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.

Burn Baby Burn

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

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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

Handmade Earring Sets

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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!

Like what you see?

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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Outer Banks Box Has New Owners!

Hello OBX fans!

We have some great news to share.

After a wonderfully exciting year and a half of business, and learning the ropes and nuances of running a subscription box company, Outer Banks Box is officially under new ownership!

Over the past few months, Nina and I had been considering the effects of managing the business alongside our two full-time professions. We knew that the potential of Outer Banks Box is so very great, but were developing a sense that we could not give the business all the time and nurturing it deserved. We wanted to find others with the passion for the Outer Banks who could take what we started and run even further with it!

Over the course of the spring, we sought out and met with several local business owners who we felt qualified to manage what we started and interviewed them to ensure they’d treat our creation, customers, and local partners with the level of care and devotion we had committed to. We’re happy to announce we found what we feel is a perfect match, and as of August 4th, 2018 Outer Banks Box is officially owned by the fabulous people at Muse Originals OBX!

You may recognize them from their storefront on the beach road in Kitty Hawk, NC near Art’s Place, or perhaps some of their fantastic social media posts and OBX Made business spotlights.  They aren’t your average local art and gift store… they really are something special with a distinctly fantastic vibe! Ami Hill, owner, is joined here with her family, Jonathan, Haley, Cooper, Griffin, and Penelope as well as Karen Brown, President of the Chamber, Sara Keener, Chamber and Richelle Barrett, CresCom Bank.

Nina and I could not be more thrilled to have found such wonderful people with a clear dedication to sharing the best of the Outer Banks with the world. We know this transition will open the door for bigger and better things for the little business we started, and also allow us more precious time to spend with our families in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

(Left to right: Melissa and Joe Minkowski, Ami Hill and son Griffin, Bob and Nina Kissell)

Ami has partnered with her Creative Director, Melissa Minkowski, at Muse Originals OBX and her computer genius and longboard surfing lover husband Joe to bring the Outer Banks Box under the Muse Originals OBX umbrella. We snapped this fun photo the day we transferred ownership to them, an exciting day for all!

I want to personally thank each and every person who’s been a part of our Outer Banks Box journey. From the very first customers who waited online to sign up back on Thanksgiving morning in 2016, to Facebook fans and business partners giving us support every step of the way. Your photographs, feedback, and words of encouragement are something that we will never forget. It has been a pleasure sharing our little slice of heaven with you in that teal blue box… and we have faith you’ll be delighted for years to come.

 

Sincerely,

Bob and Nina Kissell

 

 

 

 

Summer 2018 Box Reveal

Summer is FINALLY here and it felt great to send another round of boxes to our subscribers. This box featured a balanced mix of delicious treats and unique gifts from small businesses on the Outer Banks!

Seaglass Charm – Cloud Nine

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Made with authentic seaglass from the Outer Banks, Ginny Flowers at Cloud Nine has been carefully crafting jewelry like this beautiful charm for over 30 years! Each piece sent to subscribers was one-of-a-kind and found by Ginny herself! Make sure to visit her store the next time your in Nags Head for a remarkable experience and even make your own beaded creations.

Rib Roarin’ Sauce – Pigman’s BBQ

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They’re bringing saucy back! Subscribers received a full-size bottle of Pigman’s Rib Roarin’ Sauce which is a lively blend of tomato-based flavor mixed with tangy traditional Carolina style taste that you’ve come to love.

Pigman’s is located on the bypass in Kill Devil Hills and is always a great stop to get your BBQ fix. They also have an extensive catering menu for parties or large groups!

Confetti Cookie Bites – Sweater Box Confections

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Simple, sweet, and oh so addicting! These bite-sized morsels from Sweater Box Confections are decked out in fun summer colored sprinkles and will have you coming back for more. Our subscribers have them very great reviews and we may or may not have a secret stash of them in our house!

