Please SHOP LOCAL When You Can

– And Patronize Our Retail Business Members First

Please Note:  Some of our retail business members aren’t open this time of year, but please patronize them when the season begins in April:  Kure Beach Pier and Britts Donut Shop

Located just past the Carolina Beach Lake, A&G Bar-B-Que is Carolina Beach’s premier BBQ restaurant. Their staff takes pride in offering great food at a great price.  Their menu is extremely diverse, featuring not only their famous BBQ, but many other southern musts. They feature just under 20 vegetables, just like Grandma used to make ’em. They also have a new special everyday. Stop in to see what they offer!


Located in Kure Beach, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kure Beach Pier, Big Daddy’s front deck is a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail, sample an appetizer or dine on freshly prepared to order seafood that will satisfy any appetite. On weekends, enjoy live music too!

Plus their menu not only has a wide selection of seafood favorites, they also offer perfectly grilled burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more.

Inside, Big Daddy’s can accommodate any size family or group for lunch or dinner. As one of the Island’s largest restaurants, Big Daddy’s is happy to host large groups, parties or receptions of any size.


For hardware & beach necessities, Island Tackle and Hardware has got it covered. If you are on the island to do some fishing, this is your one stop shop. They have pretty much any kind of bait you need, a large section of tackle to fill your tackle box, tons of rod & reel combos ready to go, they’ll even spool your reels with new line. This is the place to get your fishing license, Yeti coolers and yearly passes to Freeman Park for the 4×4 folks. You can get your propane tanks filled here and they are an official NC weigh station for your trophy catch.


Coastal K-9 Bakery’s doors were opened in November 2004 by Jackie Oakes.  It is her desire to offer   to your pet friends the best quality dog treats possible.  All our treats are made of human-grade, organic   and natural ingredients.  She uses NO sodium, sugars, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives or animal fats   or oils in her treats.  She offers six flavors:  Chicken & Rice, Peanut Butter, Bark-B-Q Ribs, Apple Oatmeal, Salmon, and Parmesan Cheese. Two flavors are gluten free; they are Garden Medley (sweet potato, green beans, and blueberries) and Honey Ginger Carrot Sticks .


Wilmington Water Tours

Wilmington Water Tours

Moved by their love for the Cape Fear River, the owners decided to found Wilmington Water Tours in order to share with others the history and beauty of this region. Their passion then created “The Wilmington,” a state-of-the-art, fully enclosed and handicapped accessible motorized catamaran, which can accommodate up to 49 passengers. Wilmington Water Tours is based in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. They offer daily narrated cruises and private charters. Passengers board the vessel to explore the waters of the mysterious Cape Fear River, while also learning about the history, wildlife, and ecology of this waterway and surrounding area.



A & G Bar-B-Que & Chicken

December, 2017 Featured Business Member

By Cheri McNeill

The History Center is proud to feature A & G Bar-B-Que, an island icon, located just past the Carolina Beach Lake at 800 South Lake Park Boulevard, as our business of the month.

The original owner, Alton Riggs, opened its doors in 1988. Alton retired at which time his daughter, Angela and her husband, Robert Stalnaker, took over the restaurant.

Their menu features BBQ, fried chicken, fish, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and lots more. They have the best old fashioned “Southern” style hamburgers and hot dogs on the island. Their fried chicken is just “the best” as well as their Brunswick stew, which is a southern favorite.

Don’t forget catering!! With the holidays coming up, they are the perfect choice for your party or event.

For the greatest food at a very reasonable price, make   A & G your first stop!


Island Tackle and Hardware

Featured Business of the Month – November, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Island Tackle and Hardware, a TrueValue store, is also a valued Business Member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. While the name gives away the fact that they are very interested in fishing, don’t miss out on seeing everything they have to offer the community. A first class hardware store as well as a shop for gifts to fit anyone’s imagination. And don’t forget the gas for the BBQ. Pull up to the tank and fill up.

They are located at 801 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Or visit them online at .  They have an online store but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, call them at 910-458-3049.

Island Tackle and Hardware, is a True Value Hardware Store and a “Full Service Fishing Paradise.” Visit them soon and tell them that you too are members of FPHPS.


Builder’s Glass and Hardware

Featured Business Member
July, 2017



Thanks to our new business member for donating to our World War I exhibit.  If you are building or remodeling be sure to check them out.

