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Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI)

Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) Wilmington Downtown, iNC is a nonprofit organization promoting economic growth and business development in downtown Wilmington. Non-Profit Organization

Vision: Downtown Wilmington is the culturally vibrant and economically prosperous center of the southeast region, and is recognized nationally for its outstanding quality of life.

Want to Become a Partner? Visit our website to learn how you can become involved!

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The N.C. Department of Revenue plans to launch the application for Phase 2 of the Business Recovery Grant program on Mon...
04/13/2022
NCDOR to Launch Phase Two of the Business Recovery Grant Program on May 2 | NCDOR

The N.C. Department of Revenue plans to launch the application for Phase 2 of the Business Recovery Grant program on Monday, May 2, with changes to the program’s eligibility criteria allowing many additional businesses to qualify for these grants.

The NCDOR plans to launch the application for Phase 2 of the Business Recovery Grant (BRG) program on Monday, May 2, with changes to the program’s eligibility criteria allowing many additional businesses to qualify for these grants.

04/11/2022

Here's a look back on the 75th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.! We hope you enjoyed all the festivities. We'd like to thank the entire Azalea Festival team, the City of Wilmington, NC Government, our MSD Ambassador team, and all our other partners for making this year's celebration such a huge success Downtown!

Momentum Spirits at the Cotton Exchange will have a soft opening this weekend! If you're downtown for the Azalea Festiva...
04/08/2022
Distillery in downtown Wilmington plans a soft opening this weekend

Momentum Spirits at the Cotton Exchange will have a soft opening this weekend! If you're downtown for the Azalea Festival, stop by and check out this new distillery opening in the Central Business District.

Local vodka makers gear up in time for the Azalea Festival.

Get ready for the Grand Opening Picnic of Three of Cups Club, offering a day filled with local artisans, live music, cha...
04/07/2022

Get ready for the Grand Opening Picnic of Three of Cups Club, offering a day filled with local artisans, live music, charcuterie, and coffee from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Three of Cups Club cannot wait for its first public event!

We’re getting SUPER excited to share the new space with you all and we can’t wait to have our back yard jam packed with good friends and good food for our grand opening picnic! We’ve put together one heck of a lineup of artists and vendors for the day to share their magic with us and a great selection of drinks and food from our friends @yauponteaco @spillcoffeeco @collectivelaw and @trollystopfoodtruck to meet all your picnic needs.

Resident babes @celestial.surf.studio , @themisplacedcactus , @therootedone , and @villaisla.co will be holding down the clubhouse interior, littering the retail shelves with their goods as well! Mark your calendars cause you definitely don’t want to miss out.🧡
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The Sorrow Drowner, an adventure-themed tiki bar, has opened in downtown Wilmington.
03/28/2022
Adventure-themed tiki bar opens downtown | WilmingtonBiz

The Sorrow Drowner, an adventure-themed tiki bar, has opened in downtown Wilmington.

Wilmington’s newest bar is anything but a traditional Friday night out on the town.  “Once you cross the threshold, you will be transported into the classic era of exploration,” states a press release from the Wheatley brothers, co-founders of The Sorrow Drowner on the northeast corner of Doc...

03/25/2022

Jengo's Playhouse and key Cucalorians celebrated this week the extensive renovations completed on the Cucalorus creative campus!

WDI once again joined our partners with the Downtown Business Alliance of Wilmington and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo for this ribbon-cutting event!

Check out the work at Jengo's Playhouse the next time you're in the Soda Pop District!

It’s time to show some love to Wilmington and our Riverwalk with your votes! Our city is once again among the nominees f...
03/25/2022
Vote - Wilmington Riverwalk - Best Riverwalk Nominee: 2022 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

It’s time to show some love to Wilmington and our Riverwalk with your votes! Our city is once again among the nominees for USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards, for Best Riverwalk.

Voting is open and ends on April 11 at noon. The winners will be announced on April 22.

Last year, Wilmington was in the running for Best American Riverwalk and came in at No. 2, behind Detroit. And in October 2014, Wilmington won the No. 1 spot in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for “Best American Riverfront.”

You can vote online daily! By voting and sharing we can be sure to rise in rank and perhaps even capture the No. 1 spot again.

