INNER BANKS | A mocktail guide for the sober curious

Fact: You can find an alcoholic beverage at pretty much any restaurant or bar on the beach, but what if you aren’t in the mood for alcohol? Maybe you simply want to enjoy time out at your favorite bars and restaurants with friends without the risk of drunken regrets or tomorrow’s fuzzy head. Perhaps you’re refraining for health reasons or because you’re the designated driver, pregnant, part of the “sober curious” movement or just aren’t into drinking. This beverage-happy beach town has plenty of

Inner banks | Local products to build your own all-natural beach care kit

We all have certain essentials we need at the beach. But it comes with an inevitable debate: what sunscreen to buy? What should we put on skin after a sunburn (oops)? Where to even find products? Since I know we all love supporting local makers, I’ve come up with a list for you, so that you can create your very own all-natural beach care kit — made up solely of products by Outer Banks small businesses that use only local, organic ingredients in their lotions and potions. Preesh Product Co. is

Inner Banks | Healing from 2020 with the experts

Well folks, 2020 was an eventful year. Between a global pandemic, social unrest, isolation, financial woes, and contentious presidential election, we really couldn’t catch a break. We asked locals to describe their year in one word: agony, exhausting, dumpster fire, fail, awful, cray, nightmare, tumultuous, polarizing, awful. One person just wrote a bunch of symbols: #@*%/&!. Others wrote words like revealing, growth, eye-opening, enlightening, introspective, retrospective, game-changer...

A new OBX co-op seeks to refill containers, not contribute to landfills

For years, people on the Outer Banks have asked why we don’t have a co-op. In October last year, a group of women got together and asked why not? Shree Fulcher, owner of Ascension, a crystal shop, apothecary and energy healing center, has teamed up with three other healers and makers, Emily Howell, of Howell’s Herbal Apothecary, Schuylar Henderson of Henderson Handwoven, maker of beautiful macrame, and Kristin Hamm, of North12Naturals, an organic beauty and body care business to create Hi Vibe

Women of Fitness

When it comes to the Outer Banks, there is no shortage of amazing women. You can find them doing incredible things up and down this strip of sand we live on. And these five women are part of the reason why. They help keep us strong and fit, mentally, emotionally and physically. They help us become our best selves when we walk out of the gym and into the community. They challenge us to try harder, to face our fears, to believe in ourselves and push beyond what we think is possible.

Growing mind, body and soul in the Peace Garden

Peace Garden Project, a nonprofit based in Manteo, is on a mission to create a healthy community here on the Outer Banks. Organization founder Michelle Lewis believes that the key to a healthy community is accessibility. She wants to bring education and resources to help people better understand their neighbors, build bridges and strengthen their sense of social justice. But in order to get there, she believes we also need to take care of ourselves physically.

Lovie's Salon: More than just a hair appointment

Women have engaged in hair and beauty rituals for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians thought hair was magical. Women spent hours doing hair rituals in the temples, bonding with each other, telling secrets, and sharing stories. They used it as a time to honor themselves. The ancient Greeks, and most every culture since then, considered hair a reflection of self. Anyone who says hair doesn’t matter obviously has never had a bad haircut.

Inner Banks | Shine On Juicery to set up shop in Kill Devil Hills

Amy Landes has always paid attention to the things she’s naturally drawn to, letting her curiosity lead the way. That’s how she found her purpose in life, she says: helping people heal their bodies with healthy, vibrant, living foods. “I have always been curious about what gives a person good health, what makes a person healthy, because there’s got to be something to it,” she says. When curiosity met inspiration, she started Shine On Juicery, offering cold-pressed juice and plant-based food to

Medicinal mushrooms on the Outer Banks (the fungus among us)

Medicinal mushrooms have been revered in Eastern cultures for centuries. In China, reishi, “the mushroom of immortality” was restricted for royalty only. In the Himalayan Mountains, cordyceps were once worth more than their weight in gold. Women in India have used them for hundreds of years as their secret to maintaining their youth and vitality. The Taoists, believers of immortality, thought reishi to be “the elixir of life.” Now, we in the western world are finally catching up to the amazing health benefits of this ancient, wild food...

