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 […]

When it comes to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and food, always listen to the locals

Po’ Boy sandwiches, freshly-shucked oysters and those famous beignets … Tom Mahnken, who works in Wilmington, offers his advice on where to eat when visiting the Crescent City just in time for Mardi Gras.

The famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy CafeDuMonde.com)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our vice president of Creative Services. It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans as more and more […]

Headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Here is some solid music advice

Look past Bourbon Street to experience the real city, writes musician Tom Mahnken, who works in Wilmington and has visited the Big Easy more times than he can count (or remember).

During the Mardi Gras carnival season, there will be more than 70 parades in and around New Orleans, from small affairs to large shindigs that rival Super Bowl halftime shows for their pageantry and music. (Photo courtesy Tom Mahnken)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services. Mardi Gras is coming to New Orleans on Feb. 28, so […]

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 […]

Escape to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Carter as she and her husband escape from a haunted bed & breakfast, trespass at an old distillery after hours and learn that in Kentucky, bourbon is the language.

Jim Beam American Stillhouse. (Photo courtesy Allison Carter)

Bourbon country, Kentucky — it is the mecca of all things wonderful about the caramel-colored vanilla-flavored craft liquor. During one gorgeous weekend this past fall, my husband and I traveled from Wilmington to partake in what spoils bourbon country had. Leaving the kids with family, we took off on a much-anticipated getaway along the famous […]

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 […]

The long run: Planning the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon not a sprint, but a distance race

Runners coming over the Heide Trask drawbridge from Wrightsville Beach over to Wilmington. Photo courtesy- Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

WILMINGTON — Similar to how runners are training for the upcoming Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, the logistics behind setting up an event of this size is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. This spring, upwards of 4,000 participants will take to the streets across the Wilmington area for the eighth edition of what has become […]

Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in Wilmington

“The way to win this game, have a passionate group of fans who love what you’re doing,”

Johnny Lukes Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in its location.

WILMINGTON – It’s location along Old Eastwood Road, heading northbound on Market Street, hasn’t provided a great history of success. But Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar has started to buck a trend as it inches closer to its first birthday on Feb. 15. From upwards of 20 rotating craft brews from across the Port City and North […]

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