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September 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | Where We Dine Al Fresco | Coastal Decor | NEW FEATURE! Business Spotlight

Monday, August 29, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

September 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | Where We Dine Al Fresco | Coastal Decor | NEW FEATURE! Business Spotlight

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Updates and Happenings from beautiful Southeastern Coastal North Carolina.

“Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority.”
- Gary Keller, Founder of Keller Williams

What's Up | where we love dining al fresco

The Cargo District just north of Historic Downtown Wilmington has been building up these days. Bull City Cider Works is recently opened and has a nice little outdoor area where you can grab a drink and food from a food truck. The Counter is always a great place to grab a burger and sit in the courtyard area, and CheeseSmith has a few spots outside to grab and eat one of their amazing sandwiches and parm fires ( they also have GF bread options). We tend to go to places that have food trucks so we get a variety of food while enjoy our favorite outdoor spaces. Developing Brooklyn Arts and Soda Pop Districts have some great spots also. Flytrap Brewing has a great outdoor area and a good rotation of food trucks. Edward Teach has a patio where you can overlook the Wilmington Rail Trail that may soon become a gorgeous park/walkway. We take visitors to Smoke on the Water which has a great bar, tons of outdoor seating, and their food is fresh and good. Marina Grill is also a great spot to sit out on the patio and get a couple appetizers and drinks and look out on the boats and the Cape Fear River, they have a great brunch on Sundays. - Katie Young, Client Care Specialist - Broker/Realter®

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Beer Barrio outdoor seating on Front Street (photo courtesy of Beer Barrio on Facebook)

One great thing to come out of adjustments made during COVID is that many restaurants that started outdoor dining as a necessity have kept it due to popular demand. Many of the great hotspots in downtown Wilmington offer al fresco dining with only 2 or 3 outdoor tables, including a local favorite, Beer Barrio. As the name suggests, you'll find some of the most inventive tacos and bowls and please, indulge in the hushpuppies filled with fresh corn, jalapeno, cotija cheese and chorizo! You'll find everything in Historic Downtown Wilmington, from a quick bite in cafe sidewalk seating, to a gourmet meal with occasional music along the Cape Fear River. Across the bridge to Wrightsville Beach is a personal favorite for my family: South Beach Grill. They take locally sourced products from the land and the sea to an elevated menu at reasonable prices, and feature chalkboard specials based on availability of foods. If you've never heard of southern fried black eyed peas or low country seafood mac-n-cheese, then South Beach Grill should be your next stop! - Teri Moylan, Broker/Realtor®

We have several favorites on Pleasure Island, which is Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. For something casual, the Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach is a real treat. There are outdoor dining tables as well as the bar near the end of the pier, all overlooking the ocean. The food is really tasty. Another is Carolina Smokehouse rooftop bar. It is located on the Carolina Beach boardwalk and the bbq is outstanding. For finer dining, a must is Havana's on Lake Park Blvd. There is outdoor music and the menu is great. There are many more, including The Lazy Pirate which also has casual dining and live music as well as volleyball and axe throwing. Never a dull moment on Pleasure Island! - Mary Ellen Slugg, Director of Operations

We love to take in the panoramic Wrightsville Beach sound sunset views at South Beach Grill for special occasion dining. Mac's Speed Shop on Oleander Drive lures you in with the delicious smell of their on-site smoked meat. They offer picnic and bar tables outside and sometimes live music. We love it even when it's chillier as they have a big fire pit and their "garage doors' open so you could sit halfway in and out and watch a game on the MANY TV's they have inside. Their service is excellent too so it's a fave. - Nancy Baldridge, Listing Coordinator, Broker/Realtor®

Outdoor seating at Elijah's on Wilmington's famous Riverwalk (photo courtesy of Elijah's Restaurant on Facebook)

The outdoor dining at Elijah's, with lots of seating right on Historic Wilmington's Riverwalk at the Cape Fear River is a local staple, and popular with both tourists and locals. The food is reliably good, the service is attentive, and views of the sunset are unmatched over the Battleship. - Anne Rose, Director of Marketing

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Community Spotlight | Supporting Cape Fear's Nonprofits

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August 17 was National Nonprofit Day, and KBT is proud to celebrate the nonprofits doing important work to improve, support, and enrich the lives of people throughout the Cape Fear Community. 

"The leadership team at KBT Realty Group got together several years ago and decided we needed to understand what we were doing and why. The mission statement we came up with was, 'Creating abundant lives for our clients, our team, and the community.' We pour into our clients, we pour into our team, and as a mission of the team, we pour into the community," explains Kirk Pugh.

