Friday, 30 July 2021 18:37


After visiting the 8th most acclaimed ice cream parlor in the United States (NBC Today Show), walk up a few steps to their Gift Gallery, unlike any other because Squigley's Gift Store is not a typical beach towel, tee shirt, sand toy, me-too knick-knack shop. Instead, you'll find nautical, non-nautical, personal, home décor, gifts at all possible price ranges appropriate for any location in the world. Cost values?? It will beat Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach gift stores along with an item selection assortment in the thousands.

Owners, Ann and Joe, are locals who for 27 years have offered an unparalleled level of service and impeccable selections of jewelry, clothing, home décor, military items and million year old fossils including Megalodon teeth.

In addition, Squigley's also offers both fashion and fine jewelry such as Larimar designed by an artist who did work for Oscar de la Renta, also from the Dominican Republic where this increasingly rare stone is only found. Add Brazilian Amethyst, Rainbow Quartz, Baltic Amber, Chilean Lapis Lazuli, USA Turquoise and much, much more. Squigley's also has hundreds of toys, jewelry, stuffed animals, etc. for younger children and a large assortment of rings for men.

As customers weave around this 1930's building, they joyously find both handmade and manufactured goods from all over the world that cannot be found anywhere else. Ann & Joe spend five months every year traveling to mountain dwelling crafters, large and small gift shows, antique shops and jewelry shows.

Being in business near three decades, Squigley's access to USA and overseas shopping, in about 60 countries so far, allows them to find and offer unique items at lower than normal prices even on upscale products. People from Arizona buy their turquoise at lower prices than at home. This past week a Russian lady purchased a lamp at half the price of the city where she lives. Larimar at Squigley's is less expensive than the islands of the Caribbean.

The selection and pricing at Squigley's are chosen to appeal to the fixed incomes of many tourists as well as those stationed at Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune. Squigley's Gift Gallery enjoys being a fun-filled, family destination and veteran owned business that is also unique in that ice creams ordered downstairs are hand delivered to customers upstairs and you can enjoy it while you shop.

Just in case you've forgotten, or have never visited, here are a few more items available at Squigley's Gift Gallery: handmade ornamental guitars, Marilyn Monroe art, scores of signs, ranging from a few inches square to six feet long, garden statues, handbags, door carpets, furniture throws, mood lights, glassware, crystal, ornaments, hand lotions, incense, children's books, dream catchers in all sizes, bar items, chimes, wall décor of all types that you couldn't imagine.

As you stroll out of the ice cream parlor with one of the over 4,000 flavors, and then visit the unique gift store , we hope you enjoy a memorable time in this one-stop diverse destination with a character you won't find anywhere else. ENJOY!



Carolina Signcraft is a brand new sign and graphics company located here on the Island at 1311 Bridge Barrier Rd., formerly Max’s Barber Shop (Next door to RW Mason Roofing) with an opening date of July 15th, 2021. 25 Years of experience in the industry allows us to provide expert knowledge and craftsmanship for any size job whether that be a monument sign, a small decal, or anything in between. With a focus on design quality and customer service, Carolina Signcraft is truly your last stop in the hunt for signs and graphics of any kind. Carolina Signcraft’s daily operations is operated by Mark Amlotte and Hannah Gausepohl. Mark is an experienced Graphic Designer and Sign Maker with experience beginning in Fayetteville, NC in 1993 . Mark has an education from Art Institute of Atlanta as well as 20 years of sign making experience in the greater Atlanta area. For the last few years Mark was the Lead Designer for A Sign From Above in Wilmington, NC and was recently given the opportunity to open this sign company with the huge help of Ryland and Missy Mason of RW Mason Roofing and Adrian Palacios of Unique Construction Concepts. Our shop will be specializing in a wide variety of sign and graphic services, including vehicle graphics, boat graphics, storefront signage, banners, real estate signs, street signs, routed signs and logo design. We use only trusted vendors and products with an established brand name in the sign industry to bring you a high quality product at a competitive price that is comparable to other shops in the Wilmington area without having to go over the bridge. We look forward to creating and cultivating a great relationship with everyone on the Island and beyond. Feel free to contact us at 910-253-4723 or 910-423-7949. We can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our website, carolinasigncraft.com should be viewable by the end of the month. We will also have a social media presence on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok if you would like to follow our work or take a look into the magic that is Carolina Signcraft. Come stop by and check us out, we would love to meet you. We’ll be “Bringing Ideas to Life” 8:30 - 5:00 Monday through Friday.

