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Old 08-17-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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We just returned from a week-long vacation to Carolina Beach, NC. We loved the laid-back atmosphere of the area and even though there are sure signs of a renaissance, there are also signs that it was a rather depressed area until not long ago--boarded up/empty buildings, closed down hotels/restaurants, etc.
Part of the renaissance they are experiencing includes funky clothing stores and a coffee shop, interesting pubs and ethnic restaurants, a surf shop, etc. What else does this little NC jewel need to truly shine??
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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We just returned from a week-long vacation to Carolina Beach, NC. We loved the laid-back atmosphere of the area and even though there are sure signs of a renaissance, there are also signs that it was a rather depressed area until not long ago--boarded up/empty buildings, closed down hotels/restaurants, etc.
Part of the renaissance they are experiencing includes funky clothing stores and a coffee shop, interesting pubs and ethnic restaurants, a surf shop, etc. What else does this little NC jewel need to truly shine??
Hi zeesf, this Wednesday, the Hilton Garden Inn will officially break ground. They are constructing a new hotel on the north end of the boardwalk which complements the Marriott on the south end. Also, it was learned about a month ago, the Aquarium at Fort Fisher is looking to build a 1,000' concrete pier at the boardwalk. The current hope is that it will be constructed at the end of Cape Fear Blvd. The town recently rec'd a 100k matching grant and will begin redoing the parking area of Cape Fear.

A lot is changing here and many are excited about the potential. We have had quite a few new restaurants open this year and there is another restaurant opening within a few weeks right along the marina. It has a roof top seating area as well as other outside seating. It is a Caribbean themed restaurant and I suppose it will give Jack Mackerelsa a bit of competition.

As for business opportunities, there are many. There is always a need for new businesses that cater to families (entertainment, dining, recreational, etc.)

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Old 08-18-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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Thank you, BeachLiving, for your input. My partner and I are both teachers and our hope is to move to NC within one year and find teaching jobs. However, we are not opposed to considering starting a business there. We have not settled on a particular area yet but are looking at Asheville and the Carolina coast.
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