6 places around Wilmington to get unique and local gifts this Christmas


WILMINGTON — The window for thoughtful gift shopping is rapidly closing. At large shopping malls – a traditional destination of last-minute shoppers – it can be difficult to avoid generic gifts, not to mention congestion. Port City Daily visited six local places where you can find unique gifts, from eclectic antiques to bonsai. 1. Zartiques […]

Family-run barbecue restaurant puts healthy twist on a classic dish


CASTLE HAYNE — In a small strip mall on a quiet stretch of North College Road, Charlie’s Turkey Q is serving a healthy variation on Eastern North Carolina-style pulled pork. The restaurant, which opened quietly in November, is not the latest attempt by a corporate chain to cash in on an increasingly health-conscious public; Charlie […]

Lyft joins Uber in Wilmington, offering transportation and employment


WILMINGTON — Lyft, the main competitor of rival ride-share company Uber, has begun offering service in the extended Wilmington area (from Holden Beach in the south to Topsail Beach in the North, and Sandy Creek to the West). Lyft, which calls itself “your friend with a car,” contrasts itself to the more professional style of […]

Wilmington man has North Carolina’s largest bonsai collection


WILMINGTON — The fence bordering the lot on Market and 23rd streets conceals North Carolina’s largest collection of bonsai trees – and it’s eccentric but dedicated owner. Ronald (“Ronnie”) Sellers, owner and bon-sai master at Painted Lady Bonsai, says he got into the practice many years ago (he did not say, specifically, how many). “I […]

Cameron Art Center welcomes TedX speaker Catherine Cross Tsintzos


WILMINGTON — Catherine Cross Tsintzos creates work that views the New South – and other agricultural communities – through the lens of artistic practice. Later this week, she will bring that work to Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum. Tsintzos, who spent five years as a community organizer for a family farm in North Carolina, seeks out […]

More than 1 million Christmas lights guide the way through Airlie Gardens this December

Enchanted Airlie

WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s public, coastal garden has become a North Carolina winter wonderland. “Enchanted Airlie” has returned to Airlie Gardens. Each year since 2005, 35 of Airlie’s 67 acres become home to 1 million Christmas lights, in addition to festive holiday plants, seasonal music and, new in 2016, “singing trees,” which are theatrically-decorated with lights […]

The beer and the artwork are both local at Flytrap Brewing


WILMINGTON — There are 10 craft breweries in the Wilmington area. They all brew local beers, but Flytrap Brewing offers something different, a selection of local works of art. The exhibit is something that ties into the business’ deep commitment to the community. “It was important to me from the very beginning to connect with […]

5 years, $25,000 and this local band is just getting started when it comes to Toys for Tots

L Shape Lot raised several thousand dollars in toys at the annual Toys for Tots concert in 2015. Photo courtesy of Eric Miller.

WILMINGTON — Join the band L Shape Lot for some live music and help play Santa at the 5th Annual Toys for Tots concert. The annual fundraising concert will be held at the Brooklyn Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 17. The concert is aimed at purchasing toys for the “Toys for Tots” charity. Concertgoers are […]

Beating the Black Friday blues – supporting local business and independent music

  WILMINGTON – The 5th annual Black Friday Record Store Day kicked off early at local music stores around the country – and around the world. The event, started in 2010, is described by organizers as an attempt to “redirect the focus of the biggest shopping day of the year to the desirable, special things […]

Cotton Exchange store Down to Earth donating 10 percent of sales Black Friday weekend to protests in North Dakota

Wilmington, NC — Down to Earth began with a table on the side of Water Street in Downtown Wilmington in 1992. We moved into the Cotton Exchange in 1993 and have been here ever since. We specialize in compounding our own aromas and ambiance of the shop is an old Apothecary circa 1800’s. We are donating […]

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