In a crowded downtown scene, Dram + Morsel embraces an evolving identity

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  WILMINGTON – In the crowded downtown bar and restaurant scene, many businesses struggle to create an identity for themselves. Dram + Morsel is taking a different approach to the problem, letting its identity evolve. “We’ve only been open a few weeks, and we don’t know exactly what this place will be,” Operations Manager Nick […]

The beer and the artwork are both local at Flytrap Brewing

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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 […]

Dual haunted houses at Bellamy Mansion offer antique horror this Halloween weekend

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Time travel can be dangerous – or at least scary – business, as anyone brave enough to visit “Hell’s Belles and the Colonial Damned” this weekend will find out. The haunted houses, hosted by the Bellamy Mansion Museum, promise “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties.” The Burgwin-Wright House will feature the ‘Colonial Damned,’ with eighteenth […]

Detour Deli owner talks importance, difficulties, of helping bring Wilmington arts scene to light

(Allister Synder at Alt-Zalea Fest 2016. Photo Courtesy Anna Mann.)

WILMINGTON — The Northside neighborhood of downtown Wilmington needed a good sandwich place, but Allister Snyder thought it could use a little rock’n’roll, too. Synder opened Detour Deli & Cafe two years ago, naming his sandwich shop after the detour customers would have to take from the well-trod streets of downtown.  Synder hoped to lead Wilmingtonians into […]

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 […]

Artist Dan Campbell’s seascapes to be featured at downtown Wilmington art gallery

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WILMINGTON – Contemporary North Carolina artist Dan Campbell will be featured in a special art exhibition next weekend at a downtown gallery. The Wilmington community is invited to see Campbell’s paintings on display at River to Sea Gallery and Wine Shop, 224 South Water St., from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, according to […]

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 […]

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