such as scampi and filet mignon.

Olde Brunswick General Store

1450 50 Lakes Dr., Southport • 845-2707

Made-to-order breakfast and lunch grill.

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5177 Southport-Supply Rd., Southport 454-4540 • Focusing on family Italian recipes, Bella Cucina serves up everything from fine and fresh local seafood to hand-tossed, New York-style pizzas. Aside from a decadent wine list, Bella Cucina also offers specialty martinis.

Joseph's Italian Bistro


Trolly Stop

111 S. Howe St., Southport 457-7017 • A staple in North Carolina, Trolly Stop is renowned across the nation for its one-of-a-kind hot dogs.

Tropical Smoothie Café

1671 N. Howe St. #1A, Southport 363-4908 • The menu boasts bold, flavorful food and smoothies with a healthy appeal. Our items are made-to-order with fresh, simple, superior ingredients.


Oak Island Subs and Salads

Bella Cucina

5003 O'Quinn Blvd., Southport 454-4440 • Armed with decades of experience and "secret" family recipes, Joseph's Italian Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering Bistro appeals with candle-lit dining and 6220 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-4944 fresh Italian continental cuisine. Casual dining in a tropical setting, with caribbean-inspired seafood as well as steaks, chicken, pork and salads.

Oak Island Restaurant

Here, flounder is prepared the oldfashioned way. Enjoy breakfast, too.

1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 3, Southport 457-0988 • Take-out traditional Chinese food, with staples such as lo mein, sesame chicken, and General Tso's.


Wildlife Restaurant and Grill

6302 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island • 201-9925

Asian Taste

Serving breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m., Russell's place is a little restaurant with a lot Taste of China 4956 Long Beach Rd., Southport, 457-1838 of home cooking. Serving Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan-style Chinese food. Side Street Café 5827 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 933-4615 Offering hand-pattied burgers, subs, shrimp, wings, hot dogs and more.

Nay-Nay’s Diner

132 Country Club Rd., Oak Island, 201-1756 Roadside diner serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner—open for 24 hours a day.


Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

8317 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4405 Generous servings from the hibachi grill, as well as decadent sushi.

Tengu Japanese Steak House

4956 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport, 457-9398 Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, hibachi, tempura and udon noodles all available.


116 N. Howe St., Southport 457-4544 • 4381 Fish Factory Rd., Southport Ports of Call features the cuisines of Spain, 457-9953 • Serving a full range of items on our menu from Portugal, Morocco and Greece, from tapas to gyros. In the bakery, folks will find artisanal breads, rolls, breakfast to home-cooked meals. dessert breads, bars, cookies and more.

Flying Fish Cafe

705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island (at the pier) 278-5504 • Nestled beside the Oak Island Pier, Flying Fish Cafe offers a panoramic view of the ocean and excellent West-Coast cuisine.

BARBECUE The Bar-B-Que House

5002 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 201-1001 • Hormel ribs are slow-smoked in-house and meats are offered with a variety of sauces, from Eastern NC vinegar to Lexington-style red.

MEXICAN Delphina Cantina

10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island 457-1222 • Mexican cuisine with Spanish and Cuban flare, such as Churrasco Cubano and Pescado Especial—both with plantains.

Plaza Mariachi

1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 1, Southport Serving authentic dishes, such as fajitas, enchiladas and chalupas.

San Felipe

4961 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport 454-0950 Known for fresh salsa and margaritas; serves traditional Mexican dishes.


finest quality, prepared with care. A broad range of traditional Thai dishes and sushi are available.

Dry Street Pub and Pizza


101 E. Brown St., Southport 457-5994 • s Known for hand-made, original pizzas—including Margherita, “very veggie,” and Greek. Also offers salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches.

Famous Subs and Pizza

e 1541 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-5143 Recognized regionally for outstanding gyros, calzones and pizzas.

Pizza Shack

6212 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-6781 Offering a variety of pies from classic favorites to Greek white and Hawaiian.

a l The Pepperoni Grill e 3156 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes s 845-5151 • Offering eat in, take out and delivery. As well, offering oven-toasted subs and calzones.


d Thai by the Sea n 8300 E. Oak Island Dr., 278-6420 d Brightly decorated, Thai by the Sea offers traditional Thai including dumplings, with a large selections of dishes and spice levels.

Thai Peppers

115 E. Moore St., Southport 457-0095 • Serving decadent and creative Oriental food of the

Ahoy Doughnuts

4922 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island Fresh yeast-raised, filled and cake doughnuts, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, monkey muffins, twists and more. Handmade daily on site in this family-owned doughnut shop.

Blue Sea Coffee Shop

7916 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 620-7073 • All organic coffee. All our beverages made with purified H2O. Mom’s homemade baked goods. Four house coffee blends, cold brewed ice coffee, tea & espresso bars, fruit smoothies, Chai tea, & more.

Burney’s Bakery

808 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-4222 Known for their light and flaky filled croissants with a sweet sugar glaze, plus more.

Crazy Cake Chicks

Flip-Flop Bakery

1102 N. Howe St., Cottage J, Southport 330-224-6315

A micro-bakery providing artisan breads, pastries, scones, brownies, muffins, cookies and more.

Flying Pig Coffeehouse

200 Country Club Dr., Suite E, Oak Island 512-8881 • Made from scratch cupcakes, biscuits, and pies using the finest ingredients available. Coffee supplied by an NC roaster.


6006 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-5929 • Home of the Flying Pig, Green Swamp and Pig Bun; specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, chai, beans, bagels, desserts and conversation. Open year round, wi-fi, indoor and outdoor seating.

