Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wilmington Sports Teams

Wilmington NC Local Sports Teams

For those of you interested in professional sports, Wilmington is home to a few teams that should not be missed. With professional baseball, soccer and basketball teams, Wilmington has something for every sports fan. These games offer an affordable, exciting entertainment option in Wilmington.

Wilmington Sharks Baseball

The Sharks are a team in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league featuring players from top college programs around the country. The level of competition is said to be comparable to that of minor league baseball. Kids are welcome and even invited onto the field for games during breaks. You can eat hot dogs, pizza and chicken at food stands between innings.  Bring your friends and drink some beers at a Thursday night game that has come to be known as “Thirsty Thursday’s” at the stadium.  Then be sure to stay for the fireworks show afterwards. Games begin in May and are held at the Legion Stadium off of Carolina Beach Rd. The Sharks attract around 1,800 fans per game. For ticketing info visit this website.

Wilmington Hammerheads

The Hammerheads are a locally owned professional soccer franchise founded in 1996. Competing in the United Soccer Leagues, the Hammerheads have grown to be an internationally recognized organization. The team currently plays in the American Division of the USL Pro League, in the second tier of pro soccer in the United States. Hammerheads have enjoyed a great deal of on-field success, reaching the playoffