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55 A HUB OF HEALTHY LIVING

Seaview Crab Company’s seafood stand at Brunswick Riverwalk Park is part of a town initiative toward healthy living. By Allison Barrett Carter

62 FILLING THE CARTS AND COFFERS

As shoppers flock to the new ALDI store, Leland sees the potential for an economic boost. By Amanda Lisk

67 DIGGING IN TO DELISH

After retiring from a busy restaurant kitchen after the birth of her son, Courtney Matheson found a new career in personal chef services, cooking classes and food tours. By Emily Page Hatch

74 FIELD TO FORK AND BEYOND

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Danny and Yolanda Graham offer locally harvested food, an event site and healthy outdoor recreation at Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest and Eatery in nearby Columbus County. By Annesophia Richards

81 REVVING UP THE KITCHEN

Mike Bowers of 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine shares what it takes to keep truckin’ on the food scene. By Shannon Rae Gentry

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IN EVERY ISSUE 16 PUBLISHER’S NOTE By Justin Williams

18 CONTRIBUTORS

Meet the contributors to North Brunswick Magazine

31 WHAT’S HAPPENING

Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

39 BUSINESS BUZZ

Keeping up with the local business scene

105 BUSINESS PROFILES

P.T.’s Grille, Brodee Dogs, Curley Implant and General Dentistry. Stories by Annesophia Richards and Olivia Bardella

94 DEPARTMENTS

112 FACES & PLACES

24 ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

2018 Little Princess Ball, Grand Opening of ALDI’s Leland Location, Business After Hours at Compass Pointe, 16th Annual Communities In Schools of Brunswick County Benefit Gala for Children

What’s online at NorthBrunswickMagazine.com

43 SOUTHBOUND

What you’ll find in the Spring 2018 edition of our sister publication, South Brunswick Magazine.

116 WHAT’S HAPPENED

What’s been going on around town

45 SPIRITS

April Showers Bring May Flowers By Sandi Grigg

120 CAPTURE THE MOMENT

A contest for NBM readers. Photo by Courtney Cannon

46 WHAT’S COOKIN’ Tomato Pie By Sandi Grigg

121 AD INDEX

Our directory of advertisers

49 2018 RESTAURANT GUIDE 88 NONPROFIT

First Baptist Church of Leland’s Food Bank By Allison Parker

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94 A PEEK INSIDE

Azalea Festival Home Tour: 412 N. 14th Street By Allison Barrett Carter

98 WHAT’S NEW PHOTO BY JMB DESIGNS

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The Town of Leland’s innovative plans for a Municipal Park By Allison Barrett Carter

109 SNIPPETS

Happenings on the local scene

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North Brunswick Magazine – Spring 2018 Volume 12, Issue 3 CEO/PUBLISHER: Justin Williams DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Sandi Grigg MANAGING EDITOR: Allison Barrett Carter COPY EDITOR: Molly Harrison CONTRIBUTING GRAPHICS: Andy Garno Paula Knorr Teresa Kramer

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Lee Ann Bolton George Jacob

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Allison Barrett Carter Michael Cline Amy Conry Davis Tom Dorgan Designs by JMB Wendy Hunt Laura Glantz Stephanie Savas Mark Steelman James Stefiuk CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Allison Barrett Carter Olivia Bardella Shannon Rae Gentry Sandi Grigg Emily Page Hatch Amanda Lisk Allison Parker Annesophia Richards Katelynn Watkins

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In this issue we highlight the who, what and where of eating in North Brunswick County, starting with the 2018 North Brunswick Restaurant Guide on page 49. Compiled by Allison Barrett Carter and photographed by several different local photographers, it’s a rundown of all the places to eat in our area. Following the guide are more food features, starting on page 55. Prepare to work up an appetite!


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ONCOLOGY Cape Fear Cancer Specialists 509 Olde Waterford Way, Leland 910.343.0447 NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.3000 New Hanover Gynecologic Oncology NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.667.3000 Onslow Oncology 221 Memorial Drive, Jacksonville 910.455.5511

PSYCHIATRY New Hanover Psychiatry NHRMC Behavioral Health Hospital 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington 910.815.5625

PULMONARY MEDICINE Coastal Pulmonary Medicine 1090 Medical Center Drive, Wilmington 330 Military Cutoff Road, Unit B1, Wilmington 910.343.3345

RHEUMATOLOGY NHRMC Physician Group Rheumatology 1509 Doctors Circle, Bldg. C, Wilmington 1814 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.662.7550

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UROLOGY Atlantic Urology 1333 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland 910.254.1033 1814 New Hanover Medical Park Drive, Wilmington 910.662.8765 3009 Medical Plaza Lane, Southport 910.662.8765 2000 Brabham Avenue, Jacksonville 910.376.3025

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

It’s A Food Evolution Sometimes on lazy Saturdays or if we get up super early on a school day, my daughter, Ava, and I visit Port City Java for breakfast. She orders a warm chocolate chip muffin and I get bacon, egg and cheese on an English muffin. She then proceeds to steal the bacon directly from my sandwich — every time!

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NBM Publisher Justin Williams and his daughter, Ava, at Port City Java.

The proof is in the photo above. Of course I wouldn’t have it any other way because I love our hometown breakfast tradition. When I moved here in 2004 there were about 10 places to eat in Leland, and most of those were fast food. Since that time there’s been a significant evolution in dining in northern Brunswick County, and now we have everything from Italian, Mexican and Asian fare to fine fresh-catch dining, gourmet hot dogs and homemade doughnuts.

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All this talk about eating might lead you to believe that there’s a theme here. Yep, in this issue we’re focused on food, from players on Brunswick County’s evolving restaurant scene to people who make their living growing food to a nonprofit that helps all families eat healthy meals. You’ll learn about the new ALDI store in Leland and why it’s a big deal that the international grocery chain chose Leland. You’ll meet a food truck operator and a personal chef. You’ll get the details on the Seaview Crab Company market that’s coming to Brunswick Riverwalk Park in Belville. You’ll also meet two happy farmers, Danny and Yolanda Graham of Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest and Eatery in Bolton. Our food editor, Sandi Grigg, also has delicious recipes for a cocktail and a spring meal. Lest you think we only have food on the brain, we’ve also got a sneak peek into a fascinating Wilmington home that’s being featured on the NC Azalea Festival Home Tour. And we give you the lowdown on the Town of Leland’s plans for an innovative Municipal Park. I hope you work up a healthy appetite reading this issue of North Brunswick Magazine and are inspired to get out this spring and visit some of our local restaurants. Happy spring to you all!

Justin Williams CEO/Publisher Publisher@NorthBrunswickMagazine.com


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CONTRIBUTORS

Olivia Bardella Contributing Writer I enjoy telling people’s stories through journalism and have been writing for magazines and newspapers since 2009. I got my start in journalism as a columnist for my Maryland hometown’s news journal, and my experience has gone on to include copy editing and proofreading, being the editor-in-chief of my alma mater’s student newspaper, interning as the assistant editor with a regional magazine and writing dining reviews. I hold a degree in philosophy and a minor in journalism from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where I met my husband. We recently married and moved to North Carolina and are enjoying what the South has to offer with its beautiful coastlines and charming locals.

Sandi Grigg Director of Business Development / Food Editor Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of living on the coast. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life my spouse and I have created for ourselves is a blessing beyond words. Together we enjoy kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth. At home I love to cook and write recipes, play with our dogs, and take on DIY home improvement endeavors. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has showed me that you really can enjoy your job. I am truly grateful to have a career I love in the city I aspired to be in. Life is grand!

Emily Page Hatch Contributing Writer I grew up in Massachusetts and went to college in New York City at New York University. I then moved back to Boston for graduate school, earning a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. Meeting my husband is what led me to the wonderful city of Wilmington. These days, I work from home as a freelance writer while raising our two young sons. I greatly enjoy living in the Port City and writing for local magazines and online parenting publications. Other passions of mine include reading, long walks, eating, skiing, and exploring North Carolina.

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North Brunswick County Numbers & Info‌ New to the area? Get more information and other numbers at NorthBrunswickMagazine.com Where is the post office? Leland Ace Hardware (910) 383-6688 117-B Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451 Leland Post Office (910) 371-9013 1123 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451-8479 Winnabow Post Office (910) 253-5576 6351 Ocean Hwy. E (Hwy. 17 South) Winnabow, NC 28479-5559 How do I get cable, phone or internet access? Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. (910) 754-4311 (phone, cable or internet) AT&T (888) 436-8638 (phone, internet) Time Warner Cable (910) 332-7800 (phone, cable or internet) Where is the nearest grocery store? Food Lion on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-1951 309 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Food Lion (off of Hwys. 74/76) (910) 383-1467 1735 Reed Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Harris Teeter (Waterford Commercial Center) (910) 371-3944 2021 Old Regent Way, Leland, NC 28451 Lowes Foods (Villages at Brunswick Forest) (910) 371-5544 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing, Leland, NC 28451 Piggly Wiggly on Village Road (off of Hwy. 17) (910) 371-2696 112 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Walmart (910) 383-1769, (910) 383-1872 1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland, NC 28451 Where are the nearest medical facilities? Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia (910) 721-1000 240 Hospital Drive NE, Bolivia, NC 28422 New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington (910) 343-7000 2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 20 20

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Where is the library? Leland Library (910) 371-9442 487 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Where is the nearest drug store? CVS/pharmacy (Villages at Brunswick Forest) (910) 371-1464 1132 East Cutlar Crossing, Leland, NC 28451 CVS/pharmacy (Village Road) (910) 371-0794 117A Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Family Pharmacy (Clairmont Shopping Center) (910) 371-3181 112-G Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 Rite Aid (in Waterford) (910) 383-1098 501 Olde Waterford Way, Leland, NC 28451 Walgreens (in Magnolia Greens) (910) 371-0233 1019 Grandiflora Drive, Leland, NC 28451 Walgreens (Village Road) (910) 371-1806 319 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 Where are the town halls located? Belville Town Hall (910) 371-2456 63 River Road, Belville, NC 28451 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 205, Belville, NC 28451 Leland Town Hall (910) 371-0148 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451 Navassa Town Hall (910) 371-2432 334 Main Street, Navassa, NC 28451 Northwest Town Hall (910) 655-5080 4889 Vernon Road, Leland, NC 28451 Sandy Creek Town Hall (910) 655-3153 114 Sandy Creek Drive, Leland, NC 28451 How do I get involved in the community or volunteer? (910) 253-2412 www.volunteer.brunsco.net


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RACHEL STROUP AT CHARTER DAY SCHOOL “GRADUATES” TO DEAN By Allison Barrett Carter

Rachel Stroup was at a crossroads in her life. She had graduated from Lynchburg College and moved to Wilmington to live with her mom for the summer. While she had completed her degree in education, she was drawn to EMT work as well, having been part of the Lynchburg Life Saving crew while a student. So during a year working in the phlebotomy department at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, she spent time thinking about what she wanted to be. “I just thought a lot about what would make me happy for the rest of my life,” Stroup recalls. “I love the kids, I love fire and EMS, I love the kids…how am I going to work this out?”

AMY SHUFORD’S TIPS TO NOURISH YOUR SOUL By Emily Page Hatch

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In 2007, Amy Shuford, of Leland, was struggling to figure out the cause of many mysterious and alarming symptoms she’d begun to experience, including bodily numbness, vertigo, fatigue, and forgetfulness. She underwent a number of medical tests and eventually had a spinal tap without a blood patch, which triggered a headache that lasted for 21 days. Desperate to feel better, when a friend of hers recommended that she try Reiki, a form of alternative medicine with Japanese origins, Shuford didn’t waste any time. The International Center for Reiki Training describes the practice as technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.


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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRUNSWICK ARTS COUNCIL FOCUSES ON GROWTH THROUGH ARTS By Olivia Bardella

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Social worker, program developer, administrative assistant, small business owner, consultant, volunteer, and marketing general manager, to name a few. Susan Sims-Pritts has a long list of career experience, but her goal for it all is short and simple. “My mission in life has been to broaden experiences,” she says reflectively. “I grow people and organizations.” Leaving three years of retirement, Sims-Pritts was recently hired as the new part-time executive director of the Brunswick Arts Council (BAC). BAC President Gary Halberstadt installed Sims-Pritts during the opening reception of the 17th Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Sale in Southport, which ran October 16-28. Sims-Pritts is a vivid, well-rounded, and perceptive woman who uses her strengths in organizing, funding, and implementing programs to better her community.

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STURGEON CREEK PARK TO MOVE, YET STAY THE SAME By Chris Russell

For a little while, telling local Brunswick County friends to meet you at “Sturgeon Creek Park” will get just a tad confusing. There is a new park proposed. Land acquired by the Town of Leland off Navassa Road will own the name Sturgeon Creek Park upon its creation. The new park is, after all, located on Sturgeon Creek (unlike the previously named Sturgeon Creek Park, located one mile northwest off Appleton Way). Yet the park locals currently know as Sturgeon Creek Park isn’t going away. In fact, the community renamed it!

