Southeastern North Carolina Real Estate News and Insights

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March 30, 2020

Carousel Center & CSP

 

   

    

 Coastal Select Properties Proudly Supports The Carousel Center

Coastal Select Properties continues its ongoing mission to give back, especially during these uncertain times. Although “normal life” has come to a halt for many of us, “normal life” for children living in challenging home environments or who are victims of traumatic events has not. That is why we continue to support the important work of The Carousel Center, a non-profit child advocacy center serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties, that  that  offers specialized therapy for children to reduce trauma-related symptoms, such as anxiety, nightmares, and behavior problems, using evidence-based models that incorporate the language of children - talk, art and play.  

Amy Feath, Executive Director of The Carousel Center, is a passionate advocate for the health and safety of the children in our community. She leads an equally dedicated team to provide exceptional service to our youngest citizens. Amy recently accompanied us on a tour of the brightly painted, child-friendly facility in Wilmington and explained the importance of TCC’s mission. In the past, if a child reported that she was being hurt at home, she would need to speak to multiple people – a teacher, nurses, doctors, a police officer, a social worker, a child protective service investigator and a lawyer. It could be an overwhelming, scary process for an already traumatized child. TCC has created a system and environment where the abused child can receive a medical exam; tell her story while a detective, CPS worker and State’s Attorney can listen as a team; and meet with a counselor to help her heal. Additionally, the child’s non-offending parent/guardian is offered advocacy and counseling services to help understand the system and contribute to the healing process.

The medical exams are completed on-site by medical staff specifically trained to gather the essential physical, medical evidence. Specially-trained child interviewers conduct non-threatening, developmentally-appropriate and forensically-sound interviews which are recorded using closed circuit video. Great care is taken to preserve the child’s statements and to meet the investigative needs of social services, law enforcement and prosecution.

To help children heal and get back to the business of childhood, TCC offers child therapy, family counseling services and various types of therapy including traditional talk therapy, art therapy and play therapy. We also met Rudy, the Center’s friendly therapy dog, during our visit.

Coastal Select Properties understands that it is a privilege to serve the community and is honored to be a sponsor of TCC’s recent “Heart of the Matter” luncheon and fundraiser as well as its “2020 Making Legends Local Gala” fundraiser which was originally scheduled for April 25th but has been cancelled in light of the recent pandemic mandates. Although the 17th annual fundraising event will not be held, we will honor our financial commitment by converting our sponsorship to a donation and we encourage our local community to continue to support the important, essential work of The Carousel Center. For more information about TCC and how you can help, please visit carouselcenter.org.

Posted in Current news
Feb. 15, 2020

CSP sponsors local film festival!

Coastal Select Properties Sponsors Upcoming Cinema Sisters International Film Festival on March 6 & 7

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival (CSIFF) is presented by WilmFFilm, the Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective. CSIFF’s fourth annual festival on March 6 and 7 showcases the work of female filmmakers from around the world including current submissions from Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Iran, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan and the United States.  

Coastal Select Properties (CSP) recently spoke with Rebecca Busch, storyteller extraordinaire and co-director of both CSIFF and WilmFFilm to discuss the upcoming festival and the inspiration behind both the festival and the filmmaker’s collective.

WilmFFilm was born in 2014 from a desire to gather and provide support to local, like-minded women interested in film and the art of filmmaking. Busch’s passion for telling stories and for supporting the creative process of other women storytellers inspired her to co-create WilmFFilm. While less than 10% of all films are made by women, the collective seeks to support all aspects of filmmaking and offers educational workshops to help sharpen the skills necessary to realize cinematic visions and expand women’s contributions to filmmaking. Some of WilmFFilm’s past filmmaking workshops facilitated by industry professionals focused on fundraising for artistic projects; shooting and editing a movie with iPhones and DSLRs; and working with sound equipment.

In 2016, WilmFFilm gave birth to Cinema Sisters International Film Festival (CSIFF) to celebrate female screenwriters and directors and to provide additional opportunities for them to showcase their work. Sister filmmakers are asked to share their completed short films of any genre (narratives, documentaries, animation, etc.), that are no longer than thirty minutes and that are directed by women.

