The 2021 Carteret Curated People's Choice Guide is here!

For years, our team dreamed of different ways to highlight all of the uniquely wonderful small businesses within Carteret County — because, y’all, there are so many! We came up with the perfect solution: the Carteret Curated People’s Choice Awards, an annual community endeavor where residents and visitors alike get the chance to recognize their favorite small businesses within a variety of sub-categories, including the taste, shop, experience and give framework. In this inaugural year, over 10,000 folks who love Carteret County participated in the People’s Choice Awards. Hundreds of businesses were nominated, and we are thrilled to be able to highlight every single one in the pages to follow. 


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Congratulations to these local businesses for collecting the most community votes during the First Annual Carteret Curated People's Choice Awards. Plus, stay tuned for the 2021 People's Choice Guide, releasing digitally the week before July 4th and in print soon after!


Favorite Local Place to Get Breakfast:

The Banks Grill

Morehead City

Favorite Local Restaurant with a View:

Ruddy Duck Tavern

Morehead City

Favorite Local Family Eatery:

Amos Mosquito's

Atlantic Beach

Favorite Local Place to Get a To-Go Meal:

The Friendly Market

Morehead City

Favorite Local Pet Friendly Restaurant/Bar:

Fishtowne Brew House


Favorite Local Coffee Shop:

Sweet Beans Coffee & Café

Morehead City

Favorite Local Ice Cream Shop:

The General Store


Favorite Local Place to Get a Cocktail:

The Arendell Room

Morehead City

Favorite Local Place to Grab a Beer:

Jack’s Waterfront Bar

Morehead City

Favorite Local Wine Shop:

The Friendly Market

Morehead City

Favorite Local Bakery:

Happy Cakes Cupcakery

Morehead City

Favorite Local Seafood Market:

Blue Ocean Market

Morehead City


Favorite Local Catering Company:

Floyd's 1921

Morehead City

Favorite Local Florist:

Sandy's Flower Shoppe

Morehead City & Beaufort

Favorite Local Event Venue:

Carolina Home & Garden


Favorite Local Makeup Artist:

Face II Face by Kacyn Willis

Morehead City

Favorite Local Hair Stylist:

Cortney Herron, The Hair Gallery

Morehead City

Favorite Local Photographer:

Sarah K. Photography

Carteret County

Favorite Local Nail Salon:

Blue Ocean Nails & Spa

Morehead City

Favorite Local Massage Therapist:

Tranquility Spa

Morehead City

Favorite Local Place to Get a Facial:

Eastern Dermatology

Morehead City & Newport

Favorite Local Place to Workout:

Sports Center of Morehead

Morehead City

Favorite Local Veterinarian:

Austin Veterinary Animal Hospital


Favorite Local Fishing Charter:

Dancin' Outlaw Charters

Harker's Island

Favorite Local Rainy Day Activity:

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Pine Knoll Shores

Favorite Local Outdoor Adventure Activity:

Atlantic Beach Town Park

Atlantic Beach

Favorite Local Annual Event:

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Morehead City


Favorite Local Place to Buy a Gift:

Dee Gee's Gifts & Books

Morehead City

Favorite Local Men's Clothing Shop:

Atlantic Beach Surf Shop

Atlantic Beach

Favorite Local Women's Clothing Shop:

Jame's Clothing Boutique

Morehead City

Favorite Local Kids Clothing Shop:

Atlantic Beach Surf Shop

Atlantic Beach

Favorite Local Tackle/Outdoor Shop:

EJW Outdoors

Morehead City

Favorite Local Home Decor Shop:

Beaufort Linen Co.


Favorite Local Place to Buy Beach Essentials:

Marsh's Surf Shop

Atlantic Beach

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So, what's on the horizon for the Carteret Curated People's Choice Awards? See below for the dates for the 2022 festivities:


One year down, plenty to go! We can’t wait to continue highlighting the incredible small businesses within our community through the Carteret Curated People’s Choice Awards every year. In fact, we have already put next year’s dates on the calendar. See below for the rundown of what 2022’s timeline will look like:

voting phase

April 15th through April 29th, 2022

winners announced

May 3rd, 2022

people's choice celebration

May 2022 (DATE TBD!)

guide available 

May 16th, 2022


A few notes for 2022:


  • Next year, we will ask community members to fill in their favorite local business in each category during one, two-week Voting Phase.

  • Be on the lookout for fresh, new categories added to next year’s docket based on your suggestions. If you have category ideas or feedback, please send them to megan@marycheathamking.com.

  • We will be posting reminders and tips throughout the year about how to best prepare for the 2022 Carteret Curated People’s Choice Awards whether you’re a voter or a local business owner. Be sure to follow @carteret.curated on Instagram to stay apprised of local happenings and updates!