Happy Hippies Java Hut Offers Coffee And More In Kure Beach

By Jessica Maurer, posted Dec 12, 2018
Happy Hippies Java Hut is located at 109 K Ave. in Kure Beach. (Photo by Jessica Maurer)

Following several years of planning, sisters Barbara and Terry Karter opened the doors to Happy Hippies Java Hut in Kure Beach this summer.

As they enter their first off-season, they are eager to meet locals who might not yet know of the café, located in a former T-shirt shop just steps away from the Kure Beach Pier.

The Karters' dream of owning a cozy coffee shop began with a coffee concoction they call Mermaid Magic. Served hot or cold, the drink combines coffee blended with a nut product for a caffeine and protein boost.

They began making the drink at home six years ago, and not long after began scouting possible coffee shop locations in Kure Beach, where Terry relocated from Wisconsin eight years ago. Barbara would follow her sister to the beach four years later and while operating an in-home daycare, the two continued to form plans for their business, often visiting local coffee shops as part of their research.

During a visit to Old North Coffee, 1207 S. Kerr Ave., the sisters befriended owner David Winters, who became their mentor. 

“We also wanted to sell coffee and have space for local artists to sell their work,” Terry Karter said. “And had we not had David’s help we probably would have made some big mistakes early on.”

Terry Karter said Winters helped them to install their espresso machine and reverse-osmosis water filtration system. 

“The right people were placed in our path to help make this a reality and we love the small town feel of Kure Beach,” Terry Karter said.

Meanwhile, the Mermaid Magic has taken on a life of its own, said the Karters.

“It’s by far our bestseller and we have customers who were here over the summer asking us to ship it to them,” Terry Karter said. “Now we’re looking forward to sharing it with locals on the island and folks in Wilmington who may not have known that we opened during tourist season.”

The café also serves homemade tea and lemonades, including Conched Out Lemonade, with blueberries and lavender, as well as a full line of espresso drinks, frappes and smoothies.

Specialty items such as nitro coffee and Bullet Proof coffee are available and the cafe is stocked with hand-crafted, locally-made jewelry and tie-dyed t-shirts, as well as goodies from The Veggie Wagon and Bagel Meister. The Veggie Wagon even prepares one of their Norwegian grandmothers’ recipes for Tea Sticks, a biscotti-like sweet that Terry Karter describes as “just like our grandma: a little tough on the outside but soft on the inside.”

Happy Hippies Java Hut is located at 109 K Ave. in Kure Beach and winter hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].

Ico insights



Building a Strong Support Network for Adult Students

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan
Infinity 891835159

What is EMV and Am I Liable?

Kyle Thorpe - Infinity Payment Systems

Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Trending News

Entrepreneur Richard Johnson's Latest Project Aims To Boost Burgaw

Johanna Cano - Jun 14, 2019

Nearly Done With The Pearl, Developer Plans 32 More Downtown Apartments

Cece Nunn - Jun 14, 2019

Plastics Molding Manufacturer Gets Its Start In Wilmington

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 14, 2019

New Hanover Regional Grows To A $1.2B Operation

Vicky Janowski - Jun 14, 2019

Field Of Vision

Jenny Callison - Jun 14, 2019

In The Current Issue

Providers Keep Close Eye On Measles Issue

With the largest measles outbreak in the U.S. in 25 years, area health providers will continue to promote the need for keeping up-to-date on...

Manufacturer On Board To Invest $25M

With its proximity to the Cape Fear River and customer markets, the Wilmington area provides an essential location for National Gypsum, a gy...

Novant Health Orthopedics & Spine Opens In Supply

Novant Health has opened an orthopedics and spine office in Supply, providing degenerative spine condition services, orthopedic spine surger...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018