Builder’s Glass & Hardware offers the best and widest selection frameless, semi-frameless, heavy glass shower door enclosures, mirrors, shelving, bath accessories and locksets. They have specialists who provide unparalleled end-to-end service – from design to fabrication to installation.

Their customers know that they use the best materials available and they will enjoy their products and services for years to come. If you would like to see their products for yourself, we encourage you to view their galleries below or go by their showroom. The team at Builders Glass & Hardware look forward to providing you with the products you deserve and have always wanted.

Providing Luxurious Frameless Glass Shower Doors in Wilmington, NC & Beyond. If you’re looking to achieve a seamless look in your bathroom’s design, a frameless glass enclosure from Builder’s Glass & Hardware is a great way to add elegance and class. Whether your shower is tucked away next to a bathtub or stands alone in a luxurious master bath, it’s no problem for their experienced shower glass designers and installers.

Custom Frameless Shower Doors from Builder’s Glass & Hardware. Builder’s Glass & Hardware is proud to offer high-end frameless shower glass, and you can be sure that all of their materials are top-of-the-line and will look their best for several years. Serving homeowners and builders across the Wilmington area, their designers can easily create a custom frameless shower door to fit any space or style. They often work with custom requests providing a perfect match for your current bathroom or an updated style for a renovation or remodeling.

Builder’s Glass & Hardware
221-6 Old Dairy Rd., Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Water Tours

Featured Business Member
June, 2017

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The History Center is very proud to have Wilmington Water Tours as one of our Business Members. In fact, we are just plain proud to know these folks.

Captain Doug Springer and his wife, Diane Upton, returned to Wilmington in 2004, to pursue their dream of life on the water. The Wilmington is the first and finest state-of-the-art catamaran to serve Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC.

The Wilmington has a wake canceling design and is fully enclosed (heat if needed). She is handicap accessible and offers a flexible layout for comfortable seating up to 49 guests. All ABC permits and spacious restroom complete the package. Come downtown and visit us, you’ll be impressed with our 46′ catamaran, The Wilmington.

Wilmington Water Tours is based out of Wilmington, North Carolina, here to serve the city and its new convention center. They offer sunset cruises and private charters. Their investment in the custom design and state of the art catamaran, The Wilmington, the first vessel of hopefully many, allows Doug and Diane to provide a wide range of offerings.

Give these folks a look and let them know that you too are a member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. And remember, they will donate a part of the ticket purchase price to the History Center for every ticket purchased by members. To reserve tickets call FPHPS at 910-458-0502

Wilmington Water Tours
212 S. Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
tickets: 910.338.3134
private charters: 910.632.4095



Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club

Featured Business Member
May, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

By the standards of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, May is late in the year for fishing. For over 30 years, these folks have started early.

With over 800 Facebook members and over 300 family memberships in the club itself, they are already out there at Snows Cut in February for the Chowder Cook-off. That is also when they award the prize for the largest fish of any species caught the year before on live bait and weighed in at Dennis Barbour’s place for the Chartbuster Tournament.

March finds them at the Dennis Barbour Fishing Seminar. Dennis provides so many things to this club. His warehouse is used as a storage place for all the gear they use for the Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s fishing tournament held each year on Kure Beach Pier. This year it is on May 12th. This is about the 14th year for this remarkable event which gives back to the community and to those not as lucky.

The club was founded many years ago when boats gathered off of Carolina Beach and while using live bait to catch King Mackerel, they would shout out at every catch, “got ‘em on!”

Now, the club is catching a lot of flounder, but its roots go back to the King Mackerel tournaments.  Big money is still awarded to the winner of the July tournament named the “East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament.

The club meets at the Federal Point History Center each month and donates to the History Center as well. We are so very proud to have the Got-Em-On Club as Business Members.

If you are interested in fishing and generally having a great time year round with like minded souls, contact them and begin enjoying the fun of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club today!

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Kure Beach Fishing Pier has been around since 1923. It was first built by L.C. Kure whose father owned most of what is now Kure Beach, NC. It is officially the oldest pier on the Atlantic coast. The pier is currently owned by descendent Mike Robertson.

We at the Federal Point History Center take great pride in that Kure Beach Fishing Pier is one of the Society’s longtime Business Members. Mike and his crew just reopened the pier for the 2017 season on Friday, March 31st to a huge turnout. Anthony, Ronny, Russ, Jim, Kris, and Amy are just a few of the great folks who take care of us when we visit.

