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

Kristen Beckmeye Spetrino. Photo courtesy- Topsee Tulip Facebook

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 […]


Going fishing? Recreational flounder limits are about to change in North Carolina

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COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA — Now that the weather is warming up, anglers out there are getting the itch to fish. Flounder can be fished throughout the Cape Fear Region, but anglers should know that fishing regulations for Flounder along North Carolina’s coast have changed. According to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, the recreational […]


Europe? Check. Asia? Check. Former UNC-Wilmington students are now driving across Africa

Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden bought a truck and started their African adventure last July with no end in sight. “We will continue to travel until we find a place to call home,” they wrote on their blog.

Wilmington resident Cameron Seagle, right, and his girlfriend Natasha Alden, airborne, have been traveling the world for the past four years. (The World Pursuit instagram)

That moment when adventure, vacation and escapism becomes normal life. For Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden, it happened more than four years ago. Shortly after graduating from UNC-Wilmington, they did not frame the brand-new diploma and start that typical young-professional job hunt. Nope. Instead, they went online and booked the cheapest airfare to Europe they […]


Watch the first Instagram film released by filmmaking group Dogma Cape Fear

Cape Fear Dogma's first film stars Christy Grantham, who appeared in "Revolution," "Under the Dome" and "Sleepy Hollow" on NBC, CBS and FOX. (Photo courtesy Cape Fear Dogma)

WILMINGTON — A new group of filmmakers dedicated to keeping Hollywood East alive has released its first Instagram film, with more on the way. Port City Daily met with Dogma Cape Fear last week on the set on its debut film “Oh, You Shouldn’t Have.” The film stars Christy Grantham, a veteran of Wilmington’s television […]


University of North Carolina at Wilmington graduate arrested for terror threat against non-Muslims

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CARY, NC – A former Cape Fear Community College and University of North Carolina at Wilmington student was arrested in Cary on Sunday for threatening violence against the town. Executive Director of University Relations Janine Iamunno confirmed Garrett Grimsley was a transfer student from Cape Fear Community College who earned his bachelor’s in Computer Science. Grimsley […]


Take a glimpse into Wilmington’s rationed restaurant scene, circa World War II

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WILMINGTON – A slice of Port City’s World War II-era culinary life was among donations to the Cape Fear Museum approved by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners earlier this week. Like the other 14 donations, the menu for The Friendly Cafeteria and Restaurant is a time-capsule, capturing part of the region’s 300-year history, […]


C-SPAN reveals Wilmington history, literary authors during weeklong visit

Photo courtesy Bellamy Mansion Museum

WILMINGTON – As a way to showcase the area’s rich history and talented literary authors, C-SPAN has landed in southeastern North Carolina to tell Wilmington’s story. In conjunction with its Charter Communications cable partners, C-SPAN producers arrived Tuesday at historic Bellamy Mansion on Market Street to unveil plans for the weeklong shoot as part of the cable […]


Salt therapy: ‘grandma’s’ spa secret gaining wellness converts

Salt therapy comes in two basic forms. One is halotherapy, the breathing of pulverized salt in a small space, sometimes called a salt cave. Another is flotation therapy, an updated take on what was once referred to as sensory deprivation therapy.

Another salt-based option is flotation therapy. An updated take on what was once referred to as sensory deprivation therapy, it typically involves floating in a tank or pod filled with warm water and Epsom salt. (Courtesy of Williamsburg Salt Spa)

It’s in virtually every kitchen. Nutritionists say to avoid it. Yet from the Eastern Seaboard to California, it’s being touted for health benefits, from spa customers to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What is it? Salt. And chances are, in one form or another, it’s in a spa near you. “It is a natural […]