Frank’s Pizza

Featured Business of the MonthFranks Pizza
March, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society would like to welcome Frank’s Pizza back to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. After a devastating year in 2014, Frank’s Pizza has literally risen from the ashes to come back and continue to be one of the mainstays of our Boardwalk and a very welcome Business Member of the Federal Point History Center.

For twenty-two years Frank’s has opened for business selling New York Style pizza, calzones, and Stromboli on Carolina Beach Avenue North (Boardwalk) right across from Britt’s Donuts.

Mister Frank Tatey originally opened Frank’s Pizza around 1992. Mr. Tatey later sold it to one Frank Williamson who finally sold it to Debbie Whitley in 2003.

Debbie kept the name and slice by delicious slice, Frank’s became the “go to” place on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for great pizza.

Last year, the owner, Debbie Whitley passed away. After that loss, the north end of the Boardwalk suffered an historic fire. While it may have looked like Frank’s Pizza was going to be a memory, Debbie’s son, Patrick Adair was working hard to bring it back better than ever.

Franks opening soonFrank’s Pizza aims to reopen by the end of March 2015.

Newly located beside Britt’s Donuts at #9 Carolina Beach Avenue North. They have a lot of new equipment and some great new ideas!

Keep your eyes and ears open for a new Frank’s Pizza website to develop by summer of 2015 advertising fresh pizza, calzones, and Stromboli. Look for later hours, dine in, carry out and the same delivery area as they had before. Do not forget to “like” their Facebook page.

Frank’s Pizza exemplifies the spirit of our community in Carolina Beach and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is extremely proud to have them as a Business Member. Welcome back Frank’s!!


Island Gazette

Island Gazette-BFeatured Business of the Month
February, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society would like to recognize the Island Gazette this month as our Featured Business Member. The Gazette, our local newspaper, has been a Business Member of the FPHPS for many years and a supporter of our projects. The Gazette features an ad each week for the History Center events as well as an article describing our Local Flavor Cookbook.

The Island Gazette was established in 1978 and their office resides at 1003 Bennet Lane, Suite F in Carolina Beach. The Newspaper is published weekly by Publisher Roger McKee and family. Willard H. Killough III is the Managing Editor along with his staff writer Allen Denning and they, by their own words, have been “Printing the News and Raising Hell Since 1978!”

Inside the Island Gazette you will find local sports, ads for local business and editorials. The Gazette will publish it if you send it and controversy is sometimes seasonal depending on the election year. Regardless of the year, the Island Gazette is entertaining and informative always and we look forward to every Wednesday just to see what is happening in our small corner of the world. Regular features also include the Baby of the Week, Beach Beauties, Pet of the Week, Trivia, History, Spotlighted Local Business, local fishing reports and much, much more.

Look for the Island Gazette all over town on Wednesday afternoons in paper boxes. Don’t forget that a lot of local businesses keep a stack of The Island Gazette for customer’s appreciation. Don’t miss another issue of the Island Gazette and for only 50 cents, it is a bargain for entertainment. Be sure to read the ads and articles for your Federal Point Historic Preservation Society and support our local businesses listed in the Gazette and when you do, tell them you saw their ad in the Island Gazette.

Thank you Island Gazette for all you do for the island community and for your continued support for the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. We appreciate you!

Drifter’s Reef Motel

Drifter's Reef Motel

Drifter’s Reef Motel

Featured Business of the Month
January, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society sends out a very warm welcome to our newest Business Member, Drifter’s Reef Motel in Carolina Beach.

Drifter’s Reef Motel is centrally located in Carolina Beach just a few blocks from our beautiful sandy beaches, old fashion boardwalk with amusement rides, fabulous restaurants, shopping, and great fishing.

At Drifter’s Reef Motel, they offer comfortable nicely decorated motel rooms at affordable prices and a friendly staff that treats you like family.

The Drifters Reef Motel In Carolina Beach offers a fun filled family vacation spot and a clean uncrowded beach. The Carolina Beach boardwalk offers great restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and a family Amusement Park with Thursday night fireworks and kids rides. The Carolina Beach boardwalk and beach are all within a few short blocks and easy walking distance.