Wilmington Riverwalk: Vote for your favorite riverwalk!!

03/18/2022

Yesterday, we joined our partners with Downtown Business Alliance of Wilmington to welcome the newest business to the Castle Street Arts & Antiques District!

Castle Street Kitchen is now open at 509 Castle St. and ready to serve guests! Head over to the restaurant this weekend for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Kai yang and craft cocktails in our South Front District?  Yes, please!  Our warm congratulations to Bobby Zimmerman and...
02/23/2022
True Blue Butcher and Barrel opens in South Front District | WilmingtonBiz

Kai yang and craft cocktails in our South Front District? Yes, please! Our warm congratulations to Bobby Zimmerman and the team at True Blue Butcher and Barrel on the addition of yet another fantastic restaurant to this district that already includes Mariposa Tapas Bar, The Second Glass, Benny's Big Time Pizzeria, Blocktaco and satellite bar and lounge. We are thrilled with this new reason to Bring It Downtown Wilmington!

Owner/chef Bobby Zimmerman opened his spinoff of the True Blue Butcher and Table brand in a big way. For the Feb. 11 grand opening of True Blue Butcher and Barrel in the South Front District, the restaurant served up nearly 1,000 of its signature smash burgers – and all for free. “Wilmington ha...

Live Nation is hosting a job fair in downtown Wilmington - see the post below for details.
02/21/2022

Live Nation is hosting a job fair in downtown Wilmington - see the post below for details.

*UPDATE* The February 26th Job Fair has been moved to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

⭐️WE’RE HIRING! ⭐️Working at Live Oak Bank Pavilion & Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, there's never a dull moment! Our team is filled with awesome rock stars who make concerts come to life. Don't miss out, our concert season kicks off very soon! To learn more about the positions and apply, visit here: https://bit.ly/3sJ0JJn

Open Positions Include:

• Operations Staff
• Sustainability Staff
• Guest Services
• Security
• Merchandise Seller
• Production Runner
• Site Coordinator
• VIP Host
• Box Office representative
• Guest Ambassador
• Cleaning/Housekeeping

& MORE!

JOIN THE FUN TODAY! ❤️🎶🌴

A new sandwich shop and taproom opening this spring in the former spot of Detour Deli in downtown Wilmington!
02/17/2022
Sandwich shop The Half to open in former Detour Deli spot | WilmingtonBiz

A new sandwich shop and taproom opening this spring in the former spot of Detour Deli in downtown Wilmington!

Andrew Dennison, Carl Cross and Dean Moore are drawing upon years of experience in the brewing and hospitality industries for the creation of The Half, a new sandwich shop and taproom opening this spring at 510½ Red Cross St., the former home of Detour Deli. The partners met at Flying Machine Brewi...

Need a haircut, style or beard trim? We have you covered with a list of some of our great Downtown salons and barbershop...
02/16/2022
A Focus on Salons and Barbershops

Need a haircut, style or beard trim? We have you covered with a list of some of our great Downtown salons and barbershops! Check out the latest WDI Special Newsletter for details.

You don't want to miss this. SPECIAL NEWSLETTER A Focus on Downtown Salons and Barber Shops Here is a look at some Downtown spots for your next style, trim or blowout! SALONS Nsalo 212 N. Front St. Ns

CraftGrown Farms grows hydroponic lettuce, leafy greens, and microgreens, offering fresh produce in the heart of the Cas...
02/15/2022
CraftGrown Farms Business Spotlight

CraftGrown Farms grows hydroponic lettuce, leafy greens, and microgreens, offering fresh produce in the heart of the Castle Street Arts and Antique District. The greens are grown by owner and operator Randall Rhyne, who has a mission to be a source of high-quality, highly-nutritious produce, addressing the area’s food gaps. Ultimately, CraftGrown wants to help people eat and live better by providing the best produce year-round.

Rhyne crafts special blends of microgreens, as well as broccoli, sunflower, chives, basil, and sugar pea, all with a burst of flavor unique to CraftGrown Farms.

Shopping at this Castle Street business is an experience of its own. Rhyne offers tasting tours to customers to find their favorite greens to take home. Trips to the shop are by appointment only but may be scheduled throughout the week!

