Cape Fear Living Magazine

Cape Fear Living is a lifestyle magazine that celebrates life in Southeastern North Carolina. We are dedicated to showcasing the Cape Fear Region, centered around the Port City of Wilmington but extending across the four counties of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. We strive to entertain, inspire and inform.

As an integral part of the community, Cape Fear Living takes pride in showcasing our thriving businesses and talented individuals. Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, crafts, architecture, history, and foodways of the region.

Whether you’ve lived in the Cape Fear region all your life, a newcomer looking to become more acquainted with your new home, relocating for work or just visiting, we are committed to sharing the region we love through print issues, website and social media. 


Meet the Team


Leping Beck | Publisher |

Leping Beck has been the owner and Publisher of Cape Fear Living Magazine since 2016. She is a producer and commentator of Western Reviews – a Chinese language TV program aired weekly with Mingjing TV in New York. Prior to moving to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2013, Leping was an attorney at law licensed in the state of Colorado. Specializing in immigration law and business transactions, she has served as the legal consultant for the Chinese American Merchants Association of Colorado. Leping has been invited by Universities and government organizations to educate new immigrants and small business owners about the legal and economic system here in the U.S. She also enjoys contributing to Chinese language publications as a freelance writer. Leping and her husband Dan Beck, who is a nationally acclaimed artist, have two daughters. They all share a common interest in art, music, and literature. They enjoy the beach, the river and all that Wilmington has to offer. Her education includes a B.A. in English Literature, 1988 at Peking University in Beijing, China and a J.D. 1994 at The University of Denver School of Law, in Denver, Colorado.


Colleen Thompson | Managing Editor |

An editor, writer, and photographer Colleen’s work has been published worldwide in magazines, newspapers and digital media. She has a passion for food – particularly Southern and the history behind it. As a qualified wine sommelier, she loves the art of a crafted cocktail and the storytelling that often accompanies it. With degrees in English and Environmental Science, Colleen has a particular love of the ocean and is always on the lookout for a wild beach. From the mesmerizing Spanish moss that hangs from the old live oaks to the captivating scent of the magnolia trees, the Cape Fear region has taken a hold on her heart. She lives with her husband, young son and two beagles.


Elizabeth Barrett | Director of Marketing |

Elizabeth Barrett is a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her journalistic experience includes Carolina Woman Magazine, Triangle Downtowner Magazine. She has also co-written and edited books, editorial profiles and press releases for organizations throughout the region.  Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Elizabeth recently moved to the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area, after almost a decade in Raleigh, NC, where she worked as a Director of Marketing with CMC Hotels. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her black Labrador – Winston – who is not upset about now being able to swim in Banks Channel every day.


Samantha Lowe | Editorial Graphic Designer |

Samantha Lowe received her degree in graphic design from Kansas State University. After graduating, she worked as the senior graphic designer for a creative firm. She ventured out on her own 12 years ago and has been designing publications ever since. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Chocolate is her weakness, and she has a heart for serif fonts and traveling.