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OPENBIZ: May 21 Business Closures, Services, New Hours In Response To Virus

By Johanna Cano, posted May 21, 2020
As the efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 continue in the region and country, businesses are finding new ways to provide goods and services, including reduced hours, delivery and curbside pickup options.

Here are some business openings, services and new hours following Gov. Roy Cooper's announcement on Wednesday of the state entering a moderate version of Phase 2, which, among other items, allows restaurants to resume dine-in service and hair salons to reopen.


Thursday, May 21


Business Openings

Dr. Jeffrey Coleman Optometrist, ​919 S. 16th St., has reopened and is requiring patients to wear masks, screening for symptoms, not allowing visitors and more.

Earthbound Salon and Day Spa, 4833 Carolina Beach Rd., is taking reservations at 1 p.m. today for appointments starting on Saturday. Call 791-9160 to make reservations.

Golden Salon & Dry Bar, 1406 Barclay Pointe Blvd. Unit 903, is reopening and rescheduling clients whose appointments were previously canceled. 

JCPenney, 3500 Oleander Dr., is reopening its Wilmington store after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The store is taking safety precautions like cleaning throughout the day, contact-less checkout, shields at registers and more.

Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, reopened May 12, with new hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. A list of specific businesses at the mall that are open is available on the mall's website.


Kohl's, 228 Old Eastwood Rd., has reopened with reduced hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It also has dedicated shopping hours for at-risk shoppers from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mayfaire Town Center and Community Center on Military Cutoff Road are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Mayfaire website has some information about individual store hours for both centers. Call stores and eateries or check their websites or Facebook pages to find the most up-to-date information.

The Rockin' Roller Salon, 1015 S. Kerr Ave., is reopening on Saturday. The waiting room is closed, clients must wear a face mask, temperatures for workers and clients will be taken, among other safety measures. Clients who lost an appointment due to restrictions will be contacted to reschedule.

Wilmington Wine and Design, 1319 Military Cutoff Rd., is open and offering in-studio paint classes. Class sizes are limited to eight guests.

 

Restaurant Announcements

Cape Fear Seafood Company, 140 Hays Lane, is reopening all its dining rooms on Friday at 5 p.m. with a limited menu. Reservations are highly encouraged. Call 681-1140.

Cast Iron Kitchen, 8024 Market St., is reopening dine-in service with outdoor seating starting Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a reservation for outdoor seating by calling ahead at 821-8461.

Crave Hot Dogs and Barbecue, 1407 Barclay Pointe Blvd., is open for dine-in and patio seating.

CRUST Kitchen & Cocktails, 124 Princess St., reopened on Thursday for curbside pickup and delivery. It is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 399-1263 to order.

JohnnyLukes KitchenBar, 5500 Market St., is reopening Friday at 5 p.m. and is taking reservations. Call 769-1798 to make reservations.


Junction 421, 5104 S. College Rd., will reopen for dine-in service on Friday.

Kornerstone Bistro, 8262 Market St., is reopening on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. for dine-in and patio seating by reservation only. It is opening for lunch on Monday. Call 686-2296 for reservations.

Lake Park Steakhouse, 12 S. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, is reopening dine-in service on Friday with outside tables available. Call 707-0996 to make a reservation.

Michael's on the Waterfront, 5 S. Water St., will reopen its dining room on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and new hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 769-4252.

Steam Restaurant & Bar, 9 Estell Lee Place, it reopening its dining room and open-air terrace on Friday starting at 5 p.m. Call 726-9226 to make a reservation.

The Felix Cafe, 5226 S. College Rd., has reopened for curbside pickup and delivery. To make orders call 399-8060.

The Second Glass, 1540 S. Second  St., is reopening for dine-in service starting Friday from 5-10 p.m. There will be dining-room and outside seating. New hours are Wednesday-Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wine and mimosa kits are still available for pickup.


Wednesday, April 29


Business Openings

Blush Haus of Beaute, 1900 Eastwood Rd., has reopened for beauty essential purchases. While it is open for shorter hours it is not offering services in compliance with local guidelines.

Cape Fear Tax & Accounting Solutions, 402 Carl St., staff is on-site during regular business hours. Because it is providing services remotely, clients are encouraged to use the client portal to submit documents for tax preparation and other accounting services. It also has a secure drop box for dropping off documents and is available for telephone and video conferences via Zoom. Call 523-5589 or visit the website at www.cftaxacctg.com and click on the “Book An Appointment” link to schedule a tele/video conference. To request an invitation to our portal or a new client information form, call or email [email protected]

Coastal Floors of Wilmington, Inc., 4209 Oleander Drive, is open to the public by appointment.  Call 620-1912 or 262-5996 to schedule an appointment. During COVID-19 the company is to offering wholesale pricing to the general public.

Frank Institute for Health and Wellness, 1630 Military Cutoff Rd., is offering COVID-19 antibody testing. Results are available within 48 hours. Call 679-8534 or visit frankinstitute.com.