CraftGrown Farms grows hydroponic lettuce, leafy greens, and microgreens, offering fresh produce in the heart of the Castle Street Arts and Antique District....

True Blue Butcher and Barrel will be opening tomorrow in Downtown Wilmington making its way into the South Front Distric...
02/10/2022

True Blue Butcher and Barrel will be opening tomorrow in Downtown Wilmington making its way into the South Front District! To show how excited the True Blue team is, they will also be giving away FREE smash burgers starting at 3:00 PM! Help True Blue complete its goal of serving 1,000 FREE burgers to the Wilmington Community!

WILMINGTON! True Blue Butcher and Barrel will be OPEN TOMORROW! The True Blue Team is just as excited as you are…so to celebrate we are going to be giving away FREE smash burgers starting at 3 PM and we’re going to keep giving them away until those babies run out! Yes, you heard us right…completely free smash burgers. 🍔

BUT THERE’S MORE…along with free smash burgers (to all of our vegetarian friends, we will have an impossible burger substitute available) we will have a limited menu available along with cocktails, beer, wine, and lots and LOTS of bourbon and whiskey. 🥃

❗️Our goal is to serve 1,000 FREE burgers (ambitious? yes. impossible? no) to the Wilmington community, so help us do that by REPOSTING this and spread the word to all of your friends, family, and Instagram followers.

The only stipulation: One smash burger per person…we promise you will leave full! 🤤

SEE YOU IN THE SOUTH FRONT DISTRICT TOMORROW WILMINGTON! 🥃🥳

Get a 2.44% interest rate with the closing of a WDI Microloan before interest rates go up. WDI is offering loans through...
02/09/2022

Get a 2.44% interest rate with the closing of a WDI Microloan before interest rates go up. WDI is offering loans through its partner, Civic Federal Credit Union at a rate of 3/4 New York Prime. The loan rate is fixed at the date of closing.
The program allows for companies Downtown and in the City's emerging districts to borrow up to $20,000 with the ability for payments to be deferred up to six months. Through the WDI Microloan Assistance Grant Program we are able to assist 15 businesses with a $1,500 grant check following the closing of a loan.
Give us a call today at 910-998-7744 or email [email protected] for more information!

satellite bar and lounge and Blocktaco are co-located inside the same building at 120 Greenfield St., offering both food...
02/03/2022

satellite bar and lounge and Blocktaco are co-located inside the same building at 120 Greenfield St., offering both food and drink in Downtown’s South Front District.

Satellite Bar and Lounge was the first to open in the district, inside a beautifully renovated brick building. Dustin Ricks, owner of both establishments, saw great potential locating in the South Front community and in the 1940s building, which started as a grocery store.

This rustic bar and lounge features open spaces, a large outdoor seating area and was built with some salvaged and repurposed materials from the original structure, offering live music and other events in its outdoor setting.

This location is also home to a neighborhood taco joint, Block Taco that is a compliment to the bar and lounge, serving locally sourced food with ingredients from hometown names, including Seaview Crab Company, Terra Vita Farms, and Wholesome Greens.

If you're still making plans for Valentine's Day, we have a rundown of some great dining options and events happening Do...
02/03/2022
A Focus on Valentine's Day Downtown

If you're still making plans for Valentine's Day, we have a rundown of some great dining options and events happening Downtown you may want to consider. Check out our latest WDI Special Newsletter with a focus on Valentine's Day!

Sign up for our newsletter today to receive our twice-a-week emails with information about WDI projects and programs, as well as events and other Downtown happenings.

You don't want to miss this. SPECIAL NEWSLETTER Valentine's Day Downtown Here is a look at a few eats and activities you can bring that special someone on Valentine's Day! Dining Options Three10 1022

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02/02/2022

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February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month and is a time for a celebration of achievement and the recognition of the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This month we seek to acknowledge the history of our city and the stories that shaped Wilmington into the community it is today. ⁣

Explore the downtown sites of important moments in Wilmington's Black history. Don't forget that you can park for the first 90 minutes free at the parking garage located at 115 Market St.⁣

#bringitdowntown #yeswilmington #downtownwilmingtonnc #historicwilmington #wilmingtonnc

Get a sneak peek at the fresh look at Front Street Brewery! WDI is proud to support this downtown business with a Facade...
02/01/2022
A first look at Front Street Brewery before it reopens in downtown Wilmington

Get a sneak peek at the fresh look at Front Street Brewery! WDI is proud to support this downtown business with a Facade Improvement Grant to help with just a small portion of the work. Be sure to make a trip this month to visit the brewery and its great staff!

