New downtown Wilmington restaurant Savorez spices up homegrown southern style with Latin flavors

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WILMINGTON — Downtown Wilmington’s newest restaurant has all the makings of a great southern food restaurant: local ingredients, a humble attitude and a chef who has paid his dues in Wilmington kitchens for years. But Savorez’s Chef Sam Cahoon wanted to do something a little different. Like many of Wilmington’s top chefs, Cahoon is a […]

New Wilmington-based service would support small batches of experimental beers

“Before I brew something or put it in a barrel, I can know – is anyone interested? Does anybody want to drink an oyster stout? If I make something with some exotic, expensive hop, is anyone besides me interested in that?”

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WILMINGTON – Craft breweries establish themselves in many ways, but frequently it’s with bolder or more experimental beers. That’s the joy of craft beer – it’s also the risk. Wilmington’s Wide Open Technologies’ new Brewfully website, which launched this week, has a goal to take some of the risk out of the craft beer game, while at […]

As largest ships ever approach Wilmington port, optimism about impact on pork and agriculture

"These are the largest ships to visit Wilmington - they're the largest ships providing consistent service to the east coast."

The Yang-Ming Unity called on the Port of Wilmington on Sunday. Photo Courtesy of NC Ports.

WILMINGTON — A new trade route with Asia will bring massive new ships to the area. Port of Wilmington officials hope the new deal will have a positive impact, specifically on North Carolina’s pork industry. Cliff Pyron, a spokesman for the port said, “the ships on this route are the largest ships to visit Wilmington […]

Vivian Howard restaurant could lead the way for new ‘warehouse district’ near Greenfield Lake

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WILMINGTON — Chef Vivian Howard’s new restaurant, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, will anchor a major commercial development by Greenfield Lake. Developers hope it will become a new facet of Wilmington’s downtown. “All the great southern cities have warehouse districts,” said Terry Espy, president of MoMentum Companies. “Charleston has one, Asheville has one. I think it’s […]

Wrightsville Beach company ready to introduce the next generation of solar power

"The day after the storm came through, it was bright and sunny. The storm was fast moving, it was a few hundred miles north. The sun was shining. But a lot of people who had traditional solar power, their houses were dark."

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — After Hurricane Matthew blew through North Carolina, thousands were left without power – even those with solar panels. A local tech company will help make sure that doesn’t happen again, if it can clear one, final hurdle. Koolbridge Solar, a Wrightsville Beach company founded in 2013, has spent several years developing a […]

Wilmington Brewing Company readies limited bottle run, full-time canning operation

"This is not an April Fool's Day Joke, I promise."

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WILMINGTON — The owners of the Wilmington Brewing Company affectionately call their location “midtown,” but they might also call their ever-expanding brew house “ground zero” —  in a good way. Now the home-brewing store that helped launch the careers of several of Wilmington’s up-and-coming brewers is ready to expand again, this time with a full-scale canning […]

Fresh ideas, tasty treats luring ‘foodies’ into The Peppered Cupcake

“I wasn’t boxed in to what I thought or anyone else thought a cupcake should be." --- Tabitha Meready

Tabitha Meready brought her loves for cupcakes to the Port City from her native Kinston three years ago. Photo courtesy- Tabitha Meready.

WILMINGTON – How do you keep a business open and growing when the market is filled with competition, in addition to the fact its specialty focus may not always be on the minds of food lovers? When owner Tabitha Meready launched The Peppered Cupcake three years ago this April along Front Street in downtown Wilmington, […]

All in the name of sugar: Long-term goals turn into reality for Coastal Cupcakes owner

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WILMINGTON – While a decade-long bubble surrounding the rise of cupcakes as the premiere sweet treat may have burst, Wilmington resident Kristen Beckmeyer Spetrino has not only turned her specialty shop into a well-known local business, but into three different ventures — all in the name of sugar. The trend for bakeries that specialize in […]

New shipping route will connect Wilmington to Europe’s largest ports

"To have the top two container carriers in the world come together and provide service options for us on the transatlantic and transpacific side is pretty special.”

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WILMINGTON – The region’s commercial ties to northern Europe will be strengthened with the addition of the Port of Wilmington to a major transatlantic route. Starting April 1, the new route will bring a weekly container vessel to Wilmington on its way from northern Europe to New York. The route is operated by the 2M network, a […]

Bitty & Beau’s announces expansion location will be chosen by fans

"We love the idea of going global – someday. But for now we’re talking about the United States."

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WILMINGTON – Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is planning a major expansion, where its new location will be, however, requires a little help from friends. The coffee shop posted an announcement on its Facebook page asking fans nationwide to weigh in on where the next Bitty & Beau’s location should be. Amy Wright told Port City Daily […]

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