Leading with Passion

Posted by - October 10, 2017

Written By: Heather Lee Gordy  |  Photography by: Jonathan C. Ward When I first met Danielle Boisse and Jean-Pierre Saintard (JP) I was amazed by their radiant passion. It’snot often you meet people truly dedicated and grounded in what they love, so much so that it’s the very thing that pushed them to face and

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John Reed and the Road to Respect

Posted by - October 8, 2017

Written by: Diana Matthews  |  Headshot by: Mark Steelman Other photography provided by: John Reed “I get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing people become successful,” says John Reed. “I’m interested in the military and in helping businesses grow.” His patriotism and business ability were both evident in 2015 when he chaired a five-day

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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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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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