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It’s a Southern Thing

It’s a Southern Thing

The secret to the perfect apple dumplings might surprise you, but trust me, you need to try it. Get rid of your old...

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Coffee on the Move

Coffee on the Move

The Daily Grind’s new location is bigger and better for serving its loyal island patrons. Grabbing a cup of coffee at The Daily Grind has been as much a part of Topsail Island life as flip-flops,...

The New Normal in Dining

The New Normal in Dining

The Topsail Steamer’s seafood steam pots are a hit for family-friendly, socially distant gatherings. Topsail Steamer, the no-restaurant restaurant, has boomed as the shift in habits reflects new...

Spreading Kindness in the Community

Spreading Kindness in the Community

Derek Andrews, owner of Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Leland, Surf City and Sneads Ferry, loves his customers and communities. The Leland, Surf City and Sneads Ferry locations of Hwy 55...

Eat Local, Eat Fresh

Eat Local, Eat Fresh

Experiencing local flavors is one of the highlights of vacation. Travelers to Surf City can enjoy VSA produce bags directly from local farmers and sample what our area has to offer. Eating fresh,...

A Meeting Place

A Meeting Place

Sundial Coffee and Tea is a community hub in Holly Ridge. Sundial Coffee and Tea has been open for less than a year, but already it has become a home away from home for many Topsail area residents...

Brisk Business

Brisk Business

Leaf & Barrel Fills a Niche (or Two) in Hampstead. My buddy Dave and I get to Leaf & Barrel Provision Co. in Hampstead about 15 minutes before its 2 pm scheduled opening, so we saunter over...

Seafood & Citrus

Seafood & Citrus

Scallops cooked in lemon and lime juice makes a zesty spring appetizer. Recently my spouse and I dined at a local Latin American restaurant and had a ceviche appetizer. I love trying new things, but...

Mellowed Bourbon

Mellowed Bourbon

Bourbon plus a splash of citrus equals a surprisingly refreshing spring cocktail. It can be intimidating trying to mix your own cocktails at home. If you are like me, you have stared at the...

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