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Jul 15, 2022

City's Music Scene Offers Variety

By Laura Moore, posted Jul 15, 2022

Wilmington is well known for its film sets, restaurants and area beaches, but there is a movement to make it better known for its music scene. Each week there are a variety of opportunities to see what the city has to offer for your listening pleasure.    Singer and songwriters CB Johnson and Emily Burdette have made a space for artists to showcase their origin ...

Jun 23, 2022

After a total renovation that took about 18 months, the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach has completed its transition to a new look and a new name: Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort. The reimagining and redesign were done by the new owner, OTO Development, which is part of The Johnson Group, based in Spartanburg, South Carolina. OTO acquired the ...

Jun 17, 2022

Cruises Can Spark Return Trips

By Laura Moore, posted Jun 17, 2022

While Charleston and many Florida cities are well-known for being popular ports of call for cruise lines, few people realize that Wilmington hosts a few ships a year coming into port along the Cape Fear River.   For more than 20 years, Wilmington has been a stop on the American Cruise Lines small ship cruises through rivers on the East Coast. The East Coast Inland P ...

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Love Can’t Be Blind: Preparing for a Business Transfer to Children or Insiders

Posted Aug 3, 2022
Successful business owners do a lot of things well, and they make it look easy. This is often a sign of well-running processes and years of discipline. However, it can also be a trap for successful business owners who intend to pass their businesses onto their children or business insiders. While you may love the idea of keeping the business with someone close to you, you cannot let that love blin...read entire article
May 20, 2022

Creative Campus Aims To Draw Artists

By Laura Moore, posted May 20, 2022

The Cucalorus Festival has covered a lot of ground over the past 28 years, and with executive director Dan Brawley at the helm, it continues to add new features, including spaces for visitors to get on board the creative train, so to speak.   Brawley has been leading the charge for Cucalorus since 1999, and in that time, he has helped the festival grow by creating a ...

May 6, 2022

Tourism Industry Headed Toward Red-hot Summer, Trends Suggest

By Johanna F. Still, posted May 6, 2022

The pandemic is in the past – at least, that’s the mantra of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re looking beyond the pandemic,” said Kim Hufham, New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority president and CEO. “We don’t even want to mention that word really.” The dips the pandemic ini ...

Apr 15, 2022

Offerings Highlight Area's Black History

By Laura Moore, posted Apr 15, 2022

Visitors and locals can learn more about Black history and culture, as well as support local Black-owned businesses, in interesting and delicious ways.   A good place to start is with a healthy treat from Kalethy Living, a 2-year-old business run by Brian Royses and his wife, Sandi. While not everyone can be healthy all the time, the Royes want to help their custome ...

Mar 18, 2022

Amid Pandemic, Room Occupancy Soars

By Laura Moore, posted Mar 18, 2022

The area’s hotel industry rebounded last year despite a dip in travel during the early part of the pandemic. With the room occupancy tax (ROT) numbers recently revealed, the county had record gains in 2021.   In December alone, data show a nearly 40% increase over ROT collections in December 2020 (which totaled $572,112). The calendar year numbers reflect an e ...

Feb 25, 2022

Attention, small business owners: another round of pandemic relief grants is in the pipeline. Although the debut of Phase 2 of North Carolina's Business Recovery Grant Program (BRC) is on hold, Jerry Coleman, director of Cape Fear Community College’s Small Business Center, says applicants should be ready to pounce when the portal opens. Announced just days ago ...

Feb 18, 2022

Outdoor Recreation Gets A Statewide Voice

By Laura Moore, posted Feb 18, 2022

Outdoor recreation is a billion-dollar industry in the state, and industry leaders have joined forces to make their voices heard. With an established membership in the western part of the state, the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Coalition is reaching out to its eastern recreation partners.   Cliff Ray, founder and owner of the local rescue board manufacturer P2P Rescue, w ...

Jan 21, 2022

Working To Embrace Sustainability

By Laura Moore, posted Jan 21, 2022

Climate change, development and growth are cutting deep into society’s psyche, and hospitality industry leaders want to be a part of the solution by using community, culture and innovation.   The Alliance for a Blue Economy, or All Blue, is a local, multidisciplinary initiative to establish Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina as a national and global le ...

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