Whether it is contemporary, sophisticated, traditional, or very simple, Prestige Pools will transform your yard into a graceful flowing entertainment center for everyone to enjoy. “It is our belief that swimming pools should be fun and trouble free. Custom design accompanied by quality engineering, has led Prestige Pools to the cutting edge of technology. Nothing is better for the soul than the sound and feel of fresh sparkling water. Relax and relieve all that tension from our fast-paced society. A pool brings family and friends together and will give you and your family the rest and recreation that you need to be happy. Your backyard paradise is closer than you think. Now is the time to savor the pure joy and gratification that comes with owning a pool.” Prestige Pools of Wilmington Inc. has been building in-ground swimming pools in New Hanover County since we were established in 1999. We've successfully enhanced the backyards of our 800+ clients in New Hanover County since 1999. “We offer high quality energy efficient pools, spas, pump systems constructed with the most state-of-the-art techniques in the industry. Prestige Pools of Wilmington operates under a licensed General Contractor, certified Pool & Spa operator, and SP-SP Electrical Contractor and owns all of our pool building equipment. We are composed of a select team of licensed pool builders, electricians, masons, carpenters and landscapers to provide backyard options tailored to your lifestyle. We offer energy efficient in-ground pools, spas, hot tubs, tanning ledges, retaining walls, boulders, waterfall features, colored/ stamped concrete. We provide avenues for fencing, landscape design, fully automated LED accent lighting, heater systems, and spa controlled right from your hand-held device!” You can count on Prestige Pools of Wilmington to handle the plans, permits and inspections from start to finish and you can rely on us for a beautiful and reliable backyard retreat! “We stand behind our work and we are recognized as leaders in pool construction and services supporting our projects!” Prestige Pools is located at 5307 South College Road at Monkey Junction, Wilmington and can be reached by calling (910)509-2370. Visit them online atwww.prestigepoolsofwilmington.com, there you will find testimonials, pool options and even a “Residential Pool Pump Savings Calculator!” Celebrate our 22nd year in New Hanover County! Together we can build the backyard getaway that you have always dreamed of! 


The Island Cottage is a unique store that sells a variety of items from clothing to knick-knacks. The items in the store all have been donated through the generosity of the area residents. Take a moment and stop in to see what they have to offer, you might find that item that you have been looking for at a reasonable price. Items are coming in all the time. The premise of the store is that it solely supports the Carolina Beach Help Center. The Cottage was established to aid the center. The organization that they aid is the Help Center. The center provides assistance to those who are in need of food, clothing or other help in the Pleasure Island area. A person would need to go to the Help Center first, fill out a form to see what they would qualify for, the food is given there at the center, but a voucher is given if you are in need of clothing or kitchenware, etc. You would take that voucher to the Cottage and get what you qualify for by using the voucher for your purchase. The hours of the Help Center are 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and located at the corner of 4th Street and Raleigh Avenue in Carolina Beach.

The Cottage runs on limited funds, but get donations through the area churches, private donations and fundraisers. So, if you have items or clothing that is not being used, why not donate them to Island Cottage, you are helping other people out with your generosity, plus cleaning out your closet and cupboards. The staff will supply a tax receipt if you need one, you would fill out the form as to what you brought in and they will sign it give you a copy and they will keep a copy.
Any clothing that is stained or not usable to resale, are given to someone who will give them to those in need, nothing that comes into the store will go to waste. Island Cottage is at 1313 Bridge Barrier Road, and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can drop off any donations any time during store hours. Items that they accept are clothing, kitchen items, linens, knick-knacks, lotions and hair products not opened jewelry and small appliances. They serve everyone, no one is turned away.

“At Squigley's, with their proprietary machines, they take real dairy ice cream and premium ingredients of the customers choice, to make over 4,000 custom flavors on the spot. The customers choices are mixed with an auger, crushed, chopped, mixed, and remixed so that the juice, natural flavors, and ingredients are dispensed throughout. This is done with frozen fruits, candies, nuts, cookies, cakes, pies, etc that have not been precrushed (lost flavor). The resultant product emerges from the mixing of the machine cone as the most flavor enhanced ice cream you have ever enjoyed!!!

