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Old 02-07-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I noticed your post and was interested to chat with you since I'm looking to move to the NC coast next year (or this year depending upon finances). I practice acupuncture, and was wondering what areas of the OUter Banks would be best for me to open a clinic. I'm very mature, 48 years old, and mentor with a Chinese doctor here in Denver. I want to move to the place I will settle. I do like arts galleries, coffee shops, beaches and health food stores. Can you recommend a town or two for me to scope out when I visit? My parents are retired in Myrtle Beach and I grew up in Burlington, so I know the culture fairly well. I just am less familiar with the OBX, but my dream is to open a small tea house with acupuncture/massage. Thank you for your help.
Michelle
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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raleighkc is correct, I am incorrect. There is not a hiring freeze across the state. I work at the community college and we are not hiring right now b/c of the economy, and I made assumptions.

BUT here is a link to a recent article about a job fair that was canceled because of the economy:
New Hanover school board cancels job fair | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC

As far as safety goes, you are fine as long as you don't live in certain parts of downtown. It's probably best to avoid the 28401 zip code altogether just to be sure. If you are coming from a big city in Ohio you will probably be fine as I assume you have some basic street-smart knowledge.

Wilmington does have a lot of tourists, but mainly only in the summer months when it's warm enough to go to the beach - May - Sept. As long as you avoid the beaches on the big holiday weekends, it's not too bad.

The cost of housing here is expensive in relation to salaries, but it is getting better. You can find a nice 3 bedroom house in a nice, safe neighborhood under $150K if you look hard enough. During the housing boom it was hard to find anything decent under $180K, but market forces are correcting that. You will probably have to rent for a few years anyway, and apartments are easy to find here since it is a college town.

If you can't find a job in Wilmington (New Hanover County), you could look in Leland (Brunswick County). Leland has grown exponentially in the last few years, so I'm sure the schools have expanded. There could be some job opportunities there. It's right across the bridge from Wilmington, so you would have quick access to city-life in Wilmington.

P.S. don't expect a huge salary here, but state-employee benefits are decent
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Hawaii and North Carolina
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I noticed your post and was interested to chat with you since I'm looking to move to the NC coast next year (or this year depending upon finances). I practice acupuncture, and was wondering what areas of the OUter Banks would be best for me to open a clinic. I'm very mature, 48 years old, and mentor with a Chinese doctor here in Denver. I want to move to the place I will settle. I do like arts galleries, coffee shops, beaches and health food stores. Can you recommend a town or two for me to scope out when I visit? My parents are retired in Myrtle Beach and I grew up in Burlington, so I know the culture fairly well. I just am less familiar with the OBX, but my dream is to open a small tea house with acupuncture/massage. Thank you for your help.
Michelle
<b>I'm not familiar enough with all of the Outer Banks towns to know, but I do know that the Morehead City area seems to be very friendly to this sort of thing. The community college has a massage therapy school, and does a lot of courses on "touch for healing" Morehead City is just north of Emerald Isle [less than 20 miles]. Between the two on the beach road, they have recently added a new spa. This entire area seems to be a rather "open" community. There has recently been a lot of building in this area as well--ie new stores, etc. New Bern, a bit inland, also is user friendly to acupuncture/massage.
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