Busch is inspired and motivated by how CSIFF has evolved over a few short years. The first festival featured only female filmmakers from North Carolina, growing in its second year to include filmmakers from the Southeastern United States and expanding last year to include international submissions. CSP has been honored to sponsor the festival since its inception.

This year’s two-day festival on March 6 and 7 at Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess Street, will feature 39 films selected from approximately 100 submissions. An all-access pass to CSIFF includes a Friday night feature and festive Shrimparoo Kickoff Party, Saturday grant-writing workshop and four blocks of short films. Individual tickets for film blocks, opening night feature and the party are available at the box office on the day of the event. For passes, schedule and more information, go to https://csiff.org.

 

As a woman-owned business, CSP appreciates and encourages the professional and creative contributions of women in our community and beyond. Supporting the arts in Wilmington is a natural fit with our mission and we are proud to sponsor the Cinema Sisters International Film Festival for our fourth year.

Posted in Current news
Jan. 8, 2020

mortgage rates fall

30 year fixed rate mortgages are the lowest they have been since October at 3.69%!  Don't miss your chance at home ownership.  Don't have a lender?  We can help!  We have a team of lenders we work with to help you find the best product for your home purchase.  Read the entire article here:  https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2020/01/08/mortgage-rates-fall-further-and-buyers-are-swooping-in

Posted in Current news
Dec. 3, 2019

Open Houses December 7th, 2019

213 Jamaica Drive 

This 1125 square foot brick ranch is move in ready and priced to sell! The home has 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, a screened porch and detached garage/workshop. Laminate flooring in the living area and one bedroom, tile in the kitchen and bath and carpet in the remaining bedrooms. Large back yard with fire pit is partially fenced. Updates include new roof, newer HVAC and water heater. The home is connected to city water and sewer.... Read more here.

2 bedrooms | 1 bathroom

Neighborhood: Sedgefield

List price: $179,000

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

December 7th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Please contact Jennifer Davidson for details 📲 910-617-1292

 

521 South Front Street

Looking for a newer home with historic charm, located in a great walking town? Then don't miss this rarely available Italianate Townhome with rocking chair porch overlooking the Cape Fear River, fenced pocket yard and 2 off street parking spaces. This beautifully and fully furnished two story home with 2bdrs/2.5 ba, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, hardwoods and perfect layout is waiting for you! Newer 30 year roof, remodeled bathrooms, granite counters, light-filled rooms, easy to maintain, and great location.... Read more here.

 

3 bedrooms | 2.5 bathrooms

Neighborhood: Downtown Wilmington

List price: $278,000

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

December 7th 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Please contact Steve Swart for details 📲 910-617-6388

 

 

Posted in Current news
Nov. 27, 2019

Sunday Stories: Standing Out is Fitting In

 

 

Wilmington is pretty rich with artistic and multi-faceted people. So, when Tara and Shannon Gilmore arrived here 13 and 21 years ago consecutively, they fit right in. They’ve since established lives together here full of friends, a long list of clients and employees, and an intense love for this town. 

 

When it was time for them to find the home of their dreams together, after attempting to go it alone, they called long-time friend and Coastal Select Properties agent, Angie Greer.

 

Once we caught wind of their colorful back story and looked through their extensive portfolio, we knew we had to know more...so we could pass it on. 

 

Read the interview below to find out more about one of Wilmington’s coolest couples and the beautiful work and lifestyle they've created together. 


CSP: When did you move to Wilmington and why?

 

Tara: I moved to Wilmington 13 years ago to get out of the New Jersey metropolitan hustle and to enjoy warmer weather near the beach. Wilmington seemed like a big, small city that could support my business. It also felt diverse enough to eliminate the risk of culture shock.

 

Shannon moved to Wilmington 21 years ago from Topsail Island. Wilmington better suited Shannon’s social and economic needs. He has always worked in construction and Wilmington was seriously on the rise at that time. Shannon also loves to surf. And, the surf at Wrightsville Beach and on Masonboro Island is far superior to Topsail. 


CSP: Can you give us a little history about your business?