The Law Offices of Chris Vonderau, PLLC, 4022 Shipyard Blvd., remains open for business with services to help individuals and small businesses with debt relief. It is fully staffed and can be reached at 202-3110. At this time, all consultations and meetings are held remotely for safety.

ServiceMaster Restoration of Wilmington, 387 Sloop Point Loop, is open and offering COVID-19 decontamination services including cleaning and preventive, protocol to mitigate and risk and exposure. Call 202-4274.

West Shore Home, a home improvement company, announced it will be installing free showers or baths for five healthcare workers or first responders. To nominate a healthcare professional, visit WestShoreHome.com/Heroes.


Restaurant Announcements

The Sawmill Restaurant, 5611 Carolina Beach Road, and the Sawmill Grill, 15919 U.S. 17, have reopened. They are serving a full menu of homestyle meals along with family packs. Both restaurants are offering takeout and curbside. They are open from 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
 


Monday, April 20


Services

David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 1516 Dawson St., remains open during this time. If someone is hurt, they can call the office at 800-724-0235 for a free consultation. Phones are answered 24/7.

Momentum PT & Wellness, 709 George Anderson Drive, is open and seeing current and new patients.  It is utilizing traditional in-clinic physical therapy and offering telehealth appointments and consultations.  For further information contact Tyler Whiteside, DPT at 769-1238.

Musicmedic is offering repair lessons via Skype with woodwind technician Ryan Walker. One-on-one lessons can be scheduled at a reduced price. MusicMedic can create lesson plans from its Sax ProShop to homes.

NC TECH Association is offering two free months of membership for those who join now. New member dues will also be extended to June 30.

PrintWorks, The Polka Dot Printer, 2316 S. 17th St., Ste. 150, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is not currently accepting walk-in business as its retail storefront is closed. Call 422-7777 or email [email protected] to place orders and it will deliver, ship or provide curbside delivery.

Rountree Losee LLP, 2419 Market St., is operating remotely, however, staff is on-site weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to facilitate operations. Attorneys can be reached by calling 763-3404 and are available to schedule video or audio conferences through Zoom. To pick up or deliver a package, documents or files at the office, call 763-3404 to make arrangements.

Ship and Mail Plus, 2316 S. 17th St., Ste. 140, is open Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. It is a full-service packaging and mailing facility. It handles USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL. Call 350-3344 for more information.


New Hours

Sam’s Club, 412 S. College Rd., is adding special shopping hours for healthcare workers and first responders. Those hours are Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m. For members who are seniors, pregnant, at-risk or disabled, it has early shopping hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m.
 

Tuesday, April 14

Services and retail

All Ways Graphics, 120 Racine Drive, Unit 3, is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. Production hours for fast turnaround on large copy jobs remain the same. It is offering replacement ink and toner cartridges with a 60-day money-back guarantee. If All Ways Graphics does not have a printer's cartridges, it will special order and add them to its inventory. Orders can be made online at www.allwaysgraphics.com for curbside pickup.

Aqua Fedora, 30 N. Front St., is available for online shopping via its website www.aquafedora.com. It is offering 20% off and free shipping with the code “local.”

Camillions Boutique, 112 Market St., is temporarily closed but offers curbside pickup. Orders can be made on its online website, camillionsnc.com. There is free shipping on orders of $25 or more with the code FREE25SHIP. There may be delays in shipping orders.

Half United, 1607 Queen St. Suite 101, is having a “Small Business, Big Sale” sale on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m.. via its website halfunited.com. Items will be 30% off and purchases will help raise money for meals for families in need. The sale will be active for 24 hours.


Restaurant Announcements

Burrito Shak in Monkey Junction, 5916 Carolina Beach Road, Suite 150, is closing for the week of April 13 and will reopen Tuesday April 21.

El Cerro Grande locations, 5120  S. College Rd., 341 S. College Rd. and 1051 Military Cutoff Road, are open for curbside pickup and delivery via Grubhub and Takeout Central.

Hang Ten Grill, 308 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, is open for takeout and delivery from noon to 8 p.m.

K-38 Porters Neck, Oleander and Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Orders can be made by phone to place curbside orders or delivery through Takeout Central and Cape Fear Delivery.

Rebellion NC, 15 S. Front St., is offering meats, cheeses and sides by the pound, as well as grocery items, beer and wine to-go and family specials. Orders can be called ahead at 399-1162 and the restaurant is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

Tequila Comida & Cantina, 5607 Carolina Beach Rd., is open and offering online ordering via its Facebook page, Google and tequilacc.com.

Trolly Stop, 4502 Fountain Dr., is offering curbside service by calling 452-3952 and pressing option 1. It has a “happy hour” every day from 2 to 5 p.m. with $1 off all hot dogs. Delivery is also available through Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates and Cape Fear Delivery.
 