Watch the KBT Realty Group: Community video here.

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Tips from Real Estate Experts | Coastal Living Room Decor

The key objectives in decorating your coastal style living room are to create a space that exudes relaxation and calm. You can implement a nature-inspired color palette, coastal home design details, and decor that infuse your home with positive energy. In a coastal style living room, design is ruled by natural materials and the hues of the ocean, sand, and sky. 

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Most coastal living room designs have a bright and airy feel, which combines the beach-y color palette with abundant natural light for a living room that is comfortable and inviting.

... continue reading for coastal style living room tips

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Cape Fear Business Spotlight | The Sip & Shop Boutique

Realtor® Ketasia Everett takes us to The Sip & Shop Boutique this month, for a quick conversation with owner Marchell Carmichael. The store, which specializes in apparel and accessories - and WINE for an interactive sipping and shopping experience - is located at 2390 Carolina Beach Road, in Wilmington.image_67191809.JPG

Ketasia: Tell us about The Sip & Shop Boutique and what makes it different?

Marchell: The Sip & Shop Boutique carries both men's and women's clothing, accessories, fragrances, waist trainers, shoes, and - most importantly! - wine. What sets it apart from other boutiques is that we're a one-stop-shop. We also host Sip & Paint parties. Our shopping environment is very relaxing. We offer unique and affordable items.

... continue reading.

Hop over to YouTube for a virtual tour of The Sip & Shop Boutique
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Team Updates | kudos and community

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Becky Brown and Janine Pugh attended Keller Williams Mega Agent Camp 2022 in Austin, Texas. Keller Williams Mega Camp is a two day event that offers fresh approaches to real estate fundamentals empowering agents to best serve their clients during a shifting market.

In addition to exhibits from industry-leading services and products, Mega Camp provides exciting networking opportunities.

"I always come to back to KBT from Mega Camp energized and with loads of great information that will benefit our buyers and sellers in realizing their own real estate goals," says Becky.

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Nancy Baldridge, listing coordinator, ran into Fred Teachey, Realtor® and his wife Tammy (left to right) at the John Waite/Men at Work and Rick Springfield concert at Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. "Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina offer tons of live music, and a drive to Raleigh isn't that big a deal when you are a real fan," Nancy says.

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Kirk Pugh is excited to welcome a puppy to the Pugh household. Meet Yeti, a Newfiedoodle, and soon to be the youngest - but not smallest - dog in the KBT canine crew. Yeti is already stealing hearts at our dog-friendly office.

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Listings | featured properties

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3819 Windy Point Road SW, Supply NC

Known for almost 100 years as "Windy Point," this property is located where the Intracoastal Waterway flows through 217+ acres of marshlands and navigable tidal creeks. The property intersects the Shallotte River and includes several small island, the two largest being 8.0 acres and 3.0 acres. 

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NEW CONSTRUCTION! Make this your Dream Home
4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2,113 sqft

On a beautiful corner lot in Ruffin's River Landing, this new construction home has an estimated completion date of September 25, 2022. With a spacious open floor plan, this two-story home by Rete Construction has a first level primary bedroom suite, and designer kitchen.

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512 South Charleston Drive, Bolivia NC
3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 1,808 sqft

With a price improvement and plenty of space for living and entertaining, this cul-de-sac home in Brookstone is ready for new owners! The home has fresh interior paint and new LVP flooring throughout, as well as plenty of storage and a 2-car garage.

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Reviews | feedback from our buyers and sellers

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"Our realtor Ms. Nancy Schappell as well as coordinator Ms. Kristine Roody was fabulous from start to closing sheparding us through the buying process as well as protecting our interests and working with the builder on construction issues. Ms. Schappell was recommended to us by a high performing realtor whom we have worked with on another property. If you are considering buying in the Wilmington, N.C., or for that matter anywhere else, I would highly recommend Ms. Schappell and KBT Realty." - Steven March, Google Reviews

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"For me, Adam Hashem made the hard balance between professionalism and friendliness; He was always on time, extremely polite, totally understanding, utterly open, accurate, highly resourceful, extraordinarily intelligent, up to his words and promises, and at the same time honest, direct, very patient, always smiling, and ALWAYS available and approachable. He provided accurate information. He is vastly knowledgeable and he knows how to use his large network to get information very fast when he is not sure about the answers. He is also socially very smart and knows when to engage and when to wait till approached. Adam is an exceptional reliable professional who goes above and beyond to the point that you feel he is a friend who really cares." - aelsaied9, Zillow Reviews

Leave us a review! Go to KBT's Google Business page


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