The Perfect OBX beach day Snack!

Spotlight Business from our Holiday OBX Box is The Outer Banks Beef Jerky Outlet

You opened your latest Beach Box and you found…..beef jerky?  

Yes! The beefy jerky was provided by Amy McDonnell, her father Vince, and husband Kevin McCoy from their shop, Beef Jerky Outlet – Outer Banks.

Just a sampling of the deliciousness that can be found at the MP4.5 location of The Beef Jerky Outlet OBX

Amy McDonnell first came to the Carolina coast in college when she was participating in a summer study program at Cape Lookout. Then following years of vacationing on the Outer Banks, she and Kevin moved here full-time in December of 2016.

Originally from just outside Chicago, Amy and husband Kevin, who is from Northeastern Tennessee, lived in the Washington DC area for 12 years before making the move to the Outer Banks. And once they did, they wasted no time. A short 7 months later (June of 2017) they opened their first Beef Jerky Outlet location at milepost 4.5 in Kitty Hawk. Then just a year later the family opened another location in Corolla.

Kevin introduces the OBX to the delicious Beef Jerky Outlet jerky!

Beefy Jerky may seem like a strange business to be involved in, but Amy says it really isn’t. “My husband (Kevin) has always been a fan of jerky and especially loves Beef Jerky Outlet jerky. We looked into it and found it was a small, family-run company that makes their own jerky in Tennessee and Michigan. We liked the product and the people, and we wanted to introduce the entire Outer Banks to the best jerky in the world!”

But you will find more than just beef jerky at the Beef Jerky Outlet. For the more adventurous eaters, they also have a wide variety of wild game jerky. Consider trying elk, bison, alligator, and kangaroo. You can also find sauces and seasonings along with an assortment of popcorns, hot sauces, jams, jellies and a whole lot more.

Both Amy and Kevin are practicing lawyers in addition to owning and operating their Beef Jerky Outlet stores and they want to stress that they have a great team at the stores and couldn’t do this without them.

Looking for an interesting jerky fact you can use to amaze you’re family and friends? It takes 3 pounds of meat to make 1 pound of jerky!

The Beefy Jerky Outlet – Outer Banks ships and can be reached at (252) 715-5800. Find them on the web at beefjerkyoutlet.com/kittyhawk and give them a follow on Instagram @obxjerky and Facebook @OuterBanksJerky

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2019 Winter Box – Reveal

2019 Winter Box Reveal

Happy Holidays from Outer Banks Box. If you’ve missed the Outer Banks during these cold months, we curated a selection to keep our subscribers’ beach-loving, OBX-dreaming hearts warm. This winter’s box is valued at over $80.00!

OBX Mode Socks | OBX – Valued at $25.00

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Outer Banks Socks designed by Crafty Mink – Cozy knee socks designed with a sweet shot of the ocean and Crafty Mink’s mermaid scale OBX island chain.  Slip them on and kick up your feet and let everyone know not to bother you because you’re in OBX Mode!


Handmade OBX Ornament | Muse Originals OBX – Valued at $12.00

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Custom Resin OBX Ornament with OBX Sand handmade by Muse Originals- These custom resin pour ornaments were handmade by OBX Box and Muse owner, Ami and the whole Muse family… it was a family affair you could say!  Each was finished by adding a shoreline of locally collected sand.


Jerky + exclusive discount | OBX Jerky Outlet – Valued at $3.00

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The Beef Jerky Outlet – Outer Banks- A lil taste to wet your appetite for your next OBX visit!  Please join us in relishing in our love of all things jerky – so many flavors and types to choose from that you won’t believe your eyes.  Your taste buds will guide you through our shop to find a custom flavor and type of jerky that you will forever claim as your favorite.  We will guide you through the selection to custom fit your jerky-joy.  Locals and vacationers alike will get to snack on a glorious lean-protein snack all day long while you enjoy our beautiful OBX beaches!  Grab your flip flops, beach chairs and towels, and a delicious snack to enjoy all day long. 


OBX Local Artist Print | OBX Wanderlist – Valued at $20.00

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OBX Wanderlist by Luna and Lime- The Outer Banks Wanderlist is the perfect vacation souvenir filled with memories. This colorful, hand-lettered piece is a unique and interactive gift for everyone in the family! Summer is just around the corner so get to planning!  Each print features 10 activities for you to enjoy while visiting the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. Each design is printed in full color on 110 lb. card stock.