Visitors love staying at the Drifters Reef Motel in Carolina Beach because it is convenient to everything that the beach has to offer, and there is so much to do. So, when you decide to come to Carolina Beach for vacation or some fishing, beach fun or just to breathe the fresh salt air, call the Drifters Reef Motel. Book your Carolina Beach Vacation at affordable prices!

And….they are located within a few blocks of the Federal Point History Center.

For reservations today! Call 910-458-5414

Wilmington Water Tours

Captain Doug Springer

Captain Doug Springer

Featured Business of the Month
December, 2014

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.

We have taken several of their cruises up and down the Cape Fear River and many times accompanied by local historians narrating our journey. Folks like Dr. Chris Fonvielle and Beverly Tetterton tell us so much of what we never knew.

You really have to visit Wilmington Water Tours website to fully appreciate all the ways in which you can be entertained whether it is a Sunset Cruise, or a lazy day cruise sipping Bloody Mary’s, you will WWT1find something affordable and fun to do.

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 cancelling 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 our package.

Come downtown and visit us, you’ll be impressed with our 46′ catamaran, The Wilmington.

WWT2-1Wilmington 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 us 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.


WilmingtonWaterTours2To reserve tickets call FPHPS at 910-458-0502
        – or Wilmington Water Tours at 910-338-3134

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


Island Tackle

Featured Business of the Month – November 2014

Island Tackle and Hardware

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Island TackleIsland 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.Gone_Fishing_3

Big Daddy’s

Featured Business of the MonthBog Daddy's #3
September, 2014

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is very proud to welcome Big Daddy’s Restaurant of Kure Beach, NC as a new Business Member. Gerald Huffman, manager of Big Daddy’s, sent the application in August of 2014.

Big Daddy’s is located on the corner of Ft. Fisher Blvd and K Ave in Kure beach. They have been serving “Seafood at its Best” since 1965.

Big Daddy's #1 The Kure Beach location boasts a colorful and assorted history. The Eakes Family who owns the restaurant tried many ideas to serve the public in the early years.

Big Daddy’s property has been home to a miniature golf course, dune buggy rental and, “open-air” dance hall. They tried an ice cream parlor, breakfast house and, steak house. Now, the restaurant serves us the finest steak and seafood around. They are open every day from 12PM until…   Months are from spring’s opening day until the last week in September.

The History Society is very impressed with the history of Big Daddy’s and the stories it tells us of our youth and days well spent having fun in Kure Beach, NC. They continue to be a part of our history as well and an enduring part of our future. Welcome Big Daddy’s to the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

(FYI: Big Daddy’s also supports Ft. Anderson in Brunswick County)



Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Featured Business Member – August, 2014

By Tony Phillips

Kure Beach Pier - EntranceKure Beach Fishing Pier
Man… you should have been here last week!

Opens April 1st through November 30th

~ Open 24 hours a day ~



One Rod and Reel per Person $5.00 per Fisherman

King Fishing:      $12 * May 15th – Oct. 1st         * 3 Rods * 6 am to Sunset
Shark Fishing:    $12 * June 1st – Sept. 15th      * 3 Rods * 12 am to 6 am

What more can you say about Kure Beach Fishing Pier? Are you kidding?! You can talk all day about this, the oldest pier on the East Coast.

Originally built by L.C. Kure in 1923, it has been owned by Mike Robertson since 1984. It has been hit by several hurricanes, but since being raised to 26 feet and going back to three pilings, it has weathered the storms well including a Category Three Hurricane.

Many a family have discovered Kure Beach Fishing Pier and fell in love with it coming back year after year to visit the pier and the town of Kure Beach. With the Webcam on top of the Pier Store, you almost feel like you are right there from a thousand miles away. And, there have been many, many visitors who are proud to say that they did indeed drive a thousand miles to stay a week in Kure Beach and on the pier.

Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournament

Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournament

There is something that Mike Robertson does not draw attention to but, something we would be hard pressed to do without. This is the Charity Sponsored Fishing tournaments such as the annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournament. Last May, almost 400 participants showed up and registered to fish on the pier before noon that day. Mike donates the pier, ice, support and much more to these tournaments each year with no fanfare.  These charity events take his whole business for almost a whole day. Mike just walks by and smiles.

