North Brunswick Magazine - Winter 2018/2019 Edition

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NHRMC Physician Group connects you with hundreds of providers and NHRMC, your top-ranked hospital, for a single purpose: your health. Choose NHRMC Physician Group. FAMILY & INTERNAL MEDICINE


New Hanover Medical Group Central Office 1960 S. 16th Street, Wilmington 910.662.6000

NHRMC ExpressCare 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington 910.256.6222

Myrtle Grove Office 5145 S. College Road, Wilmington 910.662.6000 Ogden Office 7420 Market Street, Wilmington 910.662.6000 Brunswick Forest Office 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.662.6000 Autumn Hall 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington 910.662.6000 NHRMC Physician Group 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.376.3030 Pender Primary Care 7910 US Hwy. 117 S, Rocky Point 910.300.4500 Wrightsville Beach Family Medicine 1721 Allens Lane, Wilmington 910.344.8900 Coastal Family Medicine 2523 Delaney Avenue, Wilmington 910.763.5522

NHRMC Urgent Care 112 Medical Village Drive, Ste. G, Wallace 910.285.0333

CARDIOLOGY Cape Fear Heart Associates NHRMC Heart Center Outpatient Services 1415 Physicians Drive, Wilmington 800 Jefferson Street, Whiteville 584 Hospital Drive, Bolivia 3009 Medical Plaza Lane, Southport 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.662.9500

GASTROENTEROLOGY Hanover Gastroenterology 1520 Physicians Drive, Wilmington 7420 Market Street, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.763.1219

NEUROLOGY NHRMC Physician Group Neurology 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 1509 Doctors Circle, Bldg. C, Wilmington 910.662.7500

NHRMC Physician Specialists— Internal Medicine Specialists 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.9300


The HIV Care Team 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.9300

Coastal OB/GYN Specialists & Midwifery 2221 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5190

Atlantic Fetal Medicine 2150 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington 910.662.9480

Coastal Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility 2221 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5090 Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health 1809 Glen Meade Road, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington 910.763.9833

NHRMC Physician Specialists— OB/GYN Specialists 2150 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington 910.662.9300

ONCOLOGY Cape Fear Cancer Specialists 509 Olde Waterford Way, Leland 910.343.0447 NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.3000 New Hanover Gynecologic Oncology NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.3000 Onslow Oncology 221 Memorial Drive, Jacksonville 910.455.5511

PSYCHIATRY New Hanover Psychiatry NHRMC Behavioral Health Hospital 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5625

PULMONARY MEDICINE Coastal Pulmonary Medicine 1090 Medical Center Drive, Wilmington 330 Military Cutoff Road, Unit B1, Wilmington 910.343.3345

RHEUMATOLOGY NHRMC Physician Group Rheumatology 1509 Doctors Circle, Bldg. C, Wilmington 1814 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.662.7550

SURGERY NHRMC Physician Specialists— General Surgery Specialists 1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.9300

NHRMC Physician Specialists— Maxillofacial Surgery

1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.662.9331 Pediatric Surgery 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.6819

UROLOGY Atlantic Urology 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.254.1033 1814 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.8765 3009 Medical Plaza Lane, Southport 910.662.8765 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.376.3025

HOSPITALISTS New Hanover Regional Hospitalists 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington

Welcoming new patients Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health

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Many entrepreneurs see the Leland area as the perfect place to build a new business or expand an established one. Check out some of the new business that have set up shop in North Brunswick County this year. Compiled by Sandi Grigg



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In his 49-year career at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, Don Hughes has traveled a long path from meter reader to CEO. By Jo Ann Mathews


The historic storm that made landfall on September 14 impacted our community in a major way. We are providing a photo essay from a few photographers who captured the devastation.

IT’S TIME. TRANSFER TO UNCW. Soar into academic excellence. Dive deep into research, internships, and applied learning. Discover a new community and a beautiful campus—while staying close to home and within your budget. Imagine yourself joining the Seahawk family: small classes, big ideas, and constant innovation. UNC Wilmington offers 55 undergraduate majors and accepts up to 64 hours of credit from two-year institutions. Contact Leigh Smith, the Transfer Student Success Advisor dedicated to Brunswick County students, with questions about how to take flight at UNCW. Leigh Smith 910-962-7200 601 South College Road | Wilmington, NC 28403-5904 tel 910.962.3243 |

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16 PUBLISHER’S NOTE By Justin Williams


Meet the contributors to North Brunswick Magazine


Upcoming events you won’t want to miss


Keeping up with the local business scene


Cook Periodontics; Wilmington Health; and Pinnacle Storage. By Johanna Colburn, Lauren Krouses and Michelle Macken


A contest for NBM readers. Photo by Bob Friedman


Our directory of advertisers


What you’ll find in the Winter 201819 edition of our sister publication, South Brunswick Magazine.


Chocolate Peppermint Martini By Sandi Grigg

42 WHAT’S COOKIN’ Shrimp & Grits By Sandi Grigg








Sweet Treats by Felicia is feeding Leland’s appetite for fresh-baked desserts. By Olivia Bardella


Thanks to the strategic planning of Wilmington Downtown Inc. and significant business investment, downtown Wilmington is once again the heartbeat of the Cape Fear region. By Annesophia Richards


By providing personal items and necessities for foster children, The Foster Pantry helps families focus first and foremost on the emotional needs of the children. By Amanda Lisk


Happenings on the local scene



What’s been going on around town


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Hurricane Relief at Shuckin Shack for Stoney Creek Plantation, IronStride Marketing & Digital Ribbon Cutting and Rescue Mission for Paws Place, Hurricane Florence Relief Benefit for Brunswick Family Assistance at the Joyce, and Hurricane Florence Relief Benefit and Festival at the Barn at Rock Creek

Specialized care where you need it most

With Novant Health’s physician specialists located throughout Brunswick County, you don’t have to travel far from home for the care you need. Our experts are board-certified in a wide range of specialties, which means they have the knowledge and experience to provide care customized for you at every stage of life. We’re the neighbor you can count on to get you better and keep you healthy.

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Novant Health Endocrinology Shallotte • 910-721-4230 Chip Whitesides, MD Virginia Czimber, FNP-C

Novant Health Gastroenterology Brunswick Supply • 910-754-5988 Scott Itzkowitz, DO Jonathan Lamphier, MD Charles Douglas Rice Jr., MD Katie Campbell, PA-C Misgana Gebeyehu, PA-C

Novant Health OB/GYN Bolivia, Leland, Carolina Shores and Southport 910-721-4050 Nicholas Bodenheimer, DO Tabitha Delo, MD Tracey McCarthy, DO Richard Thompson, DO Lee Toler, DO Li Xu, MD Sara Brown, FNP

Matthew Benenati, DO A. Richard DeSandre, MD Richard Scallion, MD Joseph Andrew Smith, MD Mark Tillotson, MD

Novant Health Urology Partners Bolivia, Southport, Carolina Shores and Leland 910-721-4150 Lydia Laboccetta, MD Steven Robbins, MD

Novant Health Psychiatric Medicine Brunswick Shallotte • 910-721-4200 Heather Stoume Ellis, LCSW, MSW, LCAS, ICAADC

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North Brunswick Magazine – Winter 2018-19 Volume 13, Issue 2 CEO/PUBLISHER: Justin Williams DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Sandi Grigg COPY EDITOR: Molly Harrison CONTRIBUTING GRAPHICS: Paula Knorr Teresa Kramer Elizabeth Dale Niemann

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Lee Ann Bolton George Jacob

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR: Lensey Wilson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Ed Beckley Michale Cline Spencer Amy Conry Davis Megan Deitz Liisa Fialowsky Jennifer Fullagar Laura Glantz Matt McGraw Bill Ritenour Mark Steelman James Stefiuk

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Olivia Bardella Johanna Colburn Sandi Grigg Lauren Krutchen Lauren Krouse Amanda Lisk Michelle Macken Jo Ann Mathews Annesophia Richards Melissa Slaven Warren

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Director of Business Development Sandi Grigg keeps things running smoothly at North Brunswick Magazine and also writes our food and drink columns. Sandi shares one of her tried-and-true recipes, Shrimp ‘N Grits, and offers her secret for making those grits extra creamy. Sandi perfects these recipes and double checks the techniques again and again, so you can be sure that they will work out perfectly every time. See the recipe on page 42. Photographer James Stefiuk.

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Wrapping Up 2018


Felicia Rudisill of Sweet Treats by Felicia. One of my favorite features is our annual New Business section, in which we showcase some of the new businesses that have opened up in northern Brunswick County in the past year. Our area is still experiencing a tremendous amount of growth, and I am always proud of the way this feature helps get the word out about these businesses. I encourage you to give each one a try and support them. Don’t stop here with our print edition of North Brunswick Magazine. Follow us on Facebook to view our online exclusive stories. And be sure to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter that hits your inbox each Thursday. Just by signing up you are automatically entered to win gift cards to local restaurants each week. Again, we appreciate that you’re reading this magazine. Please support the advertisers who make it possible for us to bring you four issues and so many online exclusives about the people and places of northern Brunswick County.

Thank you for reading our winter edition of North Brunswick Magazine. We appreciate all of the loyal readers who engage in both our print and online content throughout the year. Since 2005, when we started publishing magazines in Brunswick County, we’ve established a rapport with the local community, and we always welcome your feedback and story ideas. It was an interesting fall season leading up to the release of this winter edition. September’s Hurricane Florence impacted every life in Brunswick County in some way, shape or form. Some of us were mildly inconvenienced, while others experienced utter devastation. Those of us who still have a home to live in are extremely lucky, so let us not forget those who weren’t so fortunate this holiday season; make a donation to a local nonprofit organization like Brunswick Family Assistance if you can. See images from this historic storm by photographers Laura Glantz, Darwin Brandis and Liisa Fialowsky in our Hurricane Florence photo essay starting page 88. We also have a lot of other great stories in this issue, including a behind-the-scenes look at the revitalization of downtown Wilmington, a story about a nonprofit organization called The Foster Pantry and a profile on


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My background includes time spent in the U.S. Air Force working on B-1 Bombers, followed with 10 years in the design and sign industries. I have won multiple American Advertising Federation Addy Awards in design, and my design experience includes logos, brochures, business cards, T-shirts, wedding invitations, event collateral, magazine layouts, posters, vehicle wraps and signage. Custom illustration is a favorite of mine in creating a unique client brand. As an avid photographer, I feel I can capture so many defining moments that get lost in our everyday hustle. Photography is definitely one of my most favorite aspects of art. Stopping time for a moment with a “click” is truly exciting and it allows for the magic of our world to be captured forever.


I am an artist, writer and graphic designer who helps businesses create beautiful, functional design that sells products and turns customers into raving fans. Growing up with a professional illustrator as a mother, I have been drawing and designing since I could hold a pencil. One of my life’s most transformative experiences was a long-term mission trip to San Bartolos, Peru, where I lived and taught art classes at a safe house for children rescued from human trafficking. It was here that I saw most profoundly the power of art and its ability to transform, transcend and unite us all. I am the founder of Within Sight Design Solutions, a graphic design company in Wilmington, where I have the privilege to create connection and value for my clients by intersecting form and function to generate powerful visual communication strategies. I’m passionate about helping people find creative ways to tell the world just how awesome they really are!


My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic back in 1966. It was not much of a camera but it got me interested in photography. I started seeing things differently and appreciating things more than before. There are so many things in everyday life that I had never really noticed before. I started composing images in the viewfinder of my camera, isolating what I wanted to emphasize in the finished photograph. The main thing I learned with time is how important light is as an element. Light affects color, shadows, contrast, texture, mood and the impact of an image. My wife and I moved from Richmond, Virginia, to Wilmington in 2011. After five years of visiting our daughter and her husband, and after the birth of their first child, we knew it was time to make the move. Wilmington, and the surrounding area had already become to feel more like home than Richmond. With the beautiful coastline, slower pace of living and friendly people, we have never regretted the move. We are proud to be Tar Heels.


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Where is the post office?

Where is the library?

Leland Ace Hardware (910) 383-6688 117-B Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451

Leland Library (910) 371-9442 487 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451

Leland Post Office (910) 371-9013 1123 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451-8479

Where is the nearest drug store?

Winnabow Post Office (910) 253-5576 6351 Ocean Hwy. E (Hwy. 17 South) Winnabow, NC 28479-5559

How do I get cable, phone or internet access? Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. (910) 754-4311 (phone, cable or internet) AT&T (888) 436-8638 (phone, internet) Time Warner Cable (910) 332-7800 (phone, cable or internet)

CVS/pharmacy (Villages at Brunswick Forest) (910) 371-1464 1132 East Cutlar Crossing, Leland, NC 28451 CVS/pharmacy (Village Road) (910) 371-0794 117A Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Family Pharmacy (Clairmont Shopping Center) (910) 371-3181 112-G Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Rite Aid (in Waterford) (910) 383-1098 501 Olde Waterford Way, Leland, NC 28451

Where is the nearest grocery store?

Walgreens (in Magnolia Greens) (910) 371-0233 1019 Grandiflora Drive, Leland, NC 28451

Food Lion on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-1951 309 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Walgreens (Village Road) (910) 371-1806 319 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Food Lion (off of Hwys. 74/76) (910) 383-1467 1735 Reed Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

Where are the town halls located?