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RITA’S WOODEN SPOON IS A BUSINESS OF LOVE By Olivia Bardella

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a part of something truly special. Comprised mostly of retired seniors, the group came to partake in the BEST (Brunswick Early Support Team) for Kids Initiative, a partnership between Brunswick County Schools and community leaders dedicated to helping all children become confident readers by the end of the third grade. In 2012, then newly elected District Attorney Jon David knew he wanted to utilize his position to support the children of Brunswick County. Through his own experiences as a father to two young children, David understood the critical importance of early childhood education. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BEST FOR KIDS HARNESSES VOLUNTEER POWER TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN TO READ By Annesophia Richards

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The secret family recipe – almost every family has one. As elusive as these recipes are, known by a select few and passed on with some critical reluctance, they become beloved staples at family gatherings. Every recipe has its story and the memories that accompany it. For Pete Lombardi, owner of Rita’s Wooden Spoon, that story is about his mother’s pasta sauce. Growing up just outside of Brooklyn, New York, in a big, Italian family, “with relatives I probably I haven’t even met yet,” Lombardi jokes, he remembers waking up every Sunday morning to the smell of freshly made marinara sauce. Rita (Sorrentino) Lombardi, “a little Italian lady, 4-foot nothing,” her son says, would start early in the morning making her Sunday Gravy. She didn’t use measurements, and the recipe was never written down, just passed on from her mother and her mother’s mother from Italy.


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Weeki Wachee Mermaids

March 8 to 11 The world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids will visit the North Carolina Aquarium in Kure Beach for multiple swims daily. The mermaids will swim and twirl in the 235,000-gallon Cape Fear Shoals habitat with the sharks, rays, schooling fish and a green sea turtle named Shelldon. Visitors also can meet a mermaid up close, on dry land. Tickets are $8.95 to $10.95. Information: (910) 458-8257; ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Bark in the Park

March 10 Bark in the Park at Leland Municipal Park is an event for dogs and their families in partnership with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue. A free rabies vaccination clinic will be offered to Leland residents. The event will take place from 10 am to 1 pm and will also features local doggie businesses and a dog adoption. Information: (910) 408-3092; townofleland.com

Cape Fear Beer & Wine Festival

March 10 Cape Fear Beer & Wine Festival will feature more than 50 American breweries and wineries with more than 125 beers and wines plus live music and a silent auction. It will take place from 12 to 5 pm at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington. Tickets are $15 to $50. Information: beerarmy.org/capefear

Women in Business Workshop: Put Yourself First

March 13 Put Yourself First will be an informative workshop and roundtable discussion facilitated by Linda Stinson of RLS Focused Solutions and several members of the Women in Business committee. The workshop is designed to provide insight into six different areas in which women struggle to maintain a balance within their personal and professional lives. The evening will kick off mingling and refreshments and move into the discussion and roundtable. This event is free to attend, but registration is required and the first 25 registrants will receive a gift. Information: brunswickcountychamber.org/women-in-businesscommittee

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 The 17th annual Friends of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilmington begins at 11 am at the Red Cross on North Front Street. The parade will turn down Princess Street and then left on Water Street toward the grandstand at Riverfront Park, where the St. Patrick’s Day Festival takes place immediately following the parade. Information: wilmingtonstpatricksdayfestival.com

Relay for Life Basketball Game

March 23 The third annual Relay for Life Basketball game will be held on March 23 at North Brunswick High School from 6 to 9 pm. The games will feature the North Brunswick High School Boys Basketball team vs. Leland EMT/ Fire Department and the New Hanover Sheriff ’s Office vs. the Brunswick County Sheriff ’s Office. Admission is a $5 donation, which goes directly to the American Cancer Society. Concessions will be available. Information: Facebook: Relay for Life of Brunswick NC

Coastal Living Show

March 24 The Wilmington Woman’s Club presents the annual Coastal Living Show at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington. The free event features a variety of gifts, products and services for the home, garden, office and seaside living, showcased by the finest vendors in the region. Attendees will enjoy door prizes and raffles as well as the opportunity to win a weekend for two at Myrtle Beach. Proceeds from the show are returned to community nonprofits through grants to improve the lives of women and children in the Lower Cape Fear. This event will run between the hours of 10 am an 4 pm. Information: (910) 395-1464; coastallivingshow.com

Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Festival

March 24 The festival is a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’ and barbecue eatin’. Admission is $39 to $69 and covers a sampling glass for tasting beers and bourbons. Barbecue vendors will be on site, and there will be seminars in the tasting theaters and live music all day. This event will take place downtown Wilmington at The Shell from 2 to 6 pm. VIP tickets are available. Information: beerandbourbon.com/wilmington/show-info

Sea Leland

March 24 Wilmington Water Tours presents Sea Leland, a 90-minute boat tour with views and history and lore about Leland. Two water taxis leave from 212 S. Water Street in Wilmington at 10 am and 11:30 am. Pre-registration is required, and the fee is $13. Information: (910) 338-3134; fareharbor.com/ wilmingtonwatertours

Easter Egg Night Hunt

March 29 Night Hunt is an adult Easter egg hunt that’s gaining in popularity. Sponsored by the Town of Leland, it will begin Spring 2018

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at 7:30 pm at Leland Municipal Park. A $5 admission fee includes a flashlight egg hunt, prizes and live music with Trial By Fire (Journey tribute band) plus food and beverages available for purchase. Information: (910) 408-3092; townofleland.com/ recreation-events

Easter Egg Hunt

March 31 The Easter Egg Hunt at North Brunswick High School in Leland features hunts for children divided into six age groups (0-12 months, 13-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years and 8-10 years). The free event includes prizes and a visit from Mr. E.B. himself after the hunts are completed. The hunts begin at 10am. Information: (910) 408-3092; townofleland.com/ recreation-events

Easter Egg Hunt Carnival

March 31 Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington presents the annual Easter Egg Hunt Carnival in Battleship Park featuring egg hunts throughout the day, pony rides, bouncy fun, candy and games, plus a visit from Buddy, the Battleship Easter Bunny. Admission is $5, and the event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm. Information: (910) 399-9101; battleshipnc.com

Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine

March 31 Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance presents the second annual Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine in beautiful Airlie Gardens in Wilmington. The event features 25 local chefs pairing a meal with 25 breweries. Tickets are $75, and the event will begin at 6 pm. Information: capefearcraftandcuisine.com

Herb & Garden Fair

April 7 & 8 The 26th annual Herb and Garden Fair at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington will feature some of North Carolina’s best herb and plant vendors, local artisans and crafters, food, concessions and activities for kids. Entry fee of $5 includes a raffle ticket, and kids younger than 13 get in free. Proceeds benefit the conservation and preservation of Poplar Grove Plantation. Hours are Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Information: (910) 686-9518; poplargrove.org/festivals/ herb-garden-fair/

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Spring Market

April 7 The Spring Market at Brunswick Forest Commercial Area in Leland features more than 60 artists and crafters from Brunswick Forest and the surrounding areas displaying their personally created artwork, crafts and food items. This free event will take place from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine, and is free. Information: (910) 399-7198; brunswickforest.com

71st Annual NC Azalea Festival

April 11 to 15 NC Azalea Festival in downtown Wilmington is annual community celebration and includes big-name entertainment, festive galas, road races and dozens of fun family events. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as the Port City’s premier event. Don’t miss the NC Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour presented by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Also part of Azalea Festival is the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour, which has been featured in Southern Living Magazine. Musical headliners this year include Billy Currington with Drake White and Kenton Bryant on April 12, Ludacris with Childish Major on April 14 and Dark Star Orchestra on April 15. The popular Street Fair will be held on April 14 and 15. See the website for a full listing of events and all the details. Information: ncazaleafestival.org

Wine, Women & Chocolate

April 16 Wine, Women & Chocolate is an annual event held at Brunswick Senior Resources in Shallotte. It’s an exclusive shopping experience with amazing raffles, delicious wine and food as well as decadent chocolate. This event will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, and the $25 ticket includes one glass of wine, food, chocolate and a raffle ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the door so advance purchase is necessary. Information: brunswickcountychamber.org/women-inbusiness-committee

Carolina Cup SUP Weekend

April 18 to 22 Carolina Cup at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach features five days of Standup Paddleboard (SUP) clinics and expos and a weekend of standup paddleboard competitions. The official start of SUP race season, Carolina Cup includes a kids’ course, the Harbor Island Recreational fun race, the Money Island Open Race and the ultimate challenge of the 13.2 mile Elite Graveyard Race. Information: wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/carolina-cup

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Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll

April 21 Woodsong, a walkable neighborhood located off Village Road in Shallotte, will hold its third annual Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll, an art and music festival, on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. More than 20 local artists, live music, wine tastings, beer tastings and more will be featured. Fat Jack Duo will provide musical entertainment for the event, and concessions will be available from Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co, 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine and Sunset Slush. In addition to free wine tastings from Petrea Imports, this year’s event will feature free beer tastings provided by Makai Brewing Company of Ocean Isle Beach. Admission to the event is $5 and can be purchased at the entrance or in advance by visiting the website. Proceeds will benefit the Woodsong Scholarship for Construction Industry Careers at Brunswick Community College. Information: woodsongporchandartstroll.com

Swing into Spring

April 21 Leland Christian Academy will host its third annual Swing into Spring Vendor Market event from 10 am to 2 pm at the First Baptist Church at 517 Village Road in Leland. This free event will include face painting, food, shopping, a bounce house and raffles for gift baskets. The first 20 visitors will also receive grab bags. Come out and enjoy fun for the whole family. Information: (910) 371-0688

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

April 22 to 24, April 29 to May 1, May 5 & 6 Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, presents the fifth annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival: A World of Jewish Film. It will offer nine award-winning feature films and selected shorts over nine days. All showings will be in historic Thalian Hall Main Stage. Prices range from $7 to $17. The 7 pm evening films will be followed by a dessert reception, and the three early evening films will be followed by a light supper reception. Information: wilmingtonjff.org

Concerts in the Park

April 26, May 10, May 24 & June 7 Join friends and neighbors in Leland Municipal Park for a free concert series. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, beverages and your friends and family. Local food trucks will be on site selling food. Reminder: No smoking or e-cigarettes are allowed on town property. Concerts are held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. April 26: Trey Calloway (country); Vittles Food Truck 34

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May 10: Chocolate Chip & Co. (soul, etc.); Poor Piggy’s BBQ Food Truck May 24: The Tams (beach); T’Geaux Boys Food Truck June 7: Gump Fiction (90s Tribute); Tasty Tee’s Snack Shack Food Truck

Information: townofleland.com/recreation-events

Wine Fest 2018

April 28 Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is hosting its annual Wine Fest fundraiser on April 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. Participants can sample a variety of wines from around the world, enjoy tasty treats provided by local restaurants, bid on live and silent auction items, socialize with friends and neighbors, and support two of the area’s best attractions. Tickets are $50 per person. The museum is at 21 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Information: (910) 579-1016; museumplantetarium.org

Hound Hustle – 10K, 5K, & 1 mile Trot with Spot

April 29 The Hound Hustle 10K, 5K & 1-mile Trot with Spot courses wind through the Brunswick Forest neighborhood in Leland. Proceeds benefit Paws Place, a no-kill animal shelter in Brunswick County. A dog is not required to participate. Races begin at 8:30 am and cost $25 to $35 to enter. Information: (910) 398-5539; brunswickforest.com; 5starraceproductions.com

Jazz Gala

May 4 The Jazz Gala at Cape Fear Community College (Daniels Hall) in downtown Wilmington, NC, features cocktails, dinner, silent auction and musical performances to benefit the New Hanover High School Band Program. Tickets are $40 and and the event begins at 6 pm. Information: facebook.com/NHHSMarchingWildcats

Belville Founders Day

May 5 Celebrate the Town of Belville’s 41st birthday at the annual Belville Founders’ Day Celebration at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Art and craft vendors, food, live music and lots of family-friendly and kids’ activities will be available. Vendors interested in selling their goods should contact Athina Williams, town administrator, at the number below. Information: (910) 371-2456; townofbelville.com


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Movies in the Park

May 5, May 19, June 2 & June 16 Watch a free family movie under the night sky in Leland Municipal Park. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic and your family, but please no pets, alcohol or smoking. Concessions will be available for purchase. Movies begin at sunset. May 5: Cars 3 May 19: Coco June 2: Despicable Me 3 June 16: Leap!

