Jul 21, 2021

The summer season at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk is in full swing, and here’s the rundown on where to find some of the beachside eats you’re craving, from burgers to barbecue and more. Carolina Smokehouse 9 Pavilion Ave. S. With the hashtag #beachin’bbq, Carolina Smokehouse is serving up real pit barbecue and cold drinks.  Both the lunch a ...

Jul 21, 2021

Top Chef Dinner Series Returns To Bluewater Waterfront Grill

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 21, 2021

The latest installment of the Top Chef Dinner Series from LM Restaurants will take place next month at Bluewater Waterfront Grill. Executive chef Evan Parker will host a collaborative dinner with Bravo TV’s Top Chef alums Katsuji Tanabe and John Tesar on Tuesday, Aug. 3.  The dinner will include a five-course menu, along with wine pairings for each dish. ...

Jul 21, 2021

Upscale Vegan Restaurant Begins Welcoming Diners

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 21, 2021

A longtime dream of Laura Tiblier’s has come to life with the opening of The Green House, Wilmington’s first upscale vegan restaurant. The restaurant is a collaboration between Tiblier and business partner Anastasia Worrell. Their names are familiar to many, as both women have worked alongside their husbands at well-known Wilmington restaurants – La ...

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Can A Nonprofit Make A Profit?

Posted Jul 15, 2021
“Can a nonprofit make a profit?” I’m frequently asked by people interested in our work.

This natural question is at the very heart of many misunderstandings about our sector because the answer is yes and no.

The term nonprofit is used to describe a primary requirement for tax-exempt status: profits are not distributed to shareholders or owners. That& entire article
Jul 20, 2021

Joy Sprenger and Paul Parker, owners of Wheelz Pizza, have announced the expansion of the business to include a new location at 7037 Wrightsville Ave. “Our growth has exploded, even through COVID,” Parker said. “And we’ve been scouting a larger, second location for some time now.” Parker said the Wrightsville Avenue location, most r ...

Jul 16, 2021

New Space Reflects A New Shade Of Blue Surf

By Laura Moore, posted Jul 16, 2021

When the owners of Blue Surf Café decided to expand to another location, they wanted it to reflect an evolution into a more full-service restaurant and an elevated experience.   The result of those efforts – Blue Surf Arboretum West – envelops guests from the moment they open the door.   Coastal comfort and relaxing ease are the obvious mod ...

Jul 14, 2021

Lauren Wilbun, or Law, as she’s known among friends, has taken her passion for all things home and hospitality and created a unique company offering one-of-kind experiences centered around a collection of hand-crafted charcuterie and dessert boards.  Not only does Wilbun create a wide range of boards for all occasions, she also provides the complete set-up fo ...

Jul 14, 2021

Pizza Meets Gelato At The Edge Of Wrightsville Beach

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 14, 2021

Nigel Langstone and Luca Grassi, founders of GelaRto, are bringing another new concept to Wilmington with aRrtisano, a pizzeria and GelarRto outpost at 7225 Wrightsville Ave. near Wrightsville Beach. The partners opened GelaRto in the J.W. Brooks building at 18 S. Water St. in downtown Wilmington in early 2020. “It has been an absolutely crazy year,” ...

Jul 14, 2021

Tama Tea Offers Endorsement To All UNCW Athletes

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 14, 2021

Whether you bounce a ball or swing a racket at UNCW, Tama Tea wants to sponsor you. In conjunction with the NCAA’s new policy regarding the corporate sponsorship of college athletes and their ability to now accept endorsements, Tama Tea is stepping up to the plate and offering every UNCW athlete a local, small business endorsement. Founders Wells and Kelly Stru ...

Jul 14, 2021

New Restaurants Coming To Independence Mall

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 14, 2021

Helen Lewis, general manager of Independence Mall, has confirmed that two new restaurants will be added to the lineup of eateries in front of the mall.  Aye! Toro will feature regional Mexican cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Owner Carlos Llamas currently operates a location in Sanford, where the menu offers burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos and a ...

Jul 7, 2021

Blue Surf Begins Welcoming Diners At Arboretum West

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jul 7, 2021

Blue Surf, a fixture on the Wilmington dining scene since 2013, has opened a second location at Arboretum West, a new development at Military Cutoff and Station roads. The restaurant’s original location is at 250 Racine Drive in Racine Commons, near the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and prior to 2013 was known as Surf House. Blue Surf managing partne ...

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