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 […]


‘Yes, We’re Open’: Downtown shops say Water Street work a barrier to business

Signs at the corner of Front and Market streets alert downtown visitors of the roadwork along the riverfront. Although signs noting shops are still open have been posted, business owners on Market have seen a slowdown in foot traffic since the work began. Photos by Hilary Snow.

Long-term improvements underway along downtown’s Riverwalk are creating some temporary setbacks for surrounding small business owners. Entrepreneurs along the 100 block of Market Street say the City of Wilmington’s multimillion dollar overhaul of Water Street, which includes infrastructure repairs, Riverfront Park renovations and a re-envisioned streetscape, has proved a bit headache-inducing, and not just from […]


Coldwell Banker names local branch as best in state, top in nation

Between Sea Coast's 11 offices and 18 locations with which it has ownership interests, the local Coldwell Baker company saw more than $2 billion in sales last year. Courtesy photo.

A Wilmington-based realty firm is among the best in the business across the state and nationwide. Real estate franchise Coldwell Banker recently named local company Sea Coast Advantage as its top NC agency for 2015 based on sales, according to a release. Sea Coast also came in at number four in the country among more […]


Plans for Market Street Aldi get ‘courtesy review’ from county

Rendering of an Aldi store. Courtesy photo.

Plans for an Aldi grocery store in New Hanover County, the third one proposed in the Cape Fear region in recent months, were presented before the county’s technical review committee on Wednesday afternoon. Representatives for Bayshore Estates, the property owner, and Aldi, the German discount supermarket chain that’s been rapidly expanding across the United States, […]


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