Monday, April 13


Services

Aquesta Bank, 901 Military Cutoff Rd., can originate small business loans under the CARES Act. Through the Payroll Protection Program, businesses can qualify for a no-questions-asked loan in the amount of 2.5x the monthly payroll that can be used for payroll and other overhead expenses (rent, mortgage interest, utilities, etc.). If the money is used properly, it could be forgiven. Contact Rick Hunt at [email protected] or 777-9423.

CloudWyze, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and AcoustiCreations have partnered to launch a public Wi-Fi hotspot for New Hanover County Schools students. The Wi-Fi connection is accessible from the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce parking lot located at 1 Estell Lee Place.

Longley Supply Company, 2018 Oleander Dr., has received an EPA-registered evaporator coil cleaner and disinfectant for residential and commercial air conditioning systems. Call 762-7793.

The Coastal Window & Door Center, 6752 Gordon Rd., is operating normally and with no delays due to carrying products by American-made manufacturers. For cabinet design and quoting call Rachel Trader at 200-6504 or [email protected].

The Coral Edge is offering free, 30-minute consultations for chamber members who may be in need of custom software solutions in order to maintain business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association is asking the community and members if they have resources to share with others during the pandemic to send them to [email protected]. The association will spread the word to its members. Information should include a name, company, services/products/resources offered and best way to contact.
 

Restaurant Announcements

Most Port City Java locations remain open in Wilmington through curbside pickup and drive-thru with adjusted hours. Google listings reflect hour changes. Orders can be called ahead. For a limited time, all healthcare professionals and first responders can receive 1 free small coffee or $2 off any item of their choice, just show ID. It is also offering bulk items including freshly roasted coffee beans in 12-ounce bags, shelf-stable almond and coconut milks, Monin flavor syrups, chai tea, Mighty Leaf teas, apricot tea, and more.

Port Land Grille, 1908 Eastwood Rd., is temporarily closing until it is okay to open again. This is because the restaurant is not set up for curbside or delivery service. It is offering a 20% discount for all gift certificates sold through the month of April. There is no expiration date on the certificates.
 


Monday, April 6


Services

Anderson Air, LLC, 419 Raleigh St. is operating as normal. It is offering 10% off all service calls and maintenance contracts at this time. Visit andersonairwilmington.com.

Heartland Payment Systems has a 90-day online ordering promotion for merchants in need of online ordering software. Restaurants can take payments and orders at no cost for the software. Heartland is deploying the online aspect of its Heartland Restaurant Point of Sale. Accounts are set up on a month-to-month basis and there is no cancelation fee.

Thalian Hall and WHQR present the Cinematique Sofa Series, a new digital program. New independent, documentary, foreign and award-winning films available for viewing remotely for $12 rental fee per film. There will be new films introduced weekly. For more click here.
 


Restaurant Announcements

Breadsmith of Wilmington, 5226 S. College Road 399-8361 and 820 Town Center Drive 679-5057, is open at both locations Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bakery lobbies are open and it is also taking pre-orders for curbside pickup. It has fresh bread and bakery products each day.

Copper Penny, 109 Chestnut St., is open Monday-Friday and offering delivery from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to businesses for orders more than $50. It also has curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Midtown Incredible Pizza, 3600 S. College Rd., is open for curbside pickup or delivery. Call 791-7080 for orders. The restaurant is currently not accepting cash.

NOMA Restaurant and Wine Market, 8207 Market St., is offering take-home meals with instructions on hoe to re-heat items at home. To order, call 686-9343.

Rounds Golf & Lounge, 6801 Parker Farm Drive, is offering curbside pickup, half-baked pizza and family-style options from the catering menu. I also has a wine selection for pick up. Call 839-3006.
 


Thursday, April 2


Restaurant Announcements

Blue Surf Café, 250 Racine Dr., is open for curbside service and delivery Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. It is serving family-style meals that can be picked up hot or cold and warmed up at home for 4-6 people. That includes meatloaf, chicken pot pie and other options. It is also offering meat, cheese, bread and other grocery items. For more information visit bluesurfcafe.com or call 523-5362.

Fish Bites Seafood Restaurant, 6132 Carolina Beach Road, is open and offering curbside pickup and delivery for orders of $25 or more with a $5 delivery fee. There are specials that can be found here.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 301 N. Water St., is open for curbside food pickup starting Friday.

The Greeks, 4401 Oleander Drive, is open and orders can be made at 399-1898 for curbside pickup, no contact pickup and delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub and Cape Fear Delivery.

Zocalo Street Food & Tequila, 1474 Barclay Pointe Blvd., is open and taking orders online and by phone at 833-5742 with delivery available via Takeout Central and Grubhub. It is offering a variety of family packs.


Services

AlphaGraphics in Monkey Junction, 3534 S. College Road is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is accepting orders via email or phone and is offering free local delivery as well as delivery via curbside. AlphaGraphics is able to create banners, signage, sandwich boards, floor graphics and more.

