the obx : in a box!

Have you heard about the Outer Banks Box; well keep reading because you’re about to learn how to keep the OBX even closer to heart all year round! If you love the OBX or know someone who does, then you are going to love it!  The OBX Box is a subscription box filled with local goodies, it can be purchased as a single box or an annual subscription which will deliver four times a year.

The OBX Box is a family affair, myself, and my family of 6 work year round to find the coolest assortment of items for each of our boxes, one for each season!  An eclectic mix of local eats, novelty items, momentos, local art and an extra dose of that beachy vibe, it’s a great way to receive a little piece of your happy place at your door and to learn about new spots to check out on your next visit.  On our little barrier island chain supporting local businesses is a must and ALL boxes will contain some very carefully curated LOCAL goods.

But don’t just take our word for it!  Here what some of our subscribers are saying:

Ashley Y. “The boxes keep getting better and better. Useful items. Very impressed and happy with the boxes.”

Melissa K. “Anything from the OBX makes me happy!! This is where I want to live. The people are all so nice. Thank you for putting something together that makes us think of our home away from home!!! :)”

Barbara B. “Nothing really. I enjoy the products I receive, I think the value is present. Love receiving mystery boxes. It is so much fun.”

Amy C. “I really enjoyed this box. I love the beanie hat, I’ve used the coffee mug a thousand times already, and the chips were yummy!”

Kim S. “The box was great this time! Enjoyed it all! Keeps me connected with OBX while waiting for next years vacations.”

Hurry, orders for the Spring box stop March 22nd! Talk about the perfect cure for the Winter Blues for you or your favorite OBX lover!  Click Here to Order Now!

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.



Bob and Nina Kissell





OBX 360 Video – Hatteras & Ocracoke Island

Hello OBX fans!

Welcome to our first ever, and possibly THE FIRST EVER 360 video of the Outer Banks!

We spent a nice sunny day driving down to Hatteras Island and taking the scenic ferry ride over to Ocracoke Island. Hop aboard the Outer Banks Box Jeep and look all over as we take our time getting to the Ocracoke Lighthouse! Make sure to use your mouse to click and drag around and control the camera!

Like what you see? Share with a friend! Need more OBX? Sign up for our subscription box service at!

Why Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes are Awesome

Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes

Who doesn’t love to get away from it all? Vacations and travel are essential to keeping your work-life balance in check. However, a recent survey reported more than half (56%) of American adults haven’t taken a vacation in the past 12 months. There are probably dozens of reasons for this… such as no time off, or the fact that traveling to vacation destinations isn’t always affordable for every budget. That’s where subscription boxes come to the rescue!

Beach Vacation Travel Subscription Box

According to the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, over 3,000,000 vacationers visited the Outer Banks last year. That’s a ton of people! Think how many of those visitors have not traveled away from home in the past 3 years, or even 10 years. The Outer Banks and other family vacation destinations offer all of us the opportunity to unwind and experience a period of stress-free happiness. Nothing is on your mind but what fun things to do with your time! Imagine if you could experience this feeling more often… say a few times a year. Well, reverting back to the cost of vacationing, this may be pretty impractical for most people. A subscription box service that’s travel or vacation related is the perfect cost-friendly remedy for somebody looking to relive memories of their time away from home and savor the excitement of experiencing new things!

OBX Ocean Water

There are many vacation destinations in the world, but nearly no other place has the emotionally connected following like that of the Outer Banks. Most visitors have been coming for decades, and plan to keep it as a family tradition for years to come. While away from the Outer Banks, it’s hard to keep your mind off the place! Working long shifts hundreds of miles away all year long sure does create a sense of longing to get away from it all, put your feet in the sand, and relax to the sounds of the seagulls and ocean waves. While we haven’t quite captured that entire package, we feel we’re pretty darn close!

You should check out the Outer Banks Box!

If you love the OBX or know someone who does, it really is the next best thing to an actual visit here. We work 365 days a year to find the coolest assortment of items for each of our boxes, and mail four times a year… one for each season! You’ll get a little bit of treats, novelty items, momentos, and an extra dose of that beachy salt air. Visit today to get your own subscription!

Thanks again for reading, please share with a friend who needs a vacation!