Email before placing your orders to get a coupon for FREE SHIPPING on  $40 or more at SweaterBoxConfections.com!

Pineapple Mint Candle – The Outer Banks Candle Company

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What do you love most about summer? The sights? The smells? The experiences? We felt compelled to include fantastic items that captured the essence of summer, and the Pineapple Mint candles from the Outer Banks Candle Company do just that!

Owned and operated by Kimber Smith in Kitty Hawk, NC, The Outer Banks Candle Company is a small business that turns out some big-time products! Their varieties of candles have grown over the years and they offer a large assortment of candles, scents, and even pre-made gift baskets that are perfect for holiday giving. Take a peek over at TheOuterBanksCandleCompany.com and start enjoying more great scents in your life today!

Outer Banks Box EXCLUSIVE – Outer Banks Print Shell Bag

Subscribers also received an exclusively produced Outer Banks mesh beach bag with an “On Beach Time” imprint. The slotted construction is perfect for keeping sand from accumulating and side pockets make organizing your belongings a cinch!

Like what you see? As of the time of publishing this blog, there are still a few spots remaining for our upcoming fall box! Click the big fancy button below to head over to our ordering section or read more about the Outer Banks Box!

Spring 2018 Box Reveal

After a winter with brutal weather that felt exceptionally long,  just about everyone had been looking forward to spring this year! We took extra steps to ensure this box was bursting with color and plenty of goodies to get our subscribers a taste of the Outer Banks and primed for warmer sunny days to come!

Assorted Saltwater Taffy – Forbes Taffy & Gifts

A classic! We chose a large bag of fresh saltwater taffy from Forbes Candies & Gifts for our spring box as it’s the tastiest around and a true crowdpleaser! Digging into the soft and sweet morsels, you’ll instantly be transformed into a state of daydreaming about days on the sunny seashore!

Gourmet Caramel Corn – The Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

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When it comes to popcorn, there’s none finer than the creations from the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe! They’ve got their corn down to a science, choosing only a certain variety known for it’s desirable surface area with more room to pour their tasty toppings on.

Subscribers received a bag of gourmet caramel corn and we’re positive it didn’t last long! To order more popcorn in additional flavors or collectible tins, visit https://gourmetpopcornandgifts.com.

Use coupon code “OBXBOX” FOR 20% OFF online orders! Expires 9/1/18.

Nautical Wish Bracelet – Chris Wolff

Make a wish! Available in a variety of nautical charms like starfish, mermaids, seahorses, sandals, and more, subscribers received a handmade wish bracelet created by local artist Chris Wolff. Wear this adorable charm around your wrist or ankle, and when it falls off, your wish may come true!

You may have seen Wolff’s creations in the Lone Wolf Trading Company that was located in the Surfside Plaza in Nags Head. Chris now sells her jewelry throughout many local businesses on the Outer Banks including Gulf Stream Gifts on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills.

Beach Scene Coasters – Stephanie Kiker Designs

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As you walk through gift shops, cafes, and art galleries on the Outer Banks, it’s hard not to take in all the beautiful crafts and works of art and start developing a sense for “who’s who” and signature styles of individual artists. One artist with an incredibly alluring and memorable style for their depictions of nature and bold colors is Stephanie Kiker.

One of the most popular items from the shipment was a set of neoprene coasters featuring iconic imagery of the Outer Banks. Sometimes there’s nothing better to help cure the “missing the OBX blues” than having a keepsake in your home that has a beautiful representation of the scenery on the beach. The coasters did that and more, and we were exceptionally excited to share with our subscribers.

Find your own OBX inspiring items in her shop now!

Outer Banks Box EXCLUSIVE – OBX Print Lined Journal

Last but not least, subscribers also received an exclusively produced journal with a beachy OBX signs post print cover. We all know vacation memories are what makes journeys so fun, so we knew this journal would be a perfect gift to keep your precious memories jotted down and saved to recall forever!