Tara: Of The Essence Designs was created in New Jersey over 15 years ago. We started as a 

decorative painting company, creating unique faux finishes for restaurants, businesses and homes in New Jersey and NYC. When I moved from NJ, starting a business from scratch was not easy. I attended builders association meetings and met with many interior designers to make connections. The business community in Wilmington embraced our work and I found my place in the design/building community. Shannon and I joined forces over 5 years ago and with Shannon’s background in all building trades, we expanded Of The Essence Designs to what it is today. We now don’t only offer faux finishing but remodeling, interior and exterior painting, custom carpentry and cabinet/furniture refinishing. We have grown exponentially since joining forces. Wilmington is a wonderful community that more than supports what we offer. 

 

CSP: What do you love about Wilmington architecture, design, culture, etc?


Tara: Well, Shannon and I love the beach and surfing. Downtown is historic and we absolutely love the architecture and history the city holds. There is a diverse culture in Wilmington, and an eclectic mix of different foods, music, and activities. It feels like a big city without being a big city. 

 

CSP: Why did you choose Coastal Select?

 

Tara: We chose Coastal select because of Angie Greer. Angie knows us very well but, aside from our friendship, she is a great listener and an extremely motivated and driven person. Angie knew our very unique needs for a home and we knew, without a doubt, that she would find us what we needed. And, of course, she did. We couldn’t be happier with the home we chose. 

CSP: Why did you choose your home?

 

Tara: Our home is EXACTLY what we needed. We were looking for an expansive piece of property in the heart of Wilmington that could support our business as well as our love of entertaining. We now have plenty of room for vehicles to park and a significant amount of open space where we plan to build workshops for the business. There is a pool with a deck off the back of the house to accommodate friends, family, and parties. Our dogs, Clyde and Penny, couldnt be happier with all the room they have to run around! The house is large enough for us host guests comfortably.

 

We also love the "old house" charm as it was built in 1936. We have a dreamy claw foot tub and  architecturally stunning details throughout the house. Oh, and the kitchen is huge, which is a must as we love to cook. The light that filters in through all of the beautiful windows brings us nothing but joy, and the sun porch, complete with its own separate entrance, acts as our office. It’s absolutely perfect! 

 

CSP: Given your background, did you try searching for a home on your own?

 

Tara: Yes, inadvertently. Shannon and I had been working on a home doing repair work for a friend on Peachtree Avenue after Hurricane Florence. In the midst of the project, she decided to to sell and buy a larger home for herself and her family. Her house was on a pretty large piece of property but the home itself was very small. Shannon and I made an offer and decided to buy the property from her. Our plans were to renovate - to build an addition and workshops in the back. But, after purchasing the property, we realized that the house was not going to meet our needs for our business or our lifestyle. So, we decided to turn it into a rental property. That’s when we decided to call Angie, trusting that she could help us find exactly what we wanted. 


CSP: How has your business grown and developed since you’ve been here?

 

Tara: The business has grown leaps and bounds over the last five years. When Shannon and I became partners five years ago, we added a wealth of services to the business. We were no longer just a faux finish and interior painting company. We became a full remodeling company - interior and exterior painting, and custom carpentry - along with decorative painting and faux finishes. We have become known as a the best choice for home renovation specialty services. People call us when they have unique design ideas or design hurdles. They know we can help them find a solution and bring their ideas to life. We have also recently added cleaning services to the business and this division of the company has taken off. We do a lot of post construction cleans for builders in Wilmington and also have residential clients. We service many Air BnB rentals on a regular basis. 


CSP: Can you tell me about the relationships and friendships you’ve established as a result of being here and running a business here?

 

Tara: We have come to know so many people in Wilmington as a result of running a business here.  We truly believe that relationships are the foundation of our success. Shannon and I are committed to being of service to others. First, we love to help people bring their visions to life. Being a part of others dreams for their homes or businesses brings us great joy. Second, we are committed to our employees and love to teach our trade to younger generations so they can carry on our mission of making dreams a reality for others. Because of our own experiences and hardships in life during our younger years, this aspect of the business brings significant meaning into our lives. We believe that passing along the help that was once given to us is what life is all about.

