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 growing local craft brewing industry in April. 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 […]


ILM planning on more visitors for 2017 Wells Fargo Championship

Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Photo by Hannah Leyva.

As the Wilmington area prepares to host the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, which is part of the PGA Tour, next May, officials at Wilmington International Airport are working to make sure their facility is ready to handle the extra influx of visitors. The airport currently handles 750,000 to 800,000 commercial passengers a year. The major […]


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 […]


Based on a birthday wish, Beau’s Coffee to reopen with new name next month

Bitty and Beau Wright sport t-shirts with Beau's Coffee's new name and logo. Beau asked that his sister, who also has Down Syndrome, share the name of the shop the pair inspired. Courtesy photos.

For his twelfth birthday, the namesake of Beau’s Coffee had just one wish: that his youngest sister’s name be up in lights, too. Wish granted. Amy Wright, the brainchild behind the unique java joint, recently announced the shop will reopen next month in its new, larger location as Bitty and Beau’s. Like her big brother, […]


Wilmington Chamber appoints interim CEO

Following the retirement of longtime Wilmington Chamber CEO Connie Majure-Rhett last month, the organization named an interim CEO on Tuesday. Effective June 28, Richard Blouse has taken over the top spot. According to a release from the Chamber, Blouse has over 35 years of experience in business and chamber leadership. He most recently served as […]


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