Information: townofleland.com/recreation-events

23rd Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

May 26 & 27 The 23rd Annual Orange Street ArtsFest convenes adjacent to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in historic downtown Wilmington, NC and is the largest arts festival in the Port City. It features more than 80 artists and $550 in prize money. The event also includes live entertainment and a variety of food, plus hourly music, dance and theater performances. This free event will take place Saturday, 10 to 6pm and Sunday, 10 to 5pm. Information: (910) 251-1788

Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club Cruise-in

May 11 The second annual Thalian Hall Bluegrass Bash in Wilmington features a parking lot party with local food trucks and a craft beer tasting followed by a bluegrass concert featuring the finest talent in the Port City. This event starts at 6 pm, and tickets are $10 to $20. Information: thalianhall.org

May 28 The seventh annual Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club CruiseIn will feature free hot dogs and hamburgers to all participants, raffles, door prizes, music and much more. Come out and see more than 90 beautiful automobiles at Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 North in Shallotte. This event is free to attend and will take place from 10 am to 3 pm. Information: (910) 713-9514; tribeachcruisers.org

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Thalian Hall Bluegrass Bash

May 17 The 10th annual WILMA Dash is an all-female 5K run/ walk. It begins at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington and features the Health Fest after party with catered food, drinks, music, health screenings, fitness assessments and more. Proceeds benefit Going Beyond the Pink. Tickets are $25 to $50, and it all begins at 6:30 pm. Information: its-go-time.com/wilma-dash/

Rims on the River Car Show

May 19 & 20 Rims on the River is a car show and awards ceremony held at N. Front and Chestnut in downtown Wilmington. Public hours for the car show are Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. On Sunday at noon the vintage car cruise begins at the Schwartz Center on N. Front Street. This is a free event so come enjoy. Information: rimsontheriver.com

SilverArts Exhibition & Sale

May 25 to 27 The SilverArts Exhibition & Sale at The ArtWorks in Wilmington features winning works in a statewide arts competition for ages 50 and older. Information: (910) 251-9622

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June 1 The Raise the Roof Gala and Auction — Havana Nights will take place at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. It will feature island inspired dinner and drinks, open wine and beer, dancing to the live tunes of local favorite, L Shape Lot, and live and silent auctions (guests use mobile technology to participate in the auctions, so they can still enjoy the party). Proceeds benefit Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM), and its mission of making safety-related home repairs for low-income homeowners. Tickets are $100 and the event will begin at 7pm. Information: (910) 399-7563

Rent

June 2 Part of the string of Broadway shows at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, Rent features a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, following a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams. Tickets are between $41.40 and $108. Shows are at 2 and 7:30pm and running time is 2 hours, 40 minutes. This show addresses adult themes and controversial issues that may not be suitable for children. Parental guidance suggested. Information: (910) 362-7999


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Sandalwood Shoppes Taking Applications for Retail Spaces in Leland

This spring Sandalwood Shoppes will be opening a unique, one-stop shopping destination for customers in Leland and the surrounding areas. This marketplace, or co-op, concept is designed to bring an exciting mix of local artisans and entrepreneurs together to sell their products under one roof in the new Harrington Square. This innovative retail approach allows customers to shop for a variety of items, from clothing to gifts to home décor, in one convenient place, all while supporting the local small business community. With more than 60 individual retail spaces to rent, Sandalwood Shoppes offers an affordable option for new business owners, a great satellite location for established retailers, a physical presence for online retailers and a wonderful way for local artisans to share their talents. The marketplace concept allows business owners to focus on their business, while Sandalwood Shoppes takes on all the overhead responsibilities, including rent, staffing, credit card fees, advertising and marketing. Sandalwood Shoppes is currently taking applications for space rentals.

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Denise Kinney of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Graduates from Ascend Program Denise Kinney, senior vice president and general manager of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, was among 39 real estate brokerage leaders from across the United States and Canada who recently graduated from Ascend: The Executive Leadership Experience. Ascend is an intensive 46-week program offered exclusively to Realogy brand-affiliated real estate brokerage owners to prepare the next generation of leadership to guide their businesses and to provide a foundation for the continued success of their agents. This year’s Ascend graduates comprise the third graduating class and join the first two classes in the Ascend Alumni Network, which offers structured events and continued opportunities to

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, the largest real estate brokerage firm in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties, has donated $17,500 to the Town of Belville for the construction of a new Cultural Arts Pavilion at Brunswick Riverwalk Park at 508 River Road. In exchange, the pavilion will be named Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Pavilion. Chris Royal, managing broker of the Leland office of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, presented a check for $17,500 to Town leaders on January 22 during the Belville Board of Commissioners meeting. The Riverwalk is located opposite the western banks of

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Eagles Island on the Brunswick River. When complete, it will be one of the largest environmentally friendly, recreational and teaching facilities in the region. The park currently features a 125-foot fishing pier and observation deck, nature and walking trails, restroom facilities, a boat ramp, three picnic shelters and two playgrounds. According to the Town of Belville, the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Pavilion will be available for musical performances, exhibition of children’s school projects, art exhibitions, Movie Night at the Park during the summer and other special events. The construction of the pavilion is being done at no expense to taxpayers due to the generosity of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and additional private sponsors. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Brunswick Forest Among Top-Selling MasterPlanned Communities in Nation Brunswick Forest has been named among the top 50 best-selling master-planned communities by two national real estate research and consulting firms: RCLCO and John Burns Real Estate Consulting. With 395 net sales in 2017, Brunswick Forest came in at 32nd in the RCLCO report and 33rd in the John Burns list. RCLCO’s publication pointed out that Texas, Florida and California are consistently the largest master-planned community markets, and in 2017 they accounted for 68% of the total sales volume of the 50 top-selling communities. Brunswick Forest was the only community in coastal North Carolina and one of only two statewide to make these lists. Jerry Helms, vice president of sales for Brunswick Forest, said the developers were thrilled with the news but not completely surprised by it. Brunswick Forest developers have optimistic outlooks for 2018, expecting sales to stay on pace or perhaps increase.

Leland Fire/EMS Employees Recognized as Part of STEMI Winning Team Three Leland Fire/EMS employees, along with New Hanover Regional Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff, recently received recognition as a STEMI Winning Team from the American Heart Association. Because of their quick response, expertise and coordination, the team saved the life of a patient in heart failure in 65 minutes. Adam Jenkins, Nathan Cooper and Michael Jones of Leland Fire/ Rescue Department received the recognition.

Battleship North Carolina Ranked Second in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award Contest USA Today’s 10Best recently enlisted a panel of North Carolina travel writers and photographers to nominate their favorite state attractions and for four weeks 10Best readers voted for their favorites. Battleship North Carolina was ranked second after Mount Airy Main Street and ahead of Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain, Blue Ridge Parkway and more. All voting is digital, and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

Leland Fire/Rescue Team Members are JEMS On February 20 Leland Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Jason Fuller, Firefighter/Paramedic Amy Burton, Firefighter/ Paramedic Brian McNamara and Paramedic Joseph Crowder competed as a first-time team in the International Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Competition at their annual conference in Charlotte. The JEMS Games Clinical Competition uses cutting-edge simulation scenarios that challenge EMS teams to provide quality patient care during complex, realistic and high-pressure scenarios.

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Update on Ploof Road Construction and Panera Bread Construction Construction on Ploof Road and U.S. Highway 17 is expected be completed in March 2018, dependent upon weather conditions. Panera Bread has started construction of its space in the Waterford Commercial Village.

Charm & Whimsy Interiors of Leland Awarded Best of Houzz 2018 Charm & Whimsy of Leland has won Best Of Design on Houzz®, an online platform for home remodeling and design. Owner Esther Sadowsky was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. After obtaining a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1972, Esther parlayed a love of foreign travel, a passion for fabrics, sewing and furniture into a full-service interior design firm. Initially specializing in rooms for children, Charm & Whimsy quickly became the go-to firm for fun, colorful, practical, multifunctional rooms for the entire family. After recently moving from NYC to the Wilmington area, she is once again offering her design services to her neighbors, community and beyond.

Novant Health Implements Five-star Provider Ratings Research shows that 72 percent of internet users have conducted searches for health information within the past year and 56 percent of them consider online reviews of providers to be important when deciding who to trust for their healthcare. To meet this consumer demand for information, Novant Health is launching online reviews of Novant Health Medical Group physicians based on data collected through patient experience surveys. Five-star ratings are calculated based on patient responses to 10 questions on a survey focused on provider communication. Responses are converted to a five-point rating system and applied consistently to all providers for the 10 measures. Ratings and comments from patients are posted for providers who have at least 30 responses in a 12-month period. Surveys are distributed by Press Ganey, an independent patient satisfaction organization, to patients who visit a Novant Health provider in an outpatient clinic office. Surveys are distributed two ways – by mail to a

random sampling of patients or by email to every patient who provides a valid email address. Each year Novant Health receives feedback from more than 150,000 patients about their experience in Novant Health clinics. Thus far 93 percent of Novant Health providers who have been reviewed have rated at 4.5 stars or above for one question that asks about a patient’s likelihood to recommend their provider. Five-star ratings will be posted on NovantHealth. org/doctor as well as on individual Novant Health clinic websites.

Investor Purchases Site in Leland Industrial Park

An investor recently purchased an 18,000-square-foot facility in Leland Industrial Park for $1.365 million, according to an announcement from Wilmington-based Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate (ECCRE). Leland Warehouse LLC bought the 3-acre property at 2216 Mercantile Drive from Terry Hamilton in November, a Brunswick County deed shows. Garry Silivanch, partner in ECCRE, represented the seller in the transaction, which took place after Silivanch recommended that the building be fully leased first, then sold to a purchaser as an investment, Silivanch said. That single tenant was Leland Industries, a manufacturer of safety and structural components for the energy industry, according to the company’s website. In recent months, local officials have been working to draw more attention to the 630-acre Leland Industrial Park, forming a five-member task force through the Town of Leland’s Economic Development Committee. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

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The front gate was locked when I met with Kelly and David Holden of Holden Brothers Farm Market this winter, but behind the scenes there was a flurry of activity readying the business for the spring season. The market was getting a fresh coat of paint, and the fields were being prepped for the juicy strawberries that will be harvested in April and May. Even in the winter, this produce farm and market is a 24 hour a day operation. By TERESA MCLAMB

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Last spring I was invited to a baby shower for one of my expecting friends. Now, I have attended enough baby showers to know that I don’t really enjoy these types of gatherings — all the games and constant questions about the baby just wear me out. Normally I just mail a gift and call it a day, but this particular friend is very close and the invitation reeled me in with a blub about serving craft cocktails. As I walked into the shower, where everything was overly decorated with pink, I made a beeline for the cocktail table. The cocktails — all pink, naturally — were served in different types of glasses, and there was one in particular that looked beautiful and appealing to me. It was in a martini glass and there was a tiny flower floating on the top. I picked it up and took my first sip of a delightfully sweet, citrusy drink. Four cocktails later, the baby shower wasn’t so bad! The hostesses happily shared their recipe with me. It is not only visually appealing but also delicious! Just beware … you might find yourself participating in a race to change a baby’s diaper. Cheers!

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INGREDIENTS 4 ounces gin 2 ounces lemon juice 1 tablespoon agave nectar (you can use simple syrup but double it) 2 ounces grapefruit juice Edible flowers for garnish METHOD Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice and agave nectar; shake well. Divide and pour the grapefruit juice into two martini glasses. Then divide and pour the gin-lemon mixture into the glasses. Garnish with edible flowers.

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The South’s Favorite Savory Pie A delectable combination of tomatoes, cheese and Duke’s mayo, this creamy pie is always a crowd-pleaser.

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Sue, my mother’s best friend, was the first person to introduce this delicious tomato pie to my family. From that point on we made sure that Sue was responsible for bringing tomato pie to all of our covered-dish gatherings, and to this day she even brings an extra for my family to have one all to ourselves. As a teenager I remember tasting it for the first time and thinking that it tastes similar to a pizza but not exactly and its texture is comparable to that of a quiche. This unique pie is wonderfully tantalizing in flavor, texture and appearance. Marrying tomatoes with cheese and mayonnaise in a pie crust may sound strange, but they are all staple ingredients of the Southern cuisine, so why not put them all together? Now, I am not trying to start a war, but as a true Southern girl, Duke’s mayo is the only option here. Mix it with some mozzarella, parmesan, egg and herbs for the creamy binder to the delicious tomatoes. Sue says to use Roma tomatoes because they tend to be more firm and less pithy. You don’t want your pie turning into a soup, so it’s best to drain then dry the slices before they go into your crust. Feel free to make your own crust, but I prefer the ease of a premade crust.

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Technically, a tomato is a fruit, a berry actually that, like other fruits, has seeds and a flowering plant. Conversely, the tomato is not as sweet as most fruits because it has a much lower sugar content. Tomatoes are usually served as part of a salad or a side to a main course of a meal rather than at dessert like most fruit. In the United States, however, it is considered a “culinary vegetable.” This tomato pie can be altered to your liking. If you don’t like tomatoes, use eggplant, squash or zucchini. If you are not fond of parmesan or mozzarella, try substituting gruyere or havarti cheeses, and you can always use different herbs to change up the flavor. Sue was generous enough to pass her recipe to me, and although I made a few tweaks to it, the overall experience is still full of flavor. The uniqueness of this pie coupled with the wonderful taste is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I feel confident that you will be asked for the recipe. Enjoy!


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1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put a thin layer of mozzarella in the pie shell (just enough to cover the bottom) and bake 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. Slice the tomatoes in thin slices and lay them on a paper towel to soak up the excess juices. Arrange the tomato slices in the pie shell and sprinkle the minced garlic and basil on top of the tomatoes. Mix the mayo with the remaining mozzarella, half of the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. You want it to be kind of thick; if it’s too runny, add more parmesan. Spread the mixture on top of the tomatoes all the way to the edges. Top with remaining parmesan. Bake for 45 minutes, checking it to make sure the crust does not get too brown. Cool slightly before serving. Slice and enjoy!