 

Many of our employees have come to us with no trade skills and difficult pasts and we have had the opportunity to teach them and watch them learn and grow. It is an amazing experience to do what we love for a living, and at the same time to be useful to others on such a profound level. Things don’t always work out the way we hope and plan but we find so much gratitude in building relationships and providing opportunities for those who didn’t think they would get another chance to repair their lives.  It’s such a gift that we have been blessed with to be in position to be of consistent service to God and others. 

 

CSP: What does the near future look like for you and your business?

 

Tara: The winter looks fruitful. We are booked with projects for the foreseeable winter. We are very appreciative for the trust our clients bestow on us and all of the referrals they grace us with. Because of the friendships we have built with our employees, we take vacations together. Work hard and play hard…always. So, we have a vacation planned for after the new year to a much warmer place! We are headed to Puerto Rico for a quick surf and relaxation trip. We need to recharge our batteries from time to time. We try to do this at least once a year. We find that when we treat our employees as equals and fiends, work isn’t so much a chore but a place where we come together and enjoy what we do and work as a team.

CSP: What do you and Shannon love to do in your free time?

 

Tara: Shannon has surfed for most of his life. The water is where he finds his peace. Shannon is also a drummer for the band Blank Hands. Blank Hands is an up and coming alternative indie rock band. They have recently made their way to streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. They have recorded and released a 4 song EP. and have recently recorded and mastered 5 more singles that will be released very soon. They are having a blast making music and 3 of the 4 members of the band work for Of The Essence Designs. Shannon also plays guitar and sings for fun outside of Blank Hands. Often times after a hard days work, he will serenade me and the puppies! We both have great love for the outdoors, music and animals. I practice hot yoga regularly at Wilmington Yoga center. This is were I find my center and get fulfillment, balance, and creative energy. I also combines my love of art with my work and am always trying to find new mediums to work with in decorative painting. We really love to travel. Seeing and experiencing new places and cultures fills our hearts and spirits. We do it as much as our work schedule will allow. We find that traveling brings a richness to our work and creativity on the job. 


CSP: Do you and Shannon consider yourselves artists?

 

Tara: Shannon and I are very much artists. I would say that we live artistically in almost everything that we do. We see art in all things and in all of our experiences . We are very fortunate that we get to express it in our work and in personal lives. 

 

For more information about Of the Essence Designs, visit oftheessence.net or give Tara a call at 973-951-6588.

 

Posted in Current news
Nov. 22, 2019

Open Houses November 23rd

6005 Appomattox Drive 

This 4 bedroom home with a first floor master bedroom is sure to please. Plenty of space for everyone. Situated on a large private lot with a fenced back yard including a large deck that is ideal for all of your entertaining needs. Some of the homes features include walk in closets, tons of attic storage, high ceilings, stainless steel appliances and lots natural light. .... Read more here.

4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms

Neighborhood: Battle Park

List price: $259,900

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

November 23rd 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Please contact Steve Swart for details 📲 910-617-6388

 

2317 Oakley Road, Castle Hayne, NC

Incredible opportunity to own this unique property just minutes from downtown 

Wilmington. Beautiful farmhouse built in 1930 with modern updates and a large firstfloor master suite. Over 2 acres of land and a 4 car garage/workshop that you have to see! .... Read more here.

 

3 bedrooms | 2.5 bathrooms

Town: Castle Hayne

List price: $335,000

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

November 23rd 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please contact Pati deOliva for details 📲 910-616-0334

 

 

Posted in Current news
Nov. 16, 2019

Open Houses November 16th & 17th


521South Front Street 

Looking for a newer home with historic charm, located in a great walking town? Then don't miss this rarely available Italianate Townhome with rocking chair porch overlooking the Cape Fear River, fenced pocket yard and 2 off street parking spaces. This beautifully and fully furnished two story home with 2bdrs/2.5 ba, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, hardwoods and perfect layout is waiting for you! Newer 30 year roof, remodeled bathrooms, granite counters, light-filled rooms, easy to maintain, and great location. ....Read more here.

