An ‘under the radar’ revolution: Stalwart Front Street Brewery overhauling flagship beers

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  WILMINGTON – The Front Street Brewery is a downtown institution – for Head Brewer Christopher McGarvey, that’s a blessing and a curse. Despite seeing changes in management and ownership since opening in 1995, the Brewery has remained known as a place to get inexpensive food and beer brewed in-house. McGarvey said the Brewery’s status […]

UNCW grads to join the Proclaim Interactive team

WILMINGTON — Dan Walsh, a UNCW graduate, recently joined Proclaim Interactive as a search engine marketing specialist. Walsh will help amplify clients’ messages through search engine optimization and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. He is Google AdWords certified, meaning he has the PPC expertise needed to help clients craft the most effective marketing strategies. “We’re glad to […]

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Wilmington’s food scene is no NYC, but that’s changing

"We're getting there. We're not there yet. It just means education and just having those conversations. We just have to keep leaning on it."

'Locavore' cuisine - championing local, sustainable food - has been at the heart of Wilmington's food revolution and at Craig Love's Surf House in Carolina Beach. (Photo Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington is on its way to becoming a “foodie city,” but it’s not there yet. At last week’s Feast Down East, Chef Craig Love hosted a panel on making Wilmington a “Foodie City.” His panelists included Keith Rhodes, who Love called “Wilmington’s first really recognizable chef, someone who wanted to get to the next […]

Have a business idea? Entrepreneurs will converge in Wilmington Thursday for “State of the Startups” event

We’re all familiar with the tourism industry, [and] the service industry. But we also have a lot of, what I call 'brain drain,' where our best college students tend to move away to the bigger cities of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte.

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WILMINGTON — What is the future of startup companies and their role in Wilmington’s economy? The next Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington conference seeks to answer those questions and more. More than 200 people will converge at Ironclad Brewery, 115 N. Second St., this Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to join the “State of […]

Chef Andrew Buffalino brings worldly experiences to Little Buffalo Pizza Shop in Wrightsboro

Pizza pie isn't the only thing on the menu at Little Buffalo Pizza Shop.

WRIGHTSBORO – Entrepreneurship is as thick as the blood that runs through the veins of the Buffalino family. One of three brothers who own local businesses in the area, Andrew Bufallino developed a love for shaping food in his teenage years, and from his experiences as a butcher and travelling throughout Europe. Now, two years […]

Unique local pet store Coastal Paws celebrates grand opening in Cotton Exchange

WILMINGTON — Coastal Paws recently celebrated its grand opening at the iconic Cotton Exchange in Downtown Wilmington.  The ceremonies included a ribbon cutting attended by Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Haynes, friends and family and officials with Wilmington Downtown Inc. (WDI). Coastal Paws is owned and operated by Ruthie Halko and Kathleen White.  The shop is […]

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Could craft distilling be coming to Wilmington?


WILMINGTON – Has Wilmington’s craft brewery explosion set the stage for the region’s first local distillery? That was one of the questions debated at Friday’s Local Food Conference, the annual event held by Feast Down East. The conference brought together leaders from farming, restaurants and public policy to discuss the cutting-edge issues of food and […]

After 25 years, a low-profile powerhouse is ready to go public

But we also want to give companies in Wilmington something they can be proud of, because we want the people of Wilmington to be proud of their city. There’s no reason we can’t do here what’s been done in the Research Triangle Park, or Charlotte. There's no reason the whole region can't grow.”


WILMINGTON – WB Brawley was created in a small office off of Old Eastwood Road. A quarter-century later, it has grown into a $21 million design and construction firm. Yet, in spite of this growth, the company’s 17 Wilmington employees still work in the same office building. For a company that prides itself on building […]

‘Light, light, light’: Zimmer Cancer Center gives patients what they asked for

"This is a difficult time for every patient here, so everything about this centers around the patient. It’s all about the patient.”

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The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Zimmer Cancer Center’s $14 million renovation and expansion will hit a major milestone on Monday, Feb. 13. That’s the day the Zimmer Cancer Center will open to patients with 37 infusion chairs. The opening, on the center’s second floor, marks the completion of the first phase of the renovation […]

Big donations, big expansions and big plans for the future – Live Oak Bank looks to grow in Wilmington

In 2013, Live Oak Banks received significant incentives, $250,000 from Wilmington and $325,000 from New Hanover County, to promote high-end job growth. Engagement Director J.C. Smith said expansion would help make good on the bank’s end of those deals.

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WILMINGTON – In the last week, Live Oak Bank made several big announcements including a record fourth-quarter for 2016, plans for at least one new building on its campus, and a $250,000 donation to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Port City Daily spoke with J.C. Smith, engagement director for Live Oak Bank, and Kate […]