Sep 27, 2023

Tiki Bar Takes Brunch To New Heights

By Laura Moore, posted Sep 27, 2023

Archeological adventurers or fans of the 1930s-California tiki bar esthetic can now enjoy Sunday brunch at The Sorrow Drowner.   “The Immersive Experience set during the golden age of adventure” is the creative conception of owner Alfred Wheatley, a former Hollywood special effects designer who used his contacts at Disney to secure imagineer Brandon Kley ...

Sep 20, 2023

A food hall incubator that aims to support budding restauranteurs throughout the Wilmington area hosted a ribbon cutting this week. Food hall Block Eatz opened Tuesday for the first time in the McKeithan Center on Cape Fear Community College’s North campus. The newly opened space is the product of a partnership between Genesis Block, a company founded by Girard an ...

Sep 13, 2023

Local Brewers Win Big At NC Brewers Cup Competition

By Justin Williams Pope, posted Sep 13, 2023

Beer, beer, and well, more beer. The weekend of Aug. 26 to 27 marked the 12th anniversary of the North Carolina Brewers Cup competition in Raleigh. Beer brewers from across the state gathered in North Carolina’s capital city to compete for the best of the best with 36 different categories in the competition. Several local brewers returned to Wilmington with prizes.&n ...

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AARP Honors Those Doing the Most to Inspire Better Lives in Coastal Carolina

Posted Sep 28, 2023

Guy Simmons, Bill Kawczynski Director of Military Affairs at UNCW, Shirley Gerrior, Matthew Embo, Brian Adamson, Secretary, Jim Blair, President, Rebecca Trammel, Leanne Churchill, and Mayor of Wilmington Bill Saffo.

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Sep 13, 2023

Eggs Up Grill Expands Into Leland

By Meghan Corbett, posted Sep 13, 2023

In May 2024, franchise partners Brandon and Jennifer Padilla will open a third location of Eggs Up Grill – this time in Leland. With successful restaurants in Shallotte and Southport, the new spot will bring the “aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs and juicy burgers on the griddle” to a new customer base. &n ...

Sep 6, 2023

Entrepreneurs Jennifer Rigard and partner Yesenia Leon are determined to bring a space to Wilmington that celebrates the beauty of life every day, not just on special occasions. Their new restaurant, Bonita Latin Fusion and Cocktails is under construction and set to open early 2024 at Pier 33 in downtown Wilmington. As Latin women, Rigard from Colombia and Leon from ...

Aug 30, 2023

On Thyme Owners Launch New Venture Serving Up Glizzies

By Meghan Corbett, posted Aug 30, 2023

On Thyme Catering and Food Truck owners Corey and Phallin Scott recently launched a hot dog stand known as Glizzies. Their latest project was named after learning that younger generations have started to refer to hot dogs as glizzies. “We plan to use it for events, birthday parties, weddings and any other special events,” said chef Corey Scott. “We als ...

Aug 30, 2023

Food Truck Finder Site Launches

By Justin Williams Pope, posted Aug 30, 2023

The new ILM Food & Brew truck tracker is starting to make its way across the area, and creators Justin and Becky Klein hope it will eventually roll across the region.    The tracker, populated with info and locations from food truck owners, is now live at or    “It really just started as me and m ...

Aug 23, 2023

Pine Valley Market Adds Meal Delivery Service

By Elizabeth White, posted Aug 23, 2023

Pine Valley Market is ready to ease the stress of those busy back-to-school days and make meal prep even easier. The restaurant now offers a meal delivery service, which started in August, for people who don’t like to cook, families who are too busy to cook and generous friends taking meals to someone sick. “The idea was to bring healthier food to people who ...

Aug 23, 2023

C-Suite Lounge Opens In The Cotton Exchange

By Justin Williams Pope, posted Aug 23, 2023

Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, C-Suite Lounge takes its customers back a century with its 1920s atmosphere all while mixing a contemporary element to make everyone feel right at home.   The lounge, 312 Nutt St., aims to bring business professionals as well as tourists together to unwind and relax.   “At C-Suite Lounge, we open ...

Aug 18, 2023

Family Expands Candy Business

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 18, 2023

Carolina Candy Co. is celebrating its Sweet 16 anniversary this year by thinking big. Next month, the owners will host a grand opening in the company’s new quarters at 894 S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1A, and they plan to use the larger and higher-profile space to expand both their market and their array of products. Kimberly Smith’s confection connection began in 20 ...

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