Harris Teeter (Waterford Commercial Center) (910) 371-3944 2021 Old Regent Way, Leland, NC 28451 Lowes Foods (Villages at Brunswick Forest) (910) 371-5544 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing, Leland, NC 28451 Piggly Wiggly on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-2696 112 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Walmart (910) 383-1769, (910) 383-1872 1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland, NC 28451

Where are the nearest medical facilities? Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia (910) 721-1000 240 Hospital Drive NE, Bolivia, NC 28422 New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington (910) 343-7000 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 20

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Belville Town Hall (910) 371-2456 63 River Road, Belville, NC 28451 Leland Town Hall (910) 371-0148 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451 Navassa Town Hall (910) 371-2432 334 Main Street, Navassa, NC 28451 Northwest Town Hall (910) 655-5080 4889 Vernon Road, Leland, NC 28451 Sandy Creek Town Hall (910) 655-3153 114 Sandy Creek Drive, Leland, NC 28451

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Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

November 19 through December 30 Join Lower Cape Fear Hospice at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher for one of the area’s favorite and longest running holiday traditions. Admission to the aquarium is all that is needed to delight in a forest of uniquely decorated trees while taking in all the amazing aquatic displays. Cape Fear Festival of Trees is the perfect way to entertain children out on school break or family and friends visiting during the holidays. Hours are daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Information: (910) 772-0550;

Enchanted Airlie

December 7 through 22 Airlie Gardens in Wilmington presents Enchanted Airlie, giving families the opportunity to share in the joy of the season with a half-mile self-guided stroll through the gardens. This twinkling experience features festive lights, holiday displays and Santa Clause, plus local food and beverage vendors with coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more. Tickets are $30 to $55 and must be pre-purchased and are per carload. There are two viewing options to choose from: 5 to 7 pm and 7 to pm. Information: (910) 798-7700;

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The Moonlighters in Concert

December 14 Leland Cultural Arts Center presents an evening of Big Band and Swing music with The Moonlighters. From 7 to 9 pm you can enjoy dancing the night away. Cost is only $10. Information: (910) 371-3391

Reindeer-Drawn Carriage Rides

December 14 & 15, 21 & 22 Horsedrawn Tours in downtown Wilmington presents “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage Rides featuring caroling. Kids get free candy canes from Santa. Rides are $5 to $12 and will begin on Market Street between Front and Water streets. Information: (910) 251-8889;





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The Great Wilmington Nutcracker

December 15 & 16 The Great Wilmington Nutcracker is presented by United States International Ballet and Wilmington Ballet Company. Tickets to this event are $25 to $55. The production will take place at the Wilson Center in Wilmington. Led by Italian ballet stars Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini, the production features more than 30 professional dancers from five countries including local youth dancers and athletes from the Special Olympics. The Saturday showtime is 6 pm, and the Sunday showtime is 3 pm. Information: (910) 362-7999;

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Toys for Tots Concert

December 15 Local roots rock band L Shape Lot hosts its seventh annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington with special guests Massive Grass. Admission is $10 and you are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. Information: (910) 538-2939

Christmas by the Sea

December 15 Christmas by the Sea at Carolina Beach Boardwalk features visits with Santa, storytelling, caroling, pony rides, arts and crafts, puppet shows and hot chocolate. This event is free and will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Information: (910) 458-8434;

A Christmas Cactus

December 21 & 22 TheatreNOW presents A Christmas Cactus by Eliot Byerrum and directed by Juan Fernandez. The gumshoe detective caper is loosely based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Doors open at 6 pm. Information: (910) 399-3669;

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

December 29 The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a locally operated trail race with 13.1-mile and 3.1-mile courses in a unique island setting. Proceeds benefit Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks, a nonprofit that supports and promotes Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher Recreation Area. Information:

New Year’s Eve Gala

December 31 Join the party at Thalian Hall’s legendary New Year’s Eve Gala featuring a delicious dinner, dessert, drinks and a sensational live performance by the Opera House Theatre Company. Escape to the Greek Isles and dance the night

away with an enchanting evening performance of the smash-hit musical based on ABBA music classics, Mamma Mia! After the show there will be a live DJ, karaoke and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. This event begins at 7 pm, and price per ticket is $165. Information: (910) 632-2285;

Hidden Battleship Tour

January 5 Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington features a fourhour behind-the-scenes tour of unrestored areas of the vessel. Guests can explore the bow, third deck, Engine Room #1 and superstructure, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The program is for adults only (ages 16 and older), and space is limited. Tickets are $45 to $50, and the tour will take place from 12 to 4:30pm. Information: (910) 251-5797;

Brunswick Civil War Round Table

January 9 Ed Bearss returns for the eighth time for the Civil War Round Table at the Hatch Auditorium at N.C. Baptist Assembly on Caswell Beach. This event starts at 6:15 pm, and Bearss will captivate his audience with his unique presentation style and incredible memory of facts, dates and events. The topic of this event will be “Reflections on the Civil War.” Information: (910) 278-3545; Winter 2018-19



the 2016-17 school year were promoted to the next grade at the end of the year. It is only with the support of caring community partners, like Corning Incorporated Foundation, that CIS can maintain its commitment to serving at-risk students each year and help them stay on a positive path, working toward graduation and the achievement of their future goals. CIS is grateful for the Corning Incorporated Foundation sponsorship of the 2017 CIS Benefit Gala and thanks them for their role in helping to ensure all students have an opportunity to thrive and be successful.

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Beethoven 15K and 5K

January 13 The sixth annual Beethoven 15K and 5K, presented by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, will take place at 9 am within Brunswick Forest in Leland. The event costs $30 to $45 to enter and offers 5K and 15K races, and 5K and 15K walks. New this year is Beethoven’s 1-mile Doggy Dash fun walk or run starting at 8:35 am. A post-race party at the Fitness Center the On October 12 Brunswick County Chamber of in Commerce Leland Room will include adult food, Craft vendors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to beverages, welcome Coastal and exhibitors. All chamber. proceedsThe benefit Wilmington Beverage Co. to the new the bottle shop and Symphony tasting roomOrchestra. is at 10800 Beach Drive SW in Calabash. Information: (910) 791-9262; PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Brunswick County Chamber Chairman’s Awards Gala January 18 Brunswick CountyResidents Chamber ofand Commerce’s annual Oak Island Businesses to Chairman’s Awards Gala will honor exemplary Benefit ATMCThe FOCUS Optics businesses andfrom individuals. themeFiber for this year’s gala is Island Oasis, and dress code is Island Happy. As part of five-year network enhancement andthe expansion Tickets toits this event are $50 per person, and event project, ATMC has begun construction of a fiber optic will take place at The Isles Restaurant on Ocean Isle network that5:30 will span Oak Island and enable it to deliver Beach from to 9 pm. the company’s FOCUS fiber optic communications services Information: to residents and businesses. The $12.5 million dollar chairmansawards/ investment is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019 and will provide than 7,000 residents and businesses Courtyards andmore Cobblestones with access to one Gigabit broadband speeds. Fiber optic January 19 & 20 technology is extremely reliable and of delivering Brides and grooms should head tocapable the Brooklyn Arts voice, video and unshared bandwidth all through one Center in downtown Wilmington for the Courtyards connection. According to research by the and Cobblestones wedding event.conducted Tickets are $35national and Fiber to the Home Council, access to fiber optics increases include five fully styled venues, live music, tastings and a home’sbrunch value byat3.1%, that’s anby additional $5,000 for the Sunday Courtyard Marriott. median priced home. Businesses who take advantage of Information: 36 26

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Port City Ping-Pong Throw Down

January 25 Come out to the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington to enjoy the Port City Ping-Pong Throw Down. Entry is $5 to $10, and prize money for the first through the fifth places will be awarded. Information: (910) 538-2939;

Livingston Taylor in Concert January 25 Come to Odell Williams Auditorium on January 25 at 7 pm to enjoy the music of Livingston Taylor. Tickets for adults are $44.50. Taylor was born in Boston and was raised in North Carolina and recorded his first record at the age of 18. From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” Taylor’s creative output has continued unabated. Information:

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North Carolina Jazz Festival

January 31 through February 2 The 39th annual North Carolina Jazz Festival will take place at the Ballast Hotel in downtown Wilmington. It includes an opening night featuring Grenoldo Frazier, followed by Brazilian born vocalist Maucha Adnet and her husband Duduka da Fonseca. Tickets range from $15 to $225, and each night will feature seven sets with six or seven musicians. Information: (910) 793-1111;

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The 5th Dimension in Concert

February 15 The 5th Dimension has released more than a dozen hit albums and received 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards. Their classics include hits such as “Up, Up and Away” and “One Less Bell To Answer.” Tickets are $44.50, and the show starts at 7 pm at the Odell Williamson Auditorium. Information:

Dance Theatre of Harlem

February 23 Performing at Kenan Auditorium in Wilmington, Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. Information: (910) 962-3500;

Cape Fear Group Homes Silent and Live Art Auction

March 2 Cape Fear Group Homes and Vocational Services presents its inaugural Silent and Live Art Auction at the Dram + Morsel in downtown Wilmington. The event includes live jazz with Benny Hill and Al DiMarco, a specialized menu, a cash bar and bottomless mimosas. Admission is $7, and the auctions will begin at 11:30 am. Information: (910) 218-6740

Mardi Gras by the Sea People & Pet Parade & Festival March 9 Oak Island Parks & Recreation will host a Mardi Gras by The Sea People & Pet Parade & Festival on Saturday, March 9. The parade will begin at 1 pm near the center of Oak Island and will end on Middleton Park soccer field. Following the parade, the festival will consist of games for kids, live entertainment, a Mardi Gras Pet Parade and costume contest. Information: (910) 278-5518;

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March 9 Come out to the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington to support the Raise the Ruff and Beyond fundraiser. Tickets are $75 and will feature a Casino Night with black jack, roulette, craps, and poker. Gaming will take place with play chips that can be redeemed for prizes at the end of the evening. All proceeds cover the cost of surgeries, veterinary care, medication and kennel expenses for Paws Place dogs. Information: (910) 512-4837;

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BCC Small Business Center Free Seminars

The statewide STARS Awards competition, representing the best in North Carolina’s new home construction, design and sales and marketing efforts, recognizes superior achievements in a broad range of categories. The awards are presented by the North Carolina Home Builders Association and symbolize tremendous achievement, honor and distinction among industry professionals. Award categories honor outstanding achievements by builders, developers, sales and marketing professionals, interior merchandisers, web designers and local home builder associations. The STARS Awards attract top talent from across the state, and winners were announced at a ceremony held on September 12 at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference.

Brunswick Community College Small Business Center hosted free seminars during November and December. Topics were: Business Succession Planning, Understanding Financial Statements, Basic Bookkeeping with QuickBooks, How to Sell on Amazon, Better Budgeting for your Business, Getting Lender Ready, Mobile Marketing and The 123s of HR Management. Visit for information on upcoming seminars.

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Celebrates Veterans Day

- Logan Homes was awarded Best Brochure or Marketing Piece and Best New Homes Publication. - Riptide Builders, LLC was awarded Best Sales/Information Center. - Fonville Morisey Barefoot was awarded Best Advertisement - Riverlights™ was awarded Best Amenity Center CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center volunteers hosted a Veterans Day ceremony for team members, patients and the community on November 9. Veterans were recognized with a special pin, and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department presented the flag and sang the National Anthem at the event.

Business After Hours at Home Design Outlet North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held the October Business After Hours at Home Design Outlet in celebration of their third-year business anniversary. Attendees were encouraged to bring donations for Hurricane Florence victims.

Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association Members Win Statewide Stars Awards Logan Homes, Riptide Builders, LLC, Tongue & Groove, Fonville Morisey Barefoot, and Riverlights™ — all member of Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) — brought home top honors and received statewide recognition in Charlotte at the 2018 STARS Awards Gala held by the North Carolina Home Builders Association.

- Tongue & Groove won Best Landscape Design & Best Outdoor Living Area.

Novant Health and GoHealth Urgent Care Announce Partnership to Develop an Urgent Care Network GoHealth Urgent Care, one of the nation’s fastest-growing urgent care companies, and Novant Health, a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals, have entered into an exclusive, integrated partnership to create a large network of urgent care centers across North Carolina. Phase 1 of the partnership will include at least 15 centers in greater Charlotte and Winston-Salem. The Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers will provide local communities with effortless access to high-quality, patientfocused care. Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care will open its first state-of-the-art urgent care centers in Winston-Salem in early 2019, followed shortly thereafter by a number of new and renovated centers in the greater Charlotte area over the next 12-18 months. The partnership plans to continue expansion into 2020 and beyond. Several existing Novant Health urgent care clinics will continue to operate during the partnership transition. The Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers will provide unparalleled patient experiences and serve as a more convenient and comfortable after-hours alternative to costlier, more timeconsuming emergency room visits. Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers will also be available for everyday illnesses and non-life threatening injuries such as colds, flu, fever, asthma, allergies, minor skin lacerations, cuts, burns, urinary tract Winter 2018-19



infections, sports injuries, fractures, sprains and strains. Patients who seek medical treatment at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers will be able to conveniently check in online or just walk in to receive quick and caring service. All the new centers will also include on-site laboratory and X-ray services. Current Novant Health patients will enjoy the same integrated electronic health record, with full access to Novant Health’s online portal, MyChart, as they do throughout the Novant Health network. Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care will accept most commercial insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

This year’s grant recipients included: Belville Elementary School (Trixie Dancy): Through the Growing With Me program, students in each grade will be able to grow a garden and integrate it into science and math classes. Brunswick County Academy (Susan Tietje): With the Principles of Business & Finance program, students will be able to utilize drones to create marketing materials for businesses and see the economic impact marketing has on organizations. Brunswick County Schools D.A.R.E. Program (Dept. Jeremy Ferguson): Via educational supplies that can now be purchased by grant funds, D.A.R.E. will be able to better remind students about the importance of “just saying no.”

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Brunswick County Schools Exceptional Children Department (Ryanne Zavacky): Through the EC Chromebook Check Out program, students will be able to check out Chromebooks to take home overnight.