2 bedrooms | 2 1/2 bathrooms

List price: $278,000

 

OPEN HOUSE Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, November 16th 1:00pm-3:00pm

*Please contact Pati deOliva for details 📲 910-616-0334)

Sunday, November 17th 11:00am-1:00pm

(Please contact Jennifer Davidson for details 📲 910-617-1292) 

 

1916 Maccumber Lane 

Location...Location!! A short walk or bike ride to the beach and to local restaurants. This Coastal Patio Home is located in the sought after neighborhood of Maccumber Terrace. Amenities include a saltwater pool, two tennis courts, picnic area and a community clubhouse. The property boasts a larger master bedroom with two additional bedrooms, two full baths, sunroom and a wood burning fireplace. Featuring an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the large living room abounded with lots of natural sunlight. Brand new roof in 2019. Seller is Licensed NC Real Estate Broker.... Read more here.  

3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms

Neighborhood: Maccumber Terrace

List price: $429,500

 

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

Saturday, November 16th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Please contact Amy Yerdon for details 📲 910-264-2421

 

 

Posted in Current news
Nov. 5, 2019

Open Houses November 9th, 2019

Come Tour With Us

1103 Chestnut Street 

This gorgeous home built in 1925 is believed to be one of a few Sears & Robuck Home Plans.The original hardwood floors have been beautifully refinished recently and the home has gone through many updates including interior and exterior painting, new kitchen cabinets, new lighting, a bathroom addition, and electrical wiring has been updated. With 3 large bedrooms and 2 baths this home has plenty of space for everyone....Read more here. 

3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms

List price: $284,900

 

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

November 9th 11:00am-1:00pm

Please contact Steve Swart for details 📲 910-617-6388 

 

1916 Maccumber Lane 

Location...Location!! A short walk or bike ride to the beach and to local restaurants. This Coastal Patio Home is located in the sought after neighborhood of Maccumber Terrace. Amenities include a saltwater pool, two tennis courts, picnic area and a community clubhouse. The property boasts a larger master bedroom with two additional bedrooms, two full baths, sunroom and a wood burning fireplace. Featuring an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the large living room abounded with lots of natural sunlight. Brand new roof in 2019. Seller is Licensed NC Real Estate Broker.... Read more here.  

3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms

Neighborhood: Maccumber Terrace

List price: $429,500

 

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

November 9th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please contact Amy Yerdon for details 📲 910-264-2421. 

 

Posted in Current news
Oct. 29, 2019

November in our Favorite Coastal Town

 

Happy November! 'Tis the season for belly-filling plans, packing in family time, and a focus on gratitude. Lights and wreaths with jingle bells are starting already, but we're keeping our eye on the November ball -  family, football, our favorite comfort foods, and so much to be thankful for.  

 

For starters, this beautiful place we call home shines pretty bright this month. November is our favorite time to peruse the beach for shells, sea glass and sharks teeth, and depending on mother nature's mood, to dip our toes in the surf. 

 

If you're planning on coming down to experience the start of holiday season here in Wilmington, be sure to catch a few of these hometown traditions. They will light up your visit. And, if you're a local, be sure to add a few of these to your list! 

 

November Happenings not to be missed: 

*Cape Fear Fair and Expo

November 1st-10th

ILM Airport

The fair has come to town! The almost two week long event includes livestock exhibits and competitions, acrobats, horticultural contest, rides, activities, food and live entertainment. 

www.capefearfair.com

 

*21st Annual Polish Festival

November 2nd @ 11- 5

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Enjoy authentic polish food at the 21st Annual Polish Festival. What's on the menu? All of the polish favorites: kielbasa, pierogi, and golagki, plus drinks and an array of sweets. See polka dancing, visit craft venders, and a variety of entertainment for kids. Domestic and imported beers available including St. Stan's Baltic Porter, brewed especially for the Polish Festival by Front Street Brewery.

www.ststanspolishfestival.org

 

*Cucalorus Screenprints, 1994-2018

October 25, 2019 to November 18, 2019

ACES Gallery

Aces Gallery downtown, Wilmington, showcases the original screenprints made by the Cucalorus Festival’s artists and staff. See all the posters from 1994 all the way up to last years.