Rulmeca Corporation, 3200 Corporation Drive, is designated as a critical infrastructure supplier and it continues to assemble and repair motorized pulleys at its Wilmington facility. It has canceled visits with customers and suppliers.

The Honor Foundation at the Camp Lejeune campus has moved into virtual classrooms and it is providing curriculum to veterans. It has conducted human resource mock interviews via Zoom.

Your Computer Friends, 3818 Oleander Drive, is open daily for contactless drop-offs by appointment only. It is taking on-site appointments. Technicians are wearing masks, gloves, using their own keyboards/mice and conducting other safety processes. Call 799-8585 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.
 


Tuesday, March 31


Restaurant Announcements

Brunches and King Neptune’s are temporarily closing their locations. They will continue to prepare 100-150 meals everyday and donating them to volunteer and charitable organizations to support current needs. Wednesday is the last day for both restaurants with all sales going to employees and there will be packages for sale such as “Free Brunch for a month.”

Burrito Shak, 5916 Carolina Beach Rd., is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a full menu and family dinner options. Orders can be made online at burritoshak.com or by calling 399-5895 and can be picked up curbside.

Pine Valley Market, 3520 S. College Rd., is taking grocery orders via email at [email protected] sent by 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Orders can be picked up curbside. Click for more.

Taqueria Los Portales, 1207 S. Kerr Ave. and 29 Van Campen Blvd., is open and offering packs for a family of four through curbside pickup.


Services

NC TECH Association has been working remotely to run the organization and serve its members and the tech sector. That includes engaging in virtual meetings and calls, discussing how organizations are adapting, exploring new virtual offerings and rescheduling dates. It has launched a guide with assistance offers during COVID-19, its calendar is updated with virtual offerings and it is hosting the first Virtual Job Fair in May. Click for more.

Nabell Winslow Investments announced the launch of the #TIP30 campaign. The campaign encourages those who go out to eat after it is safe to do so, to tip more than usual. This is to support workers who have missed wages during restaurant closings.

Signarama, 2509A S. College Rd., is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is accepting orders via email and phone. All rush charges are waived, and signs will be delivered via curbside pickup. It can be reached at 793-4770 or [email protected].

Walgreens is working with Postmates to deliver items on-demand. Items that can be purchased include over-the-counter medication, personal care and snacks. Contactless delivery is available where items are left at the door.

 

Monday, March 30


Services

Brigade Boys & Girls Club, 2759 Vance St., continues to provide meal distribution sites during the stay-at-home order. Families with kids ages 5-18 are eligible to receive two meals (breakfast and lunch) per day, per child. Distribution sites are open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vance St. location and at 1601  S. 13th St.

Greene Resources, a recruiting firm, remains open and is available to assist in hiring additional employees. It is offering discounted rates on its recruiting services to subscribers of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. For those with laid-off employees or those who have been laid-off, visit greeneresources.com.

Michaels, 6881 Monument Dr., is offering free curbside delivery and shipping for its products. Clients should shop online and choose in-store pick up for curbside delivery.

Petco, 324 S. College Rd., is now offering curbside pickup to minimize exposure. To pick up, order online, receive a notification when items are ready to pick up and call the store once arrived.

Verizon Wireless has waived overage charges and late fees to support customers who may be financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis. It is waiving two months of internet and voice service charges for current Lifeline customers and new affordable internet options for low-income households. It has added 15GB of high-speed data for wireless customers and small business customers automatically applied, and more.


Closures and New Hours

IronGate Partners, 2601 Iron Gate Drive, Suite 201, has closed its office but still has full capabilities working from home. That includes the ability to trade, send or receive money and open new accounts. IronGate can be reached at its office number, 791-1437, and depositing money can be done electronically or mailed a check to the office.

Wine & Design, 1319 Military Cutoff Road, is temporarily closing its studio Monday at 5 p.m. due to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order.


Event News

The N.C. Azalea Festival is going virtual with some events Facebook starting April 1. Those events include the Queen’s Coronation, Airlie Luncheon Garden Party, Youth Art Contest presented by Coastal Children’s Services and more.


Thursday, March 26


Services

The Frank Institute, 1630 Military Cutoff Road, is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for new and returning patients. It is able to set up telemedicine appointments for those wanting a consultation from home or those out of town. It specializes in hormone replacement therapy, acoustic wave therapy and treatments for vitamin deficiencies and treatment of chronic and acute pain.

Generator Supercenter, 6759 Gordon Road, is open for business and offering virtual sales appointments. Through the appointment, employees take pictures of the house locally or using Google Earth and they present their recommendations and pricing using electronic means. The center does financing and collects deposits over the phone at 452-1619.

Stone Garden, 5726 Market Street, is open for business six days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can deliver stone, mulch, soil, sand and pavers to a home or jobsite. It also offers curbside pickup. Customers are able to browse the displays outside if they remain six feet away from others. The showroom is currently closed but all products can be found online.