The 157-year-old building that is home to Wilmington's oldest brewery, Front Street, has undergone renovations.

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal shares the story of our new Downtown Street Outreach Specialist, Jack Morris! We...
02/01/2022
WDI taps Morris for downtown street outreach post | WilmingtonBiz

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal shares the story of our new Downtown Street Outreach Specialist, Jack Morris! We are excited to have him on the MSD Ambassadors team to help build relationships with downtown's unsheltered population and help connect them to area social services.

Wilmington Downtown Inc. hired Jack Morris as its new downtown street outreach specialist, according to a recent news release.  Morris is a full-time staff member on the Municipal Services District Ambassadors team dedicated to helping establish relationships and building trust with people living o...

The Pilot House has opened its doors again!
01/28/2022

The Pilot House has opened its doors again!

Welcome back! The Pilot House is open and ready to see everyone again, book a reservation with us at (910)343-0200. We look forward to serving you.

The deadline to apply for the Business Recovery Grant is Monday, Jan. 31. Check to see if your business qualifies!
01/28/2022

The deadline to apply for the Business Recovery Grant is Monday, Jan. 31. Check to see if your business qualifies!

What are you waiting for? The deadline to apply for the Business Recovery Grant is Jan. 31. Check into it to see if your business qualifies. #BusinessRecoveryNC

01/27/2022
Wilmington is among MovieMaker's "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2022." Wilmington was ranked #8 among Sm...
01/27/2022
Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022

Wilmington is among MovieMaker's "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2022." Wilmington was ranked #8 among Smaller Cities & Towns! Have you seen some of the recent productions filming downtown?

We’ve roamed North America for the ideal cities for living a good life and making movies. Presenting our Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2022.

01/26/2022

Seabird is a restaurant set in a historic building located at 1 Front St. in the heart of downtown Wilmington! Seabird serves quality fish, oysters, wine, cocktails, coffee, and more, and is open to customers Thursday through Monday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its seasonal offerings include locally-sourced ingredients and seafood from our coastal communities. The restaurant also offers a selection of beers, wines, and handcrafted cocktails to enjoy while you dine.

Seabird, owned by local chef Dean Neff, opened in May 2021. He opened Seabird with a goal to be a community hub for people that feels like home. Be sure to make a reservation at Seabird for your next stop in downtown Wilmington!

To all coffee enthusiasts, tea lovers, and sweet treat admirers, don't forget to get tickets to Coffee Fest!!! It's comi...
01/25/2022
Buy Tickets - Wilmington Coffee Fest

To all coffee enthusiasts, tea lovers, and sweet treat admirers, don't forget to get tickets to Coffee Fest!!! It's coming to downtown Wilmington and will be hosted at both Waterline Brewing Company as well as Hi-Wire Brewing Wilmington. Get tickets before it's too late!!