Flava’s Coffee and Ice Cream

Jumpin’ Java - Oak Island

5130 Southport-Supply Rd., Unit 108 Southport • 363-4180 A frozen yogurt bar where you can select your own flavors and toppings.

4022 Old Bridge Rd., Southport • 363-4841 We carry a large variety of gluten-free/vegan baked goods, as well as homemade coffee cakes and muffins. Delicious and decadent specialty drinks: lattes, mochas, frapps, hot chocolate, Chai teas and more.

Port City Java

5119 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4253 • We have a variety of cakes on our standard menu. We also prepare a full line of special order desserts including low-sugar, gluten-free, dairyfree, vegan, and seasonal items by special order.

113 N. Howe Street, Southport 454-0321 • We serve coffees, espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, fresh juices, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and wraps all day. Open yearround. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Comfortable inside and outside seating. Coffee catering available.

The Confectionary

Side Street Bakery

4346 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport • 457-9310 Featuring jelly doughnuts, apple fritters, cupcakes, muffins, peach cobbler, bagels and more.

Staarr Cakes Bakery

105 West Saint George St., Southport • 363-4629 Locals suggest the cupcakes, lemon bars, key lime pie, and carrot cake.

310 W. Bay St., Southport • 457-5150 Flava's allows guests the choice between many flavors, including death by chocolate, birthday cake, cookies and cream, and more.

Fuzzy Peach

Leaky Tiki

6324 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4503 • Homemade ice cream and fudge since 2009.

Spike’s Dairy Bar

201 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-7611 More than just ice cream, Spike's offers great hot dogs as well. To list your restaurant in our Dining Guide, contact our editor:



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By Bethany Turner


Frothy brews for a frosty season


'VE LONG FELT THAT WINTER in eastern North Carolina is a nearly unbearable season. No, we don't have blizzards—but that's half the problem for me. If it's going to be cold and precipitating, it might as well snow. And once the last bit of metallic confetti is swept up from New Year's celebration, there's nothing left to look forward to. We're over the honeymoon sensation of the first frost's cuddle with a cozy blanket and a cup of chili. Once December's done, what else is there? Well, reveling in craft beer's winter warmers gives folks—or, at least, me— something new to celebrate. Both sweet and spiced, dessert-inspired porters, stouts and ales alike invite novices to test out new brews. Coffee tastes abound, too, satisfying those who love a good cup of joe but don't want all the caffeine. Plus, twists on traditional brews—like a white IPA—offer an easy transition into spring's lighter craftbeer contributions. This January, curl up with a chilled mug of one of these brews.

Breakfast Stout Founders Brewing Company Grand Rapids, Michigan ABV: 8.3% • IBU: 60 With a 100-percent rating on www., Founders' Breakfast Stout is one of the most anticipated beers of the season. Brewed with flaked oats, both bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, the stout pours rich and black with a dark tan head. Off the bat, the aroma is powered by roasted coffee beans. Each sip is sweet and smooth, while slightly bitter. With a dry finish, Breakfast Stout remains well-balanced. Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale Atwater Brewery Detroit, Michigan ABV: 5.5% • IBU: 11 The first sip of this almost-black beer elicited a wide smile and an audible "Ooh!" from me, despite the fact I was home alone watching TV and my excitement wasn't immediately shared. I'm admittedly a chocoholic, and I believe anyone who is a fan of Hershey's will be smitten with this Atwater brew. It smells just like Yoo-hoo,

java aftertaste beckons another sip. Thunderstruck—a black brew with a thick, tan head—also gives off a slight aroma and flavor of hops for just the right harmony. Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale 21st Amendment Brewery San Francisco, California ABV: 7.9% • IBU: 45 I picked this ale up in a can, and the artwork is delightful: FDR is having a heart-to-heart with one of Santa's elves near a roaring fire. Poured in a glass, the brew is dark brown with a nice tan head and a malty aroma. The brewery reports starting the process with an English-style ale and adding seasonal spices in an experimental style until they got Fireside Chat just right. The result is a bold and spicy beer with nuances of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with a thicker, warmer mouthfeel than most ales. New Belgium turned out their new winter seasonal, Accumulation White IPA, for the first time in 2013. It's become one of my favorite brews! Photo by Bethany Turner

but the flavor profile is much richer—like hot cocoa with toasted marshmallows. Still, it offers a light mouthfeel for great drinkability, and it's not overly sweet. I'll be heading out for a six-pack of this Atwater goodie while it's still around. Thunderstruck Coffee Porter Highland Brewing Company Asheville, North Carolina ABV: 5.8% • IBU: 26 Highland is a renowned North Carolina brewer, founded in Asheville in 1994. Their robust Black Mocha Stout, available year-round, earned silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. But I wanted to give their winter seasonal, Thunderstruck, a try. The coffee porter proves to be another good offering from Highland. It's fullbodied with flavors of chocolate and malt swimming along with the coffee—which is actually organic and roasted near the brewery in Black Mountain, NC, at Dynamite Roasting Company. The fruits of Dynamite's labor can be tasted from the beginning to the end of each swallow. A

Accumulation White IPA New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, Colorado ABV: 6.2% • IBU: 70 This is the first time New Belgium has produced Accumulation, a winter seasonal, and it became my favorite new beer of 2013. I have to admit that I've only recently accepted hoppy beers into my catalogue; thus the ones I'll drink must be well-done (namely Southern Tier's 2X IPA and Bell's Two-Hearted Ale). I won't just order an IPA to order an IPA. Familiar with Saranac's White IPA and understanding the beautiful marriage that can be had between bitter hops and sweet citrus wheats, I ventured to taste Accumulation. The beer pours hazy and light yellow with a billowing head. New Belgium employs four types of hops—Target, Centennial, Mosaic and Amarillo—so the bitterness is definitely there. However, thanks to the Pale and Wheat malts and Ale yeast, the bitterness is cut by beautiful, bright citrus. This marriage allows drinkers to discover the spicy and herbal qualities of hops without being turned off by bitter flavors. I recommend Accumulation especially to anyone who likes wheats and is looking to branch into IPA's—and to just about every beer enthusiast in general.