WECT Newswroom anchors Kim Ratcliff and Bob Bonner for Carolina in the Morning, and evening anchors Ashlea Kosikowski and Frances Weller will broadcast their newscasts from their homes. Reporters have been submitting updates from the field rather than from the studio and digital, marketing and sales teams are working remotely.


New Hours

Harris Teeter stores will offer expanded shopping hours for seniors during the coronavirus. Starting Monday, the company will offer two hours for shoppers ages 60 and more to shop from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Monday and Thursday. It is also opening its pharmacies at 7 a.m. every Monday and Thursday. It is also designating ExpressLane Shopping pick-up times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for seniors only every Thursday. It is waiving the $4.95 fee and offer half-price delivery service.

 


Wednesday, March 25


Services

APR Restoration and Commercial Development Inc., 2908-A Orville Wright Way, is fully operational with all employees working remotely. It is responding 24/7 to emergency water mitigation and fire response. Best way to contact is by calling (877) 942-7762.

Metro MediSpa, 1124 Floral Parkway, is closing its mobile medical spa for in-person visits until April 3. Dr. Connie Odom can provide confidential and discreet telemedicine consultations and prescriptions can be shipped to homes.

Signs By Tomorrow - Wilmington, 112 North Cardinal Dr., Suite 108, is open for business 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is also to produce all types of printed material for businesses that may be related to the current crisis including signs and banners as well as any of our regular items. It can conduct business through email and phone and also bring items curbside for pickup. Delivery can be arranged.

TeamLogic IT is providing a limited-time offer to businesses needed assistance setting up remote work and other tools. Those who sign up before April 15 can get the first moth free for Firewall Rental Service, waived setup fees for Core IT services and reduced pricing for Remote Phone Systems.

YWCA of Southeastern N.C. is now offering child care services for essential workers, defined as personnel needed to maintain essential services, including health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants offering takeout and delivery, hardware stores, gas stations, banks, fire and rescue, police, laundromats, skilled contractors, warehouses and more.

The program operates from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost is $25 a day for members and $27 a day for no-members for Thursday and Friday. Lunch will be provided. During the week of March 30 to April 3, only five-day rates are available for $125-$135 per week. Locations include the Nir Family YMCA and the Midtown YMCA.


Restaurant Announcements

Planet Smoothie, 1427 Military Cutoff Road and 6400 Carolina Beach Road, is serving its full menu of smoothies, acai bowls, coffee, and tea. It is offering walk-ins for takeout, call-ahead orders and curbside pickup at both locations. Delivery is available for large orders. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Purple Onion Café, 4647 Main Street, Suite 6, Shallotte, with the help pf Highest Praise Church, is offering hot meals for those in need during COVID-19. Packaged hot meals will be distributed at 19 Red Bug Road in Shallotte for the next three Wednesdays (March 25, April 1, April 8) from 4-6 p.m. Food will be distributed drive-thru style and a maximum of four boxes per car will be handed out.

Tuesday, March 24


Services

Cape Fear Solar Systems, 901 Martin St., office is currently open as usual and is able to access remote technology when necessary.

Chrysalis Center is offering all its services via telehealth, including telephone or video conference. It is currently accepting new clients for mental health therapy and nutrition counseling. The team specializes in treatment of eating disorders. Staff will take calls at 790-9500 or by email at [email protected].

Copycat Print Shop, 637 S. Kerr Ave., is able to bring orders out to the customer’s car. It also creates banners, including same-day printing, for businesses who need it.

McKee Homes in Wilmington is offering live video home tours and reviewing contracts, home buying orientations, meeting with builders through FaceTime, Zoom or other virtual meeting platforms. Through its Live Video Appointments landing page, home buyers can connect with the online sales team to book a tour and live walk through the homes they are interested in. It also offers 3D interactive virtual tours on its website for each of the floorplans it provides. Additionally, McKee has a free design app for home buyers thinking about building a home to design their home.

Wine & Design, 1319 Military Cutoff Road Suite JJ, is offering $25 take-home canvas paint kits that includes pre-traced canvases, brushes, mixing plate, napkins and print of painting.  While the items are sold out, email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist. It is also offering a “Welcome Truck DIY Paint Kit” online that includes unfinished wood shapes, paint, foam brushes, brush set and more.

YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear, 2815 S. College Road, is offering childcare services for essential business employees such as healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store workers, etc. The organization is accepting kids ages 0-12. To reserve a spot for childcare, contact the YWCA at [email protected] no later than March 26th by 5 p.m.


Restaurant Announcements

Checkers, 1901 Oleander Drive, is open with walk-up and drive-thru services. It is also offering delivery with Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates.

City Club of Wilmington, 23 S. Second St., is now taking online to-go orders for lunch and dinner. Online ordering starts at 11:30 a.m. Items will be delivered to the car at City Club.

Tropical Smoothie Café, with locations at 2804 S. College Rd., 130 Hays Lane Unit 130 and 143 Poole Road, currently offers curbside pickup, mobile and online ordering and delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub and Uber Eats. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.


