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 2012,  Evan and Brian, with their pups Jackson and Haddie close by their side, 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

Evan’s first trip to Hatteras was with family and friends for a kitesurfing trip in 2004. After dreaming about the possibility of living here, she and Brian decided to make the move in the spring of 2010. Subconsciously, she was hooked a long time ago by the island’s charm, and now after calling it home for a while she can see why it was love at first sight. With the love of family and friends, Evan’s passion and drive are what give her the ability to forge her own path and continue to amaze those who know her well.


A water junky at heart, Brian got his first taste of the Outer Banks on a kite board trip with his friends many years ago. He knew that first week that someday he would call this place his home. After many visits, Brian made Hatteras Island his home during 2010 and he will be the first to tell you it was worth the wait. His passion for wind and water drew him here, but the people and culture of the small villages are what made him stay. Along with Evan and their two dogs, Jackson and Haddie, Brian knows that Hatteras Island is a special place, and he loves sharing it with everyone who visits.


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!