Shoresides Economic Report

The Shoresides Economic Report features inspiring interviews with local businesses, workers, community developers. It delivers the voices of folks from across the coastal region. We ask questions about how place-based economics can create an economy that works for all of us.

Hosted ByLaura Bratton & Sarah Sloan

All Episodes

How One Small Farmer Prepares for Hurricanes

Ron Simmons and his family at Master Blend Family Farms run a sustainable hog operation in Kenansville, North Carolina. Simmons also maintains a retail space with food and merchandise....

How Covid-19 has Affected Restaurant Workers

As tourist season gets going on the Outer Banks, restaurants scramble to balance consumer demand and their own safety. Dylan Ownes is a seasonal cook at an Outer Banks...

COVID-19 and Farming in North Carolina

Jeremy King, a grain farmer from Ash, North Carolina, tells us how COVID-19 has added a level of complexity to farmers’ workflow across the region. King explains the domino...

Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

The Outer Banks had a unique opportunity to completely shut off travel during the North Carolina’s statewide shelter-in-place order; only residents were allowed on and off of the islands....

Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

Whiteville’s Pizza Village Shifts its Business Model During COVID-19

Jennifer Hall and her partner Ron have worked at Pizza Village in Whiteville, North Carolina for 32 years. The two had just taken over the restaurant when restaurants across...

Whiteville’s Pizza Village Shifts its Business Model During COVID-19

An Accountant’s Take: working and mothering during COVID-19

When COVID-19 shut down businesses across North Carolina, Molly Hess’s job became more… complicated. Hess works as a staff accountant and QuickBooks pro advisor at Johnson, Mizelle, Strava, and...