My Home Sweet Home continued…. |  Greg’s book- Signed – Valued at $15.00

My Home Sweet Home continued…. Greg Smrdle

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Home Sweet Outer Banks Home… the story continued…. Written by Greg This is the sequel novel to “Home Sweet Outer Banks Home?” which was included on our Holiday box last year!  If you missed it you can download the Kindle version or order a copy here on Amazon.

Ever since completing that story, readers have requested a follow up to see how the family has endured. This novel is a stand alone, you won’t need to read the original first (though I hope you do).

Join the Stephens family as it faces ups and downs throughout the years. And find out if in fact the Outer Banks is Home Sweet Home.

Town Specific item – Valued at $8.00

When you subscribe to the OBX Box you are asked which Beach Town is your favorite, a tough decision, we know! We used this information to customize your Holiday Outer Banks Box, if you chose Corolla we included a sample of The Kind Cup coffee, roasted in the Corolla Village and available in many of the restaurants throughout the area… read below to learn about each of the town specific items in detail.

The Kind Cup Coffee

Corolla – Kind Cup Coffee | The Kind Cup

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Kind Cup Coffee – Small Batch, craft roasted coffee. Spreading a little love and kindness, one cup at a time! Amy puts a lot of love, time, passion, and energy into each batch of her fresh roasted coffee.  She is a small batch roaster, which means she roasts daily and precisely.  It doesn’t get any fresher than this!  The Kind Cup provides pounds  of delicious coffee to local restaurants , and now, I’m going global!  With the click of a button, you can enjoy Corolla’s favorite coffee year-round! The Kind Cup coffee can be found in the Corolla Village Market!

Tommy's Market - Wine Stoppers

Duck & Southern Shores – Tommy’s Market | Tommys Market OBX

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Tommy’s Market Wine SaverTommy’s Market was established in 1987 and was one of the first businesses in Duck, NC. Through the years, the store has grown to be what it is today! From the beginning, Tommy’s has focused on high-quality, specialty food and drink. Recently they have shifted their focus to having the best selection of natural and organic foods on the Outer Banks. They strive to have good, wholesome food that accommodates every dietary need. You will find that in their store they have something for everyone!

Hatteras Saltworks Sea Salt

Hatteras – Hatteras Sea Salt | Hatteras Salt Works

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PURE NUTRIENT RICH OCEAN WATER MAKES PURE NUTRIENT RICH OCEAN SALT” Slow evaporation is the best method of reducing the salt water for mineral retention. Unlike table salt, good quality unrefined, pure, sea salt can contain up to 87 trace minerals. These minerals are a crucial contribution to our immune, digestive,and circulatory systems as well as many other benefits to our health.  We believe that the ocean provides us with many of the Natural Minerals we need and it is important to us to share these health benefits with you.

Kill Devil Rum Ball Company - Rum Balls

Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Kitty Hawk – KDH Rum Balls | Kill Devil Rum Ball Company

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Hand made right here in Kill Devil Hills, proudly using Pecan Honey Artisan Rum distilled in small batches on historic Roanoke Island at the OBX’s first legal distillery: Outer Banks Distilling

Ocracoke Strong - Sticker

Ocracoke Ocracoke Strong Stickers | Ocracoke Strong

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On September 6th, 2019 Hurricane Dorian’s  Eye went over beautiful Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. It caused catastrophic flooding with a tidal surge of 8′ feet and extreme structural damage around the entire island. There were over 600 homes with damage and flooding which left hundreds of people and families homeless. We lost 80% of the business on the island and all of the island’s infrastructure.  This is how #OCRACOKESTRONG was born!  We purchased these stickers at full price in order to help support the folks of our lovely neighbors on the lovely island of Ocracoke.

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2019 Fall Box Reveal

Outer Banks Box - Fall 2019

Fall is here and you can be comforted by all things OBX! The theme for this year’s Fall box is Cozy & Comfortable! We’ve curated all items to warm you up and keep you cozy and comfy for the cooler fall days.

