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Jan 19, 2024

This year, Mayfaire Town Center enters its 20s. The mixed-use development on Wilmington’s Military Cutoff Road marked the opening of its first anchor tenant – the department store Hecht’s, today Belk – in March 2004. Two months later, Mayfaire hosted its own grand opening. Over two decades, Mayfaire has evolved and grown, adding new phases and si ...

Dec 22, 2023

Mayfaire To Mark Milestone In 2024 After Busy 2023

By Cece Nunn, posted Dec 22, 2023

This might make you feel old: In 2024, Mayfaire is turning 20. The mixed-use development on Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington marked the opening of Mayfaire Town Center’s first anchor tenant, department store Hecht’s (now Belk), in March 2004 and its grand opening in May of that year.  To celebrate its 20-year milestone, Mayfaire is holding a yearlo ...

Nov 14, 2023

Reeds Works Toward Bigger, Modern Flagship Store In Mayfaire

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Nov 14, 2023

Could you imagine hanging out at your local jewelry store after work? That is what Reeds Jewelers, a national jeweler headquartered in Wilmington, is hoping to provide for the community by expanding its Mayfaire location into a flagship store. The multi-million-dollar upgrade to the property at 926 Inspiration Drive will include interior Rolex and David Yurman stores an ...

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Nov 3, 2023

Niche Booksellers Read The Room

By Cece Nunn, posted Nov 3, 2023

The owners of The Roasted Bookery built a following through pop-up bookstores at Wilmington markets, filling their stalls with stories about people of color and members of the LGBTQIA community. Banking on that momentum, Jerry and Erin Jones turned the page to trying a tiny storefront, opening The Roasted Bookery’s Book Nook recently in a shipping container off 16 ...

Oct 6, 2023

Motorcycles Branching Out In New Ways

By Lynda Van Kuren, posted Oct 6, 2023

The motorcycle industry is undergoing a sea change in both its ridership and its products, and Wilmington is embracing both. “Wilmington has a large market,” said Richard Smith, owner of Hard Knox Cycles. “There’s such a wide variety of people in the area. We have the beach, nearby military bases and college kids. There are different bikes and di ...

Sep 21, 2023

An opening date is set for retailer Anthropologie’s store at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington, while a popular sports bar, Fox and Hound, has closed its doors and construction continues on a Westin brand hotel.  Anthropologie’s 8,200-square-foot store is under construction and is expected to open Nov. 22, according to Mayfaire’s website. The May ...

Sep 8, 2023

New Owner Acquires The Forum Shopping Center

By Emma Dill, posted Sep 8, 2023

The Forum shopping center has a new owner. The 105,785-square-foot shopping center has been acquired by CenterSquare, a Pennsylvania-based real estate investment management company, according to a news release Friday. Development of The Forum has been credited with helping spark growth along Wilmington's Military Cutoff Road corridor. The Forum sits on 13.6 acres ...

Aug 18, 2023

Two vintage clothing stores in Wilmington joined forces this summer to launch a new venture that will combine each shop’s distinctive style. Second Skin Vintage owner Karyn Oetting and Kelsey Gibbs, owner of The Wonder Shop, are preparing to open a new vintage clothing business this fall in a storefront on Kerr Avenue. Gibbs moved from her former downtown storefro ...

Aug 4, 2023

Local Businesses Thrive On Pet Popularity

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 4, 2023

Fluffy and Max are riding a wave these days. Not only do more U.S. households include a pet than in years past, but pet owners are spending more money on their furry, scaly or feathered companions than they did even a few years ago. As of 2023, 66% of U.S. households (86.9 million homes) own a pet, according to a survey by Forbes Advisor that the personal finance public ...

Jun 20, 2023

One of the two Staples office supply store locations in New Hanover County is closing, but new local retailers are preparing to open their doors elsewhere in Wilmington. The Staples at 5613 Carolina Beach Road, in The Villages at Myrtle Grove shopping center, is expected to close July 28, according to signs on the store's windows this week. Efforts to reac ...

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