Our Story

The Turtle

Across from the fishing harbor in Hatteras Village, you will find a one of a kind place. The Dancing Turtle Coffee shop was established in 2004. Since it’s opening, the café has become a place for locals and visitors alike to kick back with their favorite brew, relax with friends, and share stories of their island adventures. The first thing you will notice when walking through the front door is the welcoming atmosphere and friendly faces. It’s hard to describe, but people have said it feels like a warm hug every time you walk in to the Turtle.

In 2020,  Amber and Malcolm, along with their two young sons and pups, took over the shop, with the plan to continue the long standing history.  On your next visit to the Outer Banks, make sure to stop in the Turtle.

Our Family

Amber grew up on Hatteras Island after moving to the area from Colorado in 2000. After graduating from UNC Wilmington, she decided to return to the community she loved so much. Some of Amber’s hobbies include spending time with her family, fishing, going to the beach and selling Real Estate. Since 2012 it has been Amber’s dream to one day own/operate The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop; with the love of family and friends, Amber’s passion and drive are what give her the ability to forge her own path and continue to amaze those who know her.


Malcolm moved to Hatteras Island in 2006 from New Jersey and graduated from the local high school. An avid fisherman, Malcolm moved back to Hatteras after attending UNC Wilmington where he studied Criminal Justice. Some of Malcolm’s hobbies include fishing, spending time family, teaching his young sons about life, and reading about history. While Malcolm has dreams of one day owning a sustainable homestead, for now, the people and culture of this waterman’s community is what keeps him here.


Jackson joined the family in January of 2010. The half Husky / half Lab mix gives him all the great qualities for his position. With a non stop tongue and a super smile, you can be sure he will be greeting you as you come in to the Turtle.


This little girl joined us in April, 2012.  She was brought into the shop desperately needing a home.  After a couple of hours, we knew that she was staying with us for good.  With her big brother Jacks showing her the ropes, Haddie is a bundle of joy!