Beanie | Muse Originals OBX – Valued at $25.00

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Uber soft, cable knit and fleece-lined beanies adorned with an engraved leather patch featuring Muse Originals OBX’s much adored wave logo, the perfect accessory to keep the beach close on those crisp, Fall days ahead.  Each subscriber received 1 of these 4 colors.


OBX Seasalt Chips | Carolina Kettle – Valued at $1.85

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A bag of “Outer Banks Sea Salt” chips to munch on, close your eyes and imagine you’re having a salty snack on the beach! Carolina sourced ingredients with southern recipes. All chips are All-Natural, Gluten Free, Kosher Certified and without Trans fats. By using 100% Sunflower Oil, each chip is super crunchy giving you the Carolina sunshine you’ve been missing.


Outer Banks Coffee Mug | OBX Local artist Meg Rubino of Yellow Sol Studio – Valued at $25.00

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Each mug sublimation printed by local Mompreneur, Mandy Creef, of Cotton Blossom Mugs!  What started as a little hobby to quiet an anxious post partum mom quickly became an obsession and now a blossoming business for Mandy!  We are so glad to have been able to team up with her on this project, we pushed her limits on this order, she learned new tricks and did an absolutely wonderful job!  Check her out online when you get a chance, seriously fun stuff, we promise…

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Meg Rubino – OBX Artist

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Outer Banks, NC stoneware mug is lovingly printed by Cotton Blossom with a painting of the Kitty Hawk Pier. The painting is by OBX Local Artist Meg Rubino of Yellow Sol Studio. Sip on your warm beverage on those cold crisp fall days (or nights) remembering all of those beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

The watercolor featured on the camp style stoneware mug is that of OBX Local Artist, Meg Rubino of Yellow Sol Studio.  Meg’s watercolor paintings are much sought after here on the beach, she paints mostly beachscapes, iconic Outer Banks spots and the sweetest surf scenes you can imagine!  

Be sure to snap a pic and tag us on Instagram @outerbanksbox next time you have a chance to sip on your warm beverage this Fall!  You’ve seen where we live, let’s see your view!

NOTE: Mug is not microwave safe.


Mandala | Naked Lady Mandalas – Valued at $15.00

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Wooden mandala paintings, each uniquely designed and hand-painted by local OBX artist Melanie of Naked Lady Mandalas. Melanie spent the better part of a month creating these mandalas for our Fall box.  The design of the mandala is to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that chattering thoughts cease, and a more philosophic or spiritual essence envelopes the observer which in turn leads to higher consciousness or awareness…when Melanie told us this the first thougth was, “hmmm, kinda like the feeling you get watching the waves lap the shore”.  So be sure to put your mandala in a place where it will bring you the most needed peace.


Beach Please Oval Sticker | OBX Box – Valued at $4.00

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Vinyl “Beach Please!” sticker. These stickers are great for showing your love for the OBX. Each sticker is water, scratch, and fade resistant.

Pumpkin Pie Sugar | The Spice & Tea Exchange – Valued at $4.89

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Bubba Gump “Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice tea, pumpkin spice pie, pumpkin spice muffins, pumpkin spice cocoa, pumpkin spice cheese cake, pumpkin spice whip cream…”  Ha well we are sure Bubba could go on but we’ll let him digress.  Fall is the time for all things pumpkin so what would our Fall OBX Box be without some Pumpkin Spice Sugar from the Spice and Tea Exchange in Duck NC! This sugar topper can add your favorite Fall pumpkin sweet spice flavor to baked goods, coffee, tea, buttered toast and many more! Enjoy!

OBX Laser Seashell Charm | OBX Laser – Valued at $12.00

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OBX seashell, each hand-picked on the shores of the Outer Banks!  Scouring the shores from Corolla to Hatteras the folks from OBX Laser pick their fave shells and then etch OBX into each, creating a fun charm that is absolutely “charming” (pun intended!).

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While we have a couple of extra Fall boxes remaining (order here) we are now sourcing for our Holiday box and so far it is fantastic!  We will be sending Winter Boxes in the first weeks of December! OBX Boxes make the perfect holiday gift! Click the big fancy “Order Now” button below to head over to our ordering section or read more about the Outer Banks Box!

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OBX BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT – Hattiebuilt

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What started your passion for Hatteras

We have been coming to Hatteras/Ocracoke for 35 years.  It was love at first sight…… and the love affair is still going strong!

