The Island Women will host their Flock of Food Trucks this Sunday August 29th at the Carolina Beach Lake from noon until 5:00pm. This fun-filled, family friendly, fundraiser that will include food trucks, live music from Bacon Grease and the Port City Shakedown, corn hole, 50/50 raffle, Beer and Wine and a Kidszone! Presale tickets are available at eventbrite.com, then search Island Women Flock of Food Truck.

Island Women is a non-profit community action organization open to all women interested in improving the amenities that Pleasure Island has to offer. As a diverse group of local women with many talents and resources, our objective is to enhance the quality of life on Pleasure Island for residents and guests. For more information follow the “Island Women on facebook or visit www.islandwomen.org!

Last week was Feel Good Friday coming from Ocean Cure! A friend of a friend of a friend let us know they were helping someone fulfill their Make-A-Wish request so we snuck down to the beach to capture it! If you need a reason to support Ocean Cure, well here ya go!

Ocean Cure is a 501c3 non-profit organization, led by Kevin Murphy, is dedicated to helping people through the healing powers of the ocean. Through surfing and paddle boarding, our highly qualified instructors help people gain confidence, freedom and a sense of normalcy. Each season the group maintains and installs about 50 yards of beach floor running from the north access to the south access of the boardwalk make the area ideal for wheelchair access. Learn more at ocean-cure.org. online at www.liferollson.org .

Upon finding out our friend Margaret Dowling would be retiring next June we knew it was the perfect time to sit down and chat about her over 20 year career with the Town of Carolina Beach. Of course sitting down meant meeting her at Mike Chappell Park while she finished installing the new and improved, teeter-totter!

Dowling currently is the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department’s “Park Maintenance Supervisor” and will pass the reigns on in June of next year. Dowling has not only been a town employee but also a valued community member. She’s volunteered her time and services for countless events and organizations including helping run PIRA’s weekly BINGO fundraiser for almost 15 years, has been an advocate for our seniors through the Katie B. Hines Senior Center since 2004 while also raising her sons in the Pleasure Island Community. Dowling has proven her inventive “do it all” skills throughout the years maintaining Carolina Beach’s recreation areas including the Lake, Mike Chappell Park and Bill McDonald Park. She redesigned the Rec Center into a winter wonderland this past Christmas and is the reason there are so many amazing decorations each season including Christmas by the Sea, Easter Extravaganza and the Halloween Carnival. Many of the town’

Her very first project after being hired was the Marina Project, she continued noting all the changes in Carolina Beach have been incredible throughout the years! The addition of a walkway around Lake Park, Snow’s Cut Bike Trail, the upgrades in park equipment, how much Mike Chappell Park had grown offering so many different amenities while pointing out which trees she had planted. When asked what project she was most proud of, Dowling led me to the skate park where a retaining wall has stood the test of time. She added I know it’s a small thing but this wall has done its job and is solid!

While retired Dowling plans to spend lots of time spoiling her grandson, Jacob and just spending more time with family. She will still do odd jobs for the Parks and Recreation Department stating, “I really enjoy doing the Boardwalk Fish Tiles and maintaining the beach wheelchairs and plan to keep doing so after I retire.”

Thursday, 26 August 2021 14:40

Top Ten Physical Therapy Facts

If you’ve been to physical therapy in the past, or if you’ve heard friends and family members share their stories, you may have an idea or two about who we are and what we do. Here are some fun facts about physical therapy that might surprise you!

10. Physical therapists hold advanced graduate degrees. Some therapists who have been in the field for a while might have a masters degrees, but the majority of those practicing today hold a doctorate degree.

9. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings. We can be found in just about every area of health care including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, schools, athletic training rooms, in-home care, research departments, and rehabilitation centers.

8. Physical therapy can be more effective than medication when it comes to managing pain. We specialize in exercises, manual techniques, and modalities that can reduce inflammation and improve function without those medication related side effects.

7. Physical therapists can treat vertigo. Dizzy spells that occur when you change positions, like sitting up or rolling over in bed, or looking side to side is known as positional vertigo. This is caused by problems with the inner ear.  As physical therapists, we are trained in evaluation and treatment techniques to reduce or clear dizziness.

6. Physical therapists can treat incontinence. Incontinence plagues both men and women. Sadly, many people learn to live with urinary incontinence despite effective exercises and treatment options available. This area of physical therapy is highly specialized, so check with your local PT clinic to find out which location provides these services.

5. Physical therapy isn’t always a “no pain, no gain” situation. Truth be told, physical therapy doesn’t always hurt, and pain doesn’t always lead to gain. For many conditions, the goal is to reduce pain with movement and allow for rest and recovery.

4. In North Carolina, you can see a physical therapist without a referral. We are what is known as a Direct Access state, meaning you can see a physical therapist without a referral from a doctor. Your insurance company may limit how many visits you can have before requiring a doctor’s order, but you can definitely get your first visit scheduled right away.

