We asked our community to vote for their favorite local Carteret County businesses. Over 10,000 people, weighed in, and the results are below! We are thrilled for the businesses highlighted, AND we are very excited to compile the 2021 People's Choice Guide, a digital and printed resource that will include every single business that was nominated over the past month. 




Nomination Phase (complete!)

May 14th - June 2nd


Voting Phase (complete!)

June 4th - June 18th


Winners Announced

June 21st


Congratulations to these local businesses for collecting the most community votes during the First Annual Carteret Curated People's Choice Awards (and stay tuned for the 2021 People's Choice Guide, coming soon!):


Favorite Local Place to Get Breakfast:

The Banks Grill

Favorite Local Restaurant with a View:

Ruddy Duck Tavern

Favorite Local Family Eatery:

Amos Mosquito's

Favorite Local Place to Get a To-Go Meal:

The Friendly Market

Favorite Local Pet Friendly Restaurant/Bar:

Fishtowne Brew House

Favorite Local Coffee Shop:

Sweet Beans Coffee & Café

Favorite Local Ice Cream Shop:

The General Store

Favorite Local Place to Get a Cocktail:

The Arendell Room

Favorite Local Play to Grab a Beer:

Jack’s Waterfront Bar

Favorite Local Wine Shop:

The Friendly Market

Favorite Local Bakery:

Happy Cakes Cupcakery

Favorite Local Seafood Market:

Blue Ocean Market


Favorite Local Catering Company:

Floyd's 1921

Favorite Local Florist:

Sandy's Flower Shoppe

Favorite Local Event Venue:

Carolina Home & Garden

Favorite Local Makeup Artist:

Face II Face by Kacyn Willis

Favorite Local Hair Stylist:

Cortney Herron, The Hair Gallery

Favorite Local Photographer:

Sarah K. Photography

Favorite Local Nail Salon:

Blue Ocean Nails & Spa

Favorite Local Massage Therapist:

Tranquility Spa

Favorite Local Place to Get a Facial:

Eastern Dermatology

Favorite Local Place to Workout:

Sports Center of Morehead

Favorite Local Veterinarian:

Austin Veterinary Animal Hospital

Favorite Local Fishing Charter:

Dancin' Outlaw Charters

Favorite Local Rainy Day Activity:

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Favorite Local Outdoor Adventure Activity:

Atlantic Beach Town Park

Favorite Local Annual Event:

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament


Favorite Local Place to Buy a Gift:

Dee Gee's Gifts & Books

Favorite Local Men's Clothing Shop:

Atlantic Beach Surf Shop

Favorite Local Women's Clothing Shop:

Jame's Clothing Boutique

Favorite Local Kids Clothing Shop:

Atlantic Beach Surf Shop

Favorite Local Tackle/Outdoor Shop:

EJW Outdoors

Favorite Local Home Decor Shop:

Beaufort Linen Co.

Favorite Local Place to Buy Beach Essentials:

Marsh's Surf Shop

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OMG. My business is the recipient of a Carteret Curated People's Choice Award! What happens next?

As an award winner, your business will receive:


1. A glass plaque to proudly display at your business.

2. A feature highlighting your business and why everyone loves it!

3. Inclusion in the Carteret Curated People's Choice Guide – a digital resource for visitors AND full-time residents to refer to throughout the year!

*As a voter, you will automatically receive the People's Choice Guide straight to your inbox!

4. Top three nominees from each category will be invited to a celebration at Promise Land Market on Thursday, June 24th!