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is very proud to have the Kure Beach Fishing Pier as a Business Member and we encourage all of our newsletter readers to go by and say thanks for your support.

Kure Beach Pier - Gift Shop

Kure Beach Pier – Gift Shop

While you are there, enjoy shopping in the Pier Store gift shop, enjoy a huge cone of ice cream at a very modest price, or just walk out to the end of the pier and feel the wind like no other place on the island.

See the Kure Beach Pier Webcam 24/7/365 on the Surfchex webcam






Primrose Cottage

Featured Business MemberJuly, 2014

Primrose CottageThe Primrose Cottage is one of the very best consignment stores in New Hanover County. We are very happy to welcome them as Business Members of The Federal Point Historical Preservation Society.

Sue and Doug Walker moved to North Carolina from the Hudson River Valley in New York State in 1994. Doug remembered that Sue had once told him, “I want to be an entrepreneur.” And what a great one she has turned out to be.

Sue and her daughter Jill Lyons opened the doors of Primrose Cottage in 2006. Primrose has a vast selection of consignment goods that are constantly changing from day to day. Nothing stays long enough to collect dust. And if it does over stay its welcome, it goes into the 50% off room in the back.

Primrose Cottage is located behind the ABC Store in the Federal Point Shopping Center in Carolina Beach. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The phone number is 910-458-0144. New consignments are taken every day except Saturday. They accept checks, credit and debit cards and of course cash is always welcome.

Look for Primrose Cottage on Facebook to see recent and popular items for sale. Post questions and see all the great comments left by others. The inventory in this store is really so extensive that, you must come down to see it and plan on about an hour. I know Sue, Jill, and all the others look forward to meeting you and we at the History Center are very proud to have them as a part of our membership.

Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk

Featured Business Member June, 2014

  – by Tony Phillips

Olde Saltys Exterior

Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk – (click)

Olde Salty’s is located at 3 Boardwalk Ocean Front, Carolina Beach, NC. It’s a restaurant and bar owned by Brenda Armes. Brenda has owned Olde Salty’s since April 15th, 1994.

She also owned The Landmark restaurant at one time, but says she closed it “because she was competing with herself.”

Brenda and Olde Salty’s has survived over 5 hurricanes including Fran in 1996 which took off the front of her restaurant. That’s when Brenda opened the rear of her restaurant up as a smaller place named ‘A Little On the Side’. She did this so that her employees would still have jobs while the 2 months of construction restored the front.

Tony Phillips

Brenda Armes

Olde Salty’s is open year round and has much to offer visitors and locals. Regardless of the season, fresh food is served every day. Team Trivia is played each Wednesday night during the off season. Bowling competition is held in the back on Tuesdays and Shag dancing on Sundays. Brenda celebrates all festive holidays especially St. Patrick’s Day when she famously leads her own parade with shillelagh in hand around the boardwalk.

Old Salty's Interior

Old Salty’s

When asked how she came up with the name for Olde Salty’s,  Brenda smiled and winked telling us that it was pulled from a hat in 1992 by then town Councilman Rick Burrows. I would love to have that slip of paper today.

Bring the family and friends to Olde Salty’s any day of the week for great food and fun but remember, unattended children will be fed to the sharks and no screamin’ kids are tolerated.

Olde Salty's Shuffleboard

Olde Salty’s Shuffleboard

As Brenda says, “The Boardwalk is the best place in the world!”

Olde Salty’s on Facebook


Atlantic Towers

Featured Business Member May, 2014

Atlantic Towers

Atlantic Towers

Atlantic Towers is an eleven-story high-rise condominium complex located oceanfront in beautiful Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  Atlantic Towers offers unique and attractive one and two bedroom suites.

All suites are fully furnished, including a full kitchen. Each living/dining room area opens onto a private balcony with an extraordinary view of Carolina Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

We also offer an oceanfront outdoor pool, indoor heated pool, gazebo with a sundeck and grilling area, video game room, and laundry facility for our guests’ convenience.

Wireless internet is available in each room.  Atlantic Towers is the premier resort on Carolina Beach.


Atlantic Towers
1615 S Lake Park Blvd,
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-8313