Miss Carla’s Oldies and Goodies Furniture and More: Vintage and Antique Paradise

  Passing through Hampstead on the way to Topsail Island, I’m sure it’s caught your attention – the old, white church building with the adjoining cemetery that sits right up next to Highway 17. If you gave it more than a passing glance, you may have wondered why it had chairs, tables, benches, and knickknacks sitting out right in front… Read More “Miss Carla’s Oldies and Goodies Furniture and More: Vintage and Antique Paradise”

Topsail Island Holiday Shopping Guide 2017- Part II

My husband just confirmed that I am indeed a shopaholic! “Donna,” he says, “How many stores can you write about? You’ve already written one blog filled with places to shop for the holidays and now you’re writing a ‘Part II’ to that? A person who shops at this many stores needs to go to S.A. – Shopper’s Anonymous!” You know… Read More “Topsail Island Holiday Shopping Guide 2017- Part II”

Topsail Island Holiday Shopping Guide 2017 – Part I

Just in case you’re wondering about where to find the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone, don’t despair! You needn’t get in your car and drive out of town, fighting holiday traffic to “shop ’til you drop!”  I have good news for you — everything you need is right here in the Topsail Island area.  The merchants of Sneads… Read More “Topsail Island Holiday Shopping Guide 2017 – Part I”

The Master’s Touch Thrift Store – Sneads Ferry

  Attention all thrift store shoppers! The Master’s Touch Thrift Store has moved to a new location in the Treasure Realty Shopping Plaza! The great news is that the store has doubled its size – which means more space, bargains, and blessings for those needing assistance in our community! I went to The Master’s Touch Thrift Store last Saturday and… Read More “The Master’s Touch Thrift Store – Sneads Ferry”

Carolina Shores Natural Soap – Handmade Island Luxury

When Carolina Shores Natural Soap opened in Surf City a few months ago, it didn’t just “spring” up overnight. No, it was the result of one lady’s hard work and a passion to make the finest handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs and much more, for men and women, right here on Topsail Island.  She wanted her products to “reflect the natural… Read More “Carolina Shores Natural Soap – Handmade Island Luxury”

Roses Express: The “Vacation Zone” for Sneads Ferry and North Topsail Beach

    I know it’s not just me. Many of you may not want to admit it, but you love this magical store, Roses Express, as much as I do. You love the fact that it is like an outpost “general store” of the real world, right before you cross over the high rise onto “vacation land,” or North Topsail… Read More “Roses Express: The “Vacation Zone” for Sneads Ferry and North Topsail Beach”

Bert’s Surf Shop Surf City – Icon of the Carolina Beaches

by Donna Byrd   There are some things that just go together: beach towels and beach chairs, sunscreen and sunglasses, bikinis and cover-ups, Coronas and lime slices, sand pails and shovels, fried shrimp and cocktail sauce, beach vacays and Bert’s Surf Shop… Bert’s Surf Shop? You know it! If you’re like me, you grew up taking your summer vacations and… Read More “Bert’s Surf Shop Surf City – Icon of the Carolina Beaches”

Have I Got a Scoop for You: Thomas Tackle and Seafood in Surf City

by Donna Byrd   I was walking around a popular local grocery store in the Surf City area the other day, trying to think of a seafood dish I could fix for dinner. While in the produce department, I saw the display of oranges and remembered a fantastic grilled grouper recipe I had prepared the month before. It was filleted… Read More “Have I Got a Scoop for You: Thomas Tackle and Seafood in Surf City”