If you are a first-time patron or returning regular, Squigley’s® invites you to look around and let your eyes capture the largest, publically displayed historical collection of local postcards, all originals just like their service and menu choices! Squigley’s® founders/ owners Ann and Joe have enjoyed many accolades and earned a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Facebook plus posted awards from others.

The Squigley’s® land was originally owned by the founding families of the Island; the Winner’s, Freeman’s and others starting in the 1800’s and continuing to the present building of the 1930’s. Ann and Joe purchased the property to start an ice cream parlor and gift shop (upstairs off the deck) without having either retail experience in any field or ever working in an ice cream shop. Our customers, our employees and our products made us successful – in that order!

Squigley’s® takes pride in all of its products! Squigley’s® serves “REAL” Ice Cream derived from cows. Other products are frozen desserts, not REAL ice cream. Some are made with industrial powders, some were developed in Italy in the 1500’s and are still fighting to beat the dominant natural cow based product 87% of Americans enjoy.

Squigley’s® combinations, in addition to notating 32 flavors produced by multiple dairies, are made from REAL ice cream combined with the customers choice of 2 or 3 additives chosen from 35 possibilities. For example candies, pies, cookies, nuts, fresh fruits, cakes and crackers. Add up to about a dozen toppings and VOILA! YOU have our famous custom made, ice cream your way SQUIGLEY®!

Squigley’s®, with unyielding enthusiasm, established goals of uncompromising quality and service, backed up with the utmost concern and attention in the preparation of all they serve. Lastly but not to be missed, is the Squigley’s® Gift Gallery above the Ice Cream Parlor and reached by walking up the outside steps off the lower deck where you will find both more seating and tables and a four-room, jammed packed Gift Store second to none!

Whether you are looking for colorful costume or precious metal jewelry stones set in Sterling Silver, Gold, Lapis, Opal or others, there is one store on Pleasure Island where you can find it – and much more! Squigley’s® Gift Gallery, once a 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Kitchen and living room residence is now, some say, “The Best Gift Shop on the Island!”

Customers must weave around Home Décor, childrens (of all ages) jewelry, toys, decor, signs, patriotic symbols of democracy, women’s, children and adult clothing articles including both hand made and manufactured. Add dining room table goodies, exotic beta fish bowls, ornaments, magnets, Megalodon teeth, alligator jaw knives, and many more fossilized specimens to sunglasses, scores of marine animal reproductions, crafter items from numerous Countries worldwide and found no where else!

Ann and Joe’s Family’s key to staying in business over almost 3 decades is a selection of unique items at lower than normal prices even on upscale products. They tried to remember that local Army, Coast Guard and Marine bases are filled with fixed income families serving our country. Squigley’s® Gift Gallery remains a fun-filled, free to look, family owned business that’s not just a retailer but an entertaining attraction as well. While its impossible to make everyone happy all the time, Squigley’s® comes pretty close!

Squigley’s® uses fresh frozen fruits, a big hit with customers. Many people think fresh produce is always the best choice, however, transportation causes them to lose nutrients and they break down further on the shelves or in the refrigerator. Fresh, frozen fruits, as Squigley’s® uses undergo the blanching and freezing process when they are the freshest helping to preserve nutrients. It’s like what Alpo® is to filet mignon – a cheap lesser substitute. The same dangers occur with ice cream, frozen with liquid nitrogen.  A woman in Lancaster England lost her stomach to an operation after drinking Jägermeister that was made with liquid nitrogen. Please stick with ice cream made simply from dairy cows.

In summary Squigley’s® is a character building enterprise. It exhibits mental and moral qualities of its nature, personality, temperament and disposition, Squigley’s® defines the type and character you wish of your family; strong values, strong moral strength and a great regard for its customers, products and services. Live it, enjoy it, visit Squigley’s® often for an enjoyable addition to your Spring, Summer and Fall.”