We encourage you to stop by the pier to go in and look around. The pier has the long walk out to the “Tee” with a spectacular view looking north all the way to Wrightsville Beach and south to Fort Fisher. Try their popular ice cream or have their newly offered Snow Cones of many flavors! Their gift shop is open daily until 11 PM. A Kure Beach Fishing Pier Tee Shirt is a must for any one visiting Federal Point!! Browse the collection of photos hanging up showing their many fishing tournaments there each year like the King Mackerel tournament.

We are proud of the pier and their good work done each year by allowing several groups to sponsor charity fishing tournaments such as the upcoming Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournament on May 11th of this year.

The following week will be the Step Up for Soldiers Fishing Tournament. The folks running the pier are the nicest around. Always smiling, always helpful.

You can find Kure Beach Fishing Pier at 100 K Ave. Kure Beach, NC 28449. They are on Facebook. Their webpage is and their phone number is (910) 458-5524, 24 hours a day.

When you visit, please thank them for being such an upstanding Business Member of Federal Point Historical Preservation Society! We wish the Kure Beach Fishing Pier and the staff a great 2017 season!!


Britt’s Donuts


Featured Business Member
March, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

This month, the History Center sends out a very sweet shout to a local legend, Britt’s Donuts. Located at 11 Boardwalk, Carolina Beach, NC, they have been cooking up smiles since 1939 when the Britt family along with the Wrights opened up Britt’s Donuts on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Since selling the business to Bobby Nivens in 1974, they have not looked back. All of Federal Point, nay New Hanover County, looks forward to opening day each year.

Be sure to go by and have a Boardwalk staple, a fresh hot sweet Britt’s donut and thank them for again supporting the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society each year as a Business Member.

If you would like to know more about Britt’s Donuts and their delicious history, stop by the History Center and take a look at Daniel Norris’s book, Britt’s Donuts-Forever Sweet from yet another valued Business Member, Slapdash Publishing of Carolina Beach, NC, and visit them at

Watch this video on Britt’s and local businesses including some fabulous history from President Elaine Blackmon Henson.



Primrose Marketplace – March 11, 2017

Featured Business Member
February, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Primrose Cottage has announced that they will have the first Primrose Cottage Market Place of 2017 on March 11th in the store next to them, in the Maxway shopping center behind the ABC store.

We always have a great time at those one day sales. The Federal Point History Center booth will be at the door once again. Lots of exciting things to see.

If you want to set up a table, contact Jill Walker Lyons at 458-0144. Booth is $55.


Island Athletic Club

Featured Business Member
January, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Our Featured Business Member this month is Island Athletic Club located at 105 Winner Avenue right behind Hop Lite Pub.

We thought that after the wonderful holidays, you might be interested in getting back in shape or just working out a little in a close, clean, quiet environment made just for you.

Go by and take a look. If you are interested in joining, here is what you can expect; a great membership price to begin with which varies because of the great deals offered each month depending on your needs.

Included in this membership is one FREE Training Session which includes easy steps on how to clean the equipment after it has been used. Clean after yourself is a rule posted everywhere in the gym. I like the fact that even families work out there along with Policemen, Firemen, and EMT’s. The gym even has a basketball goal on the patio.

They clean the bathrooms three times daily. There are lockers available in the bathrooms as well. Along every wall are personal items trays for your use. You will also find clean wash cloths to keep the sweat out of your eyes!

They supply a large bottle water cooler, a fridge, and several televisions if you like to watch while you exercise. There is music piped out speakers which is great to keep you going. Open 24/7/365, there is every machine you can imagine and two of some like treadmills and elliptical. Barbells, dumbbells, and free weights abound.

The Island Athletic Club really is a gym where anyone can come and workout anytime.  Their facility is open 24/7 and offers a wide variety of equipment to accommodate the diverse needs in our community.

You can come in and train on your own or be assisted by certified trainers.  Outside of general gym etiquette, there are only a couple of ‘rules’.  The culture is easy-going, clean, and functional.  Additional information can be found on their Facebook page.  Of course, we suggest you stop in and check them out!” Also, watch their Facebook and web page for specials each month!

Drive, walk, or bike over to the gym and look around. The door is always open. Tell them that you saw our article in the Federal Point History Center newsletter and thank them for their support of the Federal Point History Center. We are extremely proud to have Island Athletic Club on our banner of Business Members.

105 Winner Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428