Like the rest of the East Coast the Outer Banks seems to be locked in a cycle of high winds and very high seas. They just closed the Beach Road north of the Black Pelican—seems the ocean breached the dunes where the road had been repaired after the May storm.

But one of the things about living on the Outer Banks is you just learn how to roll with coastal storms, high surf, high winds, because it’s a part of life. 

Storm or no storm, Jim and Sandy Williams were going to celebrate 25 years of being in business with Hairoics on Friday night. The Kill Devil Hills salon and day spa offered a perfect respite from the weather . . . food from Red Sky Cafe in Duck, a little bit of wine and a wonderful gathering of friendly people.

Talking to the employees, it’s clear how the couple have managed to stay in business—and be successful—for so long. Everybody who works there truly enjoys coming to work every day. It seems like such a simple formula: keep your employees happy and they’ll help you succeed, but too often that simple key to success seems to get lost somewhere.

We have certainly found that is the case here at Brindley Beach Vacations. We’re proud that many of our employees have been with us for so long. We know it’s one of the reasons why we’re so successful.

And we agree with what Jim said as he was wrapping things up for the evening. “Twenty-five years. It’s been a wonderful journey.”