T CAN’T COME
soon enough. The
month of March
ushers in a time to
get outside and walk,
run and paddle. Or bike, like
the riders in the unique fat bike
competition at Wrightsville
Beach, the brainchild of local
Shawn Spencer. Shawn let me
borrow one of his rental bikes
for this photo. I have to admit,
I am completely hooked.
Don’t miss the story of
A Bike for Every Child
either. I’ve had the privilege
of serving alongside Kelly,
Clint, Paul and Janet. They
are the real deal. (This is a
great place to donate bikes,
regardless of what shape they
This issue also features
Wrightsville’s park ranger,
Shannon Slocum, aka the
coyote wrangler. A genera-tion
of the town has grown
up under his watchful eye out there. For those who have not had a conversation with Slocum, you should.
Then it’s on to another personal favorite, George Clark. Pinned to my bulletin board is an encouraging note and dried up beach
daisy George left at my office many, many years ago. I know there’s a special place in heaven for encouragers, and I so appreciate
his visits to our little workshop. I am confident you will enjoy George’s photos and memories of his family, on Wrightsville Beach
for almost a century.
This month we tackle the changing face of business architecture with a look at a brand new real estate office that looks like
a cozy guesthouse, a paint store that could be an art gallery, and a bank that welcomes like a fine hotel. What all three have in
common is their departure from the traditional architecture in their genre.
The GenX scare has everyone thinking about water, and we take a look at desalination and where we are with it in this country,
plus a look back at Wrightsville’s history in removing salt from seawater.
The refreshing art by Wrightsville native Rena Powell is perfect for this time of year.
Be blessed to be a blessing.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon, styled by Susan Chavez, Bangz. Fat bike from Bike Cycles, Mayfaire.
Can you tell we are
leaning into spring this issue?
Pat riding a fat bike from Bike Cycles, on Wrightsville Beach south of Crystal Pier.