6 Roma tomatoes 4 sprigs of fresh basil, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 8 ounces shredded mozzarella 8 ounces shredded parmesan 1½ cups Duke’s mayonnaise Salt and pepper

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A.M. Diner and Deli 1175 Turlington Ave., Suite 103, Leland Mon-Sat 6 am - 9 pm; Sun 7 am - 9 pm (910) 297-4759 Applebee’s 1113 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Mon-Thur 11 am - 12 am; Fri & Sat 11 am - 1 am; Sun 11 am - 12 am (910) 371-6315

Blossoms Restaurant See listing, this page Bojangles’ 109 Village Rd. NE, Leland Mon-Sat 5 am - 10 pm; Sun 6 am - 10 pm (910) 371-9778 Brodee Dogs See listing on page 50

Arby’s 1115 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Mon-Sun 10 am - 12 am (910) 371-6022

Cape Fear Seafood Company 143 Poole Rd., Leland Mon-Thur 11:30 am - 9 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm; Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm (910) 399-6739

Asia & Sushi 497 Olde Waterford Way #100, Leland Mon-Sat 11 am - 9:30 pm (910) 399-2071

Charlie Graingers 1110 New Pointe Blvd., Unit C1, Leland Mon-Sun 11 am - 9 pm (910) 399-7722

Bessie Burger 1120 E. Cutlar Crossing #212, Leland Mon-Sat 11 am - 9 pm (910) 399-4487

Domino’s - Village Road 318 Village Rd. NE, Leland Sun-Thur 10:30 am - 12 am; Fri & Sat 10:30 am - 1 am (910) 490- 9000

BLOSSOMS RESTAURANT Magnolia Grille, a full-service restaurant, and JJ’s Patio Bar together offer a great variety of delicious meals, including made-to-order food choices from sandwiches to steak dinners. Blossoms is open daily for breakfast and invites you to enjoy their famous French toast while taking in the spectacular views of the picturesque course. —————

1800 Tommy Jacobs Dr., Leland Sun-Sat 7:30 am - 9 pm (910) 383-0998

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Five Girls Grill 1389 Lanvale Rd., Leland (910) 833-7859 Flights Wine Bar 1174 Turlington Ave., Leland Mon-Thur 4 - 9 pm; Fri & Sat 4 - 10 pm (910) 408-1402 Fuzzy Peach 1109 New Pointe Blvd., Ste. 4, Leland Sun-Thur, 12 - 9 pm; Fri & Sat 12 - 10 pm (910) 371-1238

Gaylyn’s Diner 322 Village Rd. NE, Leland Mon-Sat 6 am - 2 pm (910) 371-3533 Gusto Grille 2013 Regent Way, Suite 110, Leland Mon-Sat 6 am - 2:30 pm and 5:30 8:30 pm (910) 769-4900 Hwy 55 Burger Shakes & Fries See listing on page 52 Jade Garden 1735 Reed Rd. NE, Leland Mon-Thur, 10:30 am - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 10:30 am - 11 pm; Sun 11:30 am -10 pm (910) 383-0880

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Latitudes is Compass Pointe’s fullservice restaurant featuring brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s adjacent to Compass Point Golf Club and features televisions and a fully stocked bar. The menu has something for everyone, from grouper tacos and house-made hummus to wings, burgers, sandwiches and soups. Or just stop by for a refreshing fruit smoothie.

From unique single origins to signature fair trade and organic blends, Port City Java’s handpicked coffee beans are the perfect gift for any occasion whether it’s a one-of-a kind gift for yourself, friend or family member. Visit any of their cafés to indulge in some truly delicious coffee or order your favorite beans online. PCJ always has you covered.

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————— 2431 The Pointe Club Dr., Leland Sun-Sat 10:30 am - 7 pm (910) 777-7740

————— 511 Olde Waterford Way, Leland Mon-Fri 6 am - 8 pm; Sat 6:30 am - 8 pm; Sun 7 am - 7 pm (910) 383-2429 ————— 1112 E. Cutlar Crossing, Leland Mon-Sun 6 am - 7pm (910) 383-1238


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Jersey Mike’s 2029 Olde Regent Way #110, Leland Mon-Sun 10:30 am - 8:30 pm (910) 523-5300

Locals Tavern 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Mon-Sun 11 am - 2 pm (910) 769-1289

JonDough 113 Village Rd. NE, Leland Tues-Sun 6:30 am - 2 pm (910) 399-7548

McDonald’s - New Pointe Blvd. 1111 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Mon-Thur 5:30 am - 11 pm; Fri 5:30 am - 12 am; Sat 5:30 am 12 am; Sun 5:30 am - 11 pm (910) 383-2222

The Joyce Irish Pub 1174 Turlington Ave., #101, Leland Mon-Sat 11 am - 2 am; Sun 12 pm - 2 am (910) 408-1400 Latitudes Restaurant See listing on page 50

Miyabi Jr. Express 1108 New Pointe Blvd., Unit A1, Leland Sun-Mon 11 am - 9:30 pm (910) 769-2358

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P.T.’s has consistently won Best Burger in Encore magazine’s annual poll. Eat inside or on the patio and enjoy tasty, affordable sandwiches and salads in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. P.T.’s serves up the freshest, highest quality ingredients — our Certified Angus burgers and other meats are never frozen, the french fries are fresh-cut daily and each cup of lemonade is individually fresh-squeezed.

For over 30 years, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, has focused on creating an enjoyable dining experience for our customers. At Smithfield’s we strive to be the best host. From the moment you walk through the door, you are our guest. Our staff personally delivers hot and fresh food right to your table, refills your drink and even takes care of discarding your trash. Our goal is for you to relax and enjoy the nostalgic decor and music.

————— 1035 Grandiflora Dr., Leland Sun-Thurs 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri & Sat 10:30 am - 10 pm (910) 399-6808

McDonald’s - Village Road 108 Village Rd., Leland Open 24 Hours (910) 371-3112

————— 2020 Olde Regent Way, Leland Mon-Thurs 10 am - 9:30 pm; Fri & Sat 10 am - 10:30 pm (910) 371-6900

Papa John’s 2013 Olde Regent Way #140, Leland Mon-Thur 10 am - 11:30 pm; Fri & Sat 10 am - 12:30 pm; Sun 11 am - 11:30 pm (910) 383-3222 Pelican’s SnoBalls 403 Village Rd. NE, Leland Sun-Thur 12 - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm (919) 609-3646 Pizza Hut 112-K Village Rd., Leland Mon-Thur 11 am - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am - 11 pm; Sun 12 - 10 pm (910) 371-9547

THE FOREST AT CAPE FEAR NATIONAL You don’t have to play golf to enjoy The Forest at Cape Fear National®. Come experience the excellent service and delectable cuisine at this full-service restaurant and bar located inside the beautiful clubhouse. The Forest is open seven days a week, and dining settings include the main dining room, the bar and, during fair weather, the patio overlooking the signature ninth hole and lovely course.

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Pizzetta’s Pizzeria 1144 E. Cutlar Crossing #105, Leland Mon-Sun 11 am - 10 pm (910) 371-6001 Port City Java See listing on page 50 P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille See listing on page 51

HWY 55 BURGERS SHAKES & FRIES Hwy 55 brings a fresh, all-American diner experience with never-frozen burgers, sliced cheesesteaks piled high on steamed hoagies and frozen custard made in-house every day. Founded in eastern North Carolina in 1991, Hwy 55 reflects founder Kenney Moore’s commitment to authentic hospitality and fresh food. Lunch and dinner are grilled in an open-air kitchen, and they serve you at your table — with a smile.

————— Hwy 55 - Walmart Shopping Center 1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Sun-Thurs 11 am - 9 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm (910) 371-2707 ————— Hwy 55 – Mt. Misery Road 1725 Reed Rd., Leland Sun-Mon 11 am - 9 pm (910) 371-6700

San Felipe Mexican Restaurant 1114 New Pointe Blvd. #140, Leland Tue-Thurs 11 am - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am - 10:30 pm; Sun 11 am - 9:30 pm (910) 371-1188 Shirley’s Diner 112 Village Rd. NE, Leland Mon-Fri 11 am - 9 pm; Sat 7am - 9pm (910) 371-2890 Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar 1175 Surlington Ave., Ste. 101, Leland Sun-Thurs 11 am - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 11 - 12 am (910) 833-8622

Taco Bell 101 Thomas Garst Ln., Leland Mon-Sun 7 am - 1 am (910) 371-2187 The Forest at Cape Fear National See listing on page 51 Tropical Smoothie 143 Poole Rd., Leland Mon-Fri 7 am - 9 pm; Sat 8 am - 9 pm; Sun 9 am - 8 pm (910) 765-1144

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q See listing on page 51 Six Happiness 1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Mon-Thurs 10:30 am - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 10:30 am - 10 pm; Sun 11:30 am - 10 pm (910) 371-0021

Willoughbys 8951 Ocean Hwy. E, Leland Mon-Thurs 12 pm - 11 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am - 11 pm; Sun 8 am - 8 pm (910) 383-1270

Starbucks 2021 Regent Way, Leland Mon-Sun 6 am - 8 pm (910) 371-3944

Wok & Roll 2013 Olde Waterford Way, Leland Mon-Thurs 10:30 am - 10 pm; Fri & Sat 10:30 am - 11 pm; Sun 11:30 am - 10 pm (910) 371-9025

Subway - Magnolia Greens 1012 Grandiflora Dr., Leland Mon-Fri 5 am - 9 pm; Sat 7 am - 9 pm; Sun 9 am - 9 pm (910) 383-0211 North Brunswick Magazine

Subway - Walmart 1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland Mon-Fri 7am - 9 pm; Sat 8 am - 9 pm; Sun 9 am - 9 pm (910) 383-2808

Waffle House 111 Village Rd. NE, Leland Open 24 hours (910) 371-3600

Subway - Maco Road 3675 Maco Rd. NE, Leland Mon-Fri 5 am - 9 pm; Sat 7 am - 9 pm; Sun 9 am - 9 pm (910) 655-5685

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Subway - Village Road 103 Village Rd. NE Unit D, Leland Mon-Fri 7 am - 10 pm; Sat & Sun 8 am - 10 pm (910) 371-9933

Yummi Yummi 7412 Village Rd. NE, Leland Mon-Thurs 10:30 am - 10:30 pm; Fri & Sat 10:30 am – 11 pm; Sun 12 - 10 pm (910) 371-0077


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Seaview Crab Company’s seafood stand at Brunswick Riverwalk Park is part of a town initiative toward healthy living. BY ALLISON BARRETT CARTER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK STEELMAN

It doesn’t seem possible to be a visionary while engaging in time-honored behavior, but Mark Anderson has found a way. Anderson is the manager of Seaview Crab Company’s Brunswick Riverwalk Market. Seaview Crab Company has been selling locally caught, fresh seafood in the Cape Fear Region for more than 10 years, with five open air markets. Yet Anderson made the first Brunswick County location happen, playing a pivotal role in the emerging future of the Brunswick Riverwalk Park in Belville. When Anderson graduated from University of North Carolina-Wilmington, he was excited to get a job with Seaview Crab Company. He spent time on the

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boat, shrimping and crabbing and learning the waters. Over time, he grew to know the business and believe in the product it sold. So when it was time for Seaview Crab Company to expand into Brunswick County, Anderson was the right person to run the new stand. It just so happened that the Town of Belville was actively looking for a vendor to come and experiment with bringing local food to residents. Through extensive additions to the Riverwalk Park throughout recent

years, town leaders have sought to design a park that is a hub of healthy living. They want it to be more than a place to zip down a slide. They want it to be reminiscent of the environment in the 1800s, an homage to the plantation that was formerly on the grounds, where the land outside the door fed the people who lived on it. A food stand featuring local farmers was a perfect match, so they took a chance on the Seaview Crab Company market. Since the spring of 2017 Anderson has sat under a tent every Friday,


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Saturday and Sunday, regardless of weather, selling the best the company has to offer, such as tuna, grouper, wahoo, oysters, shrimp and triggerfish. The offerings are different every week, but the most popular are the thick, boneless fillets that Anderson personally cleans, prepares and vacuum wraps. Everything is fresh, nothing is frozen. All of the seafood is clearly labelled with the date and location it was caught. On a Friday afternoon in midJanuary, close to a dozen shoppers

stopped by within one hour, some new but many regulars. Now, without driving out to the beach, Brunswick County residents can get the best fish boasted by the waters not far from them. It is a Friday night meal that not only celebrates the uniqueness of the region but also is sure to impress. It seems to be a winning combination for residents, who have made the Seaview Crab Company Belville market so popular that the stand and the market as a whole are expanding. “Everybody [in Brunswick County]

Mark Anderson, manager of Seaview Crab Company’s Brunswick Riverwalk Market, sells fresh, local seafood and seasonings on site at Brunswick Riverwalk Park.

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has been super supportive,” Anderson says. “This area has more of a community feel than some of our other markets.” It certainly seems a winning combination: supporting local fishermen and businesses, taking home freshly caught seafood and enjoying a location in a beautiful new park with views of the Cape Fear River. The success of the market has spurred the Town of Belville to encourage and grow the seed they’ve planted. In February a permanent pavilion was built to house famers market vendors. Joe Breault, mayor pro tem for the Town of Belville, says that come spring Seaview Crab Company will be joined by other local food vendors, creating a northern Brunswick County Farmers Market. “We want this to be more than a park,” Breault says. “We want it to be an educational, recreational, environmentally centered area where we also promote a healthy living lifestyle. Part of the healthy living lifestyle is to promote healthy foods. So the first thing we wanted to do was have a reputable vendor who would provide seafood products, and green products, so we approached Seaview Crab because they have experience running farm stands.” At the time of publication, projected vendors included Port 60

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City Produce, a local chicken farmer and another small Brunswick County artisan food company. “We want local farmers to get involved,” Breault explains. “We are trying to promote Carolina grown products and produce. Everything we are doing, we are doing to be regional in concept.” For Anderson and his crab company, they don’t see this as competition. They see it as an addition to what they already offer, which is quality food you want to serve on your table that night. “This is a young town,” Anderson says. “There is a lot of new growth and customers that are new to the area. They are more used to the open-air market and embrace it.” This is exactly what Breault and the Town of Belville are relying on. 

