The Shoresides Economic Report features inspiring interviews with local businesses, workers, community developers. It delivers the voices of folks from across the coastal region. We ask questions about how place-based economics can create an economy that works for all of us.
PSA: Early Voting Information For Coastal North Carolina
Want to vote early in coastal North Carolina? Here's how.¿Quieres votar temprano en la costa de Carolina del Norte? Escucha este anuncio.
COVID-19 Impacts Ocracoke Island Businesses Recovering From Dorian
Just as Ocracoke Island businesses were finishing renovations and repairs to infrastructural damage from Hurricane Dorian of 2019, the island shut down. Ocracoke local and Village Craftsman manager Amy Howard explains how her business responds to the...
NC Farmer Feeds Community
"Our goal is to feed as many people as possible and not leave a carbon footprint." Ron Simmons, founder of Master Blend Family Farms and 2018 NC Small Farmer of the Year, talks about how he believes in sustainability and feeding his neighbors during...
How Covid-19 Has Affected Restaurant Workers
As tourist season gets going on the Outer Banks, restaurants scramble to balance consumer demand and their own safety. Dylan Ownes is a seasonal cook at an Outer Banks Restaurant called The Bonzer Shack. Ownes speaks about how things are different this summer - more orders, more hours, and fewer staff.
COVID-19 and Farming in North Carolina
Jeremy King, a grain farmer from Ash, North Carolina, tells us how COVID-19 has added a level of complexity to farmers' workflow across the region. King explains the domino affect that labor shortages, increased demand, lower prices, and changing operations have had on farmers, and he says there is concern among farmers about local mills closing. King considers serious hurdles he may face if COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
Outer Banks Bridge Closure Continues to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening
The Outer Banks had a unique opportunity to completely shut off travel during the North Carolina's statewide shelter-in-place order; only residents were allowed on and off of the islands. While this helped contain the spread of COVID-19, it also affected local businesses. Harvey Hess, general manager of his family-owned restaurant Capt'n Franks, and Christine Davidson, co-owner of Mystic Jewel, discuss the effect of this bridge closure on their businesses. And how they are attempting to strike a balance between keeping their businesses alive and staying safe.