Like what you see? As of the time of publishing this blog, there are still a few spots remaining for our upcoming summer box! Click the big fancy button below to head over to our ordering section or read more about the Outer Banks Box!

Business Spotlight – Stephanie Kiker Designs

Spring has sprung on the Outer Banks and hundreds of OBX fans have received our latest box and have been enjoying a sampling of items from the place they love. One of the most popular items from the shipment was a set of neoprene coasters featuring iconic imagery of the Outer Banks. Sometimes there’s nothing better to help cure the “missing the OBX blues” than having a keepsake in your home that has a beautiful representation of the scenery on the beach. The coasters did that and more, and we were exceptionally excited to share with our subscribers.

As you walk through gift shops, cafes, and art galleries on the Outer Banks, it’s hard not to take in all the beautiful crafts and works of art and start developing a sense for “who’s who” and signature styles of individual artists. One artist with an incredibly alluring and memorable style for their depictions of nature and bold colors is Stephanie Kiker.

A Hatteras Island local, Stephanie graduated from the School of Design at North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Having always enjoyed drawing and illustrating, she began pursuing a career as a working artist when she moved to Hatteras Island, NC. Since 1996 Stephanie has been selling her art to galleries and stores nationwide. She produces her art on a variety of products from prints and wall art to functional art such as cutting boards, Phone cases, coasters, ceramic tiles, coin purses, ornaments and more.

“I love living at the beach and on an island…Hatteras Island, North Carolina.” Stephanie’s art is inspired by her environment. Whether it’s on the beach, on the water, under the water, in the marshes, or in the sound she enjoys creating her own interpretations and expressions of the wildlife and their natural surroundings. Textures, colors, patterns, shapes, movement all play a part in Stephanie’s pieces. She moves from realism in the soft pastel works to bold graphic shapes, patterns, and colors in the colored pencil/ink or silk painting work.

“I feel lucky to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of this area and experience it much of the time through surfing and kiteboarding. Along with the exhilaration of the sports, they give me the chance to be surrounded by the smells, sounds, water, wind and wildlife that inspire me so much.

Stephanie’s designs are easy to fall in love with and even easier to make your own. By visiting her website, StephanieKiker.com, you’ll find her works on hundreds of items plus a schedule of her live appearances at art shows and festivals over the course of the year. Make sure to see if there’s an event during your next trip to the Outer Banks! You can also follow along on her Facebook page and Instagram profile.

Whether looking for a gift for a loved one or a work of art to fill your home with a little more Outer Banks happy thoughts, Stephanie’s works are sure to please. We can’t thank her enough for working with us on the 2018 Spring Box for our subscribers, and wish her years of continued success living out her passion for art and the Outer Banks!

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Winter 2017 Box Reveal

At the peak of vacation daydreaming season, our Winter 2017 box was extremely well received and offered a wide variety of items from all over the Outer Banks!

We introduced our subscribers to some fresh faces in the OBX Box lineup as well as a returning fan favorite! There was also a box-exclusive bonus item this time around!   🙂

Sugar Scrub – Luxury Lingerie & Beauty Boutique

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Perfect for seafaring sailors and mermaids alike, the sugar scrub by Luxury in Duck, NC is like a day at the spa for your hands! It exfoliates and hydrates at the same time plus will NOT leave your hands feeling oily or greasy.

Besides this life-changing scrub, Luxury also features a one of a kind shopping experience for lingerie, sleepwear, bridal, and romantic gifts that you won’t find anywhere else on the Outer Banks!

Make sure you stop and pay a visit on your next trip to the OBX… they’re located in the unique upper level store above Urban Cottage in the Scarborough Faire Shopping Center in Duck, NC. You can also shop online at LuxuryOBX.com.

Onion Obsession Spice Mix – The Spice & Tea Exchange in Duck, NC

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Returning for another appearance in the Outer Banks Box was a new spice mix from The Spice & Tea Exchange located in Duck, NC!

