May 25, 2022

World-famous YouTuber Spotlights Two Local Restaurants

By Jenny Callison, posted May 25, 2022

A bit of fishing on the part of local restaurateur Keith Rhodes yielded a major catch.   Rhodes, chef and owner of Catch restaurant in Wilmington, learned that international food blogger Mark Wiens was staying with family in the North Carolina mountains.   “There was a major COVID outbreak in Thailand, where he’s based, and he had to wait it out,& ...

May 25, 2022

Boombalatti's Launches Nationwide Delivery Service

By Elizabeth White, posted May 25, 2022

Wilmington’s beloved local ice cream shop, Boombalatti's Homemade Ice Cream, is going nationwide. Wes and Kristen Bechtel have been serving up scoops since 2015, but earlier this month they have expanded their business to include pint shipping throughout the United States. Anyone can have access to the delicious ice cream, whether they're across the countr ...

May 25, 2022

Flying Machine Rolls Out Cider Company

By Lynda Van Kuren, posted May 25, 2022

Wilmington’s Flying Machine Brewing Company is giving customers a new beverage to quench their thirst. The brewery just launched the Big Ocean Cider Company. Its first beverage, a dry, hard cider, will be offered in canned and draft formats at both Flying Machine's Randall Parkway and Wrightsville Beach retail locations. “Cider is a good alternat ...

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5 Reasons to Build Custom Franchise Software

Posted Mar 14, 2022

Having a robust franchise management software is often required in order to scale your growing franchise business to the next level. But it can be hard to determine if and when to build your own custom franchise software, or if you should continue using an out-of-the-box solution.

In this article, we will discuss 5 reasons why you should build your own custom franchise management entire article

May 23, 2022

New Owners Announced For South Front Street Restaurant

By Staff Reports, posted May 23, 2022

A longtime downtown Wilmington restaurant has new owners, according to an announcement Monday. Rachel and Jason McGhinnis recently purchased Little Dipper Fondue, 138 South Front St., from co-founders Pete and Kristen Gruodis, who have operated the downtown eatery since 2005. The Groudises decided to sell the business because they wanted to spend more time with ...

May 18, 2022

Frothy Sloth Rolls Into Coffee Biz 

By Johanna F. Still, posted May 18, 2022

A new coffee trailer has rolled into town, and this one aims to perk up any slow-pokes. The Frothy Sloth Coffee Hut opened earlier this month, serving up specialty brews out of a trailer.  “It’s only been two weeks but we’re loving every minute of it,” co-owner James Yourell said.  About a week out from medical retirement from the Ma ...

May 18, 2022

Wine Retailer Preps For Summer Opening At Renaissance Market

By Jenny Callison, posted May 18, 2022

Total Wine & More is on track to open this summer, its original target.   Store manager Dawn Ward said Tuesday that the new location is in the process of staffing up and should open its doors in late June or early July. The store, part of the Bethesda, Maryland-based chain, will occupy the 23,000-square-foot retail space at 943 Military Cutoff Road that was form ...

May 11, 2022

Owners Announce Sale Of Henry's Restaurant

By Jenny Callison, posted May 11, 2022

A popular midtown restaurant has new owners.   Wednesday, Amber Moshakos, president of LM Restaurants, announced the sale of Henry’s Restaurant & Bar to Fares and Zeina Hanna of Three Seasons Catering of Durham. The Hannas are longtime friends of the Moshakos family, owners of LM Restaurants, which acquired Henry’s in 2008, according to a news rel ...

May 11, 2022

Greek Festival Returns This Weekend

By Justin Williams Pope, posted May 11, 2022

Like all other events forced to shutter festivities due to the pandemic, what’s become a tradition for many in Wilmington returns this weekend just in time to welcome the summer season: Greek Festival is back in full swing.  For St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the festivities will be even more special because it’s the 30th anniversary of the ce ...

May 11, 2022

Prepare to “embark on the most affordable trip your mouth will ever take to Italy.” That’s what Cugino Forno promises, an authentic Italian pizzeria planning to open its fifth location in Wilmington in about two weeks.  Launched in Greensboro in 2017, Cugino Forno was founded by three cousins: Joseph Ozbey, Adam Aksoy and Yilmaz Guver. Each of the ...

May 4, 2022

Famous Toastery Plans Expansion In Wilmington Market

By Jenny Callison, posted May 4, 2022

There’s more cooking at Famous Toastery these days than just breakfast and lunch dishes. The Charlotte-based restaurant chain has ambitious expansion plans locally and beyond.   Corporate sources say that besides eyeing the Wilmington and Leland areas, Famous Toastery is looking for new spots in metro markets across North Carolina and in neighboring states. & ...

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