Closures and New Hours

Harrelson Center campus, 20 N. Fourth St., is currently closed to visitors with staff working remotely. The Help Hub at the Harrelson Center is receiving emergency financial assistance requests through an online form and messages to 769-5357.

Prana Salt Cave, 7110 Wrightsville Ave., which closed on Friday, is offering a “Buy one, get one free” salt session to use for up to a year after re-opening. That is $35 for two 45-minute salt sessions. The sessions can be purchased here.
 

Monday, March 23


Closures and New Hours

Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered all gyms, nail salons and theaters to close by Wednesday. All gatherings of more than 50 are banned also.

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity ReStores are temporarily closed to the public. There will not be scheduling for new donation pickups and drop-offs will not be accepted until it reopens.

Farmers Supply Company, 2025 Oleander Drive, is open with extended Spring hours seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The store is currently only allowing ten customers in the store and ten in the Garden Center at a time. Curbside pickup and delivery are also available. There is a contact form at the top of its website: farmerssupplyco.com to arrange curbside pickup or delivery.

Mayfaire has gathered a list of restaurants, retailers and grocery stores open for business with updated hours. The most up-to-date list can be found at mayfaire.com/shop.


Services

Budget Car Rental is waiving underage car booking fees for customers ages 21-24 from now until April 30. It is also offering 10% off normal rates.

Citrus Cans is a local residential trash and recycle can cleaning company with automated trucks that sanitizes and cleans the outside and inside of customer’s bins. The company services New Hanover county and Leland. Visit citruscans.com or call 910-777-4394. Budget Car Rental is waiving underage car booking fees for customers ages 21-24 from now until April 30. It is also offering 10% off normal rates.

City Storage, 420 N. Fourth St. and 1525 S. Front St., is offering two months of free storage for students displaced by the coronavirus. It applies to new tenants and standard rate applies to the third month. Students need to show their ID at time of move-in and rental can be done remotely at 910.343.3332, emailing at [email protected] or visiting citystroageusa.com.

Gannett Co., a media company has launched a site to help businesses hit by the coronavirus. Via a new website, users can select local businesses in their community to support by purchasing gift cards to use at a later time. To visit the local page, click here.

North Carolina Wesleyan’s Wilmington Campus is currently operating virtually. All seated courses for Spring have been converted to online courses. NC Wesleyan continues to accept applications for Summer and Fall start dates. Interested students should email the admissions team at  [email protected] and advising counselors are able to communicate through email, phone and video conferencing. Visit ncwc.edu/academics/adult-professional-studies/

Servpro of New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties is able to offer cleaning and disinfecting for businesses according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Call 910-762-8180

StateFarm, 2528 Castle Hayne Road Ste. 5, is offering free, online “Financial Foundation” webinars. The webinars are 30 minutes long and cover five topics such as: Setting SMART Financial Goals, Building a Budget, Saving Money, Managing Debt and Understanding Credit.  The webinars are geared towards young individuals who are just entering the workforce.

Top Mops Cleaning Services, 6230 Carolina Beach Rd., in addition to regular cleaning services, it has added disinfecting to all handles, switches, doorknobs, railings, trash can lids and remote controls at no extra charge. It also has toilet paper and paper towels stocked at its store. That includes 6-pack and 12-pack of toilet paper and 2-pack and 4-pack of paper towels. It only accepts PayPal or cash. In-store and curbside pickup is available.

Wells Fargo is suspending residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary automobile repossessions. It is also offering fee waivers, payment deferrals and other expanded assistance for credit card, auto, mortgage, small business, and personal lending customers who contact the company. The company is temporarily closing some branches, adjusting operating hours of branches, relocating employees to busier branches, and utilizing drive-up instead of lobbies where possible.
 

Friday, March 20
 


Services

Duke Energy is suspending disconnections for nonpayments for home and business accounts. Effective March 21, all fees for late payment, returned checks and credit and debit card payments will be waived.

Invictus Martial Arts, 7122 Market St., is stepping away from a traditional classroom environment and started filming video lessons for students. Classes are still being offered in the evening and are limited to 10 people inside the building. The studio is also offering live classes for students and anybody that wants to join via Zoom.


Closures and New Hours

Kohls, 228 old Eastwood Road, is temporarily closing all its stores through at least April 1.

Petco stores are now operating under reduced hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is to allow time for cleaning and restocking. Some location are offering new services like pet hand-off, drop-off and text notifications to minimize personal contact. All grooming salons will remain open with reduced hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number of grooming appointments has been reduced and self-services dog wash, dog training and puppy playtime have been temporarily canceled.

Thrive Family Dental, 8115 Market St. Suite 204, is closing its offices to all patients except for dental emergencies for three weeks starting in March 18. This is under recommendations from the American Dental Association and the N.C.Dental Board. Dental offices are a high-risk are for catching and transmitting the virus due to the number of patients, duration of contact and proximity to patients during treatment.

