Staff & Contributors

Laurel-flatLaurel Maultsby, Publisher

Fourteen years ago I started Focus on the Coast in hopes of bringing local businesses and readers together to explore all that our coastal community has to offer. Sit back and enjoy.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 3.59.44 PMDrewe Smith, editor-in-chief

After graduating with a BA in psychology from UNCW, Drewe spent the first half of her twenties working as a nanny. As a Wilmington native, Drewe loves showing others the best of what Wilmington has to offer. She is a big fan of farmers’ markets, good whiskey, and taking her camera with her everywhere she goes.

djh-fotc-headshotDavid Hitchcock, Creative Director

After state and country hopping with various design firms for the better part of the last decade, David brought his design nerdiness, questionable sense of humor, and passion for typography and layout to Wilmington, NC.


Elizabeth Peavy Tabor, Ad Sales Representative

Always bringing things to a new level of excitement, Elizabeth is a professional iced coffee drinker and self proclaimed ILM restaurant critic. She loves helping business owners in Wilmington grow through creative marketing efforts, which she has been doing for nearly a decade.

Contributing Photographers

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Jason Armond
Drawn to the visual arts, Jason found photography to be his creative outlet. Creating memorable images people love is his goal. Working with Focus, Jason has found a magazine that welcomes and embraces his vision and creativity.

BonnieBonnie Jean Berg

Born and raised in Southeastern NC, Bonnie-Jeanne has always had a love for the coast and its surrounding scenery. Whether creating an individual portrait or capturing a large event her excitement for photography bursts through every image produced.

AngieAngie Oakley

Specializing in children and family photography in the Wilmington area for ten years, Angie also is a Personal Trainer and is a Tough Mudder addict!

Contributing Writers

JamieJamie Mangas

Born in Ohio and raised in the Wilmington area, Jamie has always had an extreme love for the written word, the ocean and cupcakes. After graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with an English degree she continued writing and reading for the sheer joy of it.


Fanny Slater

Hungry since 1985.  Full time “entrée-preneur,”caterer, writer, and lover of figs.  Fanny is a home-taught foodie with a passion for storytelling and licking the plate.

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A nationally-recognized mixologist, he is also the author of Cocktails & Conversations from the Astral Plane, about coming of age in one of the world’s most eccentric bars. Find him behind the bar at manna.

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 3.21.08 PMElena Rosemond-Hoerr

Elena is a Southern food writer and photographer. Elena hails from Durham, and moved to Wilmington with her husband and two grab bag rescue dogs in 2012. More of her recipes and work can be found on her Southern food blog, Biscuits and Such

jess-jamesJess James

As Focus on the Coast’s contributing fashion writer and editor, Jess James has cultivated Wilmington’s fashion community with her style-based events and championing local talent over the past eight years.