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Real-life resolutions for the new year by Leslie Reschly, BSN, RN

Leslie has lived in Southport since 1990 with her husband and three children. She is employed at Dosher Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse, and she has an interest in fitness and health.


APPY 2014! AS ANOTHER January rolls in, so does the season for resolutions related to health, exercise and diet. Sometimes it can be hard to go from resolutions to reality—but I met two local individuals who committed in 2013 to make changes in their lifestyles that were very inspirational! Read on and perhaps their perseverance may embolden you to make any changes you desire this year, too.


ene Areno, age 51, was an avid surfer and athlete in younger years. Unfortunately, degenerative changes in his hip left him with pain leading to a sedentary lifestyle and weight gain. Gene tried the usual fad diets, often losing weight only to gain it back again. With the opening of the Brunswick Nature Park, Gene started mountain biking on the trails. "Every time I tried to exercise, it hurt," he explains. Finally, the pain and weight forced him to seek help for his joint problem. "Having a total hip replacement was a scary thought for me." He credits Dr. Walter Frueh, orthopedic surgeon at OrthoWilmington, for his words of encouragement toward letting Gene participate in activities he wanted to do. "Dr. Frueh gave me back my life; I thank him every time I ride my mountain bike because he is the reason for the change in my life," Gene expresses. "My life changed 180 degrees." Not only does Gene now ride the trails every day—including in semidarkness with a head lamp—he has made dietary changes to assist in losing 38 pounds thus far. "I used to eat lunch then grab a candy bar and soda

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Gene Areno mountain bikes in the trails of Brunswick Nature Park, and along with dietary changes, it's helped him lose 38 pounds so far. Courtesy photo

for a snack," he concedes. All this has changed, too, with Gene eating tuna, yogurt and vegetables in place of his old habits. "All I ever drink is water now," he reveals. Gene gave the following helpful hints to those struggling to achieve a regular exercise program. "You gotta find something that is fun," he says. "I cannot walk a treadmill, so I won't do it, but the adrenaline rush of biking keeps me going back every day." In addition, Gene has formed a group that often rides with him, which keeps him motivated. Kudos to you Gene Areno! Keep it up!


iane Salyer, owner of Southport Taffy and Fudge Factory, has also made some huge changes in her lifestyle this year. Despite open-

ing her candy business, she has managed to lose 30 pounds and has begun training for a 5K! I offer a huge "pat on the back" for being around candy all day and losing weight! Diane also tried multiple weight-loss programs over the years saying, "I can tell you everything you need to do to lose weight—but I didn't do it!" Her desire to get in shape was a motivational factor. In May, she began walking regularly with her daughter, resulting in a 10-pound weight loss over about two months. In July, she initiated a lifestyle change to avoid sugar and processed carbohydrates. She also made the change to rid her diet of all sugar substitutes and diet drinks, effectively losing a total of 30 pounds! In September, Diane started a Couch to 5k (C25K) program (also discussed previously in this column). This C25K program is available online at www. and helps individuals to


EVENTS @ the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center 9 E. Boiling Spring Rd., Southport 845-3693 • Join the gym: $20/mo. for BSL taxpayers $35/mo. for non-taxpayers

-Tai Chi Video Class: Mon. & Fri., 10:20 a.m.; FREE -Tai Chi Flow Video:Wed., 9:20 a.m., FREE -Fit 4 Life: Mon. and Wed., 11 a.m. • $1 -Yoga/Pilates:Tues. 9 a.m. • $5 -Yoga w. Sandy:Tues. & Thurs., 6 p.m. • $5 -Cardio Fit & Fun:Wed., 10 a.m. -TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Fri., 11a.m.

@ the Brunswick Center at Southport *closed Jan. 1 Smithville Crossing 1513 N. Howe St., Southport 754-2300 •

Diane Salyer is training for her first 5K race and would like to organize a 'Zombiethon' race for Southport. Courtesy photo

transition from a sedentary lifestyle to running a 5K. Her goal is to run this 5K in 2014; she hopes to organize a "Zombiethon" run in the spring in Southport! Diane admits she was not as consistent with her exercise program as the busy holiday season approached, but her desire is to "maintain" during the holidays and re-energize after Christmas—just in time for the new year. Diane suggested the following helpful hints to those struggling to get started:

1. Find a partner to exercise with for accountability. 2. Make a lifestyle change in diet with your entire family or spouse. They will all benefit. In fact, Diane's spouse lost 21 pounds! 3. Treat yourself with a very small portion of your favorites—including fudge or taffy—but not every day! Congratulations on making the choice for your health, Diane! Sign me up for your 5K! Whatever your situation, make 2014 the year you invest in your health. Seek the assistance you need to get started—without excuses!

*All activities are free of charge to those 60+; those under will be charged $2 unless otherwise noted *Exercise equipment available Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at no charge, no reservation required -Low-Impact Aerobics: Fri., 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. -Yoga for Health and Wellness: Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. -Strength and Chair Toning Exercise: Mon. and Wed., 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. -Easy Does It Mon. & Wed., 10:45-11:45 a.m. -Silver Paddles:Tues., 1-3 p.m. -Square Dancing:Tues., 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (fee) -Open House: Jan. 7th -Tai Chi: Mon,Wed., and Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -Line Dancing,Thurs., Beg., 1:30-2 pm, Adv., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

@ Oak Island Rec. Center 3003 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-5518 •

-Senior Mature Aerobics: Tues. & Thurs., 7:45 a.m. $2 resident /$3 non-resident drop-in fee -Senior Yoga:Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m. $2/$3 drop-in fee -Yoga with Amy English: Mon. and Wed., 6 p.m. $4/$5 drop-in fee; $20/month or $27/month -Table Tennis: Fridays, 8 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.