Walgreens pharmacies are updating its store hours to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during weekdays and 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. drive-thru only at 24-hour stores. It is also offering drive-thru shopping for select health, cleaning and grocery items. Clients are also able to consult with a healthcare provider and chat with a pharmacist via the Walgreens app.

 

Thursday, March 19


Services

CloudWyze, 720 N. Third St., is offering a limited-time offer to businesses who sign up for cloud-based services until March 30 to ease remote working operations. The offer includes free expedited migration and implementation, 3 months of service and support.

CustomEyes, 1540 S. Second St., is setting up visits by appointment only in individual sessions to avoid close contact between clients. Instead of standard measurements used for proper lens design, CustomEyes has a photographic no-touch method for measurements and design. To schedule an appointment, call or text 399-7200 or send an email to [email protected].

Murchison, Taylor & Gibson, PLLC, 1979 Eastwood Road Suite 101, is available through phone, computer network and email. While some personnel are working remotely video conferencing is available.

State Employee’s Credit Union is temporarily transitioning to drive-thru-only service, according to a news release. This is to reduce the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus. Members who need to access safe deposit boxes, drop off tax return information or inquire about loans should call their brand to schedule an appointment. To apply for a loan or deposit check, the bank encourages member to use the website ncsecu.org.

Wilmington Eye is suspending all routine and non-urgent appointments starting Thursday morning. Offices are still helping patients who need urgent care regarding their vision. The decision, according to Wilmington Eye, was based on recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Restaurant Announcements

Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive, is launching its “grocery” service Thursday to help reduce the burden on grocery stores and prevent food waste on the restaurant side. The grocery items will initially be items already in stock at the brewery, but plans are to expand. The brewery is also open for curbside pickup and delivery within a 4-mile radius.

Wilmington Ale Trail is compiling a list of breweries, bottle shops and bar updates including pick up, delivery and to-go options. The list, found here, will be updated daily.


New Hours and Closures

Barnes & Noble, Wilmington location at 850 Inspiration Dr., is reducing operating hours at all stores. All events planed in stores through the end of April have been canceled.

Old Navy, 352 S. College Road, is temporarily closing all its North America stores starting Thursday. There is no store pickup option during this time. Returns have been extended to July 1 for purchases made between Jan. 1 and March 31.


Wednesday, March 18

Services

Axis locations in Castle Branch and Lumina Station are offering classes at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m. 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Classes will be limited to 10 people and group workouts will be 45 minutes each to allow time to clean the space and ventilate the area. One-on-one coaching will continue around the group training schedule. Any unused sessions will be converted to a pass. For those who can't attend, Axis will also post at-home workouts.

Caringtodeliver.com is offering free advertising for local restaurants and delivery service owners. The site provides a way to streamline what restaurants are offering, where they deliver and what precautions they are taking to ensure safety. Business owners can fill out a questionnaire on caringtodeliver.com. To view posts click on "View All Results" and select the business category.

Freedom Boat Club is implementing a series of enhanced boat cleaning and preparation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That includes protocols for employees, equipment and vessels.
It continues normal dockside operations for members as scheduled. There are no interruptions for members at this time. All social events are being canceled or rescheduled until further notice.

Mystic Elements will be closed to all foot traffic. It has added a feature to its online store for curbside pickup service for customers from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers can call 799-1001 or email [email protected] to place an order.


Restaurant Announcements

City Club of Wilmington is offering menu options during regular dining hours including take-home wine. It has a limited lunch and dinner menu. To-go orders can be placed by phone at 343-1880 ext.210. Meals can also be taken out to the car.

Cousin's Italian Deli, 7 North Third St., is open for in-store pickup, curbside pickup and delivery orders. It is also offering family pasta dinners and chicken dinners for pickup that feed 8 to 10 people.

Downtown Business Alliance and Wilmington Downtown Inc. are gathering a list of restaurants offering curbside pickup, take-out and delivery services, as well as stores that are open, offering discounts, online shopping, curbside pickups, etc. in downtown Wilmington.

Stalk and Vine, 224 S. Water St., is offering pick-up and to-go orders Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beer and wine is available for to-go as well.

Surfhouse Cafe & Shop, 604 N. Lake Park Blvd., is operating a takeout window with a special menu. Walk-up ordering is available and call-in orders are welcome.


Closures

Per Fidem, 1904 Eastwood Roadis closing its store until further notice. Orders can still be made at its website Perfidem.com  with free shipping and returns on all orders. Per Fidem is also available by email and on social media.

Ulta Beauty is temporarily closing all stores as of 6 p.m. Thursday, including the Wilmington location at 840 Inspiration Dr., until at least March 31. Online pickup in-store will not be available during this time. It is offering free shipping for online purchases of $15 or more.