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*Carolina Pines Fest

November 8th- 10th

Around Town

This weekend festival features music and arts of all forms. It promotes social and creative connection. View details for the full weekend events!

www.carolinapinesfest.com

 

*Cucalorus Film Festival

November 13th-17th

Around Town

The 25th Annual Cucalorus Festival in  showcases over 150 films from all over the world. The festival includes global cinema, indie hits performances and so much more.

www.cucalorus.org

 

*Listen Up Brunswick County Concert

November 16th at 7:00pm

Odell Williamson AuditoriumBrunswick Community College

Listen Up Brunswick County is a non-profit group formed to provide noteworthy live musical experiences. Upcoming performances by Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp. Opening is Lockwood River Trio.

www.listenupbrunswickcounty.com

 

*Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Concert

November 16th @ 7:30 PM

Wilson Center

Latin Soul comes to the Wilson Center featuring the return of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet in a concert and features El Amor Brujo  by De Falla with its familiar "Ritual Fire Dance."

www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/latin-soul.html

 

*7th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

November 16th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Bluewater Grill

Join this outdoor tent event that celebrates the area's diverse tastings with more than 35 local food, beer and wine tasting booths. Proceeds support the Weekend Meals on Wheels program, which provides nutritious meals and social contact to senior and disabled persons in New Hanover County.

www.weekendmealsonwheels.org/taste-of-wrightsville

 

*Wine & Beer Walk

November 16th at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Participate in a sampling tour of some of the island's finest!

www.pleasureislandnc.org

 

*2nd Annual German Christmas Market

November 23rd at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

The 2nd Annual German Christmas Market will feature live music by the Harbour Towne Fest Band, German food and beverages, gifts and crafts, local vendors and service providers, and 50/50 raffle.

www.christkindlmarkt.stmatthewsch.org/information

 

*Tidewater Camellia Club Fall Show & Sale

November 23rd at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

New Hanover County Arboretum

Come see hundreds of prize-winning blooms grown by club members and local residents, plus camellia care displays and demonstrations, tours of the Arboretum's camellia garden, and an interactive Children's Corner.

www.tidewatercamelliaclub.org

 

*10th Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant

November 23rd at 7:30 PM

Thalian Hall

Join the 10th Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant just like any other beauty pageant featuring an Evening Gown Competition, Talent Competition, and Interview -- except all of the contestants are men.

www.thalianhall.org

 

*Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake

November 29th at 7:00 PM

Carolina Beach Lake Park

Tis the season! Join in on the Carolina Beach tradition of Lighting at the Lake. This event features an opening ceremony with the President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Santa makes an appearance and free refreshments are available.

www.pleasureislandoflights.com/lighting-at-the-lake.html

 

*Battleship Ho Ho Ho

November 29th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Battleship North Carolina

Battleship Ho Ho Ho features a chance to fly an American flag with Santa, plus compose a retro e-card by posing in the ship's Happy Huladays banner; type a Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using genuine radio message paper; call the North Pole from the Battleship’s main radio room; and track Santa’s journey in the Combat Information Center. 

www.battleshipnc.com/programs/events/battleship-ho-ho-ho

 

*Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa

November 29th at 5:30 PM

Wrightsville Beach Park

Join Santa and the Wrightsville Beach community in their annual holiday Tree Lighting.

www.ncholidayflotilla.org/weekend-events/tree-lighting-visit-with-santa

 

*Downtown Wilmington Tree Lighting

November 29th 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park

Another Tree Lighting but this time, it's in Downtown, Wilmington! Event will have live entertainment, a countdown to tree lighting, hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause.

www.wilmingtonrecreation.com

 

*North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park

November 30th at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Park

The NC Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park features arts and crafts booths, and an antique car show, fun activities for kids, festival food, and more. AND AFTER THIS IS THE...

www.ncholidayflotilla.org/weekend-events/festival-in-the-park 

 

*34th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla

November 30th at 6:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach (Banks Channel)

This highly anticipated event attracts more than 50,000 people to the area. It begins with fireworks followed by a procession of colorfully lighted boats filling Banks Channel. A traditional fireworks display follows the Boat Parade.

www.ncholidayflotilla.org

  

Posted in Current news
Oct. 25, 2019

Salty and Centered: More to the Yoga Salt Story

 

 

Victoria and Tamal Dodge have brought their yogi fame and expertise, a clean palate, and more good vibes to the place we love.