@ St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Rd., St. James

-Pilates with Sarah Hyland: Mon., 8 a.m.; bring mat & a fitness ball. (978) 844-2556 -Yoga with Pamela Schottenfield: Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $7 drop-in fee; class packs available. 854-0112. ***No classes this month until Jan. 22 -Zumba with Pattie Powderly:Tues. & Thurs., 8 a.m. & 9:15 a.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. 233-5687

Yoga for Health and Wellness with Ella Hill St. Peter Lutheran Church 4843 Southport-Supply Rd. 297-6274 •

Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Suggested donation of $6 to $10.

Gentle Yoga with Dee Buckingham Southport Jaycee Building 309 Fodale Ave., Southport Mondays from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; $4

Yoga with Pam Moulin Inspirations Dance Centre 7969 River Rd. 612-7441 •

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Walk in fee of $8/$10 per class. Pam has been yoga certified since 2004, is a Level 3 YogaFit instructor with Seniors training, teaching yoga for 10 plus years. She’s been a certified fitness instructor for over 28 years.

Yoga with Pamela Schottenfeld Island Healing Chiropractic 8809 E. Oak Island Dr. 278-5877 •

*No classes this month until Jan. 27 Mondays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. $8 drop-in fee; also class packs available. Pamela has been practicing yoga for over 18 years and has been a registered Vinyasa Yoga instructor since 2006.

Self-Defense/Karate for Youths Wed. Jan 22-June 11 Registration only Jan. 22 Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St. Ages/ Times: New Students Ages 4-7: 6:00 – 6:45pm; New Students Ages 8+ & Returning Yellow Belts: 6:50 – 7:35 pm; Returning Green & Above Belts: 7:40 - 8:25 pm Fee: $7/week Plus one time registration fee of $10. For information or to register call: 769-3408

To list your exercise events, e-mail Facilities and instructors are required to notify Southport Magazine of any changes. Schedules and prices are subject to change. Please call the venues to verify dates, times and fees.

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AN'S BEST FRIEND LOVES to go for a ride in the car, but an enthusiastic nudge from a nose or a big tail wag can interfere with your driving. To keep yourself and your pet safe on the road, follow these precautions from Christina Selter, original founder of Bark Buckle UP, a pet travel safety research organization.

1. Take a test drive. Practice makes perfect, says Selter, and it’s important to gradually acquaint Fido and Fluffy with the sounds and motions of the open road. Start at home by putting your pet in its crate or on a harness. Later, put your pet in the car and drive around the block. The next time, drive a bit further. “Practicing makes your trip and your pet’s trip much more comfortable,” Selter explains. 2. Stay secure. Buckle pets up for their safety—and your family’s:

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An airborne 60-pound pet becomes a 2,700-pound projectile at 35 mph. “Cats do best in carriers and crates secured by seat belts,” Selter details. Dogs can be restrained with a harness with a tether that works with the seat belt. Another reason to secure pets: In the event of an accident, a pet trying to protect its owner may bite first responders, delaying access to your vehicle. Or it may escape and cause a second accident. “And all of these acts are your responsibility,” Selter warns. 3. Keep a first-aid kit handy. A basic first-aid kit for humans can also be used for minor pet mishaps, Selter assures. You can buy a pre-made firstaid kit or build one with these essential supplies, such as antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, bandages, cold packs, scissors and tweezers. 4. Boost comfort. Bring things that make your pet feel comfortable in

the car, such as a toy or blanket that smells like its bed at home. Plan to take regular breaks along the way. Also, bring a water bowl and food depending on how long you’ll be gone. “Keep pets on the same feeding schedule and give them the same food they’re used to,” says Selter. “If you vary their schedule or their food, they could get sick.” And remember; never leave your pet in a parked car where it might be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Learn more pet travel safety tips from Bark Buckle Up at

Any questions? Contact Greg, a State Farm agent, at: Office: (910) 395-5252 Email :

By Bethany Turner

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5928 Dutchman Creek Road Indigo Plantation

Dr. Alyssa Travis reveals why she became a veterinarian


OR LAST YEAR'S PET EDITION, Dr. Alyssa Travis of River Road Animal Hospital answered a few questions about how to care for pets, along with veterinarians of Southport Animal Hospital. This year, we get to know Dr. Travis a little better as a local vet and Brunswick County citizen. Read on as she details pursuing her dream career and a few more tips on taking great care of our pets. River Road Animal Hospital is located at 8593 River Road SE. For more info, call (910) 454-8910 or visit Southport Magazine (SM): When did you discover you wanted to be a veterinarian, and why? Dr. Alyssa Travis (AT): I was unusual—most people who are vets have known it was what they wanted to do from birth! I was actually in the Air Force to start with. I was always the go-to person for animal questions. If someone found a dog or a cat, or if they had a weird behavior question, they'd always call me. I was at a picnic and was talking with someone and they said, "Geez, you should have been a vet." And that was it—the lightbulb came on. Like most vets, it's a lot about the love of animals and really enjoying the people who own them. For me it's also a lot about the medicine and the science. I love the challenge of the kinds of cases I get to see every day!

pain exam. We take a multi-modal approach that has been a huge success on the human side—using multiple medications and modalities to find the optimum combination. We're also thrilled to offer laser therapy for pain and other conditions and will be adding acupuncture late this spring. In addition to all the pain stuff, we do a lot of behavior work, intense skin and ear work, and we are really expanding our dentistry and ultrasound areas.