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Filling the Carts and Coffers As shoppers flock to the new ALDI store, Leland sees the potential for an economic boost. BY AMANDA LISK

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If the December 7 grand opening was any indication, the new ALDI grocery store at the Leland Town Center is going to be a popular shopping option in Leland. “People started lining up at 5:30 am for the 8 am opening – and it was raining!” says Gary Vidmar, economic and community development director for

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the Town of Leland. Those who’ve moved to Brunswick County from other parts of the country and shopped at an ALDI store before knew the deals that were coming to Leland. Having scored ALDI’s organic produce and gluten-free cookies for super-low prices before, they told their Brunswick County neighbors about it.


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“As soon as we announced through our channels the launch date and festivities of the grand opening, we saw our social media numbers climb just from that release,” says Jackie Harlow, Leland’s tourism and marketing coordinator. That explains the line of umbrellas and lawn chairs that wrapped Leland’s ALDI the morning of its grand opening. A self-proclaimed “low-price leader,” ALDI is a German-based, no-frills grocery outlet chain founded in 1913 by Anna Albrecht in the small mining town of Essen, Germany. Her sons expanded ALDI across Europe and into the United States. A study by Cheapism says ALDI’s prices are “shockingly cheaper” than even Walmart’s. A recent research report by My Home Move found that ALDI stores in the United Kingdom are causing surrounding home values to increase. With Leland’s ALDI being the only one in Brunswick County and no future ALDI stores planned, Vidmar is predicting its economic impact for the town of Leland to be significant and long lasting. “Until this store opened we had a number of Brunswick County residents traveling over to Wilmington. Those folks will now be shopping here, and residents in other surrounding towns will be coming here too.” ALDI added three stores to the Cape Fear area in 2017, two in Wilmington, as part of an aggressive $3.4 billion capital investment plan to expand to 2,500 ALDI stores nationwide by the end of 2022 and go from 40 million

customers a year in the United States to 100 million. The search for a perfect Brunswick County spot began two years ago, and ALDI chose the corner of Ploof Road and U.S. 17 in Leland, a.k.a., the new 60-acre Leland Town Center.

A few things first time ALDI shoppers need to know: 1. It’s B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag) or you’ll have to buy one of theirs. 2. Bring a quarter. A quarter is needed to rent a shopping cart. You get it back when you bring your cart back, therefore cutting the need to pay an extra employee to do it. 3. D ownload the ALDI app for even more savings and alerts on one-time items. Announcements will be made in early 2018 about the new retailers joining ALDI at the Leland Town Center.

“They talked to the developer and zeroed in on that particular site,” Vidmar says. “Over time, as that center unfolds, the folks shopping at ALDI will find their way into that shopping center to do other shopping and dining. It won’t just be a one stop.” Krysta Cearley, ALDI Salisbury division vice president, says the company looks at a variety of factors, such as population, density and traffic patterns, when selecting a new location. “We are thrilled to have joined the community’s new Leland Town Center,” she says. ALDI is known for its award-winning wine and cheeses, low-priced organic produce, antibiotic-free meats, gluten-free products and random steals, like $24.99 rechargeable Sonic tooth brushes and Hyacinths in a glass vase for three bucks. Their specialty German cookies and candies can’t be found anywhere else. The low prices come from lowering overhead. There are no name brands at ALDI (it’s 90% private labels) eliminating the middleman and passing the savings on to customers. Shelves are stocked by simply putting the boxes out, reducing the need for an abundance of employees, which again transcends into discounts for customers. Small stores equal even more savings. Leland’s ALDI is 19,000 square feet with an average 1,400 items compared to a typical Harris Teeter at more than 45,000 square feet and over 40,000 products. 

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At an age when most kids are forbidden from standing too close to the oven, Courtney Matheson was cooking inventive dinners for herself on a regular basis, experimenting with whatever food was in the house. “We were on welfare,” Matheson shares, “so by no means was it gourmet … but I liked cooking. It was kind of an outlet in some ways.” Matheson grew up outside of Syracuse, New York. She attended Buffalo State College, where she studied fashion textile technology with a concentration in computer textile design. She continued to enjoy cooking in college and recalls how her roommates would often throw in five dollars so she could make them all a family meal. After graduating, Matheson moved to New York City to find work as a textile designer. But the Big Apple proved to be much more than a hub for career opportunities. The vast array of eclectic and multicultural cuisine greatly appealed to the foodie in Matheson. She was trying new foods and restaurants every week and — without realizing it at the time — gaining inspiration for her next career move. Itching to travel and ready for new adventures Matheson left New York City in 2003. She toured the United States, hitting all of the national parks and exploring California, where she thought she might plant roots. But four months later, Matheson reconnected with a childhood friend who lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, a city she’d never heard of until then. He told her about the quaint downtown, good weather and gorgeous beaches and offered Matheson a couch to sleep on at his place. She packed her bags and never looked back — a decision that transformed her professional trajectory in ways she never imagined. In Wilmington Matheson found that her job options were limited to seasonal touristy work. She took jobs bussing tables and hostessing at restaurants and eventually tried out her luck as a cook. On her very first day working in a restaurant kitchen, she knew she’d found her niche. “I knew this is what I wanted to be doing,” she says. “I

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Courtney Matheson is a Cape Fear area food entrepreneur.

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want to be sweating and under pressure, freaking out and moving up through the ranks … I had always cooked for the household, but the change of cooking commercially was insane and crazy and fun, and I loved it.” In 2005 Matheson landed a job working in the pantry, making salads and plating desserts, at the downtown riverfront restaurant Elijah’s. Within a few months she was moved to the hot line and shortly thereafter she advanced to chef de partie. In 2007 Matheson was promoted to the position of sous chef and eventually she became Elijah’s executive sous chef. Working at one of the busiest and top-rated restaurants in town taught her much about the production and business aspects of cooking. As for the creative and artistic part, Matheson explains that she first had to learn the basics, like which flavor profiles go together. She asserts that 50 percent of cooking is common sense, and that most any culinary skills can be self-taught by utilizing the resources at our fingertips, such as YouTube videos demonstrating how to break down an entire fish.

Matheson draws culinary inspiration from dining out with her husband, Greg, whom she met through the restaurant scene. The two love traveling to culinary hotspots and incorporating new flavors into their cooking. One of the couple’s all-time favorite places to visit for this reason is New Orleans, which inspires tasty gumbo and hot sauce recipes. Back home in Wilmington, Matheson says there’s no shortage of great places to eat. In fact, she shares that in the 14 years she’s lived in the Port City, the restaurant industry has never been better. “If you looked at the restaurant scene in 2005 or 2006, it was very scarce of progressive restaurants that were willing to go outside the box or not just serve fried seafood,” she says. “But [in recent years] we’ve really just exploded, slowly becoming competitive with Charleston, with bigger Southern foodie cities and putting ourselves on the map with some celebrity chefs … I’ve been very lucky to be a part of and to witness this huge movement.” Matheson says that what Wilmington is Spring 2018

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meat and stuff like that, too, but I really enjoy seasonal produce, it’s delicious.” Matheson shares that she grocery shops “everywhere,” frequenting four or five grocery stores each week to find specific and specialty items. As for what the professional chef serves her family at home, she says that she’s just like the rest of us: some days she’s able to make impressive, elaborate meals, whereas other days time constraints mean dinner is PB&J. In addition to Delish, Matheson

worth it. “I love what I do … The best part is when I get return clients, [when] people ask me to come back and cook for their family or friends or Christmas party.” Matheson is also deeply grateful for the quality time with her son that self-employment affords her, and the ability to actively participate in his education. Each Friday she volunteers in Hendrix’s classroom, teaching cooking lessons to 14 children ranging from ages 5 to 7. In 2018 Matheson plans to continue creating delicious food for new and returning clients. She also hopes to expand her business and reach different markets. Last year she worked as the personal chef at a yoga retreat, and she recently produced a menu for guests at a local vacation rental. In-home private events like these are what Matheson aims to do more of. Going forward, she’d also love to broaden her catering services and one day have a full, inspected kitchen in which to work her magic. “I love creating menus, prepping and cooking locally sourced food right in front of my clients,” she says. Soon, Matheson will start sending out menus to local marinas. Cooking on a boat would be amazing and also challenging, she says. But never one to back down from a challenge, she looks forward to digging into new projects in her unexpected but truly fitting and fulfilling culinary career.  PHOTO BY MEGAN DEITZ

missing at this point is global cuisine. She’d love to see more authentic ethnic food specific to various regions in other countries. “We don’t have an Ethiopian restaurant or a Columbian restaurant,” she says. “I do miss that.” In 2012 Matheson’s son, Hendrix, was born, and she decided to make a career shift that would enable her to spend more time with him. For the next eight months, she gradually transitioned out of her role at Elijah’s and began building her own business: Delish – Fresh Eats with Courtney. Matheson now works as a personal chef, offering weekly meal services where she works out a (typically 4 to 5 day) menu with her clients, cooks for them and packages up the meals for them to reheat throughout the week. She also cooks for special events, such as dinner parties, birthday parties, ladies’ nights and anniversaries. Plus she teaches in-home or party-style cooking classes. Many of Matheson’s clients reside in Brunswick Forest in Leland. Some choose specific foods or themes they wish to learn how to cook, such as red sauce or French cuisine, whereas others give a price point and leave the rest up to the chef. Some of Matheson’s favorite skills to teach are how to break down lobsters, make crepes or fillet a fish and fry it up to make fish tacos with salsa and guacamole. “I’m constantly trying to come up with new ideas and fun stuff,” she says. Matheson also makes it a point to create nutritious dishes with the freshest possible ingredients. “I love cooking super healthy food,” she says, “alternative grains, great local produce, simple veggie dishes … I eat

works on the weekends, teaching classes with the Cape Fear Food and Wine Club at the Seasoned Gourmet and leading downtown farmers market tours and dinner and drink tours with Taste Carolina. Her favorite part of the tasting tours is teaching facts about food and spirits and sharing the histories of local bars and restaurants. With all of the different hats she wears, Matheson says her biggest challenge is overbooking herself. “I rarely say no,” she admits. But the busy business owner, chef and mother thrives under the pressure, making it all work by keeping a detailed schedule, writing down her tasks in 15-minute increments that fill up her whole day. “It’s intense,” she says, adding that it’s

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Field to Fork and Beyond Danny and Yolanda Graham offer locally harvested food, an event site and healthy outdoor recreation at Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest and Eatery in nearby Columbus County. BY ANNESOPHIA RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA GLANTZ PHOTO AND DESIGN

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If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some time down on the farm, Danny and Yolanda Graham have created just the place. Situated right over the Brunswick County line on Highway 74/76 in Columbus County lies Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest and Eatery, an experience in country living four years in the making. The Grahams transformed what started as little more than 2 acres of land and an abandoned farmhouse into what is now a 115-acre celebration of the area’s local produce, fresh seafood, crafts, farm animals and all things country. In 2013 Danny Graham decided to trade his 25-year corporate career for a simpler life. After purchasing a bit of land 2 miles past the border in Columbus County, he set

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up his truck and trailer beside the entrance to the property and sold corn and watermelon out of the back. With Yolanda’s help, he also got to work creating his farm-life vision. “I was raised on a farm and have always been really good at growing things,” Danny says. “I knew I wanted to sell produce when I left corporate America. I built the produce market first, then out of that came the seafood market, the craft shop and the nursery. We just kept growing!” With the purchase of the land came a dilapidated, century-old farmhouse. Ignoring friends who told him to tear it down, Danny began the process of complete renovation. The result is Tessie’s Events Center, the farm’s centerpiece, named after Danny’s late mother. This restored farmhouse offers a rustic location for weddings, parties and other celebrations in a beautiful countryside setting.

“... he set up his truck and trailer beside the entrance to the property and sold corn and watermelon out of the back. With Yolanda’s help, he also got to work creating his farm-life vision.” All the produce sold at Livingston Creek is grown locally by farmers in Columbus, Brunswick and Pender counties. The Grahams have made it their mission to use the market to showcase local growers, some of whose families have been farming in the area for generations. The fresh fruits and vegetables available for purchase at any given time are bountiful and diverse, from pumpkins and watermelons to tomatoes, collard greens, eggplant, bell peppers, squash, turnips, mustard greens, potatoes and peanuts. “I’ve met so many growers from so many places, some of which you’d be hard-pressed to find,” Danny says. “Someone will tell me about a grower, and then when I go into some of these places deep in the woods to find them, it’s so far off the beaten path it’s like walking back in time.” When it’s peak season and the harvest is ripe, growers will call Danny or come by the farm, their trucks loaded down with baskets of vegetables. They sell their produce to Danny, who in turns sells it on a larger scale in his produce

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market. “We serve as an outlet for these people,” he says. “Some are on a fixed income, and this really adds to their earnings. The produce we buy from these farmers truly makes a difference in their lives.” In addition to produce, Livingston Creek Farm also offers its patrons a variety of fresh seafood and locally made crafts. They also have animals and recreational opportunities. An acre corral serves as a home to two rescued American Mammoth donkeys, the largest donkey breed in the world. Other animals include horses, rabbits, ducks and chickens. The farm is named after the creek that runs through the property, and Danny and Yolanda invite visitors to fish, canoe, hike their 3-mile walking trail or even camp overnight within the property’s woods. “People drive in sometimes to just hang out with the animals,” Yolanda says. “They might sit on our tire swing, have lunch at the picnic tables, play horseshoes and then they go on about their day.” Recently retired from her career as an electrical engineer, Yolanda now joins Danny every day full time at the farm. Her mission is to expose the young children in the area to farm life and by doing so broaden their knowledge about food and where it comes from. “We have kids who visit us from summer camps and 78

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preschool groups,” she says. “We take them to the garden to harvest some of the vegetables, just so they can ask questions and see where the food comes from and how it’s grown.” Children aren’t the only ones the Grahams are hoping to educate with their food. Danny’s knack for cooking helps his customers, as he can easily tell people how to cook anything in the market. “People will come and point to a certain vegetable and ask what it is, what it tastes like or how to cook it,” Yolanda says. “We love getting unique or different things in that people don’t get to try as often. We see that as part of our mission as well.” A former Marine, Danny is passionate about the importance of physical activity and taking care of one’s body. He hopes the continued evolution and expansion of Livingston Creek Farm will encourage people young and old to stop by and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful countryside. “The whole farm lifestyle seems to be going by the wayside,” he says. “Kids barely go outside and play anymore. We really wanted to encourage experiencing the outdoors here at what we like to call ‘our corner of God’s country.’” Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest is open every day except for Christmas, and all the workload of running and operating the property falls entirely on the couple’s shoulders.