Squigley’s® Shoppes are located at 208 South Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach and can be reached by calling (910)458-8779, you can follow them on Facebook or visit their website at www.squigleysicecream.com




PLEASURE ISLAND, NC — The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, which serves Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Ft. Fisher and southern New Hanover County, has announced that it will host the 35th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, August 14 in Carolina Beach, NC. The festival is an all-day event that takes place on and around the beach in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, with bands performing on the boardwalk’s oceanfront stage.

            Headliners for this year’s Festival include Jim Quick and Coastline, The Band of Oz and Blackwater Rhythm and Blues. Advance tickets go on sale on Monday, May 3 for $35 each at the Chamber offices, at various retailers and on Eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available on the day of the Festival for $40 each. Festival patrons may bring their own chairs, coolers and food onto the beach to enjoy throughout the day.

            “The Carolina Beach Music Festival is the longest running beach music festival in the United States that is still held on the beach,” said Lynn Halterman, Chair Emeritus of the Chamber Board and Chair of this year’s Tourism Committee. “It’s a truly unique event that draws beach music enthusiasts from up and down the East Coast who get to enjoy a day of great music, shag dancing and the very best that Pleasure Island has to offer. We had to cancel the Beach Music Festival last year due to Covid so we’re anticipating even greater interest in this year’s event. We’re hoping for attendance of 2,500, if not more.”


            Jim Quick and Coastline, like their namesake the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, have been traveling the tracks of the southeast and connecting with loyal fans for more than 25 years. The band pulls from Soul, Blues, R&B, and Americana to create their own genre of music known as Swamp Soul. Front man Jim Quick and his band maintain an average of 250 tour dates per year and are best known for capturing the spirit of musical traditions born and bred in small town Americana.

            The Band of Oz originated in Eastern North Carolina in 1967 as a part-time band playing frat parties and high school proms across the south. Ten years later in 1977, the band went on the road full time. Since then, the Band of Oz has made an exceptional name for itself and has performed at top venues and Beach Music Festivals throughout the southeast. Today’s Band of Oz features 8 members, a full horn section and performs more than 200 shows per year.

            Based out of Clarkton, NC, Blackwater Rhythm and Blues is well known for its high-energy live performances and its dedication to Beach Music, Blues and Funk. This 8-member band is comprised of talented and varied musicians and together they perform about 100 shows per year. The band’s song Dance Tonight reached No. 1 on the Beach Music Top 40 in 2015.

            On the day of the Festival, the gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and the bands will begin to perform at 11:00 a.m. Corporate sponsorships are available ranging from $500 to $7500.

            Founded more than 75 years ago, Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is the oldest business organization on Pleasure Island. For additional information, visitpleasureislandnc.org.

This past Tuesday the Town of Carolina Beach held their regular monthly meeting. With the latest removal of a heritage tree at 202 Ocean Boulevard and many lots being completely clear cut tree preservation was the hot topic. Several residents approached council urging for some sort tree preservation or native planting ordinance in residential and commercial properties also adding they would like council to send out a resolution opposing HB 496 that would prohibit local governments from adopting ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property without the General Assembly's express authorization.

Council voted unanimously to pass RESOLUTION NO. 21-2239, “Town of Carolina Beach Resolution for Accepting American Rescue Plan Act Funds WHEREAS, the Town of Carolina Beach is eligible for funding from the Coronavirus State and

Local Fiscal Recovery Funds of H.R. 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (CSLRF).

WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly will provide for the distribution of funds to eligible North Carolina municipalities; and

WHEREAS, before receiving a payment, the Town Council is required to formally accept the CSLRF funds;

WHEREAS, revenue received under the CSLRF must only be spent for purposes authorized by the CSLRF, and applicable regulations, and by state law;

WHEREAS, revenue received under the CSLRF must be accounted for in a separate fund and not co-mingled with other revenue for accounting purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Carolina Beach must comply with all applicable budgeting, accounting, contracting, reporting, and other compliance requirements for CSLRF funds.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Carolina Beach that we do hereby accept and request CSLRF funding to be distributed by the State of North Carolina; and that the Town of Carolina Beach affirms that the CSLRF revenue will only be used for the purposes prescribed in the CSLRF, and in US Treasury guidance in 31 CFR, Part 35, and any applicable regulations, and in accordance with state law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Council of the Town of Carolina Beach designates and directs the [Town Manager/Town Attorney/Mayor/Town Finance Officer] to take all actions necessary on behalf of the town council to receive the CSLRF funds.”

