Aug 7, 2020

Planning A Bigger Sandwich Bite

By Kyle Hanlin, posted Aug 7, 2020

Those who have called the Carolinas home for a substantial amount of time likely are not familiar with Potbelly Sandwich Shop.   Brent Brouse wants to change that and share with his neighbors his passion for the brand’s warm, toasty sandwiches, signature salads, hand-dipped shakes and eclectic atmosphere that combine to create an almost cult-like following in ...

Aug 5, 2020

Poplar Grove Reschedules Brews, Bourbon And BBQ Event

By Jessica Maurer, posted Aug 5, 2020

The 2020 Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 5, and Poplar Grove Plantation is ready to party in style with its Brews, Bourbon and BBQ event. For the Poplar Grove Party on Sept. 5, the gates open at 4 p.m., and guests are invited to dress up or dress down, but come ready to enjoy bites from a variety of local food trucks and libations from the be ...

Aug 5, 2020

Junction 421 Resumes Wine And Beer Dinners

By Jessica Maurer, posted Aug 5, 2020

Junction 421, 5104 S. College Road, has announced its wine and beer dinners for the month of August, and is now accepting reservations for the events. Jonathan O’Donnell, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Shirena, said they were pleased to be able to start hosting the dinners again last month, with social distancing protocols in place. “The dinner ...

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Where To Start

Posted Jul 28, 2020
When we start any important project, it is common to choose to plan in phases. Sometimes we choose to plan in phases because there is a certain aspect of the project that we consider to be more urgent than others. Maybe it can be overwhelming to try to focus on the big picture. Regardless of the reason, a phased planning approach can be a great strategy to help alleviate the stress of a large entire article
Aug 5, 2020

The town of Burgaw celebrated the opening of a family-owned pizzeria Saturday with the launch of Fat Daddy’s Pizza. Owner and operator Jay Kranchalk said the opening of the eatery at 103 W. Fremont St. was wildly busy. “Burgaw was so excited and I think the whole town turned out,” Kranchalk said. “We sold out of dough and had to close down ear ...

Aug 3, 2020

Bitty & Beau's To Begin Franchising

By Jessica Maurer, posted Aug 3, 2020

The founders of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee announced via Facebook video Monday that they will soon begin franchising. The company began receiving inquiries about franchise opportunities shortly after its flagship Wilmington location opened in 2016. While founders Amy and Ben Wright did explore the idea, the Wrights determined at the time that this wasn't bes ...

Jul 29, 2020

Quanto Basta Opening This Week In Downtown Wilmington

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 29, 2020

The owners of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar and Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar, both located in Winston-Salem, are opening the doors to their new restaurant, Quanto Basta Wilmington, this week. Located at 107 N. Second St., the restaurant is housed in a former law office building that dates back to the 1800’s. Owners Lynette Matthews-Mu ...

Jul 29, 2020

Yelp, the San Francisco-based company that connects people with local businesses across the nation, released its second quarter economic average report last week.   The report revealed several second quarter trends, including a correlation between increased interest in businesses that draw crowds and a spike in COVID-19 cases in hotspot states. The report refl ...

Jul 28, 2020

Ash Aziz Halts Plans For River Place Restaurant

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 28, 2020

Wilmington restaurateur Ash Aziz, owner of Circa 1922 and Pizzeria Il Forno, has announced that he will no longer be moving forward with Bijou on the River, an upscale restaurant planned for the mixed-use River Place development in downtown Wilmington. Aziz signed on for the River Place project, which is part of a public-private partnership between East West Partners an ...

Jul 22, 2020

Sweet D’s Cuisine Coming To S. 17th

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 22, 2020

Brian Dickey, owner of Gifted Hands Services, a local property maintenance company that has been in business for 15 years, is embarking on a new business, Sweet D’s Cuisine. Dickey described his vision for Sweet D’s as being a family-friendly place with a little something for everyone.   The Wilmington native, along with wife, Shante, and daughter, Nyla, ...

Jul 22, 2020

The Bodega Market Slated To Open This Fall

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 22, 2020

Ryan and Jessica Horne are on a mission to bring fresh, locally sourced food to the South Front District area with the launch of The Bodega Market this fall.   The Hornes purchased the building at 1222 S. Third Street in 2018 and have just completed the build-out, having utilized the building’s original materials, along with reclaimed wood and salvaged materia ...

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Several New Hanover Regional Medical Center departments and providers recently garnered state and national accolades for their work....

Planning A Bigger Sandwich Bite

Brent and Michele Brouse opened the Cape Fear region’s first Potbelly Sandwich Shop in July. Take it to the bank, it will not be their last....

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