The Onion Obsession mix is perfect for your favorite hearty winter recipes. It makes a great addition to chicken, pork, or beef cuts, plus a super easy dip mix!

Our subscribers and readers get an EXCLUSIVE 10% OFF discount when you email your orders in to duck@spiceandtea.com! Go ahead and find your favorite spices and gifts online first and then make sure to send your order in via email and mention the Outer Banks Box for your discount!

OBX Crab Seasoned Nuts – Try My Nuts Nut Company

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An OBX icon, we were thrilled to include delicious premium peanuts from Try My Nuts Nut Company in our winter box!

The “OBX Nuts” come in a tin wrapped with a very familiar beach scene. The tasty peanuts inside are flavored to perfection with a savory crab seasoning that will make you reminisce about your favorite Outer Banks vacation memories!

Head over to TryMyNuts.com to find more varieties and flavors of gourmet nuts plus other fun treats and sweets!

Sea Critter Ornament – Kinnakeet Clay

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The perfect holiday gift, we teamed up with (the extremely talented) Antoinette at Kinnakeet Clay Studio and Showroom in Avon, NC to find these beautiful sea critter clay ornaments for our subscribers!

The patterns were varied, and included seahorses, blue crabs, and a multi-shell pattern… PERFECT for lovers of the beach and anyone who holds the Outer Banks near and dear to their hearts.

Besides her own items, Antionette’s showroom also features the works of many other talented potters. Make sure to check out Kinnakeet Clay’s Instagram for daily product photos and giveaways throughout the year!

Outer Banks Box EXCLUSIVE – 2018 OBX Calendar

Last but not least, subscribers also received an exclusively produced wall calendar featuring thirteen photographs of the Outer Banks, submitted by fans in our Facebook Photo Contest! Fond memories are only a quick glance away!

So, do you want to stay connected to the Outer Banks while you’re not on vacation? We can help! Order now to beat our deadline before our next box ships. As a reminder, boxes mail out at the end of the month in March, June, September, and December… a perfect surprise for the start of each season! You can get just one as a gift, pay box-to-box, or even pre-pay for multiple boxes and SAVE $$$!

Fall 2017 Box Reveal

Falling in love with the Outer Banks is easy to do in autumn. The warm sunny rays beam down on the sand and you can enjoy crisp temperatures and strolls on the wide open beaches. Fishing it at its finest and the local community is bustling with events and annual celebrations.

We made every effort to capture the essence of autumn on the OBX and deliver it up in our first ever fall box! See below what was included then make sure to sign up for shipments so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Pumpkin Bread – Sweater Box Confections

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Back for another appearance in the Outer Banks Box is Sweater Box Confections! You may remember the tasty lavender cookies from our spring box, which were such a hit that we are always open to including more of their creations! After sampling a mini-sized loaf of Pumpkin Bread, it was game over; we knew it had to be included in our fall box as an essential edible for subscribers to enjoy!

If you’re looking to make your holidays even more special, Chris bakes up delicious pies and even more bread and homemade butter that can be delivered to your door. Through the end of 2017, use code OBXBOX10 to save 10% off your online orders at SweaterBoxConfections.com! Try a larger loaf of Pumpkin Bread and Cranberry Butter or some tasty pies for delighting your guests this season.

Vintage Soy Wax Candles – Outer Banks Candle Co.

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Sometimes there’s nothing cozier than cuddling up with a blanket, a book, and enjoying the ambiance of a richly scented candle. Given that, it was a no-brainer to seek out a locally made candle that would warm your home with smells of the season.

Kimber Smith at the Outer Banks Candle Co. hand pours a wide variety of premium candles right in Kitty Hawk, NC. Her work has evolved over the years and has set the benchmark for quality. All of our subscribers received a full-size 8oz vintage style soy candle. Scents chosen were mulled cider and pumpkin cobbler. Tell me that doesn’t sound amazing!