From maintaining the facilities to caring for the animals to helping customers choose the perfect produce, Danny gets up every morning excited for whatever lies ahead. “Every day I can’t wait to get here,” he says. “Everything I’ve done in my life has prepared me for now. With my wife alongside me, the sky’s the limit.” “Like they say in the Marine Corps,” he adds, “‘if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.’ From the way we treat our customers to the way we treat our seafood, our produce and our animals, you’ll never see us offer anything less than our best.” Life on the farm seems to suit Yolanda just fine as well. Both she and Danny agree that her decision to leave behind a corporate career in favor of country living was the right one. “I’m definitely happier,” she says. “You don’t know how stressed you are until you’re not anymore. I realize now that I constantly spent my time worrying about things that I didn’t even know I was worried about.” Danny says that the change that Livingston Creek Farm has made on his wife has been remarkable. “She was under so much stress, and now all that’s gone. Yolanda’s as happy as she’s ever been. Our children say they’ve never seen their mother like this.” The Grahams are excited to expand Livingston Creek

Farmers Harvest and Eatery even further in the year ahead. Work is already underway in the construction of a wedding pavilion to complement the farmhouse, and Danny plans to build several tree houses back in the woods for people to use for camping. The couple also hopes to increase the number of community events and offerings this year, including fish fries, barbecues, tractor shows, antique car shows, a fall harvest day and holiday hayrides with Santa. Danny and Yolanda are eager for the opportunity to invite new customers and familiar faces, young and old, to experience the farm and all it has to offer. “I love our customers because they represent all of us,” Yolanda says. “They have incredible stories and outstanding recipes. We learn a lot from them, and I enjoy sharing this business, which doesn’t even feel like a business, with them.” 

Want to go? Livingston Creek Farmers Harvest and Eatery 49 Harvest Circle, Bolton (910) 655-4333 livingstoncreek.com Hours are 9 am to 6 pm daily. Spring 2018

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Revving up the Kitchen Mike Bowers of 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine shares what it takes to keep truckin’ on the food scene. BY SHANNON RAE GENTRY PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM DORGAN

T There are likely few people happier to see the arrival of spring than Mike Bowers, co-owner of 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine food truck. Winter’s post-holiday snow-and-ice storm — quickly followed by dangerous road conditions and business closings — put the kibosh on his mobile kitchen. “Bad weather is the enemy,” Bowers affirms. “It’s the worst thing that could happen, other than a breakdown. Because people don’t want to come out and stand there in the rain or the cold.” Though Bowers sometimes

attempts to make it easier for customers to get their food-truck eats during inclement weather — via calling or texting orders for pick up — if it’s 30 degrees out and/or raining, it’s pretty much a wash no matter what he does (no pun intended). Though many transplants come to the area for the promise of sunshine, Bowers came to Wilmington for college in 1987. However, not unlike others before and since, he decided school wasn’t for him and left after two years. Nevertheless, he did hear the call to the kitchen. Once he got

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If you find yourself on the food truck scene, look for 2 Bros, where Mike and Christie are serving up delicious sandwiches and more, including an outstanding Cuban.

into Wilmington’s restaurant scene, he worked his way up — hitting local legends like Dockside, Oceanic, Hieronymus Seafood and on and on. All in all, Bowers has been in the food biz since 1989. “I’ve run the gamut as far as fresh seafood, classic Italian, sandwiches and American fare,” he says. “I’ve seen it all, and the rest of it I taught myself. I didn’t even know culinary school existed in high school, because I probably would have ventured to go that direction!” Today Bowers is a part of Wilmington’s growing food truck scene with 2 Bros. Though the tri-county area pales in comparison to the likes of Charlotte or Raleigh in numbers, it’s been growing

since Bowers first cranked his truck in 2015. “There are not that many trucks here because the city doesn’t make it that easy for them to get in,” Bowers says. “They have a bunch of hoops you need to jump through . . . I can’t park with 75 feet of a brick and mortar restaurant and start selling.” While Bowers lives in and is based out of Leland, 90 percent of his work and client base is across the bridge in Wilmington and throughout New Hanover County. He shares a commissary at Diamond Foods off College Road with three other trucks. It’s a catering facility that serves as a sort of homebase for 2 Bros, T’Geaux Boys, Steviemack’s Spring 2018

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International Food Company and YehMon51 food trucks. “It’s a very cohesive environment,” Bowers says. He mainly stays on Wilmington’s side of the bridge for business, often parking in the lots of local brew houses like Flytrap Brewery or other businesses such as Fire and Spice on Oleander Drive, which promise a good lunch or dinner crowd. While 2 Bros’ menu has evolved periodically since

opening, Bowers has maintained a repertoire that keeps customers coming to his window. Now it’s just a matter of reading the crowd to see what those daily features will look like. “It all depends on my client bases,” he says of his rotating menu, which is written on a whiteboard posted outside of the converted RV. “If I’m doing lunch at PPD’s, I’ve got to be fast. It’s gotta be quick-made food (about five

minutes per sandwich) because they’re on a timeframe and they can’t spent 20 to 30 minutes waiting for lunch because that’s all they have.” Bowers is the main cook on the truck, while co-owner Peter Day is more on the finances these days. But it’s still a bit of a family and friends effort, including help from Bowers’ girlfriend, Christie. “Everybody’s basically part time,

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myself included,” he admits. “But it’s fun — you turn on the jets and you just go!” This isn’t Bowers’ first food truck rodeo, either. He worked on another food truck locally through Cinema Catering for roughly 15 years, back when Wilmywood was more than a fond memory. Moreover, Bowers has been in kitchens from here to Baltimore in his tenure. “So [food trucks] is where it all came from,” he says. “And because of being in the film business I had to change the menu every single day.

Every day I had to have three new entrees and three new sides ... The Hollywood people are spoiled rotten.” From his short-rib burger and Santa Fe chicken to pimiento cheese chicken and Cajun shrimp, his sandwiches and

wraps are front and center. But it’s Bowers’ prized Cuban sandwich, featuring roasted pork, garlic pickles, ham and sharp Swiss piled high, that is a personal favorite. What sets this sandwich apart from other Cubanos is a zesty horseradish-Dijon mustard in lieu of traditional yellow, as well as a preferred Cuban roll he sources from US Foods. The 28-inch loaf is cut into hearty 7-inch sandwiches. “My Cuban is fantastic,” he says. “It’s a little more labor intensive and it takes up space but I just can’t bring Spring 2018

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myself to take it off the menu ... I’ve had people from South Florida, or Cubans, tell me this one is on par with anything down there, or better ... It’s just a really flavorful sandwich.” Surprisingly, even among the explosion of bottle shops and breweries, no matter where Bowers parks his mobile kitchen, it’s a shot in the dark as to how many patrons he’ll see. “[These businesses] can’t guarantee 50 customers,” he says. “They just can’t do that. So I just kind of have to take it all with a grain of salt and show up ... and hopefully it’s good.” However, anyone in Brunswick, Pender or New Hanover counties can reach out to 2 Bros for business. Bowers is even seeing more demand to cater special events like weddings.

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“I’ve got some parameters I go by,” he says. “If it’s just 15 people, I can’t come out for that. But I like to have at least a 30 head or $300 minimum for private events. For corporate stuff I usually try to get a rough head count, take a chance and see if I can drum up some extra business.” Bowers can work with special requests and menus to a certain degree for special events, but typically they settle on about a half-dozen sandwiches and/or wraps and basic sides. Everything is a la carte and made to order. Bookings, however, all revolve around timing, number of people and location, so call early! “I’ve had people call me the day before,” he says. “But you gotta give me a little more notice!” 

Get your fill Follow 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine Food Truck on Facebook to find out where they’ll be parked next, or call (910) 279-4946 or (910) 297-0131 for inquiries.


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Bill Carne walks past the carefully organized loaves of bread and bagged fruits at the First Baptist Church of Leland’s Food Bank. A few volunteers gently roll out boxes on red dollies, while others set up computers for check-in. Amid this quiet flurry of activity, the 83-year-old Leland resident cruises through the gathering hall, pausing to shake hands with a volunteer. Each volunteer wears a bright, carrot-orange shirt and clearly printed name badge. Carne points to volunteer Thom Becker’s badge and smiles. “That’s so if someone has a problem, they can come give me his name,” he quips. He wants to know exactly how

things go down at this food bank — and for good reason, too. The First Baptist Church of Leland Food Bank is one of the largest in Brunswick County, and he leads this group with precision and love, as only a seasoned, retired pastor can do. Carne holds up a manila folder and carefully runs down the list of meats recently purchased from Food Lion at 19 cents per pound. He is there to lend his knowledge, care for the volunteers and feed hungry families. He runs this food bank like a well-oiled machine; he has to as it serves up to 170 people per hour. Carne has led missions in Indonesia and he led a congregation in California for 28 years. When he retired, he came to First

“He runs this food bank like a well-oiled machine; he has to as it serves up to 170 people per hour.”

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Baptist Church of Leland and worked to shape the food bank into the reliable and much needed pantry it is today. In the beginning they aided roughly 30 families. By January of 2018 that number had grown to 150 families. He motions to the handful of people who have already begun to line up outside the door. “We are making a difference in their week. They don’t go hungry.” First Baptist Church of Leland Food Bank makes distributions during a short yet efficient two-hour window on

the first and third Saturdays of every month. They stay busy throughout the week, too, sorting through vegetables, picking up freshly donated bread from Bimbo Bakeries in Castle Hayne and stacking miscellaneous donations from the CVS down the road. On a day like this, when large groups of volunteers are helping, this compassionate group is able to take on some of the more physical work, giving Carne time for accounting and paperwork. And there is a lot of paperwork.

“These files right here: each folder has an inventory sheet,” he says as he opens the drawer and f lips through the materials. “We keep everything dated and timed — every pound, every ounce is accounted for.” He points to the clearly tabulated sheets, much like ones found in the restaurant industry. If the pantry were to be inspected by the Department of Health today, no doubt it would earn bonus points and a gold star for organization and cleanliness. He opens one of the three Spring 2018

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refrigerators, revealing shelves packed with sausages, ground beef, turkey bacon and whole chickens. “Food Lion will give 20 pounds of meat. We mark the records, invoice them once a week. Here,” he points to the sheet, “we had 177 pounds on the seventh of January.” “We feed our families. They get a full balanced diet. We make sure of that,” he states and then heads into the back room. He motions to the wooden shelves lining the walls of a cramped space. “This little place is where it all started. Just 10 feet of storage — about 600 square feet. But then we moved out into the fellowship hall — the big room. They even moved the stage so we could get more space.

We needed it.” As they transport and store nearly 60 tons of food annually, the space is well served. The most recent estimate from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina puts the number of people who are food insecure in Brunswick County at 17,290. Why exactly has the need for food assistance grown so much in Brunswick County? Is it the boom in population? Is it word of mouth that food banks exist? Is it the economy? “I think it’s a little bit of all those things,” says retired engineer and food bank volunteer Thom Becker. He says the stories he and other volunteers hear from families can be heartbreaking but also full of courage.

Want to help? If you would like to make a gift to the First Baptist Church of Leland Food Bank, stop by or mail your donation to Food Bank, First Baptist Church of Leland, 517 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451. Visit the website at fbcleland.org.

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While the food bank has no problem keeping a steady stream of volunteers, the main issue is keeping monetary donations steady. Carne says that some of the biggest issues are maintaining funding for the things many don’t consider when it comes to maintaining a food bank. “We have trucks on the road. We make pickups every Tuesday and Thursday. We have to get the cars tuned-up, put gas in the tank. It adds up,” he says. He encourages any community members who have thought about volunteering to give it a try, emphasizing that the food bank is grateful for monetary donations so that this well-oiled engine can keep trucking down the highway of hope. An infectious spirit of charity compels these congregates of First Baptist Church of Leland to show up every week and help their neighbors in their time of need. Like the sign on the fellowship wall states: “Connect with others. Change the world.” 


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In 2006 John Wallace of John Wallace Construction built a home that was meant to both stand out from and blend in with the historical homes around it. It was a feat that required ingenuity and, eventually, the vision of the family that later purchased the home from him. John’s wife, Cynthia, has ties with South America, which clearly influences the home’s design. Its unique red tile roof and stucco façade give it a timeless, breezy feel. John designed this house with excellence in all ways, from the floorplan to the materials. The Wallaces’ love for their house, along with their eye for detail, are seen everywhere: travertine floors on the ground floor, beautiful hard woods stained a deep mahogany, large windows and beautiful molding. Astute visitors will notice that the front door arch is repeated twice in the interior. An interior courtyard creates outdoor privacy and garden space while also allowing light to stream inside through the floor-to-ceiling doors and windows.