Dr.Travis of River Road Animal Hospital with her two Great Danes, Dafne and Velma. Courtesy photo

SM: When we spoke in our last Pet Edition, you mentioned folks exercising with their pets can keep the whole family healthy and happy. What are some of your favorite activities to do with your pets? AT: The big thing I do with my girls is agility. If you've never seen it, you're missing out, because it's a blast! It's basically running your dog through an obstacle course. They love it! Velma, my younger Dane, is still a little too crazy for doing any wheeled activities with, but Dafne and I do a lot of joring together. Usually I am on roller blades while I'm attached to her via a long leash-and-harness system. She doesn't really pull me, but she keeps me going at a pretty fast pace. We're experimenting with using a skateboard as well.

SM: Why did you select Southport as the location for your animal hospital? AT: I was practicing in Fayetteville and wanted to own my own hospital. There was no other option for me except the coast. I began looking in Brunswick County for purely economic reasons—it was among the top 20 fastest growing counties in the country at the time. But as almost everyone who lives here knows, one trip to Southport is enough to sell you on moving here. When a practice went up SM: What are some services offered by the clinic that readers may not be for sale here, is was a done deal. aware of? AT: I think we have some really great areas SM: Tell us about your pets at home. AT: Right now I've got two Great Danes, Daf- of interest and emphasis here. We're all very ne and Velma, and a Staffordshire Bull Ter- much into pain management and senior care, rier named Loki (although everyone calls him which often go together. I hate to think of Pig Dog) that live with me in addition to my pets in pain, especially the type of chronic fabulous cat, Guiness, and my beautiful but pain that comes with age and osteoarthritis. sometimes loud and annoying Eclectus Par- So many pets hide this pain by simply slowrot named Kiwi. At the office, there are three ing down that owners can easily be fooled (it chickens, two tortoises, and Applesauce, the happened to me with my first dog). So we really try to question people about behavioral guinea pig. and activity changes and do a very thorough

SM: Cats and dogs usually see their vets once per year. What are some good tasks—like teeth brushing, which you mentioned last Pet Edition—for "self-exams" at home that we can do to make sure our pets are in good health between visits? AT: That's a great question! Brushing teeth is one of the single easiest ways to keep the number-two health problem in dogs and cats at bay! Really looking at the teeth— which should be free from debris and breaks or cracks, and gums—which should be pink with no red areas—gives you so much information. Petting them is also huge (and liked a lot more than brushing!). Checking for lumps, bumps, or abnormal areas as you do your normal belly rub is a great way to keep tabs on things. Looking in ears, trimming nails, exercising with your pets, and remembering that some behavioral stuff—like throwing up in cats, lack of interest in exercise, clinginess, personality changes, urinating in the house—can be signs of medical problems and not just "normal" or "lazy" or "mad at me." The sooner we can figure it out, the better for everyone.

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SM: Favorite food (for you—not the pets!)? AT: Any fruit, fried chicken, nachos, lobster. SM: Favorite book? AT: Impossible! There are too many! Right now: "The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama. SM: Favorite music? AT: Train/Billy Joel. SM: Favorite place to travel? AT: Abroad. I love Thailand and SE Asia. SM: Favorite thing about Southport? AT: The people.

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Photos courtesy of Bald Head Island Limited Story by Bethany Turner


'Om Sweet Home on Bald Head Island marries coastal, modern and Asian styles


ALD HEAD ISLAND IS A JEWEL IN THE North Carolina coast that brings together people from all walks of life. It was once a Civil War fort; a refuge for Native Americans, then pirates and then river pilots; and even home to a produce farm. When it first became a true residency in the 1970s, there still was no electricity on the island. A handful of families became the "Generator Society," living on the crude oasis and on the same CB radio station. Their houses had names—perhaps as truck drivers would have nicknames—such as Neptune, Pilot House and Happy House. Today, Bald Head Island now hosts a few thousand homesites. Upon many lots rest gorgeously styled abodes, and their residents, while not all yearround, travel from many points on the globe to get a

taste of the saltwater marsh. One such home with a marsh view is at 4 Stede Bonnet Close, dubbed 'Om Sweet Home by its owners, Bob and Cheryl Preston. "They lived for a while in China and traveled extensively," Trisha Howarth of Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate says of the couple's time in Hong Kong and Shanghai. "Cheryl practices feng shui and she really enjoys the calming effect it can have. You can see this a lot through the house." 'Om Sweet Home is decidedly coastal in outward appearances, with its shake siding, thick white trim, and gargantuan windows built to take in all the views. Though as one enters the home, three styles merge into one. Naturally, coastal, but also modern—especially in the kitchen—and there are unique

