Community Square, Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

A number of Ocracoke businesses are alive and well and online during the COVID-19 lock down while others continue to make Hurricane Dorian repairs and will open soon.

The OCBA has compiled a list of island businesses that conduct online sales.

Ocracoke Island friend Carter Whitman of Andover, New Hampshire, contacted the Observer with a way for island businesses to make sales to “non-resident perennial renters,” or NRPRs, as he calls himself, and the Observer passed it on to the OCBA.

Whitman got hooked on Ocracoke in 2011 and takes extended vacations here every year, usually in the spring.

“Every day since the island was shut down from Dorian, I have monitored all of my news sources nearly every day for information about Ocracoke,” he wrote in an email.  “The coverage available only showed a small fraction of the terrible devastation that occurred on my favorite island. I did what I could from afar to send aid. I felt the strong desire to be on Ocracoke.
“Then the virus hit.”

The shutdown has delivered a second economic blow to Ocracoke still reeling and recovering from the Dorian devastation of Sept. 6.

“Now our job is to stay home and knock this virus back on its heels,” Whitman said.

The following is a list of island businesses who will sell gift certificates or merchandise. Businesses who want to be added to the list should send an email to

Bella Fiore:

Blackbeard’s Lodge:

Books to be Red:

Coyote Music Den (gift certificates and online events):

Down Creek Gallery:

Eduardo’s of Ocracoke:

Edwards of Ocracoke: Contact to purchase gift certificates for cottage rentals.

Island Artworks:

Karen Rhodes – Trixie’s Fineries:

Milk Street Soap:

Moonraker Tea Shop: gift cards available at

Over the Moon:

Ocracoke Coffee Company:

Ocracoke Preservation Society:

Ocracoke Island Trading Company:

Ride the Wind Surf Shop:


Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit:

The Sunglass Shop on Ocracoke:

Tradewinds Tackle:

Zillie’s Island Pantry:

Author Pat Garber has several volumes about Ocracoke on sale in various stores on the island, such as the Variety Store and Books to be Red. You can also contact her directly at 252-928-6765.

Marcy Brenner’s new cookbook about her family’s bakery in Alexandria, Virginia, “A Baker’s Daughter,” is available for purchase at See story here.

‘Ocracoke Wild’ is one of many books by Pat Garber



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  1. Thank you for this article, and thank you to Carter Whitman. There are many of us NRPR’s, in love with OBX (our family has been coming there almost every year for 45 years, spending time in all the villages from Duck to Ocracoke); even those of us who believe part of our soul belongs to those islands. We love the people and places, and want to help in any way we can.
    This was a great idea to gather all of this info in one spot. I’m going to pass this on!!
    Take care, Jennifer

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