Meet the nurse forging a better field for healthcare providers

In 2019, Jennifer Yang was a traveling nurse, going around the country in an R.V. with her partner Tim – when the van broke down in Arizona. This event, Yang credits as the reason that the couple ended up on the Outer Banks. She was burnt out from travel nursing and ready to settle down; he wanted to be in a place where they could kiteboard, a hobby that they recently picked up and become passionate about. They also had their eyes on the East Coast, close to Tim’s family. The Outer Banks seemed like the perfect fit. “So, we sold the R.V., packed up everything we had and just showed up here,” Yang says.


Restaurants have been on the front line for more than a year. Employers and staff have dealt with adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, increased responsibilities and precautions that magnified employees’ to-do lists during already-busy shifts. Many adapted by inventing new— oftentimes less efficient—ways of doing things. With restrictions lifting and widespread availability of vaccines, you’d hope that restaurant workers could finally take a breath, catch a break and see a little light at the end of the tunnel. But as the nationwide housing crisis implodes on the Outer Banks, this hope is little more than wishful thinking.

A day in the life of a surf forecaster

Kurt Korte, our favorite local surfcaster — or shall we call him our favorite OLYMPIAN surfcaster — just got back from Tokyo, where he was surfcasting for the first ever Olympic surf competition. In fact, the New York Times calls him “Olympic surfing’s wave whisperer.” But we were curious — what’s a normal day in the life like for Surfline’s director of Atlantic forecasting here on the Outer Banks? According to their website, every day, hundreds of thousands of people around the world depend on

From the Wheelchair to the Mountaintop - A three-time Ironman champion's journey from brain cancer to the Andes

Every morning Jeff Rasmussen wakes up, looks himself in the mirror and says the same thing: "How am I still here?" "It's insane. I literally shouldn't be here," he says. In November 2012, Rasmussen collapsed in his living room in Palm Desert, California. His girlfriend and her two children happened to be in the room with him and called 911. His son, Chris, 24 at the time, ran every light on the way to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and beat the ambulance there. The doctor arrived

Black Lives Matter demonstration offers inclusion, hope

As India Murray drove past hundreds of people gathering on the afternoon of June 9 in what would be a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, she was overcome by a wave of emotion. “I was like, why am I getting emotional?” the 23-year-old Manteo resident said. “But I think it all came back and it hit me how real this is and how for so long people of color, we’ve felt so alone and so unheard, and definitely at the beach, you know, because we’re definitely a minority here ….

Suzanne Tate's secrets to a long, happy life

Suzanne Tate is well known as a successful writer of children’s books on marine life. But she is also a survivor — a woman who has seen much adversity in her life, from family tragedy, to freak accidents, to multiple sudden health crises. Throughout it all, she never lost her gumption, her fortitude, or her zest for life. Now, healthy and thriving at 90, Tate is reflecting on her life and the things that got her to this point — and seems as surprised as anyone that she’s made it this far.

1,175-mile journey across the state lands woman in record books

Tara Dower was standing on the side of a country road in the middle of nowhere in western North Carolina. She’d just come dangerously close to getting clipped by a car and was on the phone with her husband and parents. “I don’t know if this is worth the risk,” she told them. Dower, of Hot Springs, North Carolina, was on the first stretch of a journey she began Sept. 1 to become the fastest known person to complete the Mountain-to-Sea Trail by foot.

Black-owned businesses a mainstay on the Outer Banks

In a unique moment in American history, citizens are forced to deal with a pandemic that has no cure, while confronting racial justice issues that have plagued the country for centuries. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, along with the deaths of other African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers, sparked protests and calls for justice that spread nationally and around the world.

Fermentation easier - and more interesting - than you think

Traditional food preparation methods like fermentation have been used by every culture around the world for thousands of years. The evidence of the earliest fermentation was the remnants of an Armenian winery that dates to 4100 B.C. The first naturally leavened bread dates to the Egyptians in 1000 B.C., the Croations were busy fermenting cheese a whopping 7,200 years ago, and beer, well, everyone knows we were drinking beer long before we were drinking water.