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Sep 7, 2021

Popular athletic brand Lululemon, along with a women’s clothing store for sizes 10 to 24 and a Pinterest-inspired creative arts studio, are three of the latest tenants coming to Mayfaire Town Center. The Mayfaire store by Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) will be a pop-up, a temporary tenant, at 6863 Main St. next to Claire’s. The global retailer sells ...

Jul 9, 2021

New Stores Coming To Mayfaire Town Center

By Cece Nunn, posted Jul 9, 2021

An Apple service provider and reseller is one of at least three stores coming soon to Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. Simply Mac is expected to open July 24 at 6837 Main St., said Paige Coniglio, Mayfaire spokeswoman. The space was previously occupied by clothing stores Paisley and bevello.  A different Apple service and resale store in the Military Cutoff R ...

Apr 29, 2021

Longtime Wilmington car dealer Bruce Cavenaugh recently sold his Market Street property to national firm DriveTime and is retiring from the business. Cavenaugh, a Wilmington native who will be 70 in August, started selling cars in the Port City in 1973, he said, starting his own business in 1990. In the midst of the Great Recession, Cavenaugh shut down his deale ...

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Posted Jul 9, 2021
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Mar 22, 2021

A Wilmington resident recently opened a CBD shop on Castle Street, where she has planned a grand opening Sunday.  Kim Skidmore has been welcoming customers to LIV CBD at 320 Castle St. as part of a soft opening for about a month. Born in Philadelphia in 1982, Skidmore moved to Wilmington in 2002. She worked in a medical clinic as a client liaison and b ...

Mar 8, 2021

Artisan Boutique Expanding To Downtown Wilmington

By Cece Nunn, posted Mar 8, 2021

For Angela Bobal, COVID-19 resulted in a very soapy 2020. The owner of artisan boutique Grit & Grace ended up making nearly 40,000 bars of soap last year after implementing Facebook Live sessions at her store in Mebane on Friday nights. Bobal (pictured below) is in the midst of opening a second location in Wilmington of Grit & Grace, which was founded in Meba ...

Feb 25, 2021

A local store at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington has moved to a much larger space on Main Street.  My Sister’s Cottage is now in a 1,600-square-foot portion of 5,000 square feet at 6869 Main St. “The option to have a bigger storefront with better exposure and having it be more open was just phenomenal,” said Britteny Bellinger, who had opene ...

Feb 22, 2021

New Ownership Dawns For Sunroom Firm

By Cece Nunn, posted Feb 22, 2021

It’s a hot market for sunrooms these days, said Taylor Waddle. Waddle and her husband, Tom, bought Wilmington firm Porch Conversion, a company that turns patios, porches and unused outdoor space into three- and four-season sunrooms, in January. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. The couple now owns the business and its nearly 15,000-square-foot fa ...

Jan 8, 2021

Bike Shop Owner Rides To Success

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 8, 2021

Since she left the corporate world less than 10 years ago, Diane Hodapp has been on a roll.   Finding herself with a wide range of choices for a new career, Hodapp was riding her bike near her Carolina Beach home one day when she said to herself, “Why not a bike shop?” Selling bikes would, she thought, offer a product the beach market needed and draw on ...

Dec 18, 2020

Seeing A Different Shopping Season

By Scott Nunn, posted Dec 18, 2020

Granted, the indoor section of The Transplanted Garden makes for tight quarters, but the expansive, plant-filled grounds are a social-distancing dream. That’s likely a big reason that the Wilmington business at 502 S. 16th St. has had sales “pretty much where they should be” in recent months, according to co-owner Tom Ericson. A few blocks over, the Hi ...

Dec 16, 2020

The predictions have come true: early this fall, retail analysts foresaw that this year’s pandemic restrictions would drive even more holiday shoppers online, and that more gifts would be exchanged remotely as many families and friends gather virtually rather than in person.   All of which means that shippers are deluged with cards and packages, with online or ...

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