How long have you been creating?  How did you get into it? Do you work in any other mediums?

My husband and I started Hattiebuilt in 2014, after realizing that a lifestyle brand focused on life “South of the Bonner” was not being catered to.

Did you grow up on the OBX? What is your history with the Outer Banks?

We grew up in PA and relocated to Virginia Beach, where we spent our entire adult life, until last year. Proud to finally call Hatteras Island home.  😊

What’s your favorite thing about the OBX? 

The laid-back lifestyle, the salt air, the views and sunsets at “the ditch.”

Tell us about your background/day job

Sales and Design background.

Which of your items is your favorite and why?

All of our logo’d hattiebuilt branded items are my fav!  It sets apart the Hatteras Island homeowner/vacationer and lover of this barrier island. Not everyone is “built” for life on a sandbar.

Where in the OBX is your favorite place to go? 

Anyplace where the sun sets along the water’s edge.

Are you passionate about anything else that you’d like to help spread the message about?

Beach clean up, turtles, horses, kids, and helping the hungry! We love to make friends with our homeless feline friends, that roam the island. Although we do not own a cat of our own, many of them benefit from our weekly Food Lion shopping trips.

OBX Business Highlight – Burn Baby Burn

Outer Banks Business Spotlight - Burn Baby Burn

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Meet Emily Caffrey of Burn Baby Burn, one of our favorite Outer Banks businesses! We’ve asked her a few questions about her business, her start and her passions and her life in the OBX.

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What started your passion for wood burning?

Like many artists along the Outer Banks, the ocean has fueled my passion. I could say even further that scuba diving is the biggest inspiration that I have. Getting up close and personal with so many different fish inspires me to create a piece of artwork including them. Conservation is also a major drive for me–I like to learn fun facts about the animals that I create to share what’s so cool about them and why they are important to their ecosystem!

How long have you been creating?  How did you get into it? Do you work in any other mediums?

I have been creating wood burnings since college. I was shown a burning tool by a friend and thought it was so neat. I tried my luck with it and loved it. Then I started to make burnings of things that inspired me, like wildlife. My first burning was a simple map of the U.S. Virgin Islands and then a heron! I liked to create animals much more than objects–straight lines have never been my thing! Although wood burning is my niche, I also paint, sketch, and enjoy photography. I like anything artsy. I have seen other pyrographers burn on water color paper; I’d love to try that next!

Did you grow up on the OBX? What is your history with the Outer Banks?

I grew up in western Maryland, but vacationed every summer to the Outer Banks with my family. During college I worked in OBX as a kayak guide with Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School which immersed me in beautiful areas of the Outer Banks that many have not visited. My love for OBX just kept growing, so I looked for work here after schooling and I landed a job at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. I’ve been here full-time for about 2.5 years.

What’s your favorite thing about the OBX?

Besides the beach? Saltwater marshes. I could spend endless time exploring the marshes, there are so many and each one is different. They are beautiful at any time of the day. During light you can see lots of birds, fish, and plant life while at night you can see bio-luminescence.

Tell us about your background/day job?

I am a SCUBA Instructor! I earned my degree in Environmental Studies from Salisbury University and after college I went through Divemaster and Instructor training and always hoped to combine the two together. And I have; I work as a Dive Safety Technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. I am a part of all the dive operations that happen in the facility in some form or another. It is my job to clean habitats, maintain and service SCUBA equipment, make sure other divers are safe, lead guest divers, train divers, and participate in an offshore Lionfish mitigation project (which is my favorite part about the job)! I have learned so much about wildlife and diving while working there that it has further fueled my passion for wildlife conservation.

Which of your items is your favorite and why?

I like the Caribbean Octopus that I did. Octopuses are one of my favorite animals; they are so interesting to learn about and to see in person (especially on night dives)! The piece itself also includes blue and purple colors, which is a fun addition to the burnt wood. The octopus totally needed the extra wow factor being that they are so vibrantly colored!

Where in the OBX is your favorite place to go?

Pea Island! Because it doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic, it’s such a fun place to walk the beach, look for shells, watch the sunset in a kayak on the sound, and enjoy some solitude when I need it. It is such a great place to get a look at the Milky Way at night!

Are you passionate about anything else that you’d like to help spread the message about (Beach clean up, turtles, horses, kids, helping the hungry)?

