Category Archives: BUSINESS

For seventh consecutive year, local yacht broker takes ‘Top Gun’ honors

NEW BERN — John Peterson, Certified Professional Yacht Broker with United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas, was recently named one of the ‘TOP GUNS’ for United Yacht Sales. Based in Stuart, Fla., United Yacht Sales has over 150 brokers throughout the US. John has been one of the TOP GUNS for the last seven years running. Over the course of 2017, United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas sold 101 boats worldwide and in North Carolina sold over $5.8 million in brokered boat sales. In a statement, Peter Schmidt CEO and President of United, said: “John continues to amaze the broker world with…

Shame on GOP in the U.S. House – with one exception!

Our Congressman, Walter B. Jones, only Republican to vote against payday lending expansion “More and more, Congress takes action to benefit special interests, not the people. Sadly, this appears to be one of those cases. There’s just no good reason to give financial services firms a loophole to get around state interest rate caps and get desperate folks into loans with exorbitant interest rates they can’t afford. I didn’t ask for this job to make it easier for some Wall Street guy to take the last nickel out of the pocket of a struggling Eastern North Carolina family.” Congressman W…

OUCH ! Opening in ’93 rocked rural Pamlico County’s world

ALLIANCE – Hardee’s closed on Wednesday in what appears to be an isolated instance. Other franchise and company-owned locations elsewhere appear to be doing well. George and Catherine O’Neal Old timers recall when ‘Charbroiled Thickburgers’ first hit the county, way back in 1993. The novelty of a real-life fast food eatery here in the backwoods took a while to wear off. “You couldn’t get near the place,” recalled one long-time resident. “There were lines out the door. It stayed packed for a week!” Ironically, George and Catherine O’Neal were residents of Richmond…

Grand Opening set for new business

Debbie Toler is the owner of Pamlico Antiques & Design. ALLIANCE — This past spring, Debbie Toler took a leap of faith from being a heavy equipment operator at PotashCorp-Aurora to becoming the owner and operator of Pamlico Antiques & Design. Debbie creates home furnishings from reclaimed wood, but could not find a venue to sell her wares. As she talked to other local residents, she realized that she was not alone. On June 15, as she opened the doors, she fulfilled the niche not only for herself, but also for others in Pamlico County. Pamlico Antiques & Design offers about 20 v…

‘Franklin-stein’ auction set for Saturday

  Franklin’s Antique Mall – Open 7 Days a Week! 215 East Front Street in Downtown New Bern NEW BERN – Bill Franklin, owner of Franklin Auction House in downtown New Bern, may feel like one of Halloween’s scariest monsters! He’s still in the midst of unloading a massive truckload of assorted paraphernalia. “This Saturday will be one of the most entertaining auctions that we will have conducted EVER,” said Franklin, during a break from categorizing thousands of items. Costumes of all types are already on sale at drastically reduced prices – then at 5:30 p.m on Saturda…

Patients prefer CarolinaEast

NEW BERN — CarolinaEast Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades Outstanding Achievement Award for 2017. This puts the hospital among the top 15 percent nationwide for overall patient satisfaction. Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, evaluated 3,489 hospitals nationally that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of all eligible hospitals, 2,941 met those requirements with 443 hospitals, including CarolinaEast, outperforming their peers base…

Micro-brewery opens Sunday

One of the new craft beers takes its name from this memorable spot – now long gone – located along the Oriental waterfront. ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon exude faith and confidence that their new ‘micro-brewery’ – located on the main drag of this small waterfront community – will become a day-trip destination for beer lovers throughout eastern North Carolina. You’ve got to admire this young couple! The obstacles to just opening the doors of New Village Brewery & Taproom – much less to brewing tasty craft beers – have been steep. Lili recently authored an entertaini…

Blush Boutique . . . for your best day ever!!

NEW BERN — The newest bridal shop in our area, Blush Boutique, is located in historic downtown New Bern at 222 Craven Street. As you enter, you are greeted with beautiful gowns, sparkling veils, and accessories. This small boutique is decorated with stunning chandeliers and large mirrors just like you would find in a larger venue. The selection of wedding gowns is unique and high-end designer in a range of styles. The owner, Jean Lloyd, recently opened the shop to provide a boutique experience with designer gowns and accessories to meet the needs of brides in New Bern and surrounding are…

Interior designer offers experience, ‘extreme attention’ to detail

Suzanne Pritchett NEW BERN — Located in a downtown storefront, Pritchett Interiors and Home Staging, LLC is a one-stop shop! From your Pinterest wish list to helping de-clutter and organize, this locally owned interior design and home staging firm has it covered. Owner and lead designer Suzanne Pritchett has more than 10 years of interior design experience. A North Carolina native and daughter of a seasoned interior designer, she earned a CIDA accredited Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree from Western Carolina University. Pritchett has lived and worked in South Caroli…

Business Alert – fake one-hundred dollar bills

Click image to enlarge. Carteret County Sheriff’s Office The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning to businesses to keep their eyes opened for fake one-hundred dollar bills that are popping up in the county. Detectives say the phony $100.00 dollar bills have been received by a grocery store, ABC store, and most recently a convenient store in Newport. The fake $100.00 dollar bills have a poor representation of Benjamin Franklin and the words in large caps are stamped “For Motion Picture Use Only” with additional warnings under that in small letters “This note is no…
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