Wilmington Health in Leland is now open at 9101 Ocean Highway East in Leland. With a state-of-the-art facility offering primary and specialty care, providers and departments previously at Wilmington Health at Brunswick Forest are now located in the new facility. Wilmington Health in Leland offers endocrinology, family medicine, foot & ankle care, gastroenterology, internal medicine, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, radiology, same-day care and urology. To schedule an appointment with one of Wilmington Health’s providers in Leland, call (910) 371-0404. Learn more about everything Wilmington Health has to offer at

Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School (Venice Price): In the Chromebooks for Math program, students will be able to better excel in math class and become 21st-century-ready learners. Leland Middle School (Verdale Dial-Harrison): Via the Chromebooks & Headphones for LMS EC program, students who struggle with reading grade-level content, text comprehension and following along during read-alouds will be able to utilize Chromebooks and headphones to better assist them during instructional time. In addition, apps can be used to track progress and give immediate feedback for students. Nakina Middle School (Carla Stewart): Through the Teaching Typing for Career Readiness program, students will now be able to utilize an Edutyping Software that will better help them in their Career Readiness Program.

ATMC Awards $35,000 in Education Grants to Local Schools

Shallotte Middle School (Brice Horton): With the Greenhouse Growing program, students will be able to utilize problem-solving, innovation and collaboration skills by creating a greenhouse to learn about plants, including parts, adaptations and ecological interactions between plants and other organisms. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ATMC recently awarded $35,000 in grant funds to 19 educators and organizations for programs that expand educational opportunities for Brunswick County and Columbus County students. The cooperative held a reception at its Shallotte location, where recipients shared information about their programs and how the grant funds will enhance the lives of the students and communities.


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Shallotte Middle School (Jennifer Murphy): Through the Media Center Makerspace program, students will now have whiteboard project tables in the school’s media center to encourage collaboration and brainstorming, in turn making learning more fun. South Brunswick High School (Michelle Hines): Through the More Empathetic Me! program, which is an extension of health science education classes, students will now be able to have first-hand exposure to careers in the healthcare industry. South Brunswick High School (Beke Lindsay): In the Rose By Any Other Name program, the school’s agriculture land lab will be able to provide various hand tools for its horticulture program.


South Brunswick High School (Donna Mooneyham): Through the Bouncing Off The Walls program, students will be able to utilize fitness balls in the school’s sensory room to help improve focus, attention and concentration for special needs classes. Southport Elementary School (Renee Schrom): Through TouchMath and Reading Eggs programs, exceptional needs students will be able to improve their math skills through interactive, multi-sensory applications and also utilize internet reading tools to help track progress, all of which will help increase test scores. Supply Elementary School (Jennifer Hodges): With the A WONDERful Way To Spread Kindness program, students will be able to use the book Wonder to learn about kindness, antibullying, social skills and character building. Town Creek Elementary School (Brittany Holdren): Through iPads For Structured Behavior Support, students will be able to utilize iPads to improve their studies in the classroom. Town Creek Elementary School (Jessica Morgan): With the Accessibility & Adaptive Materials for Exceptional Learners program, students with physical impairments and hand/eye coordination delays will be able to use Sportime Successball kits to gain greater access to sports activities. Union Elementary School (Allison Hunter): Through the Learning Alive Studios program, special needs students will now have a curriculum that uses augmented reality to increase engagement, reading comprehension and sentence building. Waccamaw School (Janet Cate): Using the Traveling The World With Virtual Reality program, students will be able to travel to places they’ve only read about in books utilizing virtual reality kits for global field trip destinations. Waccamaw School (Margaret Zeng): Through the Science Stations Using Technology program, students can now use Chromebooks to access technology programs and will be encouraged to participate in STEM initiatives such as the First Robotics Team and the Science Olympiad. ATMC began awarding community and education grants in 2006. Since then they have awarded $605,000 to 361 programs. ATMC will again begin accepting applications for its community and education grants in early 2019.

BEMC Accepting Applications for Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) will send two high school students, one from Brunswick County and one from Columbus County, on an all-expense-paid

trip to Washington, D.C., in June 2019 through the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students will join peers from North Carolina and across the United States for a weeklong adventure where they will meet their Congressional Representatives and Senators, tour historic sites and visit museums. They will also establish a mini-cooperative during the week, gaining valuable insight into the cooperative business model and how it works. While student groups are organized at the state level, they all gather for Youth Day where they meet to hear featured speakers who provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their communities. Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this educational program. Applications are open to all high school juniors and seniors in BEMC’s service area and are available at the cooperative’s website, Students are required to submit an essay and a completed application by January 15, 2019. Winners will be notified by February 1, 2019.

Frank’s Pizza & Eatery Opens in Leland Charles Haskins, owner of Frank’s Pizza on the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, has opened a new Italian eatery in Waterford Village, in the space formerly occupied by Falcone’s Italian Restaurant. Frank’s Pizza has been a fixture in Carolina Beach since 1992. Although Haskins took over the lease in Leland at the end of August, the opening of Frank’s Pizza & Eatery was delayed for several weeks due to Hurricane Florence. While the Carolina Beach location did not incur any damages during the storm, Haskins has temporarily closed that location for repairs and maintenance while the new location gets up and running. The majority of the Carolina Beach staff is currently working in Leland, including general manager Christopher Smith. While the Carolina Beach location serves primarily pizza, with a just few salads and sandwiches on the menu, Frank’s new location is serving up a full selection of Italian dishes along with specialty pies, grinders, salads and appetizers. Frank’s Pizza & Eatery is at 2013 Olde Regent Way in Leland and opens at 11 a.m. daily. Local delivery is available.

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Brunswick. Itzkowitz has been serving patients on a part-time basis and joined the clinic full-time in August. Truax joined the clinic in September. Both providers are accepting new patients. Itzkowitz is certified in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He completed medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and his internship and residency in internal medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Prior to joining Novant Health, he served as the gastroenterology department head at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune and chief of gastroenterology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Itzkowitz recently retired as a captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy. Truax is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She completed the physician associate program at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Before joining Novant Health, she worked as a physician assistant at Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants in Charlotte, North Carolina.

(atopic dermatitis), diarrhea and vomiting, lower-respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), type 2 diabetes and necrotizing enterocolitis, a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in pre-term infants. Breastfeeding is also linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in mothers. Brunswick Medical Center joins seven other Novant Health hospitals that have been designated Baby-Friendly: Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center.

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for Bridgewater Wines

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Recognized as Baby-Friendly

Research shows that breastfed babies have lower risk of asthma, childhood leukemia, childhood obesity, ear infections, eczema


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Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center has received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility, becoming Novant Health’s eighth recognized birthing center. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, was first launched in 1991. The initiative’s goal is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies through breastfeeding and immediate skin-to-skin bonding by recognizing birthing facilities that successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. As a Baby-Friendly hospital, Brunswick Medical Center is staffed with a lactation consultant who assists mothers in gaining the skills and confidence they need to breastfeed once the baby arrives. Other important practices of Baby-Friendly hospitals include encouraging skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns and rooming in, allowing the baby to stay in the mother’s room during their time in the hospital. Both practices encourage bonding and improve the newborn’s ability to breastfeed. Studies also show that immediate skin-to-skin contact helps newborns maintain their temperatures, normalize heart and breathing rates, and reduce their likeliness of crying.

Anybody can have a ribbon cutting — but how about a corkpopping ceremony? Bridgewater Wines celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting with a Dom Perignon toast. Owners Doug and Susan Zucker have the goal of allowing their customers to “Explore the World One Wine at a Time” by having an ever-changing selection of great wines from around the world in all price points. The world of wine is a big place, with grapes ranging from Assyrtiko to Zibbibo and wineproducing countries that you wouldn’t expect (China, India and Tanzania to name just a few). The Zuckers will host wine tastings regularly, always for free, and there’s even a wine bar with the opportunity to purchase wines by the glass, local craft beers on tap and small bites. The new wine store is located at 1132 New Pointe Boulevard in Leland.


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Hidden in the Green Swamp, Crusoe Island evades its mysterious roots. By ED BECKLEY

Brunswick’s WYAT T WA LTER is making his mark in




Uncovering the mind-jarring truth about Crusoe Island, and just trying to get there by guided GPS, is like chasing whispers. The community is just a few miles up Highway 130 from the bustling South Brunswick Islands, but it feels like the end of the Earth. The truth is, there is no visitors bureau or welcome sign for Crusoe Island. It’s a tucked-away place that has done a good job of staying that way for centuries.

Stars in His Eyes Brunswick County teenager Wyatt Walter is making his mark in Hollywood. By LAUREN KROUSE

For 15-year-old Wyatt Walter, life in Bolivia looks like it would for any other Brunswick County boy: fishing in the backyard pond he and his grandfather dug together, skateboarding with friends, an hour (or few!) of Fortnite. But then, there’s his other life. When Wyatt isn’t taking a breather in Bolivia, he’s on the other side of the United States, leaping from role to role as an aspiring actor in Los Angeles, California. Currently, he is juggling four different roles on three different networks: Hulu, Showtime and Disney. And, of course, he’s always looking for more.

Whiz Kids Three Building Brunsco Kids Expos in 2019 will give youngsters a chance to show off their entrepreneurial talents. By MELISSA SLAVEN WARREN

It’s inspiring to learn about entrepreneurs who create the next big thing — a can’t-live-without product or service that is sure to solve all of our problems. It’s even more inspiring when those mastermind innovators turn out to be kids. Nearly 40 local youngsters are their own CEOs, and they’re taking part in the 2019 Building Brunsco Kids Expos.

Tales from the Hurricane Brunswick County Schools offers aid to employees left homeless by Hurricane Florence. By JO ANN MATHEWS

Hurricane Florence left many Brunswick County residents homeless, including more than two dozen employees of Brunswick County Schools (BCS). Compelled by compassion and in an effort to assist their co-workers, an all-volunteer committee of BCS employees and community members formed the BCS Employee Disaster Relief Fund. Winter 2018-19


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Refresh and delight your holiday guests with the flavors of chocolate and peppermint. BY SANDI GRIGG

One simply cannot attend our annual Christmas Eve gathering without sipping one of my mother’s famous Chocolate Peppermint Martinis. It has become a staple at our holiday party. My parents live on a beautiful lake in the foothills of North Carolina, and every year our family and friends congregate in the open basement to celebrate the holiday. With the fire roaring and the food table overflowing with various covered dishes, we all anticipate playing the Gift Game. To assist in our mingling skills, the bar is stocked with all the essentials, including wine, hot cider, liquors and mixers; however, the truly desired cocktail is the Chocolate Peppermint Martini. I come from a very small family so the majority of attendees are a culmination of my friends and my parents’ friends. Adorned in our most festive outfits, we sip these fancy martinis while discussing the events of the past year. I can almost smell the room and feel the fire just writing about it. Life can be quite hectic around the holidays with travel and parties and purchases, but remember to slow down and enjoy the moment. So here’s to memories we will create with our families and friends as we pour some much needed holiday cheer!

Chocolate Peppermint Martini Makes one martini

INGREDIENTS 2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 2½ ounces Peppermint Schnapps 1 ounce Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka ½ ounce Kahlua

METHOD Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds until ice cold. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a candy cane. Tip: Make it fancy by drizzling chocolate syrup in the glass before pouring in the mixture or top it with whipped cream and candy cane crumbles.

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Southern Comfort Years of experimentation have led to my ultimate shrimp and grits recipe. BY SANDI GRIGG


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Pssst: Want to know the secret to making the best Southern grits? Cream cheese and chicken stock. Over the years I have been perfecting my recipe for shrimp and grits, and anyone who has stayed at my house within the last year has been one of my inadvertent tasting judges. And so, I bring to you the best shrimp and grits recipe this Southern girl can dish out. Grits is one of those foods that many non-Southern people turn their nose up at because, first of all, it doesn’t sound very appetizing and also the texture is quite unique. Grits is merely corn ground into a coarse meal that is meant to be boiled in milk or water. By itself, grits really doesn’t have much taste, so many people add salt, butter, pepper, cheddar or even sugar to make it flavorful. My secret weapon is cream cheese. With cream cheese grits become smooth, creamy and delicious. The majority of grits sold in the United States come from the region known as the “grits belt,” which runs along the states between Texas and Virginia. Like corn, grits can be yellow or white, depending on the type of corn used. While grits doesn’t have enough nutrients to qualify for super-food status, they do offer some nutritional value and have a place in a moderate- or high-carb diet. However, this recipe takes grits to a not-so-healthy level with the addition of cream cheese, bacon and butter. For this recipe I use locally sourced fresh jumbo shrimp with the addition of asparagus, shallots, garlic and sherry, which makes for a very savory dish. Feel free to substitute green pepper for the asparagus or add diced tomatoes if you wish. You can even kick it up with Cajun spices and spicy sausage. Trust me, I have experimented with many variations and they are all delicious. Once a popular morning meal throughout the South, shrimp and grits is no longer restricted to breakfast tables below the MasonDixon line. Versions of the dish now appear on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus across the country from Maine to Oregon. At anytime of the day, this is down-home comfort food at its finest.