Address

226 N Front St, Suite #130
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(910) 998-7744

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On Monday, New Hanover County Government, NC commissioners will consider amending a county ordinance to effectively make it illegal for people who are homeless to camp out at the county’s downtown library, parking deck, and other county properties. Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI)
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Do enjoy reading this excellent indepth interview (below) with France's guitar master Pierre Bensusan, thanks to Robert Anthony Workmon at the StarNews Wilmington NC where they discuss his concert THIS Thursday with Forward Motion Dance Co at @ Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center as well his past 2 years since last touring the USA. Order your Tickets NOW at: https://www.pierrebensusan.com/store_viewproduct.asp?ID=566 or phone the Community Arts Center @ 910-341-7860 cc Wilmington Today Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) Downtown Alive Wilmington NC
Can you believe we're lucky enough to have this woman as our mentor? Holly Child, everybody! She's President and CEO of Wilmington Downtown, Inc. and officially an Associate Producer for our feature film A Song For Imogene. The Honeys got linked up with Holly last summer as part of our Minority Business Accelerator program at Genesis Block and she hit the ground running with us to strategize our financing goals. This woman has been in full support of our project, the themes, the passion behind it and our drive as female filmmakers. She has introduced us to folks who genuinely want to see us succeed and helped us launch a successful campaign with tons of exposure. We couldn't be more thankful for the time and energy she's gifted to us gals or her personal generosity that's pushed us to be 70% funded in just 12 days. Thank you Holly. We love having you in the hive and can't wait to have you on set with us this spring! xxo Be a part of this movement: tiny.cc/honeyheadfeaturefilm
A drive to collect cold weather gear to distribute to downtown Wilmington’s unsheltered population has been jump started by Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI). To kick off the Warm-Up Wilmington Collection Drive, WDI will donate $250 worth of new items to distribute to those in need. The Michelle Clark Team has joined WDI in their efforts by providing a portion of the socks collected during our Sock Drive. WDI is still seeking donations of various new and unused items to help those without shelter cope during the cold weather. If you would like to donate, please call the The Michelle Clark Team at (910) 367-9767 to schedule a drop off. Thank you for giving!
We had a wonderful time celebrating the Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center ribbon cutting yesterday with our friends at Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI)! Three years ago, Aloft kicked off construction with Clancy & Theys Construction Company and despite COVID interruptions, they have succeeded in building a beautiful and unique new hotel in Wilmington, NC. With 125 hotel rooms, multiple event spaces, a rooftop bar and restaurant, a coffee and pastry café, they are equipped to be a driving force along the Cape Fear River. Congratulations to David McLamb, his entire family, and the powerful team at Aloft. Welcome to the Wilmington community, we are so excited to watch you prosper!
You're invited to join The Harrelson Center and our Partners on Campus for Giving Tuesday! Meet the nonprofits which work in your community to help neighbors every day. WECT News and Frances Weller will be here covering the day which includes special activities by Young Scientist Academy, Turning The Wheel Wilmington, Coastal Buds’ Strolling Snow Cones, and Theatre for All. Mommiez and Platypus & Gnome Food trucks will be on site, too!
Visit some of your favorite RFM vendors at this year’s HOLIDAY MARKET taking place in the South Front neighborhood on Dec. 4th. (Located on S. 2nd St between Greenfield St & Willard St.) Catch a live concert by Wilmington’s SCHOOL OF ROCK. Listen to holiday music performed by THE WILMINGTON SAX QUARTET. 11am-4pm Admission is FREE - - - Excite Credit Union Downtown Business Alliance of Wilmington The ArtWorks-Wilmington School of Rock Wilmington NC Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) Cool Wilmington #beatyandbloom #customeyes #nativesaltcavewellness #thesecondglass #bennysbigtimepizzeria #yogasaltwilmington #satellitebar #coolwilmington #excitecu #holidaymarket #shopping #gifts #handcrafted #artisans #wilmingtonnc #wdi #visitwilmington #wilmingtonsaxquartet #Free #freeadmission #southfront
Thank you Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) for showing us so much love. We appreciate all that you do for small businesses here in Wilmington!
At an event hosted by Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) on Tuesday morning, one of the partners in the development firm said the company hopes to see the start of construction soon on renovating the former Coca-Cola building at 921 Princess St., followed by more adaptive reuse.
We would like to thank Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) for making Ms Cat’s Cottage a recipient of the Facade Grant. The FIG Program was created to help downtown businesses and property owners make needed repairs and upgrades to their storefronts, while also working to beautify the overall look and feel of downtown Wilmington.
We're committed to the safety, health, & welfare of all - no matter your housing status. That's why in collaboration with Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI), we've launched a pilot project to connect unhoused individuals to social service, reduce barriers to service, and close any gaps to accessing those services. Resources are available, and now, even more accessible. THE SPECIFICS >>> WDI will hire a trained social worker – a new role within WDI’s MSD Ambassadors Program - who will be dedicated to helping people downtown access social services, which includes providing transportation, helping individuals obtain entitlements, overseeing case management, and other responsibilities related to reducing barriers to service.