Bell-Clemmons House Bed and Breakfast celebrates first year under couple’s ownership

Bell-Clemmons House room

SOUTHPORT — Four years ago Cathi and Rick Ulrich were living and working in separate states when they met by chance at a bed and breakfast in Beaufort, North Carolina. They married a year later and in 2015 the couple moved to coastal North Carolina where their relationship began. It’s by coincidence, Cathi Ulrich said, […]


Expansion allows Port of Wilmington to welcome its largest ship to date, the Yang-Ming Unity

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

WILMINGTON – After welcoming the Hanjin Baltimore last month, the Port of Wilmington has received an even bigger ship on Sunday. At 1,101 feet long and 140 feet wide and carrying around 8,200 20-foot-long containers (TEUs), the Yang-Ming Unity is the largest vessel to date to call on a North Carolina port. The ship came […]


Artisan couple opens downtown Wilmington’s ‘By The Boardwalk’ to house creations (Photos)

In love with travel and the art it inspires, Rebecca Chipman opened the eclectic By The Boardwalk to showcase her creations. Photos by Hilary Snow.

WILMINGTON – After years of travel and exploration–and a relocation or two– Rebecca Chipman’s passion has a permanent home. Cozy and eclectic, Chipman’s downtown decor shop, By The Boardwalk, contains a treasure trove of her paintings and photos–created and captured as close as the North Carolina coast and as far away as France. It’s a […]


The sweet smell of success: Candle-maker turns hobby into thriving Wilmington business

In just a year, Sharon Reynolds went from novice candle-maker to new business owner. She and husband Wayne opened White Lake Wicks in the Cotton Exchange in March. Photos by Hilary Snow.

WILMINGTON — Sharon Reynolds’ immersion in the pleasantly perfumed world of candle-making started out innocently enough. Turning to the hobby last year as a way to relieve stress, she quickly became addicted to the craft. And, it turned, out she wasn’t the only one. Bombarded by requests from friends–and friends of friends–for one of her […]


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 […]


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