Shrimp & Grits INGREDIENTS Serves 4 1 cup stone-ground grits 4 cups chicken stock 4 ounces cream cheese 8 strips of bacon, chopped 2 shallots, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 8 ounces trimmed asparagus (1 bunch) 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled 1 teaspoon paprika ½ cup sherry cooking wine Salt and pepper 2 green onions, chopped

METHOD Bring 4 cups of chicken stock to boil and slowly add the grits. Stirring often, cook for about 20 minutes. While the grits are cooking, fry the chopped bacon in a pan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chopped shallots to the bacon and cook for an additional 3 minutes until the shallot is opaque. Remove the bacon and shallot mixture from the pan, leaving the grease, and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium low. Reduce the heat on the grits to medium low, drop in the cream cheese and stir until well blended. Add the sherry and liberal amounts of salt and pepper, then transfer the cooked bacon and shallots to the grits. Stir well and cover for an additional 10 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. Meanwhile, melt the butter in the hot pan of bacon grease. Cut the asparagus into 2- to 3-inch pieces and put in the pan. Cook the asparagus for about 5 minutes, stirring throughout. Add the shrimp, top with paprika and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Turn off the heat, but keep the pan on the stovetop while you prepare the plates. Divide the grits into four bowls. Divide the asparagus and shrimp on top of the grits among the four bowls, pouring the juice from the shrimp over the grits. Sprinkle the chopped green onions on each. Serve hot.

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CHARLIE GRAINGERS LELAND 1110 New Pointe Boulevard, Unit 120, Leland (910) 399-7722


Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? We felt the community needed a restaurant with a more diverse menu. We offer foods that other restaurants in Leland do not offer, making us unique.

What services/products do you offer? The primary items on our menu are hot dogs, beef brisket, BBQ, pork chops, ribs, chicken salad, soups, baked potatoes, collards and mac & cheese. We offer catering services for any size event or party. ‘

What made Leland the ideal location for you? It’s my hometown! My grandfather owned and operated a restaurant in Leland at a time when there were very few restaurant options. It had a hometown feel, and we wanted to bring that environment to a restaurant in Leland. It is a convenient location with another business I own, so we can keep abreast of the needs of our employees and the awesome people who visit regularly. We want to have that hometown feel.

What has been your leading success so far? The response from the community that visits our restaurant. Everyone loves the food and the warm environment. Our patrons are truly our success story.

What separates you from the competition? Our menu items are made fresh daily, made from scratch! The brisket and BBQ are smoked. We have a great location and a different menu and we serve beer but maintain a very friendly-family environment. We love seeing happy families.

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What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Marketing ourselves to the community: letting the community know that we offer great food at the restaurant, but also getting the word out that we do bulk orders for events and parties and that we do catering. What can we anticipate from you in the future? We are always trying new menu items and welcome suggestions from the community. We want to do more catering, and we are working on a food truck to travel to community events so that we can reach more people.


head south down Highway 17 or north on Highway 140. The Leland business community, along with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, is very supportive.

COLLEGE H.U.N.K.S. HAULING JUNK & MOVING 9075 Industrial Boulevard NE, Leland (910) 899-7257

Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? Many factors proved positive in opening during the summer of 2018, including an improved economy and the continued robust growth of the housing market in Brunswick County. What made Leland the ideal location for you? Leland is a great location due to the proximity of the bypass and the ability to

What services do you offer? Our company offers on-site removal of unwanted items for donation or disposal. Second, we are a full-service moving company. Oftentimes, the two go hand in hand as individuals and families that are moving have items they do not wish to move to the new location. What separates you from the competition? H.U.N.K.S. – Honest Uniformed Nice Knowledgeable Service. We take a lot of pride in giving our customers a stress-free experience, and our online reviews speak to the performance of our team. Since opening in June 2018, we have more than 350 reviews and a 4.9 customer rating on Listen 360 and over 40 Google reviews with a 5-Star Rating. What has been your leading success so far? In short order, the performance of our team has set franchise records. We have controlled our growth to make sure our H.U.N.K.S. are well trained and our performance is consistent. This is important in maintaining high customer

satisfaction reviews that will assist us in our continued growth as here in the Cape Fear Region. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Hurricane Florence. We had to evacuate our junk and move trucks to keep them out of harm’s way, and this led to a shutdown of our business for 10 days. Upon return, the demand for our services, both debris removal and moving, was overwhelming. We were able to meet the challenge while maintaining extraordinary customer performance reviews. This was not easy task, but the H.U.N.K.S. “hunkered” down to get it done! What can we anticipate from you in the future? We are hoping to expand our availability in 2019 by adding one or two additional move trucks. This will lead to additional employment opportunities and promotion opportunities for current team members. We are still laser focused on controlling expansion and growth so that we will not over-promise and under-deliver on performance. Our goal of premium value and customer service delivery is our top priority.

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Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? Timing is important, but when you have a great product or service that people need and want, I feel that it is your obligation to serve as many clients as possible, as soon as possible, without sacrificing your quality. We were at the stage that we had worked out strong systems, processes and training, and we wanted to grow the business and serve more of our community. Also, we wanted to get established in Leland before any other competitors decided to do the same. What made Leland the ideal location for you? I own a home in Mallory Creek Plantation in Leland, and started Computer Warriors out of my garage in that home. I used to have clients meet me at my home, and at their house, and in random parking lots actually. Leland was the birthplace of Computer Warriors, and I have wanted to open a location in the Harris Teeter shopping center for probably four or five years, but we were never ready to do so financially. I also saw that there were no retail establishments like ours offering the products and services we offer in the area, such as phone repair and computer sales/ repair, and we wanted to be available for the community so people didn’t have to go over the bridge for these services. What services/products do you offer? We offer computer repair services, phone repair, microsoldering and a good selection of laptops and desktops for sale. We


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perform in-home service calls for technology needs, ranging from home networking to computer troubleshooting and universal remote control setups. Our tagline is “We keep you connected, one device at a time!” Our sister company, Computer Warriors IT Support, provides B2B IT Support services and Managed Services to our clients, and “We’re in I.T. Together!” What separates you from the competition? I think it’s our level of caring and attention to detail, along with speed of repairs. We realize that getting devices repaired quickly and back to the client as soon as possible is so important, because these devices we fix are the gateway people have to keep them connected to their families, community and businesses. Downtime is frustrating, and we have worked very hard to systemize our processes so we can be thorough and accurate, but also extremely timely in our repairs. If you check our reviews, you can see how much our clients appreciate this. Between our three locations, we currently have more than 1,250 5-star reviews with a rating of 4.9 or 5.0 out of 5.0! What has been your leading success so far? I think our culture and team members have created this success with their ability to connect with others. We strive to hire people who are talented in their field, of course, but we focus on the human aspect. We want to make sure our team members have a high degree of emotional intelligence

and empathy, so they can relate with our clients in more meaningful ways. We want to break the mold or stereotype of being those geeky guys who have zero people skills and will talk down to you since you don’t understand technology like they do. Unfortunately, we run into these types when we are hiring and do our best to avoid them. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Honestly, the biggest challenge as a business owner is overcoming my own limiting beliefs and mindset. This has changed greatly over the years, but it is a constant struggle to grow and develop myself, because at the end of the day, I am the only thing holding my company back from being successful. What I’m willing to tolerate, what I believe is possible, what I’m willing to accept from others, etc. What can we anticipate from you in the future? You can expect for us to constantly be reinventing ourselves, anticipating what our clients need and moving in that direction. We will strive to offer 5-star customer service and will grow our retail store to offer a greater variety of computers and accessories to make a more convenient, one-stop shopping experience when it comes to technology. We will also be offering more educational services through seminars, classes and teaching, to help our communities understand how to utilize their technology to make their lives better.


AA SELF STORAGE 1557 Brunswick Village Blvd. Leland (910) 408-1600

Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? We wanted to expand our existing business near our three closest facilities located in Wilmington, Porters Neck and Jacksonville. It was a perfect fit and next step for our business.

What made Leland the ideal location for you? We wanted to become part of the Brunswick Forest community. Leland is rapidly growing, and we wanted to grow with it. It has a hometown feel near beautiful beaches. We want to be able to meet and exceed the community’s storage needs.

What services/products do you offer? AA Self Storage offers standard and climate-controlled self-storage and covered boat and RV parking spaces. We offer a variety of unit sizes for household and commercial/business storage, as well as car, boat and RV storage. We also have

packaging materials and moving supplies for purchase in our office. Our staff is very experienced, assisting our customers with selecting the correct type and size unit for their belongings.

What separates you from the competition? We have a pristinely clean facility offering standard and climate-controlled units and boat and RV parking. We have 24-hour video surveillance and individual coded gate access to help ensure our customers’ items are safe! Our customers are our number one priority. One of our core values that we stand by is to always “Do the Right Thing.” We want everyone to have a great experience and to allow us to make the stress of moving a little easier!

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? One of our biggest challenges was listening to the many stories of our neighbors who lost so much after Hurricane Florence: their homes, cars, sentimental belongings and furnishings. After losing power at the store, it was a challenge to communicate with our tenants and operate normally. We sent out updates prior to and after the storm. Our home office, located in Henderson, North Carolina, kept our customers notified of updates and answered any questions regarding how we fared during the storm and

reassured our customers that we had no damage at all. The property was monitored during and after the storm by the onsite manager and our president, Bill Coffey, who was able to monitor all our stores through live video, until power was lost. We were able to accommodate all community members’ needs for storage following the storm, offering very low-cost move-in rent specials and providing units to a nonprofit animal rescue group that lost everything as well as a Stoney Creek resident who was given a unit to accept donations for her neighbors.

What has been your leading success so far? Our customers have been pleased with our outstanding staff. Our facility manager, Lore DeLaire, has several years of experience in the self storage industry and has done a fantastic job in getting the facility ready for new customers. The staff has also built relationships within the community and with our customers by being involved.

What can we anticipate from you in the future? We are excited about the future of our business and the community. We will be continuing to grow our facility to meet the community’s storage needs. We will continue to provide exceptional customer service to our customers.

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HARRINGTON VILLAGE APARTMENTS 4276 Harrington Road, Leland (910) 408-1644

Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? Leland is growing by leaps and bounds. There is a high demand for quality and affordable housing. What made Leland the ideal location for you? Builder Logan Homes believes in the Leland area and has dedicated the past 15 years to building here. People want to have an environment where they can eat, shop, sleep, dine and have a nice comfortable place to walk. This is what we are giving them. What services do you offer? We are a stunning new mixed-use urban development in the heart of Leland. Our apartment homes come complete with high-end finishes and luxurious amenities designed for a picture-perfect lifestyle. Convenience and comfort are key at Harrington Village, where you can live, work and play, relax by the resort-style pool or enjoy the cool shade under the veranda with TVs and a lounge area. Need to work while the family plays? The well-appointed media room is equipped with Macs, PCs and printers. Unwind with friends in the billiard/gaming room. There’s also a Starbucks Barista Station. Other amenities include a playground, a 24-hour fitness and yoga studio, fitness-on-demand service with barre bar, cyber café, bark park, pet wash stations, on-site laundry facility and valet trash service. What separates you from the competition? This is not your traditional residential-only apartment complex . . . this is a new, healthy way of life that is highly sought after in today’s rental market. We are helping our residents support their lifestyle goals, not only their housing needs. Our community 50

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creates a little town in the heart of Leland with almost 30,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space on the ground f loor of three buildings. Elevators access the apartments above. Harrington Village is not only a beautiful place to live, but also offers unparalleled amenities and the convenience of having shops, restaurants and local businesses right next door. What has been your leading success so far? Location, location, location! Harrington Village is on Village Road, a half-mile west of the most heavily traveled artery in northern Brunswick County, the approach to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge accessing Wilmington and the Route 17/Route 421 bypass around Wilmington. The central location makes it easy to commute to work and visit the many area beaches and recreational attractions of southeastern North Carolina. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Customers with immediate housing needs we have not been able to meet due to our community being under construction. Hurricane Florence also contributed to challenges as damaged buildings delayed construction and scheduled move in dates. Fortunately, our teams pushed forward and were able to move residents in during the middle of October 2018. What can we anticipate from you in the future? Harrington Village is currently breaking ground for phase II of the project, and Harrington Square is in the final construction stages to open. We will be working hard to make the vision of this one-of-a-kind, upscale, urban, walkable town become a reality!


Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? The space became available in 2018. The previous occupants had established a great clientele. We wanted to continue to expand on what has become a “locals” hangout.

LOCAL’S TAVERN 1107 New Pointe Boulevard #9, Leland (910) 769-1289

What made Leland the ideal location for you? With the growth of the Leland area, we wanted to open in a location where the owners as well as the customers reside. What services/products do you offer? We are a full bar and restaurant with a late-night menu, and we’re open seven days a week. We offer daily specials and night-time entertainment five of the nights that we are open. What separates you from the competition? For starters, we are not a franchise. All food is made to order. We have live

entertainment, the NFL ticket and we offer a weekend shuttle service for our customers. What has been your leading success so far? Our intention was to create an environment that is family-friendly in a laid-back atmosphere, and we have succeeded in that. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? We didn’t have a lot of bar/restaurant experience as owners so we had to learn the rules and regulations surrounding this industry. What can we anticipate from you in the future? We will be introducing a new menu in the coming months. We also will be changing the look of the entertainment area to allow full enjoyment of our pool tournaments and live bands. Stay tuned!

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Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? We felt like Leland was underserved with storage, and there is continued growth of housing in the area, so we felt this was a great time to serve our community and offer our product.

PINNACLE STORAGE 2011 Enterprise Drive NE, Unit E, Leland (910) 408-1394

What made Leland the ideal location for you? This side of Leland had limited storage, so it was a perfect fit. What services/products do you offer? We offer climate and non-climate storage, boat and RV storage, moving supplies and U-Haul rentals. What separates you from the competition? Our boat and RV storage is unique, plus


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we offer U-Haul rentals and we’re open on Sundays. What has been your leading success so far? Providing a pleasant rental experience at a reasonable rate with excellent customer service. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Staying on top of code changes and making sure that our building is as efficient as possible. What can we anticipate from you in the future? Continued growth in North and South Carolina.