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elements of Asian design as well. Howarth describes entering the foyer as walking down a long hallway one would find in a movie, perhaps from a castle or an historic abbey. Though the ceiling is high, it's a lengthy room that seems somewhat closed off in comparison with the open floor plan of the main living area. Yet the foyer's purpose is directional. "You really get a sense that you're going somewhere," she describes. Indeed, as it opens to the most grandiose space in the house, flowing into the living room, dining room and kitchen. It's as if an ocean channel sends guests right to the main event, where a plank ceiling expands across all three rooms and bends as if it is the belly of a ship. Cheryl has a keen eye for large statement pieces,

front entrance many of which she's collected over the years. "She actually has art from monks hanging on the walls," Howarth reveals. "As an artist herself, the style of her works comes out in the home." A wooden screen takes up a good chunk of a kitchen wall, adding a bit of color to an otherwise white-and-silver room. A breakfast nook, cabinets and countertops, all bright white, give off a modern flair and blend beautifully with the glass backsplash. An astounding and unique over-the-range hood becomes the focal point of the professional-grade kitchen. "It's blended with the Bald Head experience," Howarth tells of the varying styles. "There are nice, dark hardwood floors and fireplaces, but the modern kitchen gives it an edge, and the traditional Eastern art gives a sense that it's peaceful." The home is actually split into two wings, Howarth describes, though from the outside it appears as one

foyer well-flowing home. "Two families could live there, and while they wouldn't have a complete kitchen to themselves, each would have their own living room," she explains. It could work well as a vacation home, or Howarth adds that although 'Om Sweet Home is a premium abode, it would work for a full family with children because of its spaciousness. Raising children there harkens back to Bald Head's Generator Society, when the playground for all kids was the sand and the surf. Today, that still rings true. The master bedroom on the first floor opens to a screen porch with a gas fireplace, as well as the infinity pool and hot tub. "The pool can be heated," Howarth notes. The pool seems to flow off into the marsh, as infinity pools do—but it truly adds to the complete immersion in nature which is reveled by Bald Head fans all around. The cable railing almost disappears

into the horizon, offering uninterrupted views from the deck. "Perhaps the crown jewel, though," Howarth begins, "is the skydeck on the top floor. It offers 360-degree views of all of Bald Head Island." Cable railing and glass are employed here, too, so the outlook is not disturbed. The home was designed by architect David Lisle and constructed by Steven Henson in 2008. Chris Lokey of North State Woodcraft supplied the cabinetry, wood, ceilings, and doors. In total, there are five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a loft/media room, a dumbwaiter, and three gas fireplaces. At 4,501 square feet, the waterfront home is listed with Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate for $2,700,000. For more information, contact realtor Patricia Wingfield at 1-800-888-3707 or Photos continue on pages 24 and 25.

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8509 E. Oak Island Dr. - Oak Island. Experience Condo Living at its Finest! This upscale, 1500 sq’, 2-story condo has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Enjoy the ease of hardwood floors in the living spaces and beige, berber carpeting in the bedrooms.This spacious home features a gas fireplace, tray ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air porch where you can relax after a day at the beach.The ocean is only a 3-block bike ride past ancient Live Oaks, Listen to the rustle of the palms and feel the ocean breezes.You are on Island time! Call Jennifer at Coastal Development & Realty, 910-368-6170, for a personal showing.

413 W. West Street - Price Reduced! Motivated Seller! Classic Southport Cottage just steps to the Yacht Basin! Located in the heart of Southport. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining room and sunroom overlooking backyard oasis. Large lot complete with koi ponds, workshop, and greenhouse! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $356,000 Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

4430 Spinnaker St. SE- Mariner’s Point – Long Beach Rd. Immaculate & manicured 3 BR, 2 BA home on 1/3 acres. Low HOA, no city tax & no flood insurance required. Must see home with lots to offer. $169,900 Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® Call Liz Reeder for details (910) 294-2241.

312 Clarendon Ave. - There isn’t a better location at this price in downtown Southport! Home is located on a beautiful wooded lot & has over 1200 sq ft! Walk to restaurants, shops & waterfront. $199,000 Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® Call Kay Jolliff (910)523-0624

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409 N. Burrington Ave. - Southport. 2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath. $160,000. MLS #675547.Adorable cottage in need of a little TLC on a fabulous lot in the heart of Southport. Lot size is roughly 50’x200’; plenty of room to either redo what’s already there or tear it down and build your dream home. The cottage may be small, but the lot is mighty! A rare opportunity indeed.

3510 E. Beach Dr. Oak Island. 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath. $449,500. MLS #678642. Seaside Dream – Incredible views, incredible home! Beautiful open floor plan with spacious kitchen, dining area, and large living room with high vaulted ceilings and windows looking out to the ocean. New

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766 Skipjack CircleMarshfront Energy Star rated home.Walk to historic Southport or kayak from neighborhood pier. Stunning home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, great room with soaring ceilings and stunning views, screened porch & indoor saltwater pool. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $775,500. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

2571 St. James Dr. #304 - St. James Plantation. 3 Bedroom/3 Bath. $499,000. MLS #676689. Exclusive three bedroom penthouse unit overlooking the St. James Marina and ICW. Enjoy marina and tiki bar activities from your screened porch. End unit with 2nd floor bed & bath. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large kitchen island/bar, Hunter Douglas window treatments, office/study off foyer. Let your dream of life on the water without any upkeep come true! Call Verilyn McKee, Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 470-0527

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15 Sunfield Dr. - Carolina Shores. 3 Bedroom/ 2.5 Bath. $219,900. MLS #678958. 2550 sq.ft. of open concept living! High ceilings and abundant windows make this home airy, light, and bright. See-thru fireplace allows enjoyment from both living room and Carolina room. Entertaining will be a breeze on the large paved patio and screened porch overlooking a very private backyard. This home is one of the nicest in Carolina Shores. New HVAC system installed in Sept. with 10 year warranty. Call Laura LeFevre , Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 465-6591.

5928 Dutchmans Creek - Watch the boats go by from this lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3100+ sq. ft. Low Country home in beautiful Indigo Plantation located in downtown Southport. Features include: large kitchen, family room with custom built ins, 2 fireplaces, and an enormous screened porch offering expansive views! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $679,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

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116 SE 12th St.- Oak Island. 4 bed, 4 bath. $299,000. MLS #677793 Open floor plan with adequate bedrooms and baths for family and guests. Easy entertaining. Large external store room off the kitchen plus workshop and additional storage on the ground level for cars and boat. Full width double deck porches offer views of the Davis Canal. Fenced backyard with creative landscaping and outdoor shower. Call Brian Quinn, (910) 540-5043.