New Store Hours

Target stores, including the Wilmington location at 4711 New Centre Dr., are reducing hours and closing all stores by 9 p.m. daily, according to an announcement Wednesday. This is to restock items and deeply clean stores. Target is also reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for vulnerable guests including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
 

Tuesday, March 17

New Store Hours

Dollar General Stores
Dollar General Corporation announced plans to dedicate the first hour of shopping to seniors. The store wants to provide at-risk shoppers the ability to purchase items they need at the beginning of each day to avoid crowded shopping periods, according to the announcement.
Stores are also closing one hour earlier than current closing times for cleaning and re-stocking. Opening hours will remain the same.


Restaurant Announcements

Uber Eats is offering a $0 delivery fee for all local restaurants starting today.


Closures

All restaurants and bars in the state must close starting at 5 p.m Tuesday as a response to the coronavirus, according to an announcement by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Restaurants and bars can still offer delivery and takeout. 

Gov. Cooper is scheduled to host a press conference to announce a new executive order closing all dine-in options for customers in response to COVID-19.

The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19. The announcement did not state how long the closures would last for.

To watch the live stream of the conference, go to https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-update.

Regal Cinemas announced the closure of all its theater locations, including Wilmington at 900 Town Center Drive, starting Tuesday, until further notice.


Services

American Water & Fire of Wilmington is able to disinfect local homes and businesses to eliminate the coronavirus through professional deep cleaning and disinfecting services, according to a news release. The company uses government-approved, qualified chemicals that disinfect against the new coronavirus. Services are available in homes, local schools, hospitals and other public spaces.
Besides cleaning services, American Water & Fire also provides clients with guidance on how to maintain the space after cleaning and a list for maintaining the environment clean.

Beach Babes & Buckets, a cleaning service, is temporarily expanding its services to include prescription delivery, grocery shopping and other services during the coronavirus. It also offers discounted cleaning packages for elderly clients.

Fleet Feet Wilmington now offers curbside pickup, home delivery and shipping options. Delivery is available within a 15-mile radius from the store for purchases over $50.

Julia's Florist is including an alcohol wipe with every floral arrangement to sanitize vases and containers to respond to the virus. It is also implementing a daily wellness check to employees. It is not able to deliver flowers to hospitals because they have asked to stop non-essential deliveries until further notice.

Porter's Neck Veterinary Hospital is taking extra precautions due to the coronavirus. For appointments and medicine pickup, clients should remain in their cars and contact the office by phone. Clients should remain in their cars during appointments and technicians and doctors will go to the vehicle to discuss recommendations. The same procedure should be followed for pet boarding.

Sano Steam is providing hospital-grade disinfecting and sanitizing services to businesses and homes. Services include fogging and wipe-downs with hospital-grade disinfectants.


Monday, March 16

New Store Hours

Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter is modifying store hours to focus on cleaning, replenishment and the well-being of its employees, according to an announcement Sunday. Stores will close at 9 p.m. every night starting March 15 until further notice. Stores will open at normal times. There is a three-item limit for water, toilet paper, canned meat, pasta, cleaning supplies, airborne cold, flu and allergy medicine.
Due to an increase in ExpressLane orders, there may be minor delays in completing grocery-pickup orders.

Publix
All Publix stores began closing at 8 p.m. starting March 14 until further notice. This will allow company employees to clean and restock product on shelves, according to an announcement.

The store has applied purchase limits on some items. Stores also offer delivery and curbside pickup.

Walmart
All Walmart stores, including Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This is to ensure associates can clean and stock products according to an announcement. Stores that normally operate under more reduced hours will maintain their current operating hours.


Restaurant Announcements

Aromas of Peru’s Wrightsville Beach location, 1978 Eastwood Road, is offering delivery service and curbside pickup starting March 16. Delivery is available from 5 p.m. until closing and within a 4-mile radius. For curbside pickup, call and order ahead.

Catch Restaurant, 6623 Market St., and Catch the Foodtruck are offering a special-priced limited carry-out, curbside and delivery menu. The menu is designed to feed couples or families of four. Wine and beer can also be delivered.

Chick-fil-a announced Sunday it was temporarily closing all its dining rooms seating to help limit person-to-person contact. Some restaurants are offering drive-thru, take out, delivery and mobile ordering options. The Chick-fil-a at Mayfaire, 6891 Swan Mill Road, is operating on a drive-thru only model.

Copper Penny, 109 Chestnut St., is offering curbside pickup by ordering by phone. Food can be picked up in the restaurant or delivered to the car.

Skytown Beer Company, 4712 New Centre Dr., is offering pickup through its drive-thru window. To make an order, call ahead. The full menu is available as well as beer to go.

True Blue Butcher & Table, 1125 Military Cutoff Road, is offering a new style of service. There will be curbside pickup for all menus and butcher shop orders. Orders can be made by phone or online. True Blue Butcher gift cards don’t expire.

Uncle Vinny’s, 1012 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, is providing curbside pickup and condiments will be available upon request.
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