PORT CITY OUTDOORS 1725 Reed Road, Suite 6, Food Lion Shopping Center, Leland (910) 795-9352 or (910) 762-5155 (U-Haul reservations)

Why was 2018 the right time to open our business? It just worked out with the right timing of things with our family and life things going on. We had started looking for a store location back in 2017, but the space we have now did not come available until 2018. We feel that there was a reason that the space came available when it did because it’s just the right location and size for our business starting out. Also, with all the rapid growth in the area, we opened our store just at the perfect timing as things are growing and changing here in Leland. What made Leland the ideal location for you? We are fairly new residents to Leland (moved here two and a half years ago) and saw that there was a need for an outdoor store. Brunswick County and Leland in particular are growing so fast, and we thought that Leland would be an ideal location for our store. We have heard many customers say that they are so happy we have opened because of all the great brands/products we carry but also because they don’t have to cross the bridge to shop. What services/products do you offer? We offer a wide variety of outdoor supplies, from camping and fishing to shooting. We also newly expanded our selection of public safety supplies for EMS, police and fire (gear bags, duty belts, work boots, work pants and much more). Some products that we offer are Salt Life shirts, work/duty boots, Under Armor apparel, cargo/ EMS/ duty pants, hiking/day packs, fishing supplies, pepper spray, gear bags, tents, camping stoves and much more. We also have a small coffee bar (four different flavors of Pure Vida coffee) in the store for people to purchase and enjoy while shopping. There are so many products we can’t mention them all; you will need to stop by the store and see what we have in stock. What separates you from the competition? We have experience in the areas that we are selling products for. Joe

has been a firefighter and police officer and currently is a flight medic, along with avid fisherman, camper and CPR instructor. I have worked as a police officer and security guard and I am an avid camper, hiker and runner. We enjoy the outdoors and using the products that we sell. We have lots of energy and excitement for the products that we sell and we offer them for a fair price. Additionally, we offer a 10% discount to all public safety personnel and all military and retired military personnel with ID. What has been your leading success so far? Carrying a variety of products. Not being too narrowly focused on any one area allow us to attract a broad variety of customers. We will continue to do this as we keep growing and building up our inventory. Also, we offer the chance for people to order products from us that we can have shipped to the store if it is something that we do not have in stock. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? One of our biggest challenges was to convert the space from a bare-walled space to the store it is now. The previous business was a karate studio, and there was a lot of work and supplies needed for startup and cost. We basically changed the whole inside of the store space with painting, adding a raised stage area to place all the display cases, hanging slat board up on the walls, and adding counters for coffee station. We are happy with the end result and that we managed to get the store opened in April. What can we anticipate from you in the future? We will continue to add more products. Recently we added Thorogood boots and will be getting sandals/water shoes in the spring, along with hiking boots and trail running shoes. Also, we have added a larger supply of public safety apparel/gear (brands to include 5.11 Tactical, Tru-Spec, Under Armor, Propper, Browning and many more).

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Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? I had been looking for commercial space in Leland for about a year prior to hearing about Harrington Village. Since it was new construction, I knew it would take a while, but I was willing to wait since I strongly felt that Harrington Village was the right spot for Sandalwood Shoppes. After speaking with D Logan regarding the development and his description of what was to happen along Village Road, I knew this is where I needed to be. I am excited to be a part of the future new “downtown” revitalization. Do I wish construction was complete and we could have opened earlier? Of course — but good things happen to those who wait! What made Leland the ideal location for you? Prior to making the decision to open in Leland, I did my due diligence on researching the area to realize that an upscale gift shop was the answer to the equation I was seeking. The combination of the growth rate and lack of such a retail business made the decision to pick Leland the logical answer. Personally, I love the Leland area. From its adjacency to Wilmington and the downtown area to the economic development board and the tourist marketing department, I feel that Leland is the right place for Sandalwood Shoppes. What services/products do you offer? We will have more than 60 retail spaces with an array of merchandise. We will have a great assortment of artisans (paintings, jewelry, photography, etc.) and retailers. The Shoppe 54

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will have apparel, jewelry, handbags, monogramming, food, essential oils, candles and soaps, home decor and furniture and even some hickory-shafted putters for the golfers out there. Something for everyone! What separates you from the competition? Aside from a customer-oriented staff that will be there to assist our guests, the uniqueness is that customers will be able to find just about anything all under one roof. We plan on having fun, unique events that involve the community as well. What has been your leading success so far? The wonderful assortment of shop owners that will be showcasing their goods at Sandalwood Shoppes. I am thrilled with the variety and quality of merchandise that will be offered! We have about 10 shops left to rent, so I think once we open, the remaining shops will be leased in no time. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Hands down, the construction piece. We thought we would be open in the springtime, but as we all know, we cannot control construction and Mother Nature. What can we anticipate from you in the future? Once we get through the holiday season, be on the lookout for monthly events and special appearances from our artisans. Many of them want to host educational seminars as well.



SHUCKIN’ SHACK OYSTER BAR 1175 Turlington Avenue, Suite 101, Leland (910) 221-5522

Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? Mike and I made the decision to open a Shuckin’ Shack in 2016. At that time I had been working at the original Shuckin’ Shack for nine years. When they made the move to franchise, I was their front of the house trainer and traveled with the corporate team to open nine of the new Shuckin’ Shacks. Mike was in the technology business for over 20 years and had lost his passion for it. We had decided to have a baby so I knew that traveling would not be conducive to having a baby. So we decided opening our own restaurant was the perfect fit. We checked out multiple locations in the Leland area and knew as soon as we drove into the Brunswick Forest community that this was the place for us. We went back to the leasing office and discussed plans for a brand-new building for us, as there was nothing open back here at that time. We knew we wanted a corner space with an outside patio area for an outdoor bar and dining area. It took almost two years to complete the project. What made Leland the ideal location for you? We chose Leland because it is the number one growing county in the state and of the top 10 in the nation. We knew there wasn’t a restaurant like the Shuckin’ Shack out here and we thought the Brunswick County residents would really enjoy our concept. We also have plans to relocate and raise our daughter in Brunswick County.


What services/products do you offer? We are a full-service restaurant and bar specializing in fresh seafood. Oysters, clams, shrimp, scallops, mahi, tuna, cod, crab legs and lobsters. For the non-seafood patrons, we offer chicken sandwiches, burger sliders, fantastic salads and our famous whole, breaded and fried chicken wings. We have bottled beer and 12 draft beers to include local and seasonal brews. We offer a full bar with a specialty drink menu that includes our customer favorite, the fresh-squeezed Saltmarsh Margarita, award-winning Shack Attack Bloody Mary, our fresh muddled bourbon cocktail, the Lake Park Lemonade, mojitos and more. We also offer an impressive wine list, all at reasonable prices. What separates you from the competition? Our concept here at Shuckin’ Shack is much different than any of the neighboring restaurants. We pride ourselves on a welcoming environment with menu and drink offerings for all ages. What has been your leading success so far? Our leading success is the wonderful regular customer base that we have established thus far and continue to grow. The community has been so welcoming, and our customers care about us as we care about them. The support that we received around Hurricane Flo was a true testament of this. Our customers came to the rescue to help us prepare and recover from Flo. We hosted a benefit after Flo for the Stoney Creek residents who lost


everything from the hurricane, and it was our best day to date, so I would also say this was a huge success for us not only financially for that community but for our Shuckin’ Shack family of employees who were so honored and humbled to be a part of such a wonderful cause. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? The hurricane was our biggest challenge thus far. We are still recovering from lost revenue from being unable to operate for multiple days. We lost three employees who left for the hurricane and had no place to come back to and therefore made other arrangements. What can we anticipate from you in the future? We look forward to continuing to provide fresh seafood, high-quality spirits and exceptional service. We look forward to continuing to support the community as we already have by supporting local youth baseball teams, Brunswick County school events, local chapters of the Vietnam Veterans, Sheriff’s Association, Special Olympics, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Brunswick Senior Resources, Literacy Council and more. We would like to do more catering and oyster roast events as well as business luncheons. We have ideas for a classic car show called Oysters and Octane. We are always brainstorming on more fun events to the bring the community together for great food, drinks and “A Good Shuckin’ Time.”

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TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ 143 Poole Road, Unit B, Leland (910) 765-1144

Why was 2018 the right time to open your business? We opened our first store in Wilmington in July 2014. We saw that people immediately took to our unique brand of a cafe that inspires a healthy lifestyle by serving amazing food and smoothies with a tropical twist. We then opened our second store in Porters Neck. We continued to hone in on our community minded way of thinking and found that it resonated there as well. With people enjoying going out to eat in a great atmosphere, we felt 2018 was the perfect time to open store number 3. What made Leland the ideal location for you? Leland is an amazing town. We came here for the first time from Long Island 10 years ago and from that point on fell in love with the people and the place. It is a different way of life. People genuinely care about one another. I was originally born in Brooklyn, then moved to Oceanside (Long Island), then Queens, then Old Bethpage in Long Island and finally here. It was the best decision that I have ever made. Plus, everyone has followed from the tri-state area, so I can still speak with folks who have had similar experiences to me. It’s wonderful to see. What products and services do you offer? We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, wraps, sandwiches, salads, bowls, flatbreads, quesadillas and smoothies. We also offer catering, delivery (third party with Surfside Express Delivery), mobile/online loyalty rewards and ordering, plus fundraising opportunities. What separates you from the competition? We offer so much more than smoothies. We have a chef, Lake Dawson, who spends a lot of time creating taste-driven, ingredient56

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forward menu options. We make our own tropical chicken salad that has been called “the best” by many. We make house-made sides like our Kale n Apple Slaw. Essentially, we are an amazing cafe that also happens to have the best smoothies in town. We also cater for groups of 10 to 350 and have actually done a smoothie bar for several events. What has been your leading success so far? Getting out into the town. Meeting with my customers as well as other businesses. Listening to others’ suggestions. It’s always helpful if it comes from a place of being constructive. I would like to think that we care about our employees, our customers and ourselves. You can see me in there helping my staff while I’m tending to the needs of our TROPistars (what I call our customers). I always make sure to keep perspective and have a positive attitude. It’s essential that people feel that they are appreciated, needed and happy to be seen. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? We need people to understand that we are a food/culinary driven cafe. Smoothies are only 40 to 50 percent of our menu, and we have so much more to offer in the way of food. What can we anticipate from you in the future? I think we can potentially see more cafes in the future. I am also part of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Public Policy Team and Help the Boy Scouts of America. I like to help the community and will continue to do so. Just come up to me and let me know how I can be of service.

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Spreading the Sweetness Sweet Treats by Felicia is feeding Leland’s appetite for fresh-baked desserts. BY OLIVIA BARDELLA



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H Homemade fudge-topped brownies, German-inspired apple cream cheese cake, blueberry lemon pound cake — each of these desserts comes out of the oven on the morning that Felicia Rudisill shares her story about her home-based business, Sweet Treats by Felicia. As a young girl Rudisill would eat no other pie than her father’s apple pie, so it’s a bit ironic that now she makes a big variety of desserts for a living. A barely year-old business, Sweet Treats grew from a hobby into a successful venture for Rudisill to share all things sweet in the Leland and Brunswick areas. “I didn’t grow up baking, but my dad did a lot,” she says. “I grew up watching him bake.” From a young age Rudisill worked in a salon braiding hair and then received her license in cosmetology in 2011. But after developing carpal tunnel syndrome and being dissatisfied with a 9-to-5 job, she wanted to find something where she could be her own boss. “I always knew I was going to have some sort of restaurant or hair salon,” she says about her career path. Baking had long been an enjoyable hobby, especially making cakes and cupcakes with her son. “It is kind of like therapy,” she says. “It just puts me in a whole other mindset.” In November 2017 Rudisill found a way to turn her love for baking into a business. She credits her friend, Christie Chadwick, for sparking the idea at an open house event Chadwick hosted for small business owners. Chadwick was looking for someone to bake cookies made with Young Living essential oils and reached out to


It is kind of like therapy. It just puts me in a whole other mindset.


Rudisill, who jumped right in. “I did the cookies,” she says, “and then I did cakes and brownies and the whole spread.” Rudisill was the only vendor to make sales that evening, so she took that and her newfound creative outlet as a cue to start a business. “I always say (Christy) is my number one customer, the one who started it all and gave me the idea,” Rudisill says. Everything fell into place. Rudisill was already food-safety certified from having previously managed a Circle K in Bellville, and she had recently closed on a house with a new kitchen that was perfect for her baking needs. After receiving certification to use her home kitchen, she got to work researching and testing recipes and dropping off her sweet

creations with friends and local businesses to spread the word. “It’s been an adventure,” she says. “A very unexpected, very humbling experience. I started just baking for friends’ gatherings, and it has blossomed into everything it is today.” With her attention to detail and love for creativity, Rudisill bakes one-of-a-kind treats — from cake pops and tier cakes to muffins and breads. All of her treats are made fresh daily, and her fudge, chocolates, icings, fondant creations and cookie dough are made from scratch. She has dozens of silicon molds to make chocolates and enough molds to make about 10,000 cake pops. After her initial experiment baking with essential oils, she frequently uses Young

Top left, Felicia Rudisill in the kitchen making cupcakes; bottom right, Rudisill with her baking cheerleaders: Amy Shuford, Christie Chadwick and Tinisha Green; bottom left, Rudisill’s nephew and junior baker Donnie Green.