The Outer Banks Candle Co. offers a large assortment of candles, scents, and even pre-made gift baskets that are perfect for holiday giving. Take a peek over at TheOuterBanksCandleCompany.com and use code OBXBOX for $10 OFF your orders!

Atlantic Ocean Sea Salt – Hatteras Saltworks

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It doesn’t get much more direct than this! You want the OBX? You get the OBX!

The crew over at Hatteras Saltworks takes fresh Atlantic Ocean water and turns it into savory enjoyment for all.  Subscribers received a bag of their hand-harvested, solar evaporated, unrefined, 100% pure sea salt that’s perfect for just about any meal!

Besides original, they also offer tempting flavor infusions like rosemary sea salt and pecan smoked sea salt that’s done right on site! Sound tempting? Their running a special right now on a trio pack so you can try them all! Learn more about them and place your orders at HatterasSaltWorks.com!

Olive Oil & Vinegar Set – Outer Banks Olive Oil Co.

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Hearty ingredients and robust flavors are the cornerstone of culinary creations as the weather gets colder and the holidays approach us. Knowing that, it seemed no better time to highlight a local purveyor of fine olive oils and vinegars on the Outer Banks!

The Outer Banks Olive Oil Company provides a wide variety of the world’s freshest premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, specialty oils, and vinegars. When you visit their locations, you get to experience the largest and freshest selection of artisan oils and vinegars in the region. Subscribers received bottles of both the Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Traditional Aged Balsamic Vinegar.

Give this recipe a try: Tomato, Gouda, & Avocado Chunky Dip

Serves 4-6. Prep Time 5 min. You’ll need 10 chopped cherry tomatoes, 1 chopped avocado, 8 finely diced basil leaves, 4 oz cubed Gouda cheese, 1/2 bunch diced scallions, and 2tbsp Tuscan Herb Olive Oil. Mix all ingredients and serve with tortilla chips.

As a special offer, use code SAVE15 in the comments section online to get 15% OFF any oil or vinegar through the end of November! Go to OuterBanksOlive.com to order!

Outer Banks, NC Keychain

Last but not least, subscribers also received a collectible Outer Banks, NC state shaped keychain. This extra touch seemed like the perfect way to carry the OBX around with you and have it nearby to reflect on your memories more often.  🙂

So, are you ready to start getting your own doses of the Outer Banks while you’re not on vacation? We can help!

We put this big blue button down below so you can get signed up for our quarterly shipments that go out each season. You can get just one as a gift, pay box-to-box, or even pre-pay for a whole year and save $10!

Summer 2017 Box Reveal

Welcome to another Outer Banks Box reveal blog!

Summer is in full swing on the OBX and hundreds of happy Outer Banks Box subscribers are enjoying the contents of our latest shipment. Read for yourself what was included then make sure to sign up for shipments so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Extras, if available, are here.

One of our most highly rated, the 2017 Summer Box had a balanced assortment of both consumables and usables!

Carolina BBQ Rub Spice Blend – The Spice & Tea Exchange in Duck, NC

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Brand new for 2017, The Spice & Tea Exchange is located in the Scarborough Lane shops in Duck, NC and features quite possibly the largest assortment of fine herbs, spices, teas, and accessories within a hundred miles of the Outer Banks!

When we first learned about their opening, we were very eager to get in and experience what they had to offer. Needless to say we were beyond impressed and had to share this new treat with all of our subscribers!

All 2017 Summer Boxes featured a 1oz bag of The Spice & Tea Exchange’s Carolina BBQ Rub… a timeless classic and perfect addition to any kitchen in the summertime. Based on the tradition of the delicious mustards & vinegars used in Carolina style barbecues, this sweet and savory rub is perfect for ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket, or mixing into dips!