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An unusual aspect of the house, particularly in this area, is the poured concrete walls. The Webbs bought the house from the Wallaces in 2010. Katherine Webb remembers walking her dog along 14th Street in 2005 (long before they bought the property) and noticing the poured concrete walls, which reminded her of Stonehenge. She was immediately intrigued. While in love with the home and its unique features, they made a few changes to the design to suit their family’s needs. The Webbs rearranged the kitchen/living area and added a raised back to the counter (“to hide the dirty dishes,” Katherine shares). They added mirrors to the backsplash to make the space appear larger (“Yes,” Katherine says, “they are easy to keep and clean!”). The mantel in the home came from her husband’s grandparents’ house in Raleigh, which, sadly, was demolished for a parking lot near the capital. The Webbs were also able to salvage the wrought-iron gates (seen near the street today), the cut-glass windows and the chimes used by the butler to call for dinner in that grand turn-of-the-century house.

The Webbs also installed an elevator in an outside alcove that seemed tailormade for that use. It seems that John Wallace had prepared this home for any possible future! Now the home is the perfect blend of the Wallaces’ vision and influence and Katherine’s creative flair. Katherine, an artist, has claimed the garage as hers for a studio. John Wallace had built the

garage with a mother-in-law studio apartment above it. Katherine has reimagined the space; inside the garage she creates her large on canvas paintings, while the upstairs studio is perfect for her watercolors and small sculptures. The home is on the North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour, and when visitors come to the home they will not only get to see a unique house, one with more modern roots for Wilmington, but also a wellloved and beautiful garden. The public will walk through the elevator to exit the house, through the enclosed courtyard and down to the street. This path allows moments of surprise. A family of finches live (in their cage) in the elevator and enjoy going up and down (although they will be safely kept in the greenhouse for the tour). Katherine loves her garden space and has done most of the planting. Currently, she is attempting to espalier the existing camellia sasanquas in the courtyard. Overall, the home and garden at 412 N. 14th Street are the heart and soul of two separate visionaries and artists coming together across the decade, and they will be sure to amaze you. 

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Wilmington Foundation, go to historicwilmington.org. The dates for the 2018 tour are April 14 and 15. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 starting the Saturday of the Azalea Festival. Tickets are good for the entire weekend. Tour goers can attend either or both days and can start and end at any point along the route. For more information, visit ncazaleafestival.org


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“We expect a higher standard in everything we are doing,” Niel Brooks emphatically states. “We want to be innovative and cutting edge.” Brooks is the assistant town manager for the Town of Leland, and while his remarks could apply to the town’s governing philosophy these days, this time he is pointing to the plans for a new Municipal Park that sit on his desk. His excitement is palpable as he walks through the engineering documents and columns of numbers. The new Municipal Park plan takes the existing campus at 102 Town Hall Drive and reimagines it. The town hall, the library and the Brunswick Senior Center will stay the same, but the rest of the space will be updated with a splashpad, an amphitheater, an expanded and accessible playground, more trails (with 6,300 linear feet and a fitness trail), a dog park, a veterans’ memorial, outdoor basketball courts, a community garden, new restrooms and covered pavilions.

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While the final renderings for the new Municipal Park were done with a mind toward future growth and capacity (the Harrington Village apartment complex across the street is springing up), the need for change was originally driven by current use. With the library, senior center and town hall sharing the area, there has been more traffic and use. Meanwhile, the outdoor concert series has been burgeoning in popularity. In years past, attendance would reach 300 people maximum if there was a popular act. But now all concerts are drawing more than 300 people. “When we poll people, the number one thing they want is an outdoor performance space,” Brooks says. Left: Kristi and Zaiden Smith enjoy Brooks knows this because the Town the playground of Leland listened intently to its residents facilities at Leland’s to shape the plan. Committees, boards existing municipal and town meetings all opened for public park. Opposite right: comment, and today the town is pleased A map illustrates to move forward creating a new space the proposed park’s they know the public will embrace. five phases of There are five phases to completion, completion.

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and the first will tackle the biggest chunk with the amphitheater, playground, splashpad, restrooms and memorial. The memorial is not yet designed; following suit with the rest of the project, the town intends to put it out for public input and comment. Ultimately, town leaders feel this new park considers the public’s desires alongside the town needs and strikes a balance between functional yet creative design. “We aren’t creating just any park that could be in Town B with X amount of people,” Brooks says. “This park is a reflection of this [intent].” For example, the splashpad, equipped with LED lighting, will be a smooth design with a plaza-like feel. The goal is to

make it part of the landscape and enjoyable for citizens of all ages and interests. But all this comes at a cost, of course. The entire plan as it currently is designed has an $8 million price tag. And while Leland Town Council approved the plan at the end of 2017, it is dependent on funding. The money for the new Municipal Park will come from

a bond, grants or bank financing. Or perhaps a combination of all. Ultimately, it will depend on how quickly town leaders decide this needs to move. But as Brooks looks at the plans, he stresses that this “is happening.” While the timeline may not be firm, Brooks is confident that Area 1 work will be complete within the next five years. “The Town of Leland is trying to create its own identity as we are moving forward,” he says. “We have had to forge our own path. Which is why Leland is unique in this region: It is this completely independent entity that is going its own way.” And the way it wants to go? A park for the town of the future. 

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P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille

Business Profile BY OLIVIA BARDELLA

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or Aaron Hyatt, owner of P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille in Leland, giving back to the community is at the top of the menu. By supporting local schools, mission trips, and organizations through fundraisers and donations, the franchise’s Magnolia Greens location serves up more than just its award-winning burgers and fries. In 2017, Hyatt gave 1,000 free meals to county schoolteachers and staff, and 1,000 free meals to Belville Elementary 1st graders who participated in a reading program. The familyfriendly restaurant also donated meals to raffles, auctions, and tournaments benefitting funds including breast cancer research and the local animal shelter. “I just think it’s important as a local business owner to do as much as you can, and it benefits both parties to get your name out there and give back,” Hyatt says. Hyatt worked at the original P.T.’s on Fountain Drive in Wilmington for 10 years and promoted from manager to general manager until opening his location in 2008. During his 20 years with P.T.’s, he’s most proud of giving back to the community and his loyal customers. Gifting P.T.’s sweatshirts as Christmas presents, offering loyalty cards, and offering free meals to his regulars are just a few ways he shows his appreciation. “When you say, ‘Hey, I’ve got your lunch today, thanks so much for coming in,’ it’s very personal when you do it like that,” he says. P.T.’s has seven locations, each individually owned but all offering simple fare in a casual atmosphere. Diners check off their order on a menu card featuring a short

and sweet list of burgers, sandwiches, and salads – like Hyatt’s favorite, the grilled chicken sandwich marinated overnight in a golden Italian dressing. Menu options include 4- and 8-ounce Certified Angus burgers, turkey, roast beef, or BLT sandwiches, veggie or black bean burgers, and a hot dog or chicken tenders. Dig into a heaping portion of fresh-cut fries included with every sandwich, or swap for a side salad, then wash it down with tea or homemade lemonade. ”Compared to most other restaurants, all of our meat is fresh, not frozen,” Hyatt explains. So fresh that for the past 20 years their Olde Fashioned Burger has won best burger by Encore magazine readers. At his location, Hyatt added a chicken tender salad, chef salad, and deli ham sandwich to the menu. He also offers a wide draft and bottled beer selection, which is best enjoyed on the patio with a game of corn hole in the warmer months or inside while watching a game on any of the four TVs. Whether guests come for the familiar fare or the weekly events, like the Trivia Night every Monday to win a P.T.’s gift card or the live, Jimmy-Buffet-style music on Friday nights, they can expect a quick but quality meal prepared by friendly staff. “We just try to keep it simple,” Hyatt says. P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille The Leland location at 1035 Gradiflora Drive is open Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

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Brodee Dogs

Business Profile BY ANNESOPHIA RICHARDS

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ne of Cindy Kent’s fondest childhood memories of her father was the family’s tradition of Friday night hot dog dinners. She never imagined that her father’s favorite food would later inspire her to open up her own hot dog restaurant, but that’s exactly what happened when she and her husband opened Brodee Dogs earlier this year. A few years ago Cindy and her husband, Lee, began thinking about the possibility of opening up own restaurant in Leland. Their mutual interest in the new endeavor stemmed from Lee’s 18 years of restaurant industry experience and Cindy’s desire to honor her father, John, who passed away six years ago. The couple decided that there was no better way to celebrate John’s life than by creating a casual eatery focused on all things dog. “Lee and I are both dog lovers, and we have three dogs at home,” Cindy says. “One of them is a dachshund named Brodee, so that’s where the name Brodee Dogs came from.” The menu at Brodee Dogs includes 12 specialty hot dogs made from all-beef, no-filler Sabretts delivered fresh bi-weekly from New York. Their best seller is aptly named the Brodee Dog, a bacon-wrapped and deep-fried dog that’s covered in shredded cheese and then drizzled with Cindy’s own homemade, secret Brodee sauce. Another tasty offering that’s close to Cindy’s heart is Papa John’s Way, a hot dog served just the way her father liked best — topped with mustard, chili, onions and cole slaw. All hot dogs can be served skinless or with natural casing, grilled or deep-fried. There are even options such as gluten-free buns and all-veggie garden dogs topped with vegetables. Other menu options include sweet Italian sausages, homemade rotisserie chicken salad served atop grilled

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Texas toast or lettuce, and deep-fried potato knishes also delivered fresh from New York. Toppings include chili made in Greensboro and pimento cheese made right in house. Even the sweet potato fries come from potatoes grown and processed in Pembroke, North Carolina. As dog lovers, Cindy and Lee hope that they can use their business to help make a difference in the lives of local pups. Customers who place to-go orders will find little dog treats tucked inside their bag if they mention they have a dog waiting at home. In addition, 1% of Brodee Dogs’ monthly gross sales go to Brunswick County’s Furever Friends Animal Rescue. “We also have a hand-painted picture of Brodee on our wall, so when Furever Friends has a dog up for adoption, we put their picture up there beside it to help find them a forever home and get them adopted,” Cindy says. In its first few months of business, Brodee Dogs has made quite an impression on the Brunswick County community, and the Kents are grateful for the support and encouragement they’ve received from their customers. Cindy believes that her father, if he was alive today, would be impressed by what she and Lee have created with Brodee Dogs. “I think he’d actually get choked up,” she says. “My father would never have thought that us eating hot dogs as a family every Friday night would leave that kind of impression on me to go and open a hot dog restaurant because of it. I think he’d be very proud.” Brodee Dogs is open Monday to Saturday 10:30 am to 7 pm. Delivery is available by ordering through the website. Brodee Dogs 103-A Village Road, Leland; (910) 523-5121; Facebook: Brodee Dogs


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r. Joseph Curley offers a broad range of services from routine cleanings and exams to complex full-mouth reconstruction and most everything in between. In particular, his 24 years of implant placement and restoration experience provides his patients a level of confidence when considering dental implants. His progressive approach to learning the latest techniques has led him to routinely incorporate 3D x-ray technology, virtual implant planning software and 3D printing to fabricate surgical jigs, or guides, to use at the time of implant placement surgery. This increases the predictability and accuracy of placing implants as compared to not using a guide. For the patient, it often means shorter surgery time and quicker healing. Dr. Curley explains: “Many times a patient will present with their front tooth broken off at the gum line. With the latest technology and techniques, in most circumstances, we can remove the remaining root, place a dental implant and put a temporary crown on the implant in the same day. That’s pretty cool.” After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994, Dr. Curley first learned to place dental implants during his surgically oriented General Practice Residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Montefiore Hospital. With a passion for continuous learning instilled by his residency training, he joined the Academy of General Dentistry and received the Fellowship Award in 2006 after completing 500 hours of continuing education and passing a qualifying exam. Traveling nationally and internationally to learn from industry masters and performing 40 to 50 hours of training per year (well above the required 15 hours), Dr. Curley is always looking for the best ways to care for his patients. “I can’t in good conscience know that there is a better way to do something and not choose the better way,” he says.

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This ethical compass drives him to consistently incorporate best practices, he notes, in order to provide the most progressive, advanced care in dentistry that is available in a comfortable, relaxed setting. After 16 years of private practice in Pittsburgh, Dr. Curley happily found his way to North Carolina, opened the Leland Dental Works in April 2010, and married his sweetheart Cari. Shortly after, Dr. Curley and Cari expanded their family with a pair of labs - a yellow named Charlie and a black named Sammie. After eight years of affiliation with DentalWorks, Dr. Curley decided to create his own brand, Curley Implant & General Dentistry, providing all of the support services locally and under his control. Dr. Curley is excited to share that he moved his practice to a brand new state-of-the-art facility above Cape Fear Seafood Company and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. In his new office location he will focus on the area of dentistry he is most passionate about, dental implants and implant prosthetics. “I am grateful for the wonderful families of Leland and the surrounding areas who have supported my practice and trust me with their care,” he says. Curley Implant & General Dentistry accepts most dental insurance plans. You’ll find the office next to the Waterford Plaza, and hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 am to 5 pm, Thursday 9 am to 6 pm and Friday 8 am to 1 pm.

