Business

Jun 7


Dare County Tourism Board Recap | May 2023

Lee Nettles, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau recounts highlights from the May 2023 meeting of the Dare County Tourism Board. Full story


Business in a Minute with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

The Outer Banks Chamber is always working to create a strong business economy for our region. Advocating for solutions to our housing crisis, transportation issues, workforce challenges, and more, we are here for our community. The Chamber understands the challenge of finding and retaining a strong workforce. The following article may hold tips and ideas you can use. Full story


Howard Hanna Outer Banks Realty merges with Coastal NC Realty Group 

Together with Michael and Stacy Siers, co-owners of Howard Hanna Outer Banks Realty, Tom Schoeller, Senior VP of Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions at Howard Hanna, is pleased to announce their merger today… Full story


Where will Outer Banks tourism be in a decade?

‘Long-Range Tourism Management Plan’ looks ahead 10 years
By Corinne Saunders | Outer Banks Voice
After considering global tourism trends and garnering local input, a consulting firm working with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau presented a “Long-Range Tourism Management Plan” on the evening of May 24 at the Ramada Plaza Oceanfront in Kill Devil Hills. Full story


Andy Howell proves you can go home again

Skateboarder, surfer, entrepreneur brings his Ghost Ship to OBX
Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
When Andy Howell, professional skateboarder turned lifestyle and technology entrepreneur moved to the Outer Banks in early 2021, it was not a move he had planned. Full story


More summer worker woes predicted on OBX

Lack of housing cited as key reason for the shortage
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
As the calendar closes in on the summer season, local business owners are expressing concern that the chronic staffing shortages that have plagued the Outer Banks for the past few visitor seasons will continue to affect customer service, hours of operation and revenues. Full story


Dare Board removes 22 zoning districts from cluster home ordinance

By Corinne Saunders | Outer Banks Voice
The Dare County Board of Commissioners approved a zoning text amendment removing 22 zoning districts from the county’s cluster home development ordinance by a unanimous 5-0 vote during its May 17 special meeting. Full story


Leadership OBX Now Accepting Application for 2023-2024 program

Leadership OBX, a professional development program of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2023-2024. Full story


Wawa begins construction on first NC store

The OBX becomes a hot spot for convenience store expansion By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice With shovels tossing sand from a pile of dirt and a blast of confetti, the first Wawa convenience store in North Carolina broke ground for construction on May 12. Full story


Nuts & Buds Celebrates Successful Grand Reopening in New Location

Nuts & Buds, a family-owned business, and the retail and online store for G. Ryan Howell Farms, celebrated a successful grand reopening at their new location on April 20, 2023. Full story


Surf or Sound Realty Expands Across Hatteras Island

Surf or Sound Realty announces the opening of its third office on Hatteras Island. Full story


Jolly Roger to be featured on America’s Best Restaurants

Local restaurant Jolly Roger will be hosting a visit from America’s Best Restaurants (ABR) in mid-May 2023.  Full story


Dare Board approves Wanchese cluster home permit

Hearing set for May 17 to potentially amend cluster home ordinance By Corinne Saunders | Outer Banks Voice At its May 1 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the special use permit application for “The Villages at Old Wharf Road” in Wanchese, a 60-unit cluster home development project that has drawn vocal opposition from the Wanchese community. Full story


Thai Room Restaurant Owners Establish the Tawan Endowment for the Outer Banks at OBCF

The Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) is pleased to announce a new endowment to support Outer Banks youth and other causes has been established by Thai Room Restaurant owners Scott and Lakkana (Pai) Ngeonjuklin. Full story


The e-bike revolution hits the Outer Banks

A machine for ‘the most athletic person and the most lazy person’ By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice Chip Cowan of Outer Banks Bicycle in Kill Devil Hills was definitely not an e-bike guy. Full story


Pioneer Theater to open May 20 with MMS athletic awards event

Venue to host everything from classic movies to comedy, from music to talent shows
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
The owners of the recently acquired Pioneer Theater have been hard at work remodeling the historic theater, as evidenced by the 40’s style marquee laid out across the front of the building. And the community will not have to wait much longer for the doors to open. Full story


KDH Board expands use of Accessory Dwelling Units

Town officials say effort designed to combat local housing shortage By Corinne Saunders | Outer Banks Voice The Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners adopted two zoning amendments at its April 26 meeting that Town officials say are designed to create more year-round housing opportunities. Full story


Royal Farms to open doors in Grandy on May 1

On the same week that the convenience store chain Wawa announced a May 12 groundbreaking in Kill Devil Hills, Royal Farms released more information about its May 1 opening in Grandy. Full story


‘Business in a Minute’ with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

The Outer Banks Chamber is always working to create a strong business economy for our region. Advocating for solutions to our housing crisis, transportation issues, workforce challenges, and more, we are here for our community. The Chamber understands the challenge of finding and retaining a strong workforce. The following article may hold tips and ideas you can use. Full story


Inside a trailer, students train for good jobs

The Be Pro Be Proud initiative comes to Dare’s COA campus
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
It’s the morning of Monday, April 24 and there’s about 30 Manteo Middle school students in the Be Pro Be Proud trailer parked on the College of the Albemarle (COA) Dare County campus. The kids are really excited—and perhaps the best way to describe it is as organized mayhem. Full story