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The Joe Lamb, Jr. Help a Student Get a Summer Job Blog

With summer coming on Outer Banks businesses are gearing up for their peak season and with that gearing up comes a huge need for summer help—which is one reason why students have been flocking to the Outer Banks for years. The other reasons include the sun, the surf and the life style, but that’s a story of another day.

To help those employment bound students find a job, this is our “Joe Lamb, Jr. help a student get a job” blog, with some specific recommendations and some suggestions.

Recommended employers:

Kitty Hawk Kites

Probably the largest employer on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk Kites has stores from Ocracoke to Corolla. They also have an extensive recreational division that includes hang gliding, parasailing, paragliding, kayaking, surfing, kiteboarding. 

Not the best paying job around, but you’ll have a great time. Company policy encourages all employees to participate in their recreational activities . . . for free. 

Lots of retail opportunities and quite a number of college students became proficient enough in hang gliding to become an instructor.

More information is available at

Cloud 9

Located in Nags Head Cloud 9 is a jewelry store, bead store, fine art—eclectic is probably the way to describe it. It’s a fairly small store, so owner Ginny Flowers does not hire a lot of summer help. 

However, the store has been around 28 years and over that time Ginny has hired quite a number of students and from that pool of students the list of very successful people is amazing—business owners, managers, graphic designers—the list just goes on and on. 

Clearly she’s doing something right, with the added bonus that Ginny is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Call Ginny Flowers at (252) 441-2992.

General Suggestions

If you’re hoping to make a lot of money, your best bet is work in a bar or restaurant . . . just know what you’re getting into. For experienced personnel, especially wait staff, the knowledge is already there—it’s hard work, fast paced and demanding. 

If that’s the route, though, the largest restauranteur on the Outer Banks is Mike Kelly who owns the Kelly Group: Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head, Mako Mike’s in Kill Devil Hills, and the original Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern. There are quite a number of other well-run restaurants as well.

The chain grocery stores—Harris Teeter and Food Lion, have huge summer staffing needs. The pay isn’t going to be the best, but it’s a job.

Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon & Bike Week

Motocycles lined up outside Longboards in Kitty Hawk.

They ran the Flying Pirate Half Marathon this morning, the course winding through the maritime forest of Kitty Hawk Woods, past Kitty Hawk Bay and the Wright Brothers Memorial, into Nags Head Woods and finishing in Nags Head. The route is the first half of the Outer Banks Marathon and it is a beautiful run.

The bikers weren’t awake yet when the run began—that’s the bikers who are down here for the 13th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week. It’s actually a week plus a day, running from last Saturday, April 18 through next Sunday. It’s a week filled with poker runs, live entertainment and day trips to destinations all up and down the Outer Banks. 

There’s a traveling retail tent show that seems to follow Bike Weeks where ever they go, selling everything from leather jackets to hard to find parts. LED lights seem to be the big item this year.

The news for today, though, was the Flying Pirate Half Marathon. Sponsored by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the same folks who put together the Outer Banks Marathon in November, the race had almost 1700 finishers this year. The weather was about as good as it gets for a distance run—early morning had a light fog and no wind and the temperatures never climbed out of the 50s.

Joe Lamb, Jr. Guide to Outer Banks Piers

Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.

Everyone likes to get a close as possible to the ocean and for fishermen, they want to get as far out into the sea as they can get. Of course, not everyone can hop in a boat, sail through Oregon Inlet and head for the Gulf Stream. 

Luckily the Outer Banks has a number of piers that giver fishermen and sightseers a chance to get out over the ocean and look back to land. Here are the five piers north of Oregon Inlet.

Kitty Hawk Pier

Now a part of the Kitty Hawk Hilton Garden Inn, before Hurricane Isabelle ripped the end of it was one of the most popular fishing piers on the Outer Banks. It doesn’t go out quite as far now, but it’s still a pretty walk.

Avalon Pier

One of the best fishing piers around, this Kill Devil Hills landmark has been damaged by a number of storms but keeps coming back.

Nags Head Pier

A very good fishing pier with a wonderful pier restaurant. The recently upgraded the outside eating area, and sitting at the ocean’s edge, eating a fried North Carolina shrimp basket with a cold beer is one of life’s finer pleasure.

Jennette’s Pier

A spectacular concrete pier, the facility is part of the North Carolina Aquarium system. Reaching 1000’ into the Atlantic Ocean, it’s renowned for the quality of its fishing. Sand bars have built up around it, creating some of the best surf condition on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Fishing Pier

Noted for the friendly helpful attitude of everyone who work there, this 600’ pier gets fisherman beyond the surf and into a good fishing zone. Located in South Nags Head, it’s a little out of the way but worth the trip. Nice outdoor deck and restaurant.