Curley Implant & General Dentistry 143 Poole Road, Suite C, Leland; (910) 463-2267; drcurley.dental

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Local’s Tavern Grand Opening Local’s Tavern celebrated its grand opening on February 2 with town leaders, chamber of commerce members and staff members. Hundreds attended the celebration to support the new venture, which is located on Highway 17 in the old Halftime Sports Bar location in the Cross Creek Commons in Leland.

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Ground-Breaking Ceremony for CommWell Health On January 30 CommWell Health broke ground on the construction of its new Community Health Center at 4311 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. CommWell Health is a community health center with 16 private practice locations serving southeastern North Carolina. CommWell Health offers medical, dental, behavioral health services, pharmacy, lab, x-ray, health coaching and other special health services.

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Brunswick Family Assistance Opens in Leland Brunswick Family Assistance held a grandopening ceremony at its new Leland location on January 29. Nearly 40 people showed up for refreshments and tours of the new offices and food pantry. Among those in attendance were representatives from United Way, The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, local churches, the Town of Belville, the Town of Leland, representatives from Brunswick County Department of Social Services and Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes. The event finished up with a formal ribbon cutting and a few short words of thanks and appreciation from Executive Director Stephanie Bowen and Board Chair Bill Hadesty. Bowen expressed gratitude for all the community support and said the pantry is going to be extremely beneficial to those living below the poverty line in northern Brunswick County. Brunswick Family Assistance is at 321-1 Village Road in Leland.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Ocean Gate Plaza Hibachi Bistro, LLC recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for Ocean Gate Plaza, a new office and retail center in Leland. The 11,163-square-foot, one-story plaza will be on Highway 17 next to the Walmart shopping center and will serve four planned residential CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS communities: Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe, Magnolia Greens and Waterford. Tenants as of this writing are Bridgewater Wines, Dunkin Donuts and Hibachi Bistro, and more space is available for lease. Speakers at the ceremony were Allan Fox, a commercial Realtor for Coldwell Banker Commercial Suncoast; Yu Hang Wang, a developer of Ocean Gate Plaza; Doug Zucker, owner of Bridgewater Wines; and Kevin Lackey, business development manager for Brunswick Business & Industry Development.

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FACES & PLACES

2018 Little Princess Ball

Leroy Moody, Jaida Moody

Sarah Shaw, Anabel Lopez

Alecia Ballard, Antijuan Ballard

PHOTOGRAPHY: AMY CONRY DAVIS

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Clayton Jones, Brooke Jones

Kaylee Robbins, Jeremy Robbins

Marybeth Sasser, Bobby Cumber

Charley Mahoney, Eric Mahoney

Malibu Roby, Nathan Roby

Michael Greene, Love’ Greene

CJ Stratton, Caitlyn Stratton

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Grand Opening of ALDI’s Leland Location

Jessica Gillum & Kelley Stephens

Kelley Stephens cuts the ribbon to open the Leland Aldi.

Justin Spruill, Bob Campbell & David Hollis

Gary Vidmar, Pat Batleman, Mike Callahan & Bob Corriston

Joel Naseman & Gracie Gaylord

Business After Hours at Compass Pointe

Rich Donaldson & Holly Overton

Connie & Scott Reeves

Mark & Gena Giles, Bob Benoit, Tracy & Richard Stover

Isabella Woodbury, Josh Adams, Amanda Marks & Marianne Harward

Melanie Gardner & Bob Heinz

Bridgette & John Lerch

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16th Annual Communities In Schools of Brunswick County Benefit Gala for Children

Kelli Thomason, Justin & Amanda Cutrell

Roman & Sarah Kelley

Judy Mundy, Martha Reicer, Lynn Callis

Letisha & Askia Kirby

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Tyler Wittkofsky & Grace Young

Rob Grimes & Erin Hoffman

Ruth & Jimbo Smith

Veronica Lett-McGee & Quintin McGee

Sandy Bodek & Ken Hoffman

Karen & Eric Bishop

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16th Annual Communities In Schools of Brunswick County Benefit Gala for Children

Mark Tyler, Sara Murchinson, Jill Murphy, Sherrie Stephens

Danine & Jzmin Benedict, Whitney Franklin

Penny Redwine, Debbie Lemon

John & Mary Wezwick, Michaele & Charlie Wezwick

Forrest & Suzy King

Dr. Sharon Thompson & Randy Thompson

Judy & George Motel

Dinah Gore & Paul McTaggart

Patricia & Tommy Underwood

James & Reeda Hargrove, Anthony Tantillo

Jack Magoolaghan, Willie Gore

Colton Johnson, Ryan Bland, Megan Reeves, Angelica Billings

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ORCA Donates to Three Local Charities During the holiday season Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) donated $2,000 to each of three local nonprofit organizations. ORCA raises funds through contributions from Ocean Ridge Plantation residents and sponsorships from local businesses and organizations. Donations were made to:

BCRC provides a structured environment for help through spiritual growth. Waves 4Kids — The mission of WAVES 4KIDS is to raise funds to assure, if public funds are not available, that children under the care of the Department of Social Services or other children in difficult situations in Brunswick County will be provided resources and services, based on financial need, to meet their health, educational and social welfare needs. These services include initiatives such as educational scholarships, age-appropriate e-reader books, clothing and personal items and school supplies. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

The Road to Revolution at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

Lower Cape Fear Hospice — As part of a pledge signed between SECU Hospice House of Brunswick County and the ORCA Board of Directors, over the next five years ORCA will donate $2,000 annually to help underwrite services provided by Hospice that don’t qualify for reimbursement. The grant will underwrite two of their programs: The Pathway to Care program, a charity care that ensures no one is turned away because of an inability to pay, and the Grief Support program, which offers licensed counselors to provide compassionate support through individual and group counseling, workshops, camps and programs for all ages. Brunswick Christian Recovery Center — BCRC is a Christ-based rehabilitation program in Brunswick County for those with an addiction to drugs, both the prescription and street variety, as well as alcohol. The road to addiction recovery takes immense strength, courage, support and guidance. 116

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Residents of the Lower Cape Fear region were not happy about the 1765 Stamp Act imposed by the British Crown — a tax on all newspapers, gambling papers, books pamphlets and more. Brunswick Town returned to 1766 on February 17 as historic interpreters demonstrated trades and showed how the dreaded Stamp Act affected their lives during the 252nd Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance program. Visitors were able to see how the seeds of discontent in Brunswick Town led to the first acts of resistance against the Crown in the American colonies. They were also able to talk with sailors and blacksmiths


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and try hands-on activities for the entire family. Lectures illuminated on how the Stamp Act paved the way for revolution. The goal of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is to preserve and interpret the history of Brunswick Town, the Cape Fear region’s first permanent settlement, and Fort Anderson, the Civil War fortification built at the site. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Ribbon Cutting for Brunswick Family Assistance Leland Office Brunswick Family Assistance’s Leland office is now open and serving clients in need. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new location at 3241 Village Road took place on January 29.

Laurie Benton Appointed Headmaster of Charter Day School Leland Laurie Benton of Leland has been appointed as headmaster of Charter Day School, effective February 5, 2018, by its Board of Trustees. Set amidst 80 acres in Leland, Charter Day School (CDS) is in its 18th year as a highperforming program of classical education for kindergarten through 8th grade. CDS is a public charter school that draws more than 900 students from across Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. Benton graduated from UNC Wilmington with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught fourth grade in Durham for three years before becoming a third-grade teacher at CDS sister school, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville – eventually becoming lead teacher. She was named assistant headmaster at Columbus Charter School at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Benton has her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is certified in elementary education, special education and as a principal. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Brunswick Arts Council Awards Grassroots Grants Through the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program, Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) awards Grassroots Grants to subgrantees each year. The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina, ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Activities include festivals, concerts, dance and theater productions, artist-in-schools programs, galleries, Native American powwows, art classes and African drumming circles. The 2017–18 Grassroots Grants were awarded to: Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Brunswick Concert Bands Inc., Leland Cultural Art Center, Rourk Library Friends of the Library, Oak Island Art Guild, Waterway Art Association, Associated Artists of Southport, Coastal Harmonizers, Listen Up Brunswick County and Brunswick Intercultural Festival.

Gathering of Festival Volunteers

Volunteers of Brunswick County Intercultural Festival (BCIF) Bringing the World Together gathered at the Assembly room of the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation on January 27. It was a chance for volunteers to get to know each other better, renew friendship and strengthen bonds with a common goal — the cultural education and artistic enhancement of the community. Sharing residents’ diverse culture, music, dance, history and food in turn foster better understanding, awareness, acceptance and respect for our differences and each other. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

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Cultural Arts Center Receives Two Awards

Thirteen people from kids to grandparents collected 30 bags of recyclables, filling two 95-gallon bins and 15 bags of trash from the area near Rowel and Banton Branch and Mill Creek. Most of the trash collected was tucked back in the wetlandwooded areas and consisted of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Cape Fear River Watch regularly holds a clean-up day on the second Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Barbara Hicks Named 2017 Citizen of The Year

Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) and the Town of Leland won a trophy in the Government Category at the Arts In Wilmington Awards this January. An independent panel with extensive experience in arts and arts administration selected the Leland Cultural Arts Center as their top pick due to the dedication to and support of the arts Leland has demonstrated through the construction of this center. As Cultural Arts Manager Julianne Scott described it, LCAC is Leland’s very own Field of Dreams. “We have built it, and the awards are coming,” she said. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Volunteers Keep River Areas Clean

Congratulations to Barbara Hicks for being named the Mayor’s 2017 Citizen of the Year in Leland. At the December Leland Town Council meeting, Barbara was honored for her 40 years of service to the Leland Fire and Rescue Department, which recently merged with the Town of Leland. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

Leland Forms Public Safety Committee

On December 16 volunteers gave two hours on a chilly Saturday to hoist tires, broken TVs, cables and assorted trash from the Old Mill Road area with Cape Fear River Watch.

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The Town of Leland has created a seven-member Public Safety Committee to work alongside the town’s fire and police departments, express the citizens’ vision of public safety within Leland and surrounding communities and act as advocates for safety. The Public Safety Committee will articulate the citizens’ viewpoint to police, fire/rescue and town leaders by reviewing data, making recommendations, providing input and working with government, private and public organizations to promote public safety in the Town of Leland. Members will be appointed in June to begin service in July for the monthly regularly scheduled committee meetings.


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RBA Viking Cheerleaders Bring Home Awards from National Competition Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) Viking Cheerleaders recently earned three National Championship titles at the 2017 Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida. Six teams attended the national event after solid victories at earlier qualifying competitions in Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. The teams are comprised not only of current students from all four of the Roger Bacon Academy charter schools, but also of students who have graduated from its managed schools, which offer classes through 8th grade. All six teams placed in the finals, culminating in live broadcast on ESPN, on November 7. One Junior Peewee team and one Junior Varsity team both placed 5th in their division, one Junior Varsity team won a silver medal in their division, and a Varsity, Junior Peewee and Bantam team each won a 1st place National Championship title. This brings the total to 13 national titles that the cheerleaders have won.

The cheer program at The Roger Bacon Academy began in 2005 with 24 Charter Day School students and has grown to 160 boys and girls from all four of the Roger Bacon Academy managed charter schools in coastal North Carolina. Jean LaFave has been the director of the cheerleading program since its start. Mattie Tharp is a 10th grader on the National Champion Bantam team. She attended Charter Day School from kindergarten through 8th grade and is currently a straight-A student at Brunswick Early College pursuing an associate’s degree in Science. A fierce competitor and enthusiastic mentor to the younger members on the cheer and dance teams, she said the people and family atmosphere is what keeps her coming back, despite a very busy academic schedule. PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTED

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Josh London – State Farm Insurance................................................910-383-1303 48

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Seidokan Karate..................................................................................................910-616-7470 38

Dead Crow Comedy.........................................................................................910-399-1492 108

Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q............................................................910-371-6900 7

Dentures in a Day...............................................................................................910-371-9444 82

Southern Farm Days....................................................................................................................... 104

Dew Oil......................................................................................................................910-655-2295 70

Splish Splash Dog Wash..............................................................................910-399-3426 61

Electrolysis by Tess........................................................................................910-467-6699 76

Studios at the Livery....................................................................................................................... 57

EmergeOrtho..................................................................................................800-800-3305 6

Swell Vision Center............................................................................................910-408-1116 54

Farm Bureau Insurance.....................................................................................910-371-2111 82

Sweyer Property Management............................................................910-256-3031 42

First Bank..................................................................................................................910-383-3955 22

The Winds...............................................................................................................800-334-3581 73

Fisher’s Roofing Services..........................................................................910-625-5424 12

Tina Lee Massage Therapist & Health Coach..............................910-233-5615 76

Four Seasons Dry Cleaners......................................................................910-859-8394 57

Troy Williamson — On Q Financial........................................................910-262-2613 58

Franklin Rouse - State Farm Insurance.............................................910-371-5446 48

Trusst Builder Group.....................................................................................910-371-0304 30

Gallery of Fine Art............................................................................................910-452-2073 90

Turf Medic................................................................................................................910-769-2818 90

Harrington Village Apartments.............................................................910-408-1644 5

University of North Carolina at Wilmington.............................910-962-3000 9

Holmes Security Systems............................................................................910-793-4181 87

UPS Store...................................................................................................................910-383-1401 73

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries.......................................................910-371-2707 58

Wilmington Computer Warriors...........................................................910-399-3797 108

Intracoastal Realty Corporation............................................................910-256-4503 17

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival......................................................................................... 108

J & K Home Furnishings..............................................................................843-249-1882

Wilmington Yoga...............................................................................................910-769-2289 54

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