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Calling All Party Animals: Throwing a birthday party for your pooch!


ECAUSE PEOPLE OFTEN view their pets as members of the family, throwing birthday parties for dogs has become an increasingly popular way to celebrate man's best friend. You can celebrate your dog’s actual birthday or the day of their adoption, all while having a tail-wagging good time. Here are some ideas to give your dog a super-fun birthday! Pick a date on or close to the date of your dog’s birthday. If you adopted your dog and you don't know the date of birth, make one up and stick to it! Or, if you remember the day you adopted, make it an "adopt-aversery!" Check your address book for friend's addresses—preferably friends who have dogs, too, as it will be a puppy play-date. Friends without dogs who enjoy your special birthday pup can join though, as well! Make invitations. You can order special "dog birthday" invitations or make your own creative ones with craft paper, ribbon, stickers, and/or stamps, and a little glue. Make sure you have your phone number or email on the invitations for RSVP-ing. You should, of course, have a nice, safe and dog-friendly place to plan your party. But where? Consider your yard. If you have a house with a yard, make sure to check fences for stability. Clean your yard out from any junk, and fence off any "doggie no-no" areas. If you don't have a yard, no problem! You can use your local park or dog park. If all of your friend's dogs are toilet trained, you could have an indoor party. This is especially useful in the winter. In warmer months, consider having your party at the beach! Most dogs absolutely love the beach, and it will be a lot of fun watching dogs bark at the waves! Make sure that animals are allowed at the beach, first, and check any local leash laws. Decorating the area will make the party much more fun! Draw paw prints leading to your door with sidewalk chalk. Then cut pet-appropriate shapes out of poster board (bones or fire hydrants) and hang them from the ceiling or from

Rusty celebrates his second birthday with personalized bone treats. Photo courtesy of Shannon Benton

trees if you're having the party outside. For food, the dogs will be happy with some dog treats, a small amount of kibble or perhaps just a piece of doggy birthday cake. Consider making a dog-friendly birthday cake by finding a recipe online! The human guests will get a kick out of dog-themed appetizers such as mini-hot dogs or chicken salad sandwiches cut into bone shapes with a cookie cutter. A human-friendly dessert is a plus, too, so everyone can share in the birthday-cake fun. You'll also need toys and games to keep your dogs occupied. These can be as simple as Frisbees and balls to play games of fetch, or they can be more elaborate. If there are several dogs in attendance, you could have a best dog trick contest. Or, let your canine guests play a game of "bobbing for biscuits," a spin on the popular "bobbing for apples" party game. Dogs can dive into a bucket of water to retrieve a tasty snack. Another option is to have the dogs and their humans participate in a matching-costume contest with prizes for the winners. Last but not least, don't forget your camera. You'll want to capture memories of your pooch's birthday celebration.

Top right: Ellie parties like a princess for her birthday, photo courtesy of Brittiany Bridges. Above: Bear shares his birthday card with readers, photo courtesy of Elizabeth Lange. Left: Hampton is ready for his birthday close-up! Photo courtesy of Lindsay Janney

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'Daisy is one of the Jolliff family pets—from the Brunsco Animal Shelter,' owner Kay Jolliff tells. 'My husband calls her a 'Brunswick Terrier.'

Mandy is 5-years-old and loves playing on the beach in Oak Island. Her mom, Barb Smith, adopted her from a shelter in 2011. 'We were curious about her breed, so we had a DNA analysis done,' Smith shares. 'She's part American Bulldog, White Shepherd, Rottweiler, and Bullmastiff. She's a wonderful dog.' Courtesy photo

Above: CupCake is an 8-month-old yellow lab—and she's also the mascot of StaarrCakes Bakery in Oak Island! Photo courtesy of Bo Mashburn. Below: Cooper is a male Cockapoo who lives in Southport with his two-legged parents. He's caught redpawed being naughty! (Note the completely fine dog toy to the left). Courtesy photo

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Oliver, a miniature poodle, relaxes on his porch in Bolivia. Courtesy photo

Above: Sadie, a female Goldendoodle from Southport. Below: Frank MarKitty is the office cat of downtown Southport's Margaret Rudd location and Bandera Architecture. 'He's named after our friend Frank Marchetti,' realtor Kay Jolliff says. Courtesy photos

Irish, a Doberman Pinscher (above), and Riley, a black lab (below) snuggle up in Oak Island. Courtesy photo

Lela takes baby steps on the porch. Photo courtesy of Nathaline and Steve Richards. Romeo—a rescue mix of possibly Boxer and Lab who lives in Cherryville, NC—hangs with his best bud, Lucy, a yellow lab who lives in Southport. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Cartee

Greta Bunny is a German Shorthair Pointer, and she thinks she has the longest tongue in the world! Photo courtesy of Karen Sphar

Mischief and Katie Rose are rescue sisters from S.O.A.R., adopted by Pam Sargent. They live happily ever after together in Oak Island. Courtesy photo

Leroy Brown is a 2-year-old Walker Hound/Rottweiler mix who lives in Wilmington. 'We call her L.B. because it sounds more girly,' mom Shannon Gentry says. '[She's also] possibly Hell Hound, but I'm told that's not a real breed!' Courtesy photo

Gus is a 1-year-old Redtick hound, rescued by Leslie Cross. She says, ' We should have named him Steve Martin; he is a wild and crazy guy, but we love him!' Courtesy photo

Maggie is a 2-year-old Beagle. Her favorite pastimes are chasing anything and everything, howling at anything and everything, and snuggling with blankies. Photo by Bethany Turner

Cooper Rex is a polydactyl orange tabby Allie, a lovely mutt who lives in Wilmington, leads the way as her friends Bella (yellow (he has thumbs!) who was adopted this lab) and Maggie (brown lab) play in the surf. Photo courtesy of Lisa Thomason summer from Cat Tails by Jan Turner.

