Twenty years ago, Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books opened on July 22, 2002 in a building originally known as the Powder Ridge Gun Club, a hunting cottage built in 1921 by a group of New York investors who frequented the area taking advantage of the waterfowl hunting it afforded. Powder Ridge was the only hunt club ever built in Duck, is one of the oldest buildings in town and oft mentioned in local history books.
The original floor plan included three bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen with attached porch, a combined living and dining area and a screened porch on the front. Several outbuildings- guide's quarters and a boathouse- were part of the Club in its heyday.For most of its existence the Club stood right on the shores of the Currituck Sound with a distinctive pair of crossed whalebones gracing the peak. Managed by village native and life-long resident Lewis Scarborough, most hunting was done from battery rigs and shoal brush blinds. The Club fell into private hands in the forties and remained a private residence until 2001 when it was moved east a few hundred feet to where it sits today. Its last inhabitant, 'Duck' Braithwaite was a Duck legend; many early comers to Duck have fond memories of sunset cocktail hours spent with Duck and his wife, Betty, on 'Duck' s Porch'. Today the business, Duck's Cottage, is owned by Allen LeHew; the building remains in the caring hands of Duck and Betty's family.
Step inside and you'll find Duck's oldest and truest full service coffee shop with freshly brewed pots of coffee made from beans roasted just days before at a small artisanal roaster; baristas with years of experience stand ready at our state of the art espresso machine to create any and all specialty drinks from a traditional caffe macchiata to house lattes like the Nutty Duck, Mucky Duck and the Swan. Other customer favorites include the Purple Martin, Ruddy Duck, Peep in a Cup and the CocoDuck. We've been cold brewing since the day we opened and any of our drinks can be made hot or iced, caf or decaf. Keep the younger set happy with a hot chocolate or flavored steamer topped off with homemade whipped cream that never fails to disappoint. Pair your drink with a delicious muffin, danish or other pastry; biscotti or nutritional bar.
We stock a selection of the East Coast's most popular newspapers including the New York Times and Washington Post along with our local paper, the Coastland Times. Our book side, while small, features a meticulously curated inventory of both hardback and paperback bestsellers, staff picks, non-fiction, trending cookbooks, new Outer Banks releases, children's books and young adult titles. National and local book club titles, signed first editions, holiday books, gift books and journals round out our shelves. We promise you will always find our shelves eclectic and interesting- come in just for coffee and you'll most likely leave with a book you've never heard of or just couldn't resist. We also carry all-occasion (usually laugh out loud) greeting cards, Duck's Cottage signature gift items including mugs, hats, t-shirts and a great selection of coastal themed puzzles for those rainy hours.
Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books is located on the pond at the Waterfront Shops in Duck, NC.
To visit our store from the Southern beaches travel north on NC 12 through Southern Shores into the Village of Duck. The Waterfront Shops are on the Currituck Sound (left) side of Route 12 just past the big green water tower. Coming from the Northern beaches, follow NC 12 into Duck and the shops will be on your right just past Tommy's Market. Look to the southern end of the parking lot and you'll see the Cottage! If you are staying within Duck village, you'll find we are an easy walk, bike ride or boardwalk stroll from your house. From Corolla, allow about twenty minutes for the drive down; from Kitty Hawk, it takes about fifteen. Drive times do not apply to rainy summer days! :)
Send snail mail to PO Box 8339, Duck, NC 27949
Call us.. 252-261-5510
Email us.. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open every day but Christmas & Thanksgiving.