The local flavor and essence of southern hospitality does not end there. The owners of The Spice & Tea Exchange have also extended a special offer to our subscribers and readers. Get the “Outer Banks Box” 10% OFF discount when you browse online, then order via email at duck@spiceandtea.com!

Read more about our experience at The Spice & Tea Exchange here!

Set of “Beach, Please!” Neoprene Can Koozies

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Who doesn’t want a little more beach in their life?

Every subscriber received two of these fun “Beach, Please!” koozies, that are actually made from the same neoprene material as surfing wetsuits. They show off your love for the OBX and are guaranteed to keep you and your drinks cooler this summer!

Snag your own pair in our extras store!

Saltwater Taffy in Keepsake Bag – Forbes Candies & Gifts

It wouldn’t feel like summer at the beach without some mouthwatering saltwater taffy! In debating wether to include it in our first summer box or potentially next year’s, we perused the many options from businesses on the beach, including Forbes Taffy & Gifts. When we came across these keepsake bags filled with taffy, there was really no other option!

Subscribers received various designs on the bags including: mermaids, sea turtles, seashells, flip flops, dolphins, and starfish. They’re great to keep even after the taffy is gone for collecting shells on your next visit to the Outer Banks!

You can buy some of our remaining bags in bulk here at a discount!

Custom Notecard Prints – James Melvin’s Studio

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James Melvin knew at a very young age that he wanted to become a professional artist. James works in oils, acrylics, pastels and colored pencils. Peace is the theme in his work, and the viewer is invited to rest and recall special memories enjoyed while on vacation.

He is the illustrator for books such as  Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series and is the creator of the Pea Island Lifesavers Series at the N.C. Aquarium in Manteo.

James resides in Nags Head, NC and you can find more of his work and even purchase it on his website. He is available for commissioned pieces and his works are enjoyed by collectors from around the world.

What we particularly love about his James is that he not only masterfully shares the beauty and history of the Outer Banks in his work, but he actively gives back time to the community as well.

Subscribers received a hand-picked assortment of eight beach scene printed notecards with envelopes. While we were very excited to include local art for the first time in our boxes, we were much more honored and fortunate to share the story and spread the word about the person.

BANXblock Full Size Original Sunscreen and Lip Protection Stick

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There was probably no better fitting gift to go with our summer theme than sunscreen, and premium sunscreen at that! BANXblock is an all-natural, doctor created, surfer approved, and environmentally safe solution to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

Dr. Jeff Pokorny of Kitty Hawk, NC has been treating the surfers, fishermen, golfers, and sun bathers who live, work and play along the beaches of North Carolina for years and witnesses firsthand the consequences of prolonged exposure to the sun. After treatment or surgery, many of his patients would ask for recommendation on the type of sunscreen they should use while maintaining their lifestyle. After researching all the medical grade sunscreens, Dr. Pokorny found that he could not comfortably recommend any sunscreens currently available on the market to them as it seemed every product either used chemicals that were harmful to the skin or provided inadequate protection from the sun.

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Pokorny came up with his own formula and BANXblock was born. Initially, BANXblock was sold only in his own medical offices and in a few local pharmacies. It fell to his wife, Anne and a few of her good friends, to relaunch the product in an attractive and convenient squeeze bottle that an active, happy person would use.  They have done wonders introducing their product into the surf shops and retail stores across the country so we were exceptionally excited to help share their story with Outer Banks Box subscribers!

Subscribers received a full size bottle of BANXblock original unscented sunscreen as well as a lip protection balm. Anne and the BANXblock crew are extending a special offer for any of our subscribers and readers who’d like to purchase more BANXblock products. Until 7/31/17, you can use coupon code “Banx in the box” for a massive 25% OFF your total purchase @ BANXblock.com! Make sure to share this offer with your friends and spread the word about this amazing product!

Customized Wooden Bottle Opener

Last but not least, our summer box included a handy wooden bottle opener for cracking open a cold one and daydreaming of the beach!