Beach clean ups for sure, or any clean ups really. I believe that you should leave a place a little bit cleaner than how you found it–and that’s easy to do by picking up a few pieces of trash along the way. It not only helps the place look cleaner, but it prevents any garbage from getting into water systems and in the bellies of curious animals. It’s easy to make small adjustments in your lifestyle to help make the world a healthier place (a.k.a. use reusable water bottles, straws, and grocery bags). Being more conscious about how your actions affect the place surrounding you.

2019 Spring Box Reveal

Outer Banks Box - 2019 Spring Box Reveal

Have you been not so patiently waiting for Spring to get here? We have been so excited to get our Spring OBX goodies to your front door for some time now! This Spring Box has so many amazing Outer Banks inspired creations from small businesses and OBX lovers that has a total value of $85!

Travel Soap | Hollow Daze – Valued at $5

Hollow Daze Castile Soap & Natural Skincare

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When our subscribers opened their Spring box they most likely smelled Spring and Summer! The soap was created exclusively for our subscribers. Named “Equinox”, the scent has notes of Tangerine, Orange and Spearmint evoking a unique mix of hot and cool ocean breezes. With a hint of naturally antibacterial Tea Tree, this soap is perfect for travel, hopefully to the OBX! Hollow Daze can be found in Manteo, Avon and Dowdy during the market and craft show season! Like them on Facebook to see their show calendar and visit them during your visit to the Outer Banks!

Equinox Ingredients: Olive Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Essential Oils of Orange, Tangerine, Spearmint & Tea Tree.


Beach Please Tumbler | Artist: Crafty Mink – Valued at $20

Beach, Please 3-in-1 tumbler.

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Each of our subscribers received this one of a kind, specially made for the Spring Outer Banks Box! This tumbler is like no other. You can use this tumbler 3 different ways! You can use it as a can koozie, bottle koozie or pour your favorite beverage in and pop on the lid and it stays safe from sand or salt water!

The Outer Banks with tiny little scales were each lovingly hand drawn by Melissa of Crafty Mink. Crafty Mink is a North Carolina native currently residing in Virginia Beach. She’s lived on the coast for her entire life and has found inner peace, love and passion through her art.  She creates coastal and beach decor via watercolor, acrylics and pen and ink. See all of her work on her Instagram account (link above) and show some love and follow. Visit http://craftymink.com/ for more creations from Crafty Mink!


Stamped Bracelets | Anne Marie Brown – Valued at $15

Stamped Bracelets with Outer Banks towns and designs hand stamped.

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For our subscribers that chose specific towns we had a special treat! Hand stamped bracelets designed and crafted by Ann Marie Brown. These bracelets are lovingly stamped with designs that represent that area. Anne Marie uses her days in the Outer Banks to capture the scenes she sees that touch her heart and finds their way onto jewelry or canvas and hopefully to your heart as well!

She accepts custom orders and commissions!

Visit her website: https://anne-marie-brown.pixels.com/


OBX Keychain | Burn Baby Burn  – Valued at $12

OBX Keychain

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Burn Baby Burn created a specific design for our subscribers. Each hand burned, each a one of a kind, a mini master piece if you will! Emily Caffrey of Burn Baby Burn is an artist, environmentalist, pro scuba diver and OBX local! All of her larger pieces can be found on her website, you definitely need to check out more of her amazing work!

Visit: https://burnbabyburneac.com


OBX Lighthouse Etched Seashells – Valued at $5

Outer Banks lighthouses

Lighthouses from all over the Outer Banks painted on little seashells were included in every subscriber’s Spring Box! Those that subscribed with a specific town favorite, received a light house either in that town or close to that town!


Handmade Earring Set | Blue Pelican  – Valued at $28

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OBX Local Jen Johnson of Blue Pelican Gallery in Hatteras gave every subscriber not only 1 set but 2! One set is a beautiful wave and the other a matching pretty stud set! She loved making these earrings so much that she is giving away 2 extra sets of Waves and Mini’s. She’d love to see how they look on you!

To Enter Blue Pelican’s Giveaway

Post a pic on Facebook or Instagram before April 15th and use the hashtag #myobxwaves or #myobxminis or email photos to blue_pelican@mac.com and she’ll draw a winner on April 15!

Until you can get back to the Outer Banks, you can visit Jenn’s website at https://bluepelicangallery.com/ taking a look at local art, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles, wall art, pottery, home décor, wooden furniture, yarn, fiber art supplies. And much more!

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There is time for our upcoming Summer Box but hurry, as we will be sending Summer Boxes in the last weeks of June! Click the big fancy “Order Now” button below to head over to our ordering section or read more about the Outer Banks Box!

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OBX BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT – Naked Lady Mandalas

Naked Lady Mandalas
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Naked Lady Mandalas is certainly a name that will make most anyone stand up and take notice. Melanie, who created 300 unique hand painted mandala minis for our Fall 2019 box, explains the name is derived from her “baring her soul” in her artwork. 

Melanie, who is originally from upstate New York, became a traveling nurse and spent time in both New York City and Seattle before receiving a travel contract on the Outer Banks in February, 2106.  But artist is just one of Melanie’s labels. She is a former bipolar turned spiritual “yoga lady.” She is also a musician, skateboarder, and surfer.

You may be wondering what the mandala has to do with the OBX… Mandalas began as a form of meditation in ancient Tibet.  The lines, symbols and patterns not only put the artist into a state of meditation during their creation, but also have a meditative affect for the observer.  The beach also puts us into a similar state, the calming sounds of the waves crashing along the shore are a reason why people flock to the shore for their annual vacation from real life.  These mandalas were created throughout the Outer Banks, absorbing the energy of this magical place in hopes to bring some of that calmness to your home, until you can get to the beach again… The Outer Banks Beach Box hope you enjoy your specially created mandala from Melanie, the force behind Naked Lady Mandalas! If you are interested in more of Melanie’s artwork and custom designs, be sure to check out her website, www.nakedladymandalas.com and give her a follow on IG @nakedladymandalas.

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OBX BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT – The Spice and Tea Exchange

Fall Weather is back on the Outer Banks. The perfect time to visit The Spice and Tea Exchange in Duck. The shop, owned and operated by the mother/daughter team of Terry Bell and Megan Scott is located in the Scarborough Lane Shops where they subscribe to the mission: “Creating & sharing the experience of a more flavorful life.”

Step inside their 18th Century Trading Post retail concept and discover more than 140 spices, over 80 exclusive hand-mixed blends, 16 naturally-flavored sugars, an array of salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas.

The Spice and Tea Exchange is now offering cooking classes this fall and winter. Plus, you won’t want to miss their Chef Series Dinners. The Chef Series features a  local chef preparing a 4-course meal in their shop using their spice blends, salt and sugars. Space is limited – and they sell out fast, so make your reservation now!

Any chef will tell you that fresh ingredients is so important for a great meal. Fresh is what you will find at The Spice and Tea Exchange in Duck – a place for all hand-mixed spice blends, teas, and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else!

Be sure to stop by on your next visit, located in the Scarborough Lane Shops in Duck NC and give them a follow on IG @spiceandtea.duck

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2019 Summer Box Reveal

Summer is finally here! We’re excited to get you up and out to enjoy these beautiful summer days with ecco friendly, OBX themed goodies valued at $75!

“Outer Banks Take Me Away” Beach Bag | OBX Box – Valued at $25

OBX Beach Bag

The Outer Banks has always seemed to take all of your troubles, stress, and worries and carry them far far away. Or at least we think so!

Use this lightweight bag to fit all of your day’s fun and bring it home without bringing all of the sand with you. The mesh helps keep sand where it loves to be (on the beach) and helps any wet toys, towels, seashells or sea glass to dry faster! We love this tote and we hope you do too!


Beach Towel | by OBX Box (Artist: Beach Gallery) – Valued at $25

OBX Route 12 Towel

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You can be proud representing the OBX and an OBX local artist when you spread this towel out on your favorite beach! Mike Hart with Beach Gallery in Duck, NC is one of our favorite artists. He incorporates well known Outer Banks landmarks such as this Route 12 sign and other familiar landscapes into his beautiful paintings.


Locally Sourced Jam | OBX Island Jams – Valued at $5.99

Local Jam - OBX Island Jams

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Can’t make it to the OBX this year? No problem, get a taste of the OBX with jam that’s handmade with ingredients from the Outer Banks by our friends at OBX Island Jams. It doesn’t get much better than that!


Glass Straw + Case | Sandbar Creative Glass – Valued at $9.99

Reusable Glass Straws and Repurposed Case

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Always wanted to do your part to help save our oceans and our ocean dwellers? Now you are doing just that! These one-of-a-kind glass straw handmade by David Pipkin of Sandbar Creative Glass help reduce the use of plastic straws polluting our oceans. Straws contribute to injuring our beloved sea turtles and others as they believe the straws are food.

We would love it if you brought your straws with you while you dine out! And with the help of David’s extremely talented mom, Ms. Paulette, you can carry your straw safely in a hand-sewn case that is…you guessed it, made with love out of recycled material!


OBX Goodies Town Specific! – Valued at $10

Hattie Built
Island Attic hand carved wooden sculptures

Subscribers received one of these special items representing their chosen favorite town in the Outer Banks!

Show them some love and follow these amazing OBX small businesses:

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There is time for our upcoming Fall Box but hurry, as we will be sending Fall Boxes in the last weeks of September! Click the big fancy “Order Now” button below to head over to our ordering section or read more about the Outer Banks Box!

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Business Spotlight – Ocean Hippie Organics & Barrier Island Bagels



Ocean Hippie Organics

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What started your passion for Ocean Hippie Organics?

My passion for handmade skin care products began while pregnant with my first child over 4 years ago. I quickly became one of those women who obsessed about what I put in my body via beauty products and for the first time in my life I became aware of ingredients and how amazing our skin is. Out of my immediate love and devotion to our unborn child (and for my fear of stretch marks) I embarked on an oily journey that ultimately became Ocean Hippie Organics.

What’s your favorite item?

My favorite product is by far the Ancient Recipe Face Serum made with Jojoba Oil, Young Living Frankincense and Myrrh. 

I have never been to one to wear a ton of makeup, if any, so I have to keep my skin fresh and youthful. To do so I apply this oily serum to my face and neck every single day after I shower. The intense blend of vitamin E from the Jojoba oil and the holistic skin healing properties of the Frankincense and Myrrh my face has fought off sun damage from my years of coastal living and natural aging wrinkles. I honestly will never put anything store bought on my face again as my pores have become incredibly spoiled and pampered!

What’s your most popular item?

OHO’s most popular item is a close call between the Ancient Recipe Serum and the Matcha Body Butter. Both men and women immediately fall in love face Serum. My husband and other male users say they love the Serum for the perfect after shave feel. My dad uses the Serum everyday on his face to help heal his skin cancer scars and help with exhausting cancer spots (Frankincense and Mryyh are most amazing oils to help heal skin cells!).

What’s your favorite thing about the OBX?

The Outer Banks has been my home away from home since I was in my mother’s womb. I am from New Bern but a lot of my upbringing was in Corolla. My parents moved a house to Corolla when Route 12 was still dirt so to say that me and my family enjoyed the “wild” Corolla is an understatement. Freedom, solitude, nature, wind, and extraordinary experiences are what made up my childhood and shaped me into the free spirit I am today. Wildness is what I love about the Outer Banks. It still exists here but not as freely as 20 years ago but if you know where to look you can still find it. 

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What’s your favorite bagel/cream cheese?

Wow, choosing just one favorite bagel and cream cheese is difficult. But I guess my go to on any given day is a everything bagel with veggie cream cheese on the side ( I am a dipper). But if I have a sweet tooth, French Toast bagel for sure!

What’s your most popular bagel/cream cheese?

The most popular bagel winner hands down are French Toast Bagel and Everything Bagel. Both are pretty versatile and can accommodate breakfast sandwiches, cream cheese, butter, and some folks even put ham on the French Toast!

What does your daily routine look like on nice Spring day?

Spring is one of best seasons on the Outer Banks and for good reasons. Empty beaches, perfect weather, restaurants reopening and the return of money! 

My daily routine on a nice spring day is kids, make money, play outside, sleep, repeat! We are a family of outdoor enthusiasts and conservations so the hustle to get outside is very real every day.

Besides the store, where in the OBX is your favorite place to go?

I enjoy several other businesses but when it comes to my favorite place to go it’s always in nature. I will choose a sunset, campfire or beach adventure over any restaurant or bar every time