Outer Banks Beach Day

There is something special about walking out on an Outer Banks beach and seeing a family gathered together. Yes, it’s still a little chilly with temperatures in the 60s and the water is certainly too cold for swimming, but the sand was warm and the sun was out today.

It’s Easter break on the Outer Banks—our kids are out of school and a lot of sons and daughters are home from college. Local businesses are starting to think about summer hiring, and there are a lot of summer jobs to be had. 

We’ll be publishing our Joe Lamb, Jr. list of best Outer Banks summer jobs soon, but what we may think is a great summer job may not be the same for everyone. When we think of what our favorite jobs were, they were always the ones that were the most fun, but for a college student looking to earn a lot of money, it may be that 10 hours a day in a bar or restaurant is a better route to go.

Today, though, is such a nice day, that it’s the kind of day that reminds us of just how special the Outer Banks can be. So just sit back and enjoy.

Outer Banks Forum and Dare County Arts Council Team Up

Gathering at Trio's in Kitty Hawk to celebrate the arts on the Outer Banks.

We had one of those great events tonight that is a wonderful reminder about how special the Outer Banks community is. Two local art organizations teamed up to put on a great show at Trio in Kitty Hawk.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) cosponsored an exhibit of the visual art of performance, featuring photography and paintings of musicians at their craft. 

It’s a small show but worth checking out for anyone visiting the Outer Banks or for visitors. There are some fascinating black and white photographic studies of musicians in performance, some compelling paintings of the story of how music is created, and that just scratches the surface.

The turnout was very strong with artists mingling with board members from the Forum and DCAC. 

The Outer Banks Forum has been a part of the Outer Banks for over 30 years, bringing the perfoming arts to local stages. Their next performance will feature the Virginia Symphony on Thursday Apr. 23rd. All performances are at the First Flight High School Auditorium.

The DCAC is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. They are the oldest arts organization in Dare County and support artists, writer, musicians and the creative spirit throughout the county.

5 Reasons to Love the Outer Banks

Spring days don’t get much better that what we have today on the Outer Banks, and that’s really saying something because the Outer Banks is truly a special place. All of that got us thinking here at Joe Lamb, Jr. about just what it is that makes this place we get to call home so wonderful, and after a little bit of thought, we came up with our “Five Things to Love about the Outer Banks”—which is by no means a final list.

1. The Beach

It’s why everyone comes here. No matter what the season there is something special and marvelous about being at the edge of a continent and hearing the roar of the incoming waves and the receding sound. Warm and soothing in the summer and a great place for a romantic stroll at any time of the year.

2. Fresh Seafood

Any place that is this close to the ocean has to have seafood, and the Outer Banks fishermen are some of the best in the world. It varies by season, but here are a few of our favorites—yellow fin tuna, wahoo, flounder, cobia, sea trout, rockfish. And that’s only a partial list. Oh, and don’t forget the oysters we’re now getting locally and the best shrimp you will ever have.

3. Beautiful Sunsets

If there is a more beautiful sunset than what is experienced from the top of Jockey’s Ridge or on the Duck Boardwalk or at the Whalehead Club, it would be hard to imagine.

4. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

An amazing, amazing place to explore with two lighthouses that can be climbed (Bodie Island and Hatteras), miles and miles of beaches, natural beauty—just a fantastic part of life on the Outer Banks.

5. Outdoor activities

Flying a kite, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, fishing, kayaking . . . we gave up. There is so much to do on the Outer Banks and it is such a perfect environment to do all of it, that we gave up trying to pick any one, and decided on all outdoor activities.

Day Trips to Make an Outer Banks Memory

Downtown Manteo during First Friday, a monthly celebration held the first Friday of every month.

Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and our Outer Banks guests are on our filling our roads again. It’s a great part of the cycle of life here, and for many of the guests it’s the memories, new and old, that keep them coming back.

So, to help with the memories, for new visitors and returning ones, here is a short—and admittedly incomplete—list of day trips to create Outer Banks memories from Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates.

Downtown Manteo

Sidewalk cafes, a microbrew, a rum distillery that just opened, some wonderful art galleries, a replica ship for the sailing craft that brought the Lost Colonists from England . . . Manteo has a remarkable small town feel to it.

Village of Duck

The shopping district of Duck is about a one mile stretch of shops, galleries and restaurants, all locally owned—usually with the owners manning the store. A multi-use path, wooden walkways and an exquisitely beautiful boardwalk over the Currituck Sound connects everything.

Daytrip to Ocracoke

This is true day trip, and probably best done starting a bit earlier in the morning. The ride to the Hatters Village ferry dock is quintessential Outer Banks, passing through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the villages of Hatteras Island and finally a ferry ride to Ocracoke. Ocracoke Village almost seems like a place that time has forgotten, with narrow streets that are best navigated on foot. Know when the last ferry leaves. It’s the only way off the island.


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