Each opener was hand stamped with a custom beachy slogan and design based on our subscribers’ favorite beach on the Outer Banks.

Did you know we’re giving away SURPRISES in random boxes!?!

That’s right! As a “thank you” to our subscribers, we’ve started seeking out extra special gifts from the OBX to sneak into boxes at random.

For the summer 2017 box, our lucky winner was Gloria in Roanoke, VA! She was shipped the contents as seen above as well as this beautiful framed and matted giclée print of a sand dune scene by artist James Melvin!

We have more prizes for the fall box but the only way you could win is by being a subscriber!

Business Spotlight – The Spice and Tea Exchange in Duck, NC

Have you heard the word? There’s an exciting new shop on the Outer Banks that you absolutely need to explore!

Nestled in the Scarborough Lane shops right in the heart of Duck is a brand new location of The Spice & Tea Exchange, owned by Terry Bell and her daughter Megan Scott.

The Spice & Tea Exchange operates under one mission, “Creating & sharing the experience of a more flavorful life,” and in doing so, they’ve brought a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and 18th Century Trading Post retail concept to life right here on the Outer Banks. And let me tell you, it is beautiful!

Like many of us, Terry did not always live on the Outer Banks. She was a special needs teacher in Northern Virginia for over twenty five years before moving to the Outer Banks to help get her husband’s construction business up and running. She then opened and operated Outer Banks Restaurant Tours for five years while Megan was an operations manager for a local property management company.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Terry for a while now, we first met about five years ago while I was documenting one of her restaurant tours in the town of Duck. Before our tour was done, it became very clear to me she had a passion for food as well as a desire to share it with others. It’s easy to see how these shared interests could turn, once again, into something special.

In December of 2015, Terry and her husband were spending a long weekend in Asheville, NC when they discovered The Spice and Tea Exchange.  “I was immediately drawn to the concept. The store was very appealing and the products were so varied and different from anything I had seen before.” Terry says. “I spent a good amount of money in that store (on gifts, of course).  After the holidays, the store still stuck in my mind.  I decided to look into it to see if was a franchise, which it is.  Megan and I share a love of cooking and an enjoyment of different foods and cuisines, so she was interested as well.”

After speaking with the franchise representatives and visiting their distribution center, they decided that they would pursue the opportunity of opening their own store.

“Thankfully, we have found that the business is a good fit for us.  We both enjoy talking to customers about the products and offering suggestions about how they can use them.  We offer special events every afternoon during the summer months.  We have Spice Trivia on Mondays at 4pm, a Tea Tasting on Tuesdays at 4pm and Thursdays at 10:30am, a cooking demo on Wednesdays at 5pm and Fridays at 4pm, and a Blind Tasting on Thursdays at 4pm.  It’s been fun to design these events and watch people enjoy them.  That being said, we also want to appeal to our local community, so we are planning events to offer during the off-season as well.  We are also looking forward to participating in some of the local food events in the coming fall and spring.”

They offer 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. They also focus on providing high quality products and accessories to home cooks, chefs, and tea lovers in an old-world spice traders’ atmosphere. And it’s really, really cool!

When visitors step into the store, they are immediately immersed in a sensory experience where they can explore, open the jars and smell, engage with all of their offerings, and speak with Terry and Megan who truly love what they do.

It really is the people and their passion that sets businesses apart these days… and it’s so easy to see the happiness and enthusiasm in Terry and Megan when you visit The Spice & Tea Exchange.

You can connect with them on Facebook, read about their product included in our Summer 2017 edition of the Outer Banks Box, and of course, make sure to stop during your next visit to or through Duck to experience this firsthand!

Tell them the Outer Banks Box crew sent you!

The owners of The Spice & Tea Exchange have also extended a special offer to our subscribers and readers. Get the “Outer Banks Box” 10% OFF discount when you browse online, then order via email at duck@spiceandtea.com!