Southport-Oak Island Chamber promotes area via Facebook Live – News – Wilmington Star News

‘It’s Worth the Drive’ feature airs at 10 a.m. Thursday’s on the Chambers Facebook page.

SOUTHPORT – If it’s Thursday, it’s carpooling with Karen Sphar, executive vice-president Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce and her assistant, Mitzi Swing.

Every Thursday morning at 10 a.m., Sphar and Swing get into Swing’s SUV and pick up a passenger from one of the town’s organizations, and together they visit two local businesses. Usually one is in Southport and the other in Oak Island. Sphar videos her interview with the passenger along the drive and posts it live on the Chamber’s Facebook page so we can all watch it in real time. Of course if you are doing something else at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, you can always tune in later at

Called It’s Worth the Drive, the new initiative is to encourage residents of both towns to make the drive to support local businesses on the other side of the bridge, even if it means driving a little farther while the Barbee Bridge is closed. And it reinforces the fact that all of the business on Oak Island and on Long Beach Road and N.C. 211 are open for business.

But the video does so much more than that. Each week it introduces the viewers to two businesses they may not have known about, and it gives us a new insight into the passenger’s organization and the important role it plays in the community.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, the carpool will visit Cox Bedding in Southport and then travel west to Midway Commons in the new Loews Shopping Center in Bolivia to hear about what’s new at Mermaid Cove. Their special guest passenger will be Sheila Roberts, executive director New Hope Clinic, who will tell us about New Hope’s extensive services for the under-served residents of Brunswick County.

Sphar said the carpool idea came to her one night as she remembered watching the Late Late Show with James Corden and his carpool karaoke. And then she quickly added, “I don’t sing, and I never will, but we do have a lot of fun doing interviews.”

For a copy of the weekly carpool schedule for January. call Karen Spahr at 910-457-6964 or visit

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