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Living essential oils in place of many ground spices and flavorings in her baking — like her signature Lavender Pound Cake topped with a lemon glaze. During the holidays, peppermint oil highlights her chocolate and peppermint bark candy. Other oils she uses are cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, tangerine, spearmint, cardamom and ginger. Sweet Treats offers gluten-free and paleo options, too, like paleo blueberry crumb bars and gluten-free chocolate fudge brownies. Some standard items can be made glutenfree on request. The majority of Sweet Treats by Felicia’s creations are special orders, which she will happily do with a few days advance notice. She also offers gift bags and baskets, catered party packs and custom creations for special events, like picture cakes or detailed fondant cupcakes. “I can do it, just tell me what flavor,” she says with a laugh. Keeping up with her customers’ orders and her daily offerings means Rudisill works early mornings. Every weekday morning she pulls warm, freshly made cheesecake rolls, breakfast rolls and muffins from her oven to have on hand for customers who call in for delivery or pick up. Every third Thursday she starts baking at 3 a.m. to prepare for a weekend of selling her goodies at the Sea Glass Salvage Market in Leland, where she joins other small businesses selling handmade fare. Sweet Treats is the only baked goods vendor, and Rudisill is able to use that space as a pick-up location for her orders on weekdays. The early mornings don’t bother her. “I really, really enjoy being able to just be in my own element and do something that utilizes all the creative stuff in me,” she says. While her father’s apple pie and her grandmother’s vanilla bean pound cake are family recipes she uses, most of what she makes are recipes she has experimented with or heard of from friends. She recently gathered ideas for fall-inspired creations from a trip to Germany, like a 100-layer blueberry croissant. “I get excited about a new flavor or a new cake design or cookie cutter,” she admits. “I’m like a kid again.” But what Rudisill loves most about her business is Got a sweet tooth? using her creativity to bring a little sweetness to Sweet Treats by Felicia offers someone’s day. delivery and shipping on “I love to see that look of select items. Find out more pure ecstasy when at or someone bites into call (910) 299-6198 to place something I make.”  your custom order.

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In the early 1970s historic downtown Wilmington was in dire economic straits. Construction of the area’s first mall and other shopping centers resulted in an exodus of downtown’s many longtime department stores and businesses. What was left was a humble mix of shops, restaurants and offices interspersed between neglected and abandoned buildings. In the wake of the cultural and economic shifts, city and community leaders quickly realized that something needed to be


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done to revitalize the downtown area. In 1977 a nonprofit economic development group now known as Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) officially formed, and it’s still around today. Led by a board of directors that includes downtown business owners, property owners and community representatives, the group’s mission is to promote economic growth and development in the downtown area. Since its inception, WDI has worked hand in


hand with the community and local government to direct a range of downtown improvement efforts. By fulfilling multiple roles as needed, WDI is able to help guide the big vision in regards to priorities and strategies. From the planning aspect, WDI works with downtown businesses by assisting in their marketing and public relations efforts. Another emphasis is on the business and investor recruitment side. WDI helps individuals looking to invest in big or small downtown projects make informed

investor decisions. Ultimately, it all boils down to building the tax base, adding jobs and working with downtown businesses to perform at their best. The most recent revitalization phase began in 2013 as the area saw a huge influx of investment at the end of the housing recession. New apartment complexes built since then include City Block Apartments on 3rd Street, Sawmill Apartments on the riverfront and Pier 33 Apartments, which are scheduled to open next to the Convention Center in the fall of 2019.

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Wilmington Downtown Inc. President and CEO Ed Wolverton.


“One element of our current focus is an emphasis on housing,” says WDI President and CEO Ed Wolverton. “We realize that having people close to the shops, restaurants and museums is a very smart economic development strategy in helping support those businesses. People who live close are more frequently going to use them, so we wanted to add more residential base.” Another emphasis that WDI continues to work toward is the hospitality industry. When the Convention Center opened in 2011, it became clear that in order to maximize access to it, downtown needed to increase its hotel room inventory and have more rooms available in order to attract bigger convention groups. New hotels now open include Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites, with two others currently in development.


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“In the last five years we’ve added 140 percent to our hotel capacity with what’s been opened and in the pipeline, and we’ve grown our residential numbers by about 45 percent,” Wolverton says. “We’re also improving our mix of retail shops. With just over $500 million worth of new investment, we’re repositioning the role that downtown is playing in the entire area.” Last year WDI began an initiative to improve downtown’s public space. The organization created an ambassador team of paid employees who circulate downtown seven days a week to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for public safety purposes. These ambassadors are there to give directions and offer recommendations for restaurants and shops, as well as be on the lookout for things such as broken streetlights or littered sidewalks.



With just over $500 million worth of new investment, we’re repositioning the role that downtown is playing in the entire area.”

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“They’re handling the little things that are important in ensuring people have a good experience when they come,” Wolverton says. “Our hope is that they’re offering a human touch that’s approachable and knowledgeable.” In an effort to introduce more green landscaping elements and beauty in a limited space, last summer WDI installed more than 150 hanging flower baskets from downtown streetlight poles. The organization also helped start the Riverfront Farmers Market, an important community activity that helps support local growers and artisans while fostering social interaction. Each summer WDI also directs and operates the Friday Night Downtown Sundown Concert Series, a free attraction that brings tourists and locals downtown every Friday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. WDI hopes that residents of New Hanover County, Brunswick County and beyond will continue to look to downtown as a cultural and recreational destination. In 2015 the Wilson Center opened, offering the community a 1,500-

seat performing arts center that complements Thalian Hall’s more intimate space. The 1.75-mile Riverwalk is now complete, and construction of the new North Waterfront Park is slated to begin by the end of the year. The City of Wilmington plans to develop the $20 million park on 6.6 acres that will be available for recreational use and performance events. “Performing arts have always been big downtown, but both the Wilson Center and this new park will add another aspect

of further growth to our cultural offerings available,” Wolverton says. Downtown Wilmington is now thriving. With more than 880 businesses, it stands as the region’s largest business district. It also has the largest property tax value in the area, as well as the largest employment base with more than 11,000 people working downtown. Wolverton says that it’s because of these successes that WDI’s work is more important now than ever. “When you put those three things together, it’s crucial as a community that we support and make sure we are improving businesses and the business conditions of folks who are already here. We want to protect those businesses and enhance and grow them even further.” Long gone are the days when downtown Wilmington was only an afterthought as opposed to a destination. Port City visitors make a point to visit the historic riverfront while on vacation, and residents continue to choose downtown as a top location for dining, shopping, entertainment and diversity. “It’s the one place in the community where you can see a lawyer in a $500 suit walking down the street by a kid carrying a skateboard with dyed hair and tattoos, and they can look at each other and say ‘Hey, how’re you doing?’” Wolverton says. “That sort of chance interaction that happens downtown just doesn’t happen elsewhere. It’s a place that’s unique to the world. There’s just no other place like downtown Wilmington.” 

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A Helping Hand By providing personal items and necessities for foster children, The Foster Pantry helps families focus first and foremost on the emotional needs of the children. BY AMANDA LISK

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Emily Klinefelter, who started The Foster Pantry in her garage, now enjoys an office space where they can sort the donated goods.

“Out of the over 20 children we’ve had, I think maybe five had personal belongings,” Emily Klinefelter says. “Many of these children enter care with just the clothes on their back.” The Klinefelters decided to help foster families by collecting personal items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, clothes, diapers, toys and even furniture. They stored everything in their garage and called it The Foster Pantry. “We wanted to help foster parents focus solely on the emotional needs of

the child, not the basic necessities,” Klinefelter says. Today The Foster Pantry is an official 501c3 nonprofit organization housed in an office space run solely by volunteers and stocked full anything and everything a child could ever want or need. “We wanted to make it so that no family ever has to say no just because of a lack of material goods,” Klinefelter says. Currently in Brunswick County there are more than 140 children in foster

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In the midst of evacuating for Hurricane Florence, Emily and Derek Klinefelter received a call from the Department of Social Services saying that a child needed to be picked up. With their own two boys and one foster child already in tow, the Klinefelters added another to their family that night. The Klinefelters are foster parents. They have fostered more than 20 children over the past two years and in doing so discovered a huge void that needed filling for foster children.

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care. In New Hanover County there are more than 450. The Foster Pantry serves Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties and assists agencies all across the state. One Brunswick County foster family, who typically fosters teens, was able to take in a newborn baby thanks to The Foster Pantry’s help. When word spread about what The Foster Pantry was doing, foster mom Stacy Pullen jumped at the chance to help. “I have been a foster mom since 2016,” Pullen says. “I met Emily at a local foster moms support group. She posted about finding a location and being able to get the stuff out of her garage and into an office space, so I showed up the day they were moving in and the rest is history,” says Pullen, co-founder of The Foster Pantry and board treasurer. To use The Foster Pantry, foster families simply make a request for items online at and arrange for delivery or pick up. Special shopping days are also held throughout the year. The Pantry prepares grab bags filled with a week’s worth of toiletries and clothes for boys and girls of every age that social workers can now take with them when having to do the difficult job of removing a child from their home and placing them into foster care. “Imagine taking in a child in a moment’s notice who is scared, possibly angry and confused after being displaced from their family,” Klinefelter says. Now, when a new foster family welcomes a child into their home, we can have them fully equipped within hours.” Funding for The Foster Pantry comes from the community. A nonprofit organization called The Pink Ladies was the first to take The Foster Pantry under its wing. “This definitely pulled at our heartstrings,” says Pink Ladies 76

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president and founder Eliza Blackwell. “This is a huge need in our community and The Foster Pantry is filling that void. They are doing all the work and we’re just providing monetary donations and volunteer hours.” The Pink Ladies is made up of more than 500 women who do athletics and raise money to help get groups like The Foster Pantry started. “We wouldn’t be here without The Pink Ladies!” Klinefelter says. Other sponsors include Coastal Select Properties, Port City Community Church, Winter Park Baptist Church, Penn Plus Creative and North Carolina Sorosis (NCS). The Foster Pantry’s most urgent need at this time is donations of receiving blankets and crib sheets. They also need a bigger location and more volunteers. An increase of children going into foster care in the coming years is expected, due to the growing opioid epidemic. Klinefelter and

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Staying In his 49-year career at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, Don Hughes has traveled a long path from meter reader to CEO. BY JO ANN MATHEWS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK STEELMAN

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Don Hughes sits at the desk in his corner office at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation and tilts his head in the let-me-think-aminute posture. He then lists the jobs he’s held since September 1969 when he came to BEMC after graduating from Shallotte High School. “I started off as a meter reader,” he says. “Then lineman, service tech, runner, reconnector, Oak Island serviceman. There I created the Oak Island district. [BEMC] has three districts.” He pauses to let the fact settle. “Then district manager, vice president of operations and engineering, COO and CEO.” He smiles. “It’s been a great ride!”

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Hughes relishes every moment he’s worked at BEMC and projects the confidence of a leader who knows and understands his company and the industry it represents. He was named CEO in June 2014 and at age 67 has no immediate plans to retire. He diverts the conversation away from himself, wanting to discuss the company he loves and emphasize the attributes of BEMC. These include: • Puts safety at the forefront of its goals and solutions • Has maximum concern for the community’s needs • Offers a wide selection of grants and scholarships • Was established in 1939 • Is the second largest electric cooperative in North Carolina • Is the 36th largest cooperative in the United States out of more than 900 • Serves more than 74,000 members in Brunswick, Columbus and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties, which includes 1,500 square miles • Has about 97,000 meter locations • Provides smart thermostats in cooperation with Ecobee, Inc. • Provides renewable energy opportunities • Has electric vehicle charging stations

On Lineman Appreciation Day, BEMC treated the entire company to breakfast. Hughes remembers holding that job, explaining that it takes six years to become a certified lineman. “I loved it,” he says. But he sees the CEO position as by far the most challenging. “It has more responsibility,” he says. “You assume responsibility for so many people, and it’s a challenge.” He says he must employ those who are up-to-date with the ever-changing technology and maintain that technology throughout the company. He’s proud to say that all the barrier islands have lines underground, the reliability rate for service is 99.92 percent of the time and electricity is the cheapest utility people use. “We take a lot of pride in keeping our system up, thanks to the hard work of many retired employees,” he says. Hughes says he has never wanted to walk away from any of his jobs with BEMC. “I haven’t gotten to that point,” he says, although a turning point for him was in the 1980s when he was working in Oak Island and saw a need for a district office there. He presented the idea to management, and it was accepted. It took about six years to implement.

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“With hard work, dedication, honesty and wanting to advance, no one can hardly stop you if you do that correctly.”