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Missy is a Snowshoe Siamese kitty who lives in Southport. Courtesy photo

These yellow labs, mom Nilla and her pup, reside in Southport. Courtesy photo

Dakota (Chesapeake Bay retriever) and Dixie (black lab) are always happy to see their dad, Mike Loveless. Courtesy photo

Turley is Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop and Gallery's chief greeter. He even works the cash register! Photo courtesy of Amanda Carbonell




Meet Scoop, a lovable orange tabby! Photo courtesy of Katherine Hufham

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'Lillet, André and Amstel are marbled toy poodles,' mom Marci Phillips of Fishy Fishy Café says. Marbled poodles are refferred to as Parti poodles. 'Hence they are all named after alcohol,' Marci jokes!

WE GIVE YOU TWO PAWS UP! We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone who shared photos of their furry friends with Southport Magazine. We love them!

occasions CALL FOR ARTISTS The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association is accepting submissions for the 2014 Parade of Homes Art Competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the cover of our Plan Book (with a distribution of 5,000), on posters, media, and print advertising. Entries should use the 2014 theme “Still Living the American Dream” and should include at least one residential structure in the painting.The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2014. For contest specifications and official entry forms call Naomi Wright at (910) 799-2611 or e-mail

Brunswick Civil War Round Table Wed., Jan. 8th • 6 p.m. registration St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Rd. SE, St. James For the fourth year in a row, the incomparable Ed Bearss will once again return as guest speaker. This year his presentation is entitled,“The Battle of Antietam.” It was the first Civil War battle fought on Union soil and the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Few historians can capture the drama, the excitement and the tragedy of the American Civil War quite like Bearss. Audiences around the country and the world are simply astonished over his Civil War knowledge, and its earned him the prestigious title of “National Treasure” among his historian peers. Everyone is welcome. Reg. and refreshments begin at 6 p.m. $10 for visitors; can be applied toward the annual membership dues of $25. For more info, contact president Wally Rueckel at 253-7382. Children's Play Auditions Sat., Jan. 11th and Sun., Jan. 12th • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Brunswick Community College 50 College Rd., Bolivia The Stagestruck Players, the youth division of Brunswick Little Theatre, are excited to announce their 2014 production, Dear Edwina.This is a musical that features a show within a show, interesting characters, and musical numbers of varying styles. Auditions for youths ages 11 through 18 will be held in Building F at Brunswick Community College. Call backs, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will consist of learning and performing a movement combination, cold readings from the script, and a short a capella vocal solo. For info, contact Deborah Skillman at 910-470-5651 or The cast size is flexible and features roles for both males and females. Musical numbers and choreography vary in style and range from pop ballad, to reggae, to doo-wop. Business Networking After Hours Thurs., Jan. 16th • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Blue Marlin Restaurant, 4419 Long Beach Rd. Social event for Chamber members and potential Chamber members. A relaxed atmosphere where business men and women can meet and

network. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments. Free, but must RSVP by calling (910) 457-6964. Adult Program: The Wilmington, Brunswick and Southern Railroad Tues., Jan. 21st • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Old Southport Visitor Center, 113 W. Moore St. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Mark Koenig, Wilmington Railroad Museum Executive Director, to discuss The Wilmington, Brunswick, and Southern Railroad (WB&S). The "Willing But Slow," as some World War I soldiers called it, may have arrived too late for Smithville's 1880s building boom, but the 30-mile stretch of rail provided passenger and cargo transport from Wilmington and Navassa through Brunswick County. Learn how this private endeavor came into being and connected the county until 1941. This program is free but register, in advance, by calling the museum at (910) 457-0003. Chili Cook-off Sunday, January 26th • 1 p.m. Dead End Saloon 4907 Fish Factory Rd., Southport • 454-4002 Enter the Dead End Saloon chili cook-off and see who will win the battle of the bowls! A past cook-off raised $1,300 for Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation for Terminally Ill Children. Call for complete details.

8039 River Road SE Southport


Catch all your favorite College and NFL games on our 5 Big Screen TVs

Kay Jolliff

(910) 523-0624

Full Menu with House Specialties –

including crab dip, reuben, and fish & chips

Open 7 days a Week Mon-Fri 11am til closing Sat & Sun 12noon til closing

Late Night Menu available

770 Skipjack circle - This home offers southern living- Southport style! Situated downtown by the marsh at Cottage Point, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths with a stunning open living area, custom kitchen and wrap around porches to enjoy outdoor living. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $475,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

(so when everywhere else is can come to the OASIS!)

Little Princess Ball Sat., Feb. 8th • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open to all girls Kindergarten through 5th grade and their adult male date. $10/per person. Two locations to choose from (1) Brunswick Center at Southport and (2) South Brunswick Island Center, Carolina Shores.The afternoon will consist of dancing, crafts, face painting and more. Every girl will take home their very own tiara and wand, plus there will be plenty of kid-friendly snacks. Little Princesses are encouraged to dress in a pretty dress, ball gown, or their favorite princess costume. Tickets go on sale January 21 through February 7 at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation (910253-2670) or at Communities In Schools (910457-3494). Space is limited and payment is due when registering. Tickets are location-specific and not interchangeable. This event is sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities In Schools, Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc, and Brunswick Community College.


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