Friday, 30 July 2021 18:21

Aunt Annie’s Community Garden

When Kelly and Terry Wyckoff purchased the lot at 209 Peninsula Drive in Carolina Beach this past March Kelly knew she would start a community garden. Since then she has the not for profit, Aunt Annie’s Community Garden open to anyone in the neighborhood who is interested in spending some time getting their hands dirty. The garden was named after Kelly’s great Aunt installed and tended a garden that was several blocks in size in West Virginia. She was a Croatian immigrant that took care of family, all the while gardening, baking fresh bread and stoking a coal burning furnace. Her grape arbor yielded enough fruit for her to produce some of the most sought after wine in the neighborhood! 

It is in her memory Kelly hopes to provide the same for her community. While you are there she encourages anyone to enjoy the tree swing that overlooks Otter Creek or grab a book from the newly installed “Little Free Library” that was dedicated in memory of the recent passing of her mother. The Wyckoff Family embodies the loving Pleasure Island Community by sharing their love of gardening and literature with their neighbors.

Want to know more? Follow “Aunt Annie’s Community Garden” on facebook @AuntAnniesCG





Carolina Beach -NC—A Carolina Beach Centennial Committee is pleased to announce they have approved the mission statement which will be used as a guide to create and execute a meaningful Centennial program for residence, visitors and businesses When the incorporated town celebrate it 100th birthday in 2025. 

The mission of the centennial celebration is to honor the past and present a Carolina Beach and to inspire it continued growth and prosperity into the next century. 

The tagline, “Waves of the past carried on the tide of tomorrow” Will also be incorporated throughout the Centennial program. 

The Carolina Beach Centennial Committee serves as an ad hoc committee and includes residents who currently participate on various committees, nonprofit and other organizations in Carolina Beach. Members include: Jennah Bosch, Sharon Carlson, Ryan Cavanaugh, Elaine Henson, Christine Higgins, Alannah Keeler, Deborah LeCompte, Maureen Lewis, Vincent Losito, Sheila Marshall, Frances Massey, Jasmine McKee, LeeAnn Tluchowski Piccinin, Fire chief Alan Griffin and Council member Lynn Barbee. 

Carolina Beach has two centennial dates. March 6, 1925 is the date and corporation was introduced in the house and went through channels until being ratified by the Senate and sent to the secretary of state. September 5 which is the Friday after Labor Day Monday (9/1/25) when the officials were sworn into office.

The Centennial Committee will make a presentation to the town Council in the fall and recommend that the celebration commences on the weekend of March 7, 2025 and concludes the Centennial Celebration On the weekend of September 7, 2025. Events and projects are being discussed that will engage the community and incorporate opportunities for learning more about past leaders and events that are shaped the town.

The first committee activities include a centennial logo contest for both adults and children, a dedicated social media page and additional information on the Town of Carolina Beach’s website all launch in early fall 2021. 

Committee chair Maureen Lewis explains, “A grand scale celebration takes time, planning, money and much effort from volunteers. We all believe therefore your planning cycle is the right amount of time to garner support from leader ship, the community, town staff and will allow for successful fundraising to support planned activities. We have an extremely passionate and talented team that is excited for an opportunity to create something special. Our goal is to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to participate and enjoy the variety of programs and events celebrating Carolina Beach’s 100th birthday.”


Carolina Beach Lake has been hosting an unusual guest, the Roseate Spoonbill! Common in coastal Florida, Texas, and southwest Louisiana, they are usually in small flocks, often associating with other waders. Spoonbills feed in shallow waters, walking forward slowly while they swing their heads from side to side, sifting the muck with their wide flat bills and apparently has been enjoying its meals at the Lake. As of press time the Spoonbill had been spotted. 

Scientists believe that, like flamingos, the roseate spoonbill’s pink coloration is due to their diet of organisms containing carotene (an orange-yellow to red pigment) like shrimp.  The bird is the only spoonbill species that lives in the Western Hemisphere.

The Roseate Spoonbill is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act and as a State-designated Threatened species by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.







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