“Our brand is very hands on,” explains Heather Holbrook, supervisor of marketing communications. “It’s not about ‘I.’ It’s about ‘we’ and the team.” Hughes emphasizes communication with employees. “I meet with them in each and every office on a regular basis,” he says. “I’m so proud of the employees. I have some of the best in the industry. I like teamwork, working together and supporting each other and emphasizing that employees become team leaders and work together.” Hughes grew up an only child in Ocean Isle Beach. His father worked construction and his mother, Elizabeth, now in her 80s and living in Shallotte, did factory work. He loved sports and lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball, the sport in which he excelled. He played second base as a Shallotte High School Pirate, the reason why the Pittsburg Pirates are his favorite team and why former Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski of the Baseball Hall of Fame is his hero. “Don was always a very pleasant hardworking student,” writes Debbie Smith, mayor of Ocean Isle Beach, who went to school with Hughes. “He was popular and always had a great sense of humor. I am not surprised that Don has succeeded in his career. He has always


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been a winner in my dealings with him from high school and profession experiences!” Hughes met his wife, Patricia, who hails from Mebane, North Carolina, when she was hired at BEMC. They married 40 years ago and live in Caswell Beach. “She’s a great lady,” Hughes says, indicating one of several pictures he has of Patricia in his office. “You have to have a good wife. I have the best.” The couple enjoy cruising in their Tidewater boat they’ve owned for nine years but haven’t named yet. Hughes also enjoys fishing and golf. Their two sons, Kevin and Jerry, live in Brunswick County with their wives and children. Hughes doesn’t just focus on family and work. He’s involved in community events. Among the volunteer positions he’s held are twice as president of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce board, twice as chairman of the Southport Fourth of July Festival and twice as chairman of the U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament. Lions Club, Rotary International and Brunswick Business & Industry Development committee are some of his other volunteer activities. “I like giving back rather than receiving,” he says. “To say he’s been involved is an understatement,” says Karen Sphar,

executive vice president of SouthportOak Island Chamber. “He’s such a positive person. He says, ‘How do you get this done?’ not ‘We can’t do it.’ If you have a really big problem, you call Don.” One of the major concerns of his job is population increase. The U.S. Census Bureau states that from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2017, Brunswick County grew 21.8 percent; from 2016 to 2017 it grew 3.68 percent. “We have plans for growth,” Hughes says. “We monitor the load. We can tell where there’s an overload.” One of his goals for BEMC is to continue to work on plans for improvement of their systems. Further, he says he wants “to continue to be the best cooperative there can be in the United States and to continue giving the employees the proper training. When I retire, I want it to be left in good or better hands.” In many ways Hughes has climbed Mount Everest in his ascent to the top of BEMC. “It was tough growing up,” he says. “I give credit to hard work, dedication, honesty and having faith in the good Lord. And having a wife who really, really supports me.” His recommendation for others climbing the mountain echoes this belief: “With hard work, dedication, honesty and wanting to advance, no one can hardly stop you if you do that correctly.” 

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Eye of a Hurricane Coming ashore in southeastern North Carolina on September 14, Hurricane Florence caused major wind damage, power outages and flooding. Months later, many areas of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties are still in recovery mode. PHOTO ESSAY BY LAURA GLANTZ, LIISA FIALOWSKY, DARWIN BRANDIS

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ake the first step towards better periodontal health with Cook Periodontics. Dedicated to providing exceptional periodontal care to each of their patients, Cook Periodontics has offices in both Leland and Wilmington. Here’s a hard fact to chew on: Bleeding gums is a sign of some form of gum disease and shouldn’t be ignored. A visit to a dentist every six months will help ensure small concerns do not become much larger concerns. Cook Periodontics provides the advanced treatment of gum disease, gum recession and dental implants. They focus on overall dental health and ensure quality care of each patient. Cook Periodontics offers dental implants, which are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. They allow patients to regain the ability to smile with confidence and take pride in their appearance once again. Cook Periodontics has been serving the tri-county area since 1999. Dr. Cook joined the practice in 2012 and welcomed Dr. Lisa Shoff in 2018. Dr. Cook attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate education in art history. After studying abroad in Italy, she began to appreciate the wonderful mix of art and science dentistry provides. She then began her dental education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors. In dental school, Dr. Cook was the recipient of the Grover C. Hunter award for excellence in clinical periodontology. She received her Certificate in Periodontics and her master’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Cook returned to her hometown of Wilmington in 2012. Dr. Lisa Shoff received her bachelors in Biology at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia and her Masters in Science of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry prior to entering the Air Force for her residency. She served as a general dentist in Guam for 3 years before completing her periodontal training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Air Force Post Graduate Dental School. Following graduation, Drs. Cook & Shoaf became board certified in Periodontics and Dental Implants. The practice has state-of-the-art dental technology including a 3D scanner, laser therapy and less invasive surgical options. The team works hard to provide individualized, unique treatment plans that are tailored to patient’s needs. As part of this commitment, Dr. Cook and Dr. Shoff are LANAP certified clinicians. LANAP, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is the first and only FDA cleared laser procedure for the treatment of moderate to

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severe periodontal disease. Drs. Cook and Shoff utilize the LANAP treatment because it is minimally invasive, with most patients reporting little to no pain after the surgery. Every member of the Cook Periodontics team takes pride in the personal relationships they have with their patients. Several of their patients have been with the practice since the beginning. They have even seen four generations in one family. “We love helping patient’s family and friends,” Dr. Cook says. “Our patients trust in our knowledge that oral health is of utmost importance. We are proud to help patients to be proud of their smiles.” Patients rave about the kind, professional staff and amazing doctors and how the staff make patients feel at home and welcome. Cook Periodontics is also very involved in the local community. They have completed several food drives for N.C. Nourish and donated supplies to hurricane victims of hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Cook Periodontics & Dental Implants Leland office: 1240 Magnolia Village Way (at the entrance of Magnolia Greens). (910) 256-8486;

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Wilmington Health


ilmington Health’s new Leland office brings primary care and a number of specialties to Brunswick County residents so they don’t have to travel across the river for those services. Conveniently located at 9101 Ocean Highway East in front of Magnolia Greens, Wilmington Health can meet your family’s complete healthcare needs with family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, endocrinology, foot & ankle, gastroenterology, orthopaedic surgery, radiology, urology and an after-hours and Saturday walk-in clinic. Primary and Walk-In Care Wilmington Health’s primary care services can keep your entire family healthy with annual and sports/school physicals, immunizations, flu shots and chronic care management. And when someone in the family just isn’t feeling well, the walk-in clinic is available for non-emergency conditions like allergies and infections, abrasions and bruises, colds and flu, as well as

sprains and pains. The walk-in clinic is open Monday to Friday from 12 to 8 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm., and no appointment is necessary. Specialty Care If your primary care doctor needs to refer you to a specialist, many of them are right in the Wilmington Health office, eliminating the need to head into Wilmington for additional healthcare. The endocrinology team treats conditions including diabetes, thyroid disease, menopause and metabolic disorders. Patients of all ages see the foot & ankle specialists for treatment of foot, ankle and conditions below the knee such as arthritis, bunions, nail problems and plantar fasciitis. For disorders of the digestive system, including the stomach, colon, small bowel, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder, as well as colonoscopy screenings, patients are referred to the gastroenterology specialists.

Orthopaedic surgery provides surgical and non-surgical options to treat fractures or injuries of the bones, muscles, joints or tendons. Radiology offers imaging services including X-ray, ultrasound and 3D mammography. The urology team treats diseases and malfunctions of the bladder, prostate and kidney in adults. Accepting New Patients If you’re looking for a primary care provider or specialist, Wilmington Health has a number of doctors ready to help you or a family member with any of your healthcare needs. Call (910) 3710404 to find a provider or schedule an appointment at their new Leland office. Wilmington Health 9101 Ocean Highway E., Leland (910) 371-0404

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Business Profile BY LAUREN KROUSE


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oastal Mini Storage had a problem: It was so successful and expanding so quickly that its name no longer fit the company. With 10 locations across eastern North Carolina, Coastal Mini Storage had a large footprint, and it was quickly becoming the pinnacle of easyaccess storage facilities. As Robert High, owner of Robert High Development, explains, “We feel like we provide the cleanest facilities and the most helpful staff, and we take great pride in that, so we decided that the word ‘Pinnacle’ best fit our business.” The company rebranded, and Pinnacle Storage was born. “We’re in the process of transitioning, and we’ve already converted several of our facilities,” High says. One such location is Pinnacle Storage on 2011 Enterprise Drive in Leland, which opened in April 2018. The facility provides multiple types of units, including climate-controlled storage units that range in size from a small closet (5’ x 5’) to a sizeable garage (10’ x 25’) and non-climate-controlled units that are even larger (up to 20’ x 40’). Units are well-lit, fenced in and protected with keypad entry and 24-hour

surveillance. On-site storage specialists are available seven days a week. Beyond storage for personal belongings, Pinnacle also provides completely enclosed boat and RV storage, as well as everything you could possibly need for a move, from the packing supplies to the truck. “We try to be a one-stop shop with moving supplies, trucks and storage in one location, and we also offer insurance for tenants,” High says. Hurricane Florence affected Pinnacle Storage in a huge way. While the storage facilities experienced only minimal damage, many Pinnacle employees lost their homes, and community members in the same situation were in dire need of storage space. “It was a very emotional time for people moving in,” High says. “We had times where we had customers in there shoulder to shoulder. For a while, many facilities were without power, phone or internet.” Because demand was so high, employees worked “far more than regular hours” to help serve the community. Unfortunately, even with so many locations, Pinnacle Storage could not handle the total demand. “We rented

unit after unit for day after day,” High says. “Right now, we are basically full from Morehead to Swansboro to Hampstead and Jacksonville. And as soon as a customer moves out, we have a customer ready to move in.” Thankfully, Pinnacle Storage is continuing to grow and will soon be able to offer even more storage units to Brunswick County residents in need. “We have a facility in South Brunswick that we have plans to expand in 2019. We’re in the process of getting permits now,” High says. Beyond this, the company plans to build a new facility on Third Street in Wilmington, as well as another just north of Wilmington in Scotts Hill. The Gordon Road facility, too, is expanding. In the next couple of months, High expects “continued, steady rentals.” Ideally, ongoing expansion will allow the company to meet more of the demand in the near future. Pinnacle Storage 2011 Enterprise Drive, Leland (910) 408-1394;

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L.A. Open Golf Tournament October 18 was a gorgeous day, absolutely perfect for the Leland Area Rotary Club’s L.A. Open Golf Tournament at Cape Fear National. Golfers enjoyed playing the world-class course, along with pirate-themed camaraderie, contests, great food and beverages, and prizes. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOP TEAMS: 1st Place: BlueTone Media, Total Gross - 59 Players: Phillip Matthews, Tim Cook, Jim Graham, Paul Farley 2nd Place: BEMC, Total Gross - 61 Players: Lore Scarpati, Jason Horne, Mike Blue, Chad Crabtree 3rd Place: Strategic Behavioral Center, Total Gross - 62 Players: Jacob Straheen, Paul Ammons, Jason Chapman, Joe Yalch THANKS TO THE EVENT SPONSORS: Pirate Event Sponsor: Strategic Behavioral Center, Wilmington Grog Wagon Sponsor: This End Up Furniture Company Blackbeard’s Bounty Sponsor: Thomas Construction Group, LLC Queen Anne’s Shoe Bag Sponsor: ATMC Black Beard Golf Towel Sponsor: LS3P Associates, Ltd. Treasure Bag Sponsor: Mulch & More NC Hole In One Sponsor: Connected Home Inc. Closest to the Pin Sponsor: Strategic Behavioral Longest Drive Sponsor: First Bank of Leland Beverages: Budweiser Raffle: PODS and Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation


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Boys and Girls Homes of NC Foster Care Christmas Party BY MELISSA HOPKINS


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Each year the gym at Thomas Academy in Lake Waccamaw is filled with the holiday spirit as foster families throughout the region gather for the annual Boys and Girls Homes (B&GH) of North Carolina Foster Care Christmas Party. This special event includes a wonderful meal, ornament painting, stocking stuffing, face painting and even a visit with Santa Claus. “This is the time each year when we celebrate as an extended family,” says Donna Yalch, vice president for community-based services at B&GH. “We have five offices in the region working with foster families, and this is when all of those families come together in a single location. It is wonderful to see all the conversations and catching up that happens during the party!” This special event is made possible each year through the generosity of sponsors like Magnolia Greens, Piedmont Natural Gas, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and J. Michael’s Philly Deli, among others. This year’s sponsors also include UNCW, OMNI Fitness (Fayetteville), Waffle International and Gethsemane Baptist Church of Galivants Ferry, South Carolina. “We could not make this wonderful event happen without the support of the community,” says Yalch. “We are so grateful.” To learn more about this special event, contact Jill Courtwright at (910) 646-3083 or visit





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Brunswick County Schools Names New Superintendent


In a unanimous vote following the October 29 closed session, Brunswick County Schools named Dr. Jerry Oates as successor to Colonel (R) Les Tubb. Tubb announced his retirement earlier this year and was supposed to retire at the end of September, but decided to stay on one more month due to the impacts of Hurricane Florence. Dr. Oates joined the district in 2015 as the executive director of Human Resources. He had previously served as 2015 Principal of the Year at New Hanover High School and Principal of Williston Middle School. Board Chairman

Charlie Miller said Dr. Oates’s proven leadership will keep the momentum up both inside and outside of the classroom and not only can he handle

the duties of Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, but also he has the vision to take Brunswick County Schools to the next level.

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Nurses from Brunswick Forest and other communities, retired and working, have formed a group called Nurses Together in Action (NTA). NTA is a group with powerful, varied and collective experiences who strive to benefit the community through social interaction, education, wellness, safety and community service. They are sponsoring Promoting Health and Wellness for Students by working with the school district to provide personal products for Brunswick County children from families who are struggling to maintain themselves and their health. This ongoing need was relevant before the hurricane and is now even greater for all school-aged children. Various items are needed, including deodorant, hair picks and combs, lotion, body wash, shampoo, wipes, lip balm, sanitary pads and tampons, and underwear for males and females of all age groups. Drop-off boxes will be set up in the Fitness Center at Brunswick Forest located at 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland, from January 15 through February 28. For additional information about the project or to join the NTA, please send an email to

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North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Veterans Day Breakfast


On November 10 North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce honored veterans and active-duty military personnel with a free breakfast and community conversation with entertainment and door prizes. Many veterans and their guests attended the event at Leland Cultural Arts Center, where the veterans were honored and celebrated for their service to our country. The chamber thanks food sponsors McDonald’s and Cup of Joe as well as event sponsors Mulch & More, State Farm and Ganey Byrd & Dunn Insurance for helping to make this event possible.

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North Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s Juice Jive Java Gala

KCNB was able to match its share and donate a total of $650 to Brunswick Family Assistance for Hurricane Relief. Proceeds from the gala not only went toward hurricane relief but also to the many programs that the Kiwanis Club is involved in.

