Local Spotlight!

Local businesses are vital to the Outer Banks experience. People might be drawn to these islands for the ocean, sounds and natural beauty, but it’s the hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, stores, outfitters and service providers that make living and visiting here a pleasant experience. In the 120 miles from Corolla to Ocracoke there are thousands of businesses that make the Outer Banks a better place to be.

What makes the Outer Banks business community special is that the vast majority of businesses are locally owned and in most cases operated by the owners themselves. This gives the local businesses individual character that you just won’t find anywhere else. From motels and campgrounds to dive bars and burger joints, pet boutiques and swimsuit stores to charter fishing boats and kayak tour operators – and everything in between – the local businesses and their owners are worth getting to know a little better. Our Spotlight Videos shine a light on some of the Outer Banks’ most loved businesses. We hope you enjoy learning the stories behind these Outer Banks businesses, and be sure to tell them you saw them on OuterBanksThisWeek.com.

House of Hemp OBX

Gina Elko knows first-hand about the healing powers of CBD, and that is part of what makes her business, House of Hemp OBX, such a trusted source of organic, grown-in-the-USA, hemp-derived CBD and THC-infused products that are legal at both the state and federal levels. Since discovering the transformative benefits of... Read More

Mike Dianna's Grill Room

Meghann Pauls’ name might not be on the sign at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, but as the owner she gives her heart and soul to this longtime favorite Corolla restaurant. Working her way up from wait staff in 2002 to owner in 2016, Pauls is dedicated to perfecting the art of brunch and dinner for locals and visitors in her... Read More
Breeze Thru Avon

Breeze Thru

There’s a reason people in Avon say “you gotta do the Breeze Thru.” This drive-thru convenience store makes shopping easy and fun. Stay in your car, drive into the building and the friendly cartenders will bring your beverages, t-shirts, firewood and more right to you. You can also walk into the convenience store for... Read More
Carolina Bar-B-Que Company

Carolina Bar-B-Que Company

Carolina Bar-B-Que Company in Manteo is a must-visit restaurant for those looking for authentic North Carolina-style barbecue on the Outer Banks. Owner Mike Weaver has dedicated his life to learning the art of pit-smoked barbecue since the age of 16 and now has more than 30 years of experience in perfecting this... Read More