Located amid 14 miles of shoreline, River Dunes offers up accessible waterfront getaways to those weary of inland life and its attendant lack of boats and merpeople. The Hinckley, Grady-White, and Hatteras cottages feature shabby-chic décor with natural wood surfaces, comfortable, antique furnishings, gas-burning fireplaces, and a morning kitchen nook. Each cottage provides a full range of amenities, including WiFi, kitchens with microwaves, refrigerators, Keurig coffeemakers, and king or queen beds. Private porches and quiet, electric-guitar-free rocking chairs overlook a courtyard with Adirondack chairs and a communal, brick-lined fire pit.
Emerald Isle Beach Gear & Linens takes a comprehensive approach to vacation rentals. In addition to carrying outdoor gear such as kayaks, surfboards, and beach umbrellas, the shop accommodates indoor leisure with furnishings such as rollaway beds, linens, and televisions. And for more advanced outdoor fun, the staff administers a range of lessons that teaches spry aquanauts how to properly kite-surf, go standup paddleboarding, or lay siege to an enemy sand castle.
Inside a spacious 2,200-square-foot photography studio, Carolina Boudoir's all-female staff helps clients relax with friendly conversation and initial headshots to warm them to the camera. The plush, colorful furniture around the studio serves as props during shoots, giving clients an elegant chair or couch on which to strike a sensual pose or eat a burrito in a sultry fashion. Staff members allow ladies to reveal as much or as little skin as they feel comfortable with, and their expert photographic sensibilities turn any outfit—or lack thereof—into an electrifying photo op.
Over time, a home entertainment center can become a tangled web of unsightly wires. Digital Connects' team travels to residences to restore order to chaotic combinations of TVs, DVD players, and gaming systems and the wires that feed them. The technicians can mount flat-screen TVs on walls and over fireplaces, hiding their wires from view. As a DirecTV retailer, they can also install satellite systems.