Teacher turns passion for collecting into local estate sale business

A thrifty customer looks through items at a Blue Moon estate sale. Local resident Andrea Barnes recently opened a Wilmington franchise of the Triangle-based company. Courtesy photos.

Andrea Barnes may be new to the estate sale business but, in many ways, it’s a pursuit for which she has been preparing her entire life. Armed with a family-inspired penchant for picking and limitless capacity for collecting – and professional experience from two seemingly unrelated careers – Barnes launched a local franchise of the […]

Entrepreneur event to assist military veterans with start-ups

Ironclad Brewery hosts a discussion on the "State of the Startups." Courtesy photo.

An upcoming entrepreneurial event will serve those who have served their country. Hosted by Jim Roberts, former head of UNC-Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the panel discussion is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Ironclad Brewery, 115 N. Second St. in downtown Wilmington. In addition to quick pitch propositions […]

Planned vocational high school gets state backing

CFCC's north campus is a potential site for a CTE high school, which just received state funds to assist with planning and designing the campus. Courtesy image.

A vocational high school in the works for New Hanover County has gotten some major backing from state lawmakers. The local district announced last week the N.C. House of Representatives included a $1 million grant for the career-technical education (CTE) campus, which could begin welcoming students as early as August 2017. The money has been […]

Brunswick County superintendent gets contract extension after ‘above average’ evaluation

The Brunswick County Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Les Tubb's contract until June 30, 2020 after a favorable first evaluation Tuesday. Courtesy photo.

The Brunswick County school district’s top leader has earned high marks for his first year of work. Tuesday, the board of education rewarded Superintendent Les Tubb for a job well done with a two-year contract extension. Tubb’s existing contract expired June 30, 2018 but following the board’s decision will now run through the end of […]

Farmin’ offers ‘sneak peek’ at new downtown grocery store

An artist rendering shows the planned storefront of the new Farmin' shop set to open on Front Street later this summer. Courtesy images.

A new locally sourced grocery store is blossoming along downtown Wilmington’s main strip. Farmin’ Brands recently released renderings of what its Farmin’ on Front shop will look like when it opens its doors later this summer. The wholesale company—which also owns an onsite bakery, Capital Creamery and Prospect Farms in Supply—announced in February that it […]

Wine & Design hosts five-day grand reopening celebration

The newly renovated Wine & Design studio includes TV monitors for painters to better observe artist instruction. Courtesy photos.

Get ready to pick up a paintbrush and raise a glass—Wine & Design is celebrating a newly redesigned and upgraded shop. Tom and Kathleen Barber, new owners of the local paint-and-sip studio at 1319 Military Cutoff Road Suite JJ, will kick off five days of special events and promotions with an appropriately themed renovation party […]

More than a convention: ‘OTH’ producer’s fan ‘experience’ approaches

Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton are among the 12 'One Tree Hill' actors set to appear during Beth Crookham's 'Inside OTH' convention later this month. Courtesy photos.

Beth Crookham is careful to call her upcoming two-day “One Tree Hill” event a fan experience, not a fan convention. It’s a subtle but important difference to the longtime TV producer, who believes her deep ties to the now cult-classic CW teen drama—and to the Wilmington film community—will give devoted viewers a more up-close-and-personal connection […]

Songwriter Robert Earl Keen’s out-of-step path leads to BAC

Iconic singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen plays Brooklyn Arts Center this Sunday. Photo by  Darren Carroll.

Robert Earl Keen doesn’t want to take up too much of your time chewing the fat. That’s not to say fans would mind a little longwinded-ness, delivered in a charming Texas twang, from the clever and hilariously ornery singer-songwriter with a hefty appetite for tongue-in-cheek lyrical storytelling. But Keen, who plays Wilmington’s Brooklyn Arts Center […]