The North Carolina Oyster Trail is a grassroots effort to support oyster tourism throughout the coastal regions of the state. Initially focused on the Outer Banks when it was launched two years ago, eight companies in the Wilmington to Topsail area now are among the 30 participants. The idea is to drive visitors to area…

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Wilbur Jones sat among the politicians and glitterati gathered at the Battleship North Carolina on Sept. 2, brought together for a historic occasion. The town — his hometown — was being recognized as America’s first World War II Heritage City. The keynote speaker called out a couple of dignitaries by name — Rep. David Rouzer…

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What began as an Internet search for a new home evolved into a tour of the Southeast coastal region. Pensacola, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, were a couple of the stops during Megan and Chad’s journey. “Wilmington was where we landed last,” Megan says. Driving east across the Cape Fear River Bridge, the view from the…

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The motorcycle club is cruising down I-40 somewhere between Wilmington and Raleigh, out for a weekend ride, enjoying the freedom of the open road. The bikers come upon a slower car. Tail rider and club vice president Radue “Zulu” Shakur radios ahead to lead rider and club president Freddie “Fred Foxx” Graham. The group is…

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Jaime and Carol Hunter didn’t set out to make a product that is now sold internationally. They simply wanted to save time and money when creating their coastal-themed art. “We’d go to High Point and other places where mansions were being taken apart to get salvage wood,” Carol says. “Some of that salvage wood was…

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Bound for the Port of Wilmington, her foremast rigged tightly against a raging sea, the heavily laden four-masted schooner Sallie Marvil broached hard to starboard. In a vicious current, she slipped perilously close to the seething Frying Pan Shoals. Thrown off course by the storm, the ship was out of supplies and in dire need of…

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For many locals, the thought of late fall and early winter months evokes a fondness for huddling around makeshift plywood tables, cheap crackers, hot sauce and roaring fires. Oh yes, and of course seasonally fresh, delicate, succulent and delicious local oysters. Mid to late November is usually the time for countless backyard and even corporately…

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Art can bring people from all walks of life together. Sometimes this connection can create strong friendships. When the connection is strong enough, an entire movement, cooperative, or gallery can even be formed. This is what happened for the six women who formed Gallery Citrine in 2019. Coming from wildly different non-artistic careers such as…

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It might be old, neglected, and scarred, but there is value in repurposing solid wood furniture, both financially and psychologically. Whether you tackle the project yourself or hire a pro, it feels good to save an old favorite from the discard pile. Interior designer Alma Fennell encourages furniture shoppers to think about the long run.…

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A Kersting Architecture-designed restaurant that will float on the Intracoastal Waterway is coming to Wrightsville Beach Marina in the summer of 2022. Wrightsville Yacht Club is the parent company of Wrightsville Beach Marina. The 6,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility, to be built by Monteith Construction, is designed to seat 150. Once complete, this floating restaurant, bar…

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