Home, retail sales return to pre-recession levels; continued growth expected

Economic and real estate experts believe new construction, like the sprawling RiverLights development, coupled with an increase in home and retail sales are strong indicators the Cape Fear region will continue to grow in coming years. Courtesy photo.

With home sales and retail business on the rise around the Cape Fear region, all signs point to continued growth for the Port City. That’s according to local real estate and economic experts who released statistics earlier this week for both New Hanover and Brunswick counties. In its first housing and economic climate report – […]

Artists wanted for upcoming holiday market

The Leland Cultural Arts Center, which includes an in-house gift shop of handmade items, will open its entire facility to craftsmen during its holiday market next month. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Calling all craftsmen–the Leland Cultural Arts Center is seeking artist submissions for its upcoming holiday market. The center is currently looking for art, fine craft and handmade gifts for its A Very Merry Crafted Market on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. The unique market is different in that it doesn’t require artists to […]

The little big city: Wilmington a draw for small business, national franchises

The breakfast house and eatery, Famous Toastery, is one of several national franchises setting up shop in Wilmington. Image courtesy Famous Toastery.

Wilmington was recently named one of the best places in the country to start a small business, and Chris Suggs believes there is a simple reason: It’s large enough to support entrepreneurs but not so big that it doesn’t lose its small town feel. Suggs is a small business expert with FranNet, which matches would-be […]