Inis Spa: Mindful Living

Posted by - October 5, 2017

Written by:  Hayley Swinson  |  Photography by: Mark Steelman The exterior of Inis Spa—Island Spa in Irish—is unassuming: a casual building next door to other small businesses—a deli, a boutique, a bakery, located on one of the main roads in Surf City. Upon entering the spa, however, I am transported into a calmer, cooler world

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The Shift Of Money

Posted by - October 4, 2017

Blogger: Randy Evans There’s been a lot of discussion happening online in response to Casey Roman’s recent WECT documentary, “Fly A Sign,” a piece of reporting that did a good job of offering a variety of perspectives regarding persons in poverty. In these related social media conversations, some passionate, frequently stated concerns about panhandling included

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23rd Annual Cucalorus Festival Expands its Reach

Posted by - October 4, 2017

Written by: Kaisey Skipper | Photography by: Saben Kane One night in 1994, a group of 12 filmmakers screened 16 short films at the old Water Street Restaurant in downtown Wilmington. Crowds wrapped around the restaurant trying to get in and see what was taking place—the beginning of the Cucalorus Film Festival. Twenty-three years later,

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New Homes + Historic Sites = RiverLights

Posted by - October 2, 2017

  Written by: Marimar McNaughton  |  Photography by: Kathy Spetrino Ten years after unearthing more than 25,000 artifacts left by the Cape Fear Indians who once occupied lands near Barnards Creek 9,000 years ago, Newland Communities came out of the ground in 2016 launching RiverLights, a planned mixed-use, multi-generational community on the Cape Fear River.

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A Place by the Water

Posted by - October 2, 2017

Written by:  Beth Rutledge  |  Photography provided by: RiverLights The allure of a scenic stretch on the banks of the Cape Fear River isn’t new. In fact, the water’s edge at RiverLights, one of this city’s newest planned communities, has beckoned since native people camped there, since a rice plantation regularly floated its harvests into

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Aquesta: Strengthening Community Ties Through Banking

Posted by - September 25, 2017

  Written by: Debra McCormick | Group shot by: Jonathan C. Ward In a culture of mega banks dominating the money lending industry, there is one community-based bank in Wilmington that has proven to effectively serve area businesses: Aquesta Bank. Named for a love of water (Lake Norman) and a quest for the future, Aquesta

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Pilgrimage Across the Cape Fear Region

Posted by - September 22, 2017

Written by: Laura Frank | Photography by: Dustin Scarpitti “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” -Albert Einstein   September is already here. The start of autumn brings new beginnings. There are opportunities for new friendships, experiences. and challenges. Back to school excitement inevitably returns to days filled with homework, hours

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Chic Sensibility

Posted by - September 20, 2017

Written by: Doug Franks | Photography by: Marcelo Mena I meet Lourdes Chavez early one Sunday morning at her spacious Los Angeles studio and workshop. She greets me at the door with a warm smile and says , “Hola.” Lourdes is a bustling, busy bee arriving every day, hours before her employees to make sure

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WW Grissett Farm: Five Generations of Tradition

Posted by - September 18, 2017

Written & Photographed by: Claudia Stack Travel southwest on Highway 17 from Wilmington into Brunswick County about 50 miles, until the chain stores give way to farm stands, and you will be in the vicinity  of Ocean Isle Beach.  The name conjures images of vacationers enjoying the surf, but just a few miles inland Grissett

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Wilmington’s Walk of Fame: 20 years later

Posted by - September 15, 2017

Written by: Monte Coughlin | Photography by: Monte Coughlin and used with permission from Nancy Bullock for this article What do a 19th century architect, two former NFL quarterbacks, a world famous opera singer, and Grammy award winning country music legend all have in common?  Each of them spent a part of, or most of their life, in

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