Broke after Valentine’s Day? Here are 7 inexpensive (or free) things to do this weekend

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Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl for romantics. It’s a day that gets planned for and looked forward to. And, when it’s over, it leaves a lot of people with considerably lighter wallets. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent over $18 billion on the holiday, that’s almost $140 per person (if couples go […]


Wilmington’s food scene is no NYC, but that’s changing

"We're getting there. We're not there yet. It just means education and just having those conversations. We just have to keep leaning on it."

'Locavore' cuisine - championing local, sustainable food - has been at the heart of Wilmington's food revolution and at Craig Love's Surf House in Carolina Beach. (Photo Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington is on its way to becoming a “foodie city,” but it’s not there yet. At last week’s Feast Down East, Chef Craig Love hosted a panel on making Wilmington a “Foodie City.” His panelists included Keith Rhodes, who Love called “Wilmington’s first really recognizable chef, someone who wanted to get to the next […]


Vote now to help Hugh MacRae Park become a ‘Great Space’

"Letting people know what they have, right here in their community, would be the real benefit."

The new inclusive playground at Hugh MacRae Park, which was funded by a Trillium grant. (Photo by Hannah Leyva)

WILMINGTON – Voting is underway now for the sixth annual Great Places in NC Award; Hugh MacRae Park is one of five public spaces statewide nominated in this year’s award. Program Coordinator Jodi Rich, at the New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Executive Development Center, told Port City Daily she was excited when the idea […]


Heaven at Half Hell: Greenlands farm reopens store and reinvigorates family farming

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BOLIVIA – Local, seasonal and sustainable: customers are increasingly encouraged to seek out these things but often remain at the mercy of what grocery stores have in stock. Unless, of course, those customers know a farmer. Or where to find a farm store. The Greenlands farm store, located in the area of Bolivia known locally […]


County’s inaugural ‘free wedding’ event begins a new Valentine’s Day tradition

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WILMINGTON — Love was in the air at the New Hanover Country Register of Deeds office on Valentine’s Day. On the sixth floor of the county’s renovated building at 320 Chestnut St., Phillip Garwood and Claire Engelschjon sat nervously while another couple finished up their wedding ceremony. Garwood and Engelschjon were the 13th couple of the […]


Think North Carolina film is dead? These filmmakers just need 60 seconds of your time

"We’re all hanging on to Wilmington...I’d rather struggle in paradise than thrive in concrete.”

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WILMINGTON – When the North Carolina film tax credit program died at the end of 2014, the film industry left Wilmington, fleeing to chase better deals in Louisiana, Atlanta and elsewhere. At least, that is the popular story. But in some ways, it’s a myth – a myth that only takes a minute to dispel, […]


Looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift? Send men in hats

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WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Chordsmen are hitting the streets to bring old-school barbershop serenades to the greater Wilmington area. The Chordsmen, a charitable nonprofit, is the Wilmington chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The group offers its “singing valentine” service as one of three major annual fundraising drives. Board member Richard Millard, who directs the […]


Could craft distilling be coming to Wilmington?

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WILMINGTON – Has Wilmington’s craft brewery explosion set the stage for the region’s first local distillery? That was one of the questions debated at Friday’s Local Food Conference, the annual event held by Feast Down East. The conference brought together leaders from farming, restaurants and public policy to discuss the cutting-edge issues of food and […]


After 25 years, a low-profile powerhouse is ready to go public

But we also want to give companies in Wilmington something they can be proud of, because we want the people of Wilmington to be proud of their city. There’s no reason we can’t do here what’s been done in the Research Triangle Park, or Charlotte. There's no reason the whole region can't grow.”

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WILMINGTON – WB Brawley was created in a small office off of Old Eastwood Road. A quarter-century later, it has grown into a $21 million design and construction firm. Yet, in spite of this growth, the company’s 17 Wilmington employees still work in the same office building. For a company that prides itself on building […]


A top-secret piece of history is being brought back to light on the Battleship North Carolina

“You could see the big pieces, the loading mechanism and the gun itself. But this lets you see how the sailors actually used it. You’re that much closer to being there, the way it was in combat.”

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WILMINGTON – A group of volunteers working to restore the U.S.S. North Carolina came across a top-secret piece of technology that was nearly lost to history. Now they’re bringing it back to light. “We call ourselves the Wednesday Volunteers,” said Pete McWilliams, who helped organize the group. “We try to keep it simple. We’re all retired, […]