LCAC November Showcase Artists Leland Cultural Arts Center Gallery showcased twodimensional work by Judy Lewis and three-dimensional work by Jenny Colvard during the month of November. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Kiwanis Club of North Brunswick (KCNB) hosted its biggest fundraiser of the year on September 29. Each couple was given a professional and creative program designed by club member Karen Rodenheiser and six wine/beer tasting tickets each. ART Catering and Events of Shallotte provided delicious menu choices, and Sunset Beach’s Sea & Sand Band provided lively dance music. Calabash’s Unique Pairings, with their professional knowledge and wonderful wines and beers, was a welcome addition to the tasting table and donated 25% of its evening’s wine sales proceeds back to Kiwanis. Club members sold raffle tickets with six donated prizes. Winners included: Adventure Kayak Outing for 2 and Port of Call gift card of Southport - Patty Kelley; Thalian Hall Package for 4 and Tails Piano Bar gift card of Wilmington - Charky Armstrong; House of Pickleball Package and Cape Fear Seafood gift card - Mary J. Serris; 3-Hour Nature Tour for 6 by Anomaly Charters and Oliver’s Restaurant gift card - Peggy Baden; A Day on Bald Head Island Package for 6 and Delphina’s Seafood gift card - Donna Spinelli; and City Club Package for 2 of Wilmington- Sandy Rueda and Scott Whyte. Warren Hodges won the wine and cheese basket provided by Unique Pairings. The 50/50 winners were Joe & Linda Policicchio. As a result,


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Wilmington Choral Society Fall Concert and Annual Youth Scholarship Competition On December 13 the Wilmington Choral Society opened its 68th season with some of the best-known and best-loved spirituals in a program titled “I’m Gonna Sing! A Celebration of Gospel.” The soulful concert was performed in the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College. The hundred-voice chorus sang such notable gospel favorites as “I’m Gonna Sing (’Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart),” and “Elijah Rock,” as well as holiday classics such as “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Mary Had a Baby” to help celebrate the season. Now in their fourth year as Resident Performers at the Wilson Center, the Wilmington Choral Society is directed by Paula Brinkman and accompanied by pianist Byron Marshall. Stepping into the solo spotlight as featured guest soprano was Denise Murchison Payton, Director of Choral Activities at Fayetteville State University. Dr. Payton filled the Wilson Center with her magnificent voice. Tickets were $16-$20. Audience members were also encouraged to bring a donation or non-perishable food item to the concert to be delivered to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Food Pantry.

Cape Fear Memorial Foundation Awards Grant to CIS Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) has received a grant award from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation in


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Wilmington to support its work with at-risk students through the CIS Action for Success Program. Funding supports the work of CIS Success Coaches in four Brunswick County middle schools, Waccamaw School (K-8) and Supply Elementary. Success Coaches work one-on-one and in small groups during the school day with students identified as needing additional support to be successful in school. Interventions are individualized and focus on academic, behavior, attendance and social-emotional learning goals. Case management, tutoring, social-emotional learning groups, truancy and behavior interventions are provided along with helping meet students’ basic needs for food, clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies. In the 2017/2018 school year, 352 students received one or more of these services, resulting in 99% of the students being successfully promoted to the next grade at the end of the school year. Cape Fear Memorial Foundation has graciously supported CIS in previous years as well, providing funding that has been critical to ensuring the consistent presence of the Action for Success Program to support students in our local schools. Cape Fear Memorial Foundation has been funding community programs since 1996. Its mission is to support not-for-profit organizations providing services that improve the health and wellness of the people of southeastern North Carolina. CIS thanks the foundation for its support again this year.

Town of Belville Fundraiser for Detective Ronald Clarke The Town of Belville recently took in donations for the family of Detective Ronald Clarke. Detective Clarke is a deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and his family lost all of their possessions during Hurricane Florence. Mayor Mike Allen and Commissioner David Long led the charge to assist this family during their time of need by asking for donations to be dropped off at Belville Town Hall. Some items collected were household items, school supplies for his kids, and hygiene products.

Brunswick Town State Historic Site Remained Closed Through Mid-November

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Port City Shakedown played live in Leland Municipal Park as part of the free Live at the Park concert series. Port City Shakedown played crowd-pleasing Motown, soul, funk, top 40 and old-school hip-hop in a set designed to get the crowd moving. The La Bella Airosa food truck was on site selling food.

Bradley Carter at LCAC The Art League of Leland (ALL) presented award-winning artist Bradley Carter on November 15 from 4 to 6 pm at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. He was also the featured speaker at the ALL November meeting.


Leland Cultural Art Center held its Holiday Art Market on December 1. More than 30 local art vendors sold holiday gifts and decor from 10 am to 3 pm. Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center offered gift-wrapping services.

Due to damage from Hurricane Florence, Brunswick Town/ Fort Anderson State Historic Site remained closed through mid-November. The site grounds sustained heavy damage, making conditions unsafe for the public to visit. The Visitor Center sustained some damage, but all artifacts and exhibits have been evaluated and secured. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is administered by the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

NBHS Theater Arts Department Honored North Brunswick High School’s Theater Arts department and the cast of The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeline George were honored at the 2018 NCTC High School Play Festival, nicknamed the “State Football Championships of Theatre.” The awards ceremony took place on October 26 and 27. Professional actors and directors watched each show and gave thoughtful feedback to the students, encouraging further growth. The adjudicators honored the NBHS Scorpions with a Superior Rating (the first time in school history that they were awarded a Superior); the Festival Spirit Award; the Barbizon Excellence in Design and Production: Stage Management — Sara Polon; and Excellence in Acting —Trenedy Merrick.

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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Kids Expo

and several staff members plus tremendous support from the surrounding communities. This event has provided more than $12,000 dollars toward weekend nutrition for youngsters over the past six years. Special thanks to Brunswick Bowling Center owner Travis Williams and staff for their generous contributions and assistance.

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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a Tri-Chamber collaboration of the Building Brunsco Kids Expo. The Brunswick County Chamber piloted the Building Brunsco Kids Expo on August 25 after eight months of planning and preparation. A pop-up shop for youth ages seven to 18, the event is modeled after a business expo in which the youth vendors sell their product or service. The inaugural event in Calabash introduced 33 young entrepreneurs selling from 25 booths.. Approximately 300 people attended, shopping and sharing in the excited energy of the day. Attendees raved about the variety and quality of products, eye-catching displays and customer service skills of the vendors. As a one-time event it was clearly a success, creating a building block for which a county-wide program could take shape. While each chamber will be responsible for one event in 2019, the chambers will work together to market and promote each location, share resources and take a collective approach on continued development of the Expo and cultivation of future young leadership programs.

Waterford Businesses Support Brunswick Family Assistance Businesses within Waterford met at 4 Ever 24 Fit on October 24 in an effort to raise funds and donations for Brunswick Family Assistance. Appetizers and beverages were offered, and live music was provided by No Matter What. Prizes were also raffled.

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WPLB’s Annual Membership Meeting on October 25 was a great success. Members and guests shared a lovely evening celebrating the volunteer success from the previous year and making plans for the future. They heard personal success stories from five incredible scholarship recipients who are receiving financial support for tuition and fees thanks to the generosity and WPLB membership dues. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

On October 27 members of Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron #503, Calabash NC, celebrated the 12th semiannual Book Bag Buddy backpack bowling fundraiser at Brunswick Bowling Center in Shallotte. Joining SAL and helping to make this endeavor a huge success were Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Principal Alicia Williams

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) lost its office in the hurricane. The building is structurally unsound and has to be demolished. As this was in-kind office space, CIS now must rent office space, an unbudgeted expense. Additionally, CIS also lost the majority of their office equipment and all of their office furniture (desks, chairs, printers, file cabinets, staplers, everything). As such, they are respectfully reaching out to seek the community’s help in securing the equipment needed to set up operations in their new rental space. The goal is to reduce the negative financial impact of this situation so it does not affect the CIS commitment to work with students and families. If you are able to assist or make a connection to someone who can assist, please email:

Awarding the scholarships to these deserving students is one of the intrinsic rewards that comes with the $100 membership fee. The membership fee has helped 36 students to achieve their dreams. Since 2011, $37,248 in scholarships has been awarded. While all the students had different stories, a common theme prevailed: building a better future for themselves and their families.

Public Meeting Held to Discuss Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp-Navassa Superfund Site The public was invited to a public information meeting for the KerrMcGee Chemical Corp-Navassa Superfund Site on November 8. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Multistate Environmental Response Trust groups were on site at the Navassa Community Center. Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the Multistate Trust were present to offer site updates and answer questions. Topics discussed were Hurricane Florence’s impact on the site, environmental investigations, field activities in 2018 and possible remediation options.

Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 Farmers affected by Hurricane Florence are able to sign up for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. The program directly assists farmers who suffered losses to commodities planted but not harvested before September 13 and livestock. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the program, and assistance will be dependent upon funding from the General Assembly. Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are estimated at $1.1 billion and are expected to grow. More than half the state’s 100 counties have received a Presidential-disaster declaration.

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Kent & Co. Boutique......................................................................910-399-4425 98

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Lancaster Tree Service...............................................................910-515-8538 14

Aesthetic Dentistry........................................................................910-371-5965 21

Legacy Homes by Bill Clark.......................................................910-363-1682 27

American Mini Storage............................................................. 910-383-6500 37

Leland Ace Hardware..................................................................910-383-6688 64

Art Catering & Events.................................................................910-755-6642 71

Leland Christian Academy.......................................................910-371-0688 98

Arthur Rutenberg Homes........................................................ 910-707-3679 7 Leland Veterinary Hospital...................................................... 910-371-3440 71 ATMC.......................................................................................................844-755-1814 119

Local’s Tavern...................................................................................910-769-1289

Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery....................................910-769-1605 74

Logan Homes................................................................................. 800-761-4707 38

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BenchMark Physical Therapy................................................910-399-4039 108

Luxe Home Interiors Waterford...........................................910-371-0464 40

Bianchi Brickyard Supply...........................................................910-454-4445 85

McPherson’s Acme General..................................................910-655-4006 69

Bill Clark Homes.............................................................................. 910-350-1744 26

Miller & Associates Family Dentistry..................................910-371-9444 79

BlueWave Dentistry.......................................................................910-383-2615

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Mr. Appliance.......................................................................................910-796-1118 98

Boys & Girls Homes of NC..........................................................877-211-5322 102

New Hanover Regional Medical Center.......................... 910-342-3400 BC

Bring It! Downtown.................................................................................................... 28 Brodee Dogs.......................................................................................910-523-5121 95

NHRMC Physician Group New Hanover Medical Group.................................................. 910-254-1033 4

Brunswick County Dept. of Social Services......................910-253-2112 116

Niche. Décor & Gifts.....................................................................910-769-8839 80

Brunswick Forest............................................................................910-371-2434 15

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce..................... 910-383-0553 69

Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital...............................910-777-2107 77

North Brunswick Chiropractic ................................................910-371-1200 106

Brunswick Organizing Solutions...........................................910-477-3768 95

Novant Health...................................................................................910-754-5988 11

C&J Cleaning...................................................................................910-383-0057 62

PC Solutions.......................................................................................910-371-5999 37

CAMS.....................................................................................................877-672-2267 22

Pinnacle Storage ...........................................................................910-408-1394 52, 100 & 101

Cape Fear Seafood Company.................................................910-399-6739 57

PODS....................................................................................................910-452-0322 115

Capeside Animal Hospital.........................................................910-383-2100 119

Port City Java ..................................................................................910-383-2429 85

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Port City Outdoors........................................................................910-795-9352

Carolinas Oral and Facial Surgery.........................................910-762-2618 12

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Curley Implants & General Dentistry.................................910-463-2267 IFC

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Darby Home Inspection.............................................................. 910-777-3232 71

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar.........................................................910-221-5522

Dead Crow Comedy......................................................................910-399-1492 96

Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q............................................ 910-371-6900 24

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Farm Bureau Insurance.................................................................. 910-371-2111 77

Sweyer Property Management.............................................910-256-3031 111

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The Bluffs..........................................................................................866-383-2820 32

Four Seasons Dry Cleaners......................................................910-859-8394 111

The Second Glass...........................................................................910-399-7486 23

Franklin Rouse - State Farm Insurance..............................910-371-5446 102

The Winds......................................................................................... 800-334-3581 74

Ganey Byrd Dunn Insurance Group.......................................910-371-1988 62

Tina Lee Massage Therapist & Health Coach.................910-233-5615 95

Harrington Village Apartments.............................................910-408-1644

Tropical Smoothie Café...............................................................910-765-1144

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Holmes Security Systems..........................................................910-793-4181 115

Troy Williamson - On Q Financial..........................................910-262-2613 72

Hughes & Hughes Nursery...................................................... 910-287-3810 28

Trusst Builder Group..................................................................910-371-0304 29

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries........................................910-371-2707 108

Turf Medic...........................................................................................910-769-2818 72

Intracoastal Realty Corporation............................................910-256-4503 19

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J & K Home Furnishings............................................................ 843-249-1882

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This is not intended to be an offer nor solicitation to sell or buy real estate in Compass Pointe by residents of Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, or Oregon, or in any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. Obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. *Some restrictions may apply. Call for details. An offering statement has been filed with the Department of State of the State of New York. A copy of the offering statement is available, upon request, from the subdivider. The filing of the verified statement and offering statement with the Department of State of the State of New York does not constitute approval of the sale or lease or offer for sale or lease by the Department of State or any officer thereof, 122 orNorth Brunswick that the Department of State has inMagazine any way passed upon the merits of such offering. Š 2018

The Grand Lanai at Compass Pointe

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