3. Not all PT clinics are the same. Many clinics still operate on a high volume model where therapists are juggling two or more patients at a time. There are a few clinics that use a one-on-one model, where patients and therapists work together for the entire treatment session. Consider which approach is right for you, and ask about the scheduling model before booking your appointment.

2. A physical therapist’s “massage” might not feel great. We use soft tissue mobilization to improve a muscle’s tone and mobility, and to release knots in the muscle known as trigger points. This is not the relaxing massage you receive at a spa.

1. Your home exercise program is key to success. Although we are highly trained and educated, we can’t do it alone. Physical therapy is physical! A few exercises in the clinic twice a week won’t get you to your goals quickly, so we need you to do your part at home. Teamwork between you and your PT will get you moving better, and living better faster!

Dr. Laurie Etherington, PT, DPT obtained her degree in 2004 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Carolina Beach Physical Therapy is a locally owned and independently operated small business, right here on Pleasure Island. Call us today at 910-636-3574 to schedule your appointment or visit us at carolinabeachpt.com to learn more about our services.


Thursday, 26 August 2021 14:40

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Thursday, 26 August 2021 14:38

New Businesses Coming to Carolina Beach

Last week at Carolina Beach’s Planning and Zoning meeting town staff updated everyone on a few new businesses coming to the Island. Bungalow by the Seas will be coming in at 807 North Lake Park Boulevard behind “Sumthin Beachie.” Salt and Palm will be coming in at the old Mermaid Castle location at 9 South Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. The popular shaved iced shop, Pelican’s SnoBall’s will open a location on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at the precious Go Sauce Yourself location. They are now hiring Staff and Shift Managers for our locations at 7617 Carolina Beach Rd. (Seabreeze), and Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Must be reliable, honest, friendly, outgoing and have reliable transportation. Minimum age is 15, business is open Monday to Saturday from noon to 9pm, Sunday from 1pm to 9pm. Actual work hours approx. 11:45am to 10pm. These are subject to change in peak/off-peak season. Must be available to work weekends and holidays. Follow them on Facebook for a complete list of details.

Strickland Builders has a new location at 1322 North Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. Owned by Martin Strickland who offers over 30 years if experience designing and building coastal dream homes. Island Oasis Spa and Salon recently changed their name and is located at 915 North Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. They offer wide array of services. Color, Cuts and Styling, Keratin and more. Go toIslandOasisSalon.com for booking and contacts!


Island Vibes is the areas newest smoke shop offering a huge selection of vaping products, cigars, gifts and more! If you are shopping premium cigars Island Vibes carries popular brands like  Padron, Arturo Fuente, Montecristo, Acid, Ashton, Alec Bradley, Camacho, H Upman, La Gloria, Tabak, Choiba and many more!  “Joint pain? Anxiety? Can't sleep? Creating Better Days is Nature's Remedy!! Find high quality CBD products at Island Vibes.

In recent times, more and more people are making the switch to electronic cigarettes to help them quit smoking. What is an electronic cigarette, you may ask? An electronic cigarette, or e-cig, is a battery-powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales. There's no fire, no ash and no lingering smoky smell. E-cigarettes do not contain all of the harmful chemicals and carcinogens associated with smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, such as carbon dioxide and tar. Tobacco cigarettes cause millions of deaths each year and e-cigs are considered a healthier alternative. Island Vibes specializes in electronic cigarettes, striving to make these products available to all, especially those that are trying to quit tobacco cigarettes. They sell electronic cigarettes, e-liquids and accessories

Island Vibes has a strong google rating, the following are a few reviews:  Michael C. “Fantastic setup for a variety of customers. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff can help point you in the right direction if you're not sure what exactly you are in the market for. Largest fine cigar selection in Carolina Beach/Monkey Junction/South Wilmington.”

Angad S. “Huge selection! Prices are very reasonable. I was recommended a few things I never tried before, great recommendations! Very friendly staff made my experience even better! Can’t wait to return to try new juices, disposable vapes and cigars.”

Magen P. “Carries a great selection of cigars and great owners. Happy to see my little island I grew up going to finally have a good vape shop on deck!”

Island Vibes is located at 915 North Lake Park Boulevard and open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am until 9:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am until 6:00pm.

Thursday, 26 August 2021 14:34

The Mermaid Castle

In November 2020 The Mermaid Castle made a huge move to their Masonboro Commons location at 6400 Carolina Beach Road in Monkey Junction, leaving the Carolina beach location. We did NOT leave to go out of business, on the contrary. We believed this move has allowed the team to better serve the area and community in a more centralized location. With parking becoming an increasing strain on tourists, locals, and employees at the beach, our move to the Masonboro Commons location boasts free and ample parking for everyone. The crazy summer traffic which hindered so many OTB locals from shopping at their favorite store is much more accessible now. The Mermaid Castle is incredibly thankful for the 10 years spent in Carolina Beach, and for all the love we have received over the years.

