Up Front

2017-2

13 ealtors and the sales they accomplish are a key factor in the vibrancy of the Cape Fear region’s economy, pouring trickle-down dollars into a great deal of area businesses, from hair salons to car dealerships. And they give back; Realtors are by and large the backbone of many area nonprofits. This month, we present our annual look at the local real estate market. After 16 years of these reports, this went the smoothest and I believe it is the best. Besides a ton of stats and killer photography, you have conversations with 10 area Realtors, all of them at the top of the game. They give valuable insights into the health and strength of the market. Real estate also plays a part in two other stories in this issue. Jane Cunningham and her husband, Ray, built a home on Figure Eight Island four decades ago. Jane recently left after 42 years of family memories there. Then there is the film story. Originally conceived as a look at indie films, it could not help but become a look at the disappearing movie industry in Wilmington. Once a booming part of the coastal economy, it is dead as we knew it. Businesses and jobs all over Wilmington have disappeared, from the guy who supplied copiers to each film company’s production office to a lady I met who booked hotel accommodations for the film people walking among us while making these films. It is poignant that last year the family of Dino De Laurentiis sold his Wrightsville Beach oceanfront house and even an ocean-front lot a street or two north. Film is all but gone from Wilmington, and now the lingering presence of the great man who started it all has left, too. You don’t want to miss the story of the area’s museum cura-tors, upfront but the film exhibit at the Cape Fear Museum may be as close as you’ll get to these big box office movies that once lit up the town. Bill Vassar, head of Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems studio, told me made-for-T.V. productions are what will revitalize the industry in this area. Let’s pray he is right. We also introduce the team I am proud to serve with in ministry, Boots on the Ground. It’s not big or flashy, there will be no star-studded fundraising gala, but the one-on-one we’re doing for the least of these is making a difference. I can’t get enough of pomegranates, our feature food this month in our Savor section. Every roadside stand and res-taurant in Israel, where I traveled last fall, squeezed them fresh and I became hooked. Who knew they were so power-fully good for you? Enjoy it all with our blessing. Editor/Publisher Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair and makeup styled by Sydney Wilson, Bangz. The Thistle & Bee sterling hammered 18” necklace, sterling hammered oval earrings, sterling silver classic cuff, paired with a 14K diamond and onyx ring, all from Perry’s Jewelry Emporium, Wilmington. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM R It’s our annual real estate issue Pat Bradford at the UNCW Film Studies’ Black Box studio. PHOTO BY ALLISON POTTER


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