The Trading Post

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“The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits” is certainly the place to be in Emerald Isle. Kris Shoffner and Krystal Tyndall have made every effort to rekindle the reason they chose Emerald Isle to be their home. Kris grew up fishing with her PaPaw on the beaches; Krystal grew up boating and eating fish stew on “top of the hill”. Both love the opportunity to visit with friends listening and telling stories about the “good ole days”.

With the hope of creating new memories, it was like divine intervention when they discovered the nuances and connections they have with Bob Deal, former owner of The Trading Post. Bob, a longtime resident of Emerald Isle was a man of many talents. These include dancing, storytelling, and fishing. Bob was the town’s first fireman. Bill McLean who was from Red Springs brought the town’s first fire truck, a 1937 Ford Pumper, to the island. Bob kept the pumper next to The Trading Post. When a fire call came in, Bob would close the store and take his employees on the call with him. Pictures of the old Trading Post are displayed in the restaurant. Bob passed away several years ago but will be remembered for his willingness to help everyone. Just like Bob, Kris and Krystal have a passion for helping others as well. They contribute to charitable functions, care for others, and desire to bring the “community” together in a place where old stories can be told and new memories can be made. This is the reason why it was so important to bring that good part of history back to the island. Brynn Shoffner, daughter of Kris, has been an integral part of this collaborative effort to create a casual sophisticated southern flare highlighting what has made this place “home away from home.”

The Trading Post, Southern Food and Spirits, will be the place to find southern cooking that will “make you slap your mama,” sweet tea and spirits perfect for sippin’ and telling stories, and a backyard that will be the perfect hangout for relaxing with friends. Whether you are trading stories over breakfast, playing horseshoes at lunch, or listening to good ole music during dinner, The Trading Post will be the place to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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