The Mermaid Castle still has one of the the largest selection of Sterling Gemstone Jewelry, Crystals, and Self Help tools in the Wilmington area. All of the jewelry and crystals are priced at below the typical retail price and every single one is hand picked by the owner, Terri, who has 35 years of expertise in working with Gems and crystal energies. There is thoughtful love and intention in every piece brought into the store, and the staff is thrilled to help everyone that comes in the door pick out a special piece. 

With all the craziness going on in the country consider keeping your money local, especially at a store like ours where we go above and beyond to make each customer feel comfortable, appreciated , and receive the best value for their purchase. We believe in freedom and self expression, as well as supporting our local community. We have Local Art, Decor and many other handmade items as well. The staff is very knowledgeable, and can help you find a gift for any season. Much more than others in the past, small local businesses are counting on the people in their communities to shop local. This year during the pandemic, big box stores have thrived, and unfortunately mom and pop shops are closing left and right. For small business owners, their stores are not just a business, it is an extension of who they are, and what they are passionate about. Supporting the local businesses within your community not only keeps those businesses alive, but keeps the communities they serve thriving, as well. When more money is spent in local stores, more money stays here!

When you come to shop at the Mermaid Castle you will not be bombarded with annoying sales antics and overly aggressive employees trying to make a sale, because we believe in building relationships and making shopping as stress free as possible for our guests. We want every customer to feel comfortable and relaxed while shopping all our beautiful offerings, because at the end of the day, we want to be building relationships with interesting conversations with heartfelt intentions. We are working on another Mermaid Castle in Elizabethtown, NC that will offer even more in Local Desserts, Art, and Gem Mining.

The Mermaid Castle is open year round, 7 days a week and active on Facebook @mermaidcastlecarolinabeach, Instagram @mermaidcastlecb. Website THEMERMAIDCASTLE.COM

Follow us for updates on sales and other fun happenings!

6400 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington NC 28412



CAROLINA BEACH, N.C., AUG. 23, 2021 — A partnership of longtime Cape Fear residents with a history of thoughtful, high-standard development seeks community and stakeholder input on plans for The Proximity – a beautiful mixed-use community with a blend of residential, retail and office, all of which will be in keeping with the coastal design and character of the surrounding neighborhood. The Proximity is planned for the long-vacant property located on Lake Park Boulevard and St. Joseph Street, adjacent to Publix Commons at Federal Point.


“My partners and I are excited to begin what we believe is the most important component of a high-quality project – engaging in productive dialogue with community members who have insights and ideas that will add value to our planning efforts,” said Brian Eckel, partner with GHK Cape Fear Development. “We are eager to collect feedback and work with the community to ensure that The Proximity is the best project it can be. We are grateful for the preliminary comments from the Technical Review Committee and Carolina Beach citizens, and we have made meaningful changes to improve the walkability and bike-pedestrian friendliness of the plan.”


As planned, The Proximity will be a true community asset, providing year-round housing options, connectivity, restaurants and retail, all while seamlessly fitting into the surrounding neighborhood. Unparalleled amenities will include a resort-style pool, pet grooming, clubhouse, fitness center, bike storage, golf cart charging stations, parks and greenspace. Additionally, the developer has a history of attracting top restaurant brands to its other developments and expects to do the same at The Proximity.


“This project provides a unique opportunity to enhance the lifestyle offerings in the community with a vibrant, walkable and bikeable neighborhood lined with top-notch restaurants, retail, amenities, parks and greenspace” continued Eckel. “This is an important piece of property for the Carolina Beach community, and we are committed to collaborating with neighbors and stakeholders to move forward together on a development that will make the community proud.”


Just as GHK Cape Fear Development worked closely with the community on the adjacent Publix Commons development, it is committed to working with neighbors every step of the way on this transformative project for the Carolina Beach community. GHK Cape Fear Development will be hosting a community Open House on the property on Aug. 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. to gather input from neighbors and answer questions about the initial project plan. Carolina Beach residents and neighbors interested in attending the open house can RSVP via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning and Town Council will soon have quite a few major development projects to review. The Knot a seven-story multi-use project potentially set for the corner of HWY 421 and Carl Winner Avenue utilizing the former Sharkeis location and Carolina Beach Marina’s “Fishermans Lot.” The plan would possibly add 106 new residential units with commercial and residential units on the ground level and a residential rooftop bar and pool.

Currently Carolina Beach planning staff has been prepping a text amendment to accommodate a development proposed at the former, “Harris Teeter” site in the Highway Business zoning district. This project will potentially have the developer relocate the pump station on Winner and allow Winner Avenue access adding 300+ apartments with 15,000 square feet of commercial area on ground level. In an email to the town department heads, Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin stated, “The developers are pushing to get the text amendment and site plan approved prior to the election which means we will need to stay on top of this plan review.”

St. Joseph Street may soon see additional development between Waterview Place and Yacht Road possibly adding more high-end condominiums. Town staff will be busy reviewing potential possibilities and will have plenty to review in the coming months.






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