AAI Pharma to expand headquarters in Wilmington

Pharmaceutical company AAIPharma is expanding in Wilmington, according to Gov. Pat McCrory. The governor, along with Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Develompment Partnership of North Carolina, announced Friday that the company, which has had a local presence for 30 years, will be expanding its global headquarters and laboratory operation here. “The […]

Downtown sushi fixture revamped, reopened and ready for the next 12 years

The newly renovated downtown Nikki's location includes a sprawling sushi bar and new menu items. Photos by Hilary Snow.

A longtime popular downtown eatery has a brand new look. The recently renovated and redesigned Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi, 16 S. Front St., was officially unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday. “I’m glad to see Nikki’s back open,” Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo said. “This is one of my favorite places to eat.” Saffo’s […]

Fuzzy Peach founders turn attention to tea in cafe planned for The Forum

Wells Struble, Rocco Quaranto III and Kelly Struble have created a tea shop and cafe with the casual, modern feel of a coffee shop. Courtesy photos.

An alternative to the everyday coffee shop is brewing in The Forum. Tama Tea–the latest venture from two of the Fuzzy Peach frozen yogurt chain founders, Wells Struble and Rocco Quaranto III–is set to open up shop in the coming weeks next to Boombalatti’s ice cream in the popular shopping center near Mayfaire. The pair […]

Flaming Amy’s returning to Carolina Beach

Flaming Amy's is opening a new Burrito Barn location in Carolina Beach. Photo courtesy of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

  Popular local burrito purveyor Flaming Amy’s is returning to Carolina Beach several years after leaving the beach town. “We’re glad to have them get back here,” said Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Greg Reynolds. “We’re very excited about it.” The local company, owned by husband and wife Jay and Amy Muxworthy, operate […]

Laser tag complex celebrates grand opening this weekend

Newly opened Battle House Laser Tag will offer discounts, raffles and other goodies Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy photo.

Ready, aim, fire. Battle House Laser Tag is celebrating its grand opening. To celebrate, the local game house will offer discounts to customers today and Sunday on its 90-minute play times, normally $30 per person. There will also be goodies and prizes on hand. Modeled after the popular video game, “Call of Duty,” Battle House […]

Veggie Wagon takes its hot cocoa bar ‘seriously’

One of The Veggie Wagon's hot chocolate drinks, topped with a homemade local honey marshmallow. Photo courtesy of Max Sussman.

‘Tis the season for cozying up with some hot cocoa in Carolina Beach. The Veggie Wagon, known for its array of local and homemade goods, opened a hot chocolate bar for the second year in a row at its location on Lake Park Boulevard on Thursday. “We take our hot chocolate pretty seriously,” said Max […]

Bojangles employee one of best biscuit makers in the region

Wilmington resident Marcelina Ramirez will compete in Bojangles' biscuit-finals on Nov. 17. Courtesy photo.

A local fast food employee has been named one of the best biscuit makers in the region. Marcelina Ramirez has been named among eight finalists in Bojangles’ annual competition of its signature fare. Ramirez is a team member at the Bojangles location at 7155 Market St. Finals for the Master Biscuit Maker Challenge will be […]

Duke Energy begins removing coal ash from Sutton Plant

Truck being inspected and weighed before departing Sutton for Brickhaven Mine. Photo courtesy of Duke Energy.

About a month after reaching a settlement with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Duke Energy has begun removing coal ash from the company’s Sutton Plant in the northwestern part of the city. According to Jeff Brooks, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, the coal ash is being taken by truck from the Sutton Plant […]

Creative burgers, craft brews on the menu at Poe’s Tavern

Named for the legendary Southern writer, Poe's Tavern opened a third location in Wrightsville Beach on Friday. Courtesy photos.

A southern hot spot–with a nod to literary history–has opened its doors in Wrightsville Beach. Known for its creative culinary creations and craft beer offerings, Poe’s Tavern launched its third location, 212 Causeway Drive, on Friday. The coastal eatery got its start in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, in 2003, and has since become a sought-after […]

NHRMC awarded “A” for safety

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center is one of 773 hospitals out of over 2500 to receive an “A” grade in the fall 2015 edition of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score. The score, which measures how well a medical facility protects patients from injuries, accidents, infections, errors and other preventable harm, is administered by The […]

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