 

Living and working in Wilmington, NC were both dreams and goals for Victoria and Tamal Dodge, owners of Yoga Salt (in LA and now Wilmington) for many years. Visions of raising their son here were tucked away in the background of growing their business and nurturing a family in Los Angeles, CA. 

 

Who is Tamal Dodge?

 

Tamal Dodge has made a name for himself both as a yogi and as a yoga teacher training instructor. Born and raised in Hawaii, he grew up in and around his family’s yoga ashram, so practicing yoga was akin to the instinct to walk for him. 

 

He took a deep dive into training and teaching early on and has become renowned worldwide as a result of both. 

 

Tamal founded Yoga Salt in Los Angeles, one of the most popular and well-known yoga studios in LA, and hosts yoga teacher trainings around the world. 

 

Why Wilmington?

 

Tamal and Victoria discovered Wilmington nearly ten years ago when Tamal was invited to lead a yoga teacher training at the Wilmington Yoga Center. And, it was love at first sight. 

 

“We instantly felt very at home here,” Victoria said. “We fell in love with Wrightsville Beach. The people here are just so friendly and welcoming. There’s a close-knit, community feel but also a progressive, health-conscious vibe.” 

 

Being a small-ish town, she says, with all the right ingredients, made it ripe for what she and Tamal have to offer. 

So, last year, Victoria and Tamal heeded the call and opened a 2nd Yoga Salt location, the first of many businesses on the southside of Downtown Wilmington in the new development behind Satellite Bar & Lounge at 1540 South 2nd St. 

 

And, since they’ve arrived in Wilmington, their dreams have flourished. Their son Kanai, now ten years old, gets to run around their sound-side neighborhood with friends and attend a nearby school they love, their new downtown studio has attracted a community of Vinyassa-lovers and has grown a mindful mix of followers and practitioners; and Victoria’s new cookbook, The Yoga Plate, a user-friendly, plant-based approach to food prep, has reached thousands. 

 

 “We bought rental property in Wilmington a few years ago so we could sort of put down roots,” Victoria said. “Then, we waited for the right time. And, everything just fell sort of fell into place when it needed to.”

 

And, when the right time came, they called Coastal Select Properties Realtor®/Broker, Teresa Krebs. 

 

“We love Teresa,” Victoria said. “Like we LOVE Teresa,” she reiterated. “I recommend her to literally everyone.”

 

The Yoga Plate

 

Just as Victoria and Tamal were instantly smitten with Wilmington, when they arrived, the community seemed to mirror that affection. Yoga Salt immediately took off, with 8-25 students in every class almost off the bat, The Wilmington Parade of Homes jumped at the chance to feature their gorgeous new home near the water, and Wilmington connections inspired Victoria and Tamal to write and publish their now coveted cookbook, The Yoga Plate. 

 

While Tamal grew up homeschooled in an ashram, Victoria’s life before meeting Tamal was quite a bit different. She had been raised in Wisconsin on a meat and potatoes diet and was a single mom when she met Tamal, of now 23-year-old daughter, Savannah, currently a fashion designer in LA. So, Victoria is able to appreciate the need for ease, simplicity, and accessibility in an approach to a plant-based diet, making her book more palatable (in more ways than one) for the masses. With 108 easy-to-follow and stock-for recipes, The Yoga Plate makes food prep less daunting and healthy living more fun for health and wellness seekers in Wilmington and far beyond.

 

You can find The Yoga Plate online at theyogaplate.com or at Barnes & Noble right here in Wilmington. 

 

Whatever you’re doing to improve your health and well-being, we highly recommend wrapping in a little love from Yoga Salt and/or The Yoga Plate to expand on your endeavors. The space alone at Yoga Salt has been known to inspire visitors and yoga practitioners to start or dive deeper into their practice. Visit yogasalt.com to book a class, or simply stop by for a visit. 

 

Namaste to all you yoga and Wilmington lovers alike. We’ll see you on the mat…in our new favorite studio. 

 

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