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Embracing the tiny lifestyle, Shallotte resident goes small

Fefe Duran has been living in a tiny home in Shallotte for the past year

SHALLOTTE — Two years ago, Fefe Duran decided to go tiny. She packed her bags, sold her 2,000-square-foot house, and now lives in a 300-square-foot tiny house — complete with a tiny pink door and pink accessories.

Parked in an RV park in Shallotte, Duran’s tiny house is smaller than most of the nearby RVs and campers. At 28-feet-long and a little more than 8-feet-wide, Duran has condensed her life into a neatly kept tiny home. Her new lifestyle even captured the eye of a national television show, and she recently appeared on an episode of HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters.

Tiny houses have gained the national spotlight in recent years, though they are a concept that’s only just beginning to catch on a little locally. In Wilmington on Queen Street, for example, a new development called The Cargo District is upcycling shipping containers to create apartments with about 600 square feet of living space.

Inside her home, Duran has dark-colored wood floors and gray-toned walls. Her kitchen is accessorized with glittery kitchen cabinet handles, pink pots and pans and a washer/dryer combination unit. A small gray sofa decorated with two fluffy pink pillows sits below an electric fireplace attached to the wall. Duran sleeps in a loft above her living room, which she accesses via a small staircase.

Duran has lived in her tiny house in Shallotte for a year alongside her aunt, who also lives in a tiny house. Duran said both she and her aunt bought their tiny houses after selling their Atlanta home. Duran said her tiny home cost about $55,000, and she pays $350 a month in rent at the RV park.

Duran first became interested in the concept of tiny living in 2012 after stumbling across an article about tiny houses. Duran said she almost didn’t believe they were real, until she searched them on the internet.

After spending the next three years researching them, and convincing her aunt to get on board with the tiny house life, Duran had her own tiny house built.

HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters filmed her and her house for the show last year. Duran said being on House Hunters was a lifelong dream of hers and when she decided to go tiny she thought she’d lost her chance at being on the show, until she discovered they filmed a Tiny House Hunters as well.

Duran said being on the show was a “cool” experience.

When people ask her how she can live in such a small space, Duran said she recommends they check out a tiny house for themselves. Duran said tiny house festivals are popping up all over the country, and she recently returned from a tiny house festival in Pink Hill, N.C.

“So many people say that they can’t live tiny and they’ve never even been in a tiny house,” she said.

For anyone wanting to go tiny themselves, Duran said her advice would be to try out an RV first to get a feel for the tiny lifestyle.

One of the best parts about living tiny is the manageable cost of living, she said.

“There’s so much more to life than just sitting cooped up in a house because you’re drowning in debt or your bills,” Duran said.

Reporter Makenzie Holland can be reached at 910-343-2371 or Makenzie.Holland@StarNewsOnline.com.

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CITY CAPITAL ADVISORS: City Capital Advisors completes sale of Dehco, Inc. to Patrick Industries, Inc.

Dehco, Inc. was founded by the Schwartz family in 1956. Jim Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Dehco, said, “We believe that, with the help of City Capital, we have found a partner in Patrick Industries that will build on the success we have had in the RV, manufactured home and marine industries over the last 60 years.” Tom Nagy, President of Dehco, added, “We see this transaction as a great opportunity for our team at Dehco to utilize Patrick Industries’ significant resources as we continue to develop new products, styles and accessories for our suppliers and customers.” Andy Nemeth, President of Patrick Industries, said, “We will support Dehco with a financial and operational foundation that will allow it to capitalize on its core competencies while preserving the entrepreneurial spirit that has been so important to its success.”

About Dehco, Inc.

Dehco, Inc. is a leading supplier of parts and accessories to the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and marine industries. Dehco’s primary products include flooring, kitchen and bath products, adhesives and sealants, electronics and accessories. Dehco has more than 300,000 square feet of strategically-located warehouse capacity across Indiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Alabama, as well as a 63,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Indiana.

About Patrick Industries, Inc.

Patrick Industries, Inc. is a major manufacturer of component products and distributor of building products serving the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, marine, kitchen cabinet, office and household furniture, fixtures and commercial furnishings and other industrial markets. Patrick Industries operates throughout the United States with locations in 20 states and China.

About City Capital Advisors, LLC

City Capital Advisors, a FINRA registered broker-dealer, is a results oriented investment banking and merchant bank advisory firm. Client engagements are managed exclusively by experienced senior investment bankers who deliver business owners optimal performance in capitalizing on the value of their companies and meeting their objectives as shareholders. City Capital’s investment banking professionals have successfully advised clients on merger and capital markets transactions totaling in excess of $60 billion.

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KAMEOKA CORNER: Annual sukiyaki dinner

A little over a week ago the Stillwater Sister Cities Council hosted their 10th annual sukiyaki dinner at the home of Steve and Becky Irby and again had a nice evening of food and fellowship.

Several members of the council arrived at mid-afternoon to serve as “choppers” as we cut up the Napa cabbage, Shitake mushrooms, leeks and onions. The first ingredients into cast iron skillets was very thinly sliced beef and sugar. The sugar draws oil from the beef, so no cooking oil is needed.

My wife Kayo was again the “Master Chef” but was very ably assisted by Sister Cities Council members Quynh Wall and Linda Ely. We were very pleased that Stillwater’s new mayor, Will Joyce, joined us for dinner. He remembered Kayo who worked in Food Services at Will Rogers when he was in elementary school. I told him I had his older brother in several classes at OSU, but when he asked what I taught, he said “that was not my brother you had in class, it was my dad.” The years have flown by faster than I realized!

We were also very pleased that Dr. Randy Kluver, Dean of Global Studies and Partnerships at OSU and his wife Pam joined us. Dr. Kluver is going to Japan next month and we hope he’s able to visit Kameoka during his time there. We were also happy that Drs. David and Shida Henneberry, longtime supporters of our sister cities activities joined us again. Both of their sons, Michael and J.D. were selected to go to Kameoka as members of student and teacher delegations when they were students at Stillwater Middle School and they were great representatives of their school and of Stillwater. J.D also served as the student representative on the Sister Cities Council for a few years and did a great job.

One of the goals of international relationships, whether it be sister cities, sister schools, sister states, sister organizations or other kinds of relationships is to build bridges of friendship between individuals, cities, states or other parings. On a small scale we built some bridges of friendships for people from different countries at our dinner as the countries of Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Iran and Iraq were represented and some new friendships were formed and others strengthened. It was a very nice evening and the Sister Cities Council thanks Steve and Becky for hosting the dinner again.

Larry Jones is a member of the Stillwater Sister Cities Council.

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Disney-Inspired Mother’s Day Shopping Guide: 9 Gift Ideas to Make Her Day Magical

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 13, and time is running out to find the perfect gift for Mom. If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve got you covered with some Disney-inspired gift ideas in our Mother’s Day Shopping Guide.

1. Apparel and accessories from The Dress Shop

The Dress Shop at Disney Springs has been a hit since it opened last year, and many of the items are available to purchase on shopDisney. With dresses and accessories inspired by Disney characters and attractions, this collection of vintage-style items is sure to please Mom on her special day. To find some of our favorites, take a look at our shopDisney guides here and here.

2. Disney jewelry

Jewelry from PANDORA and Alex and Ani are always popular gift choices, and you can find some lovely options online. With a variety of charms and bangles available, Mom’s present can be customized with her favorite Disney-inspired accents. To see some of our recent favorites, click here.

3. Disney handbags and wallets

With so many stylish Disney bags and wallets from designers like Dooney Bourke and Danielle Nicole, it may be hard to choose the perfect one for Mom. Luckily, this Mother’s Day Shopping Guide is here to help. Some of our recent favorites include the Disney Sketch Bags from Dooney Bourke, these whimsical bags from Danielle Nicole, and these Orange Bird items from Dooney Bourke.

4. Disney collectibles

If Mom is a collector of Disney memorabilia, there’s a huge selection of gifts available online. From highly-detailed collectible figures to adorable Funko plushes, you’ll find the perfect gift to add to her collection. Entertainment Earth also has a wide selection of collectible figures from Enesco. Though this sale recently ended, we collected a few of our favorites here.

5. Disney Princess-inspired items

Make Mom feel like royalty on her special day by gifting her with Disney Princess-inspired items. In addition to his denim jacket, shopDisney has a selection of t-shirts that combine Mother’s Day messages with iconic Disney Princesses like Ariel, Cinderella, and more. You can find those items here.

6. Star Wars-inspired ideas

May 4 is Star Wars Day and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on May 25, so if Mom is a Star Wars fan, this entire month could be a celebration. Gift her with Star Wars-inspired items, like this fun retro-style skirt from Star Wars Boutique. There’s also a huge selection of Star Wars items such as t-shirts, bags, and accessories available online. You can find a few of our recent favorites, including the skirt pictured above, here.

7. Disney sleepwear

Many Moms want to relax on Mother’s Day, and you can help by gifting a comfy set of Disney-inspired pajamas. From two-piece sets to nightshirts, there’s a variety of styles to suit Mom’s taste. We’ve collected a few new favorites here, including PJs inspired by Ariel, Beauty and the Beast, Minnie Mouse, and more.

8. Disney shoes

A great pair of new shoes can make Mom feel like a million bucks. If you want to splurge on some Italian-made designer pairs, these options from Chiara Ferragni are gorgeous. There’s also a pair of Ariel Slip-On Slides that are perfect for summer. You can find the Ariel shoes here, along with some other fun “Little Mermaid”-inspired merchandise.

9. Culinary Disney gifts

If Mom is crafty in the kitchen, she’ll love these Disney-inspired gifts. The new Disney Eats Collection features a variety of adorable kitchen accessories, including the Mickey Mouse Measuring Cup set pictured above. We’ve also collected some of our favorite towels, canisters, plates, and more here.

Today, May 4, is the last day to receive gifts by Mother’s Day with standard shipping when purchasing on shopDisney. To find even more ideas in their Mother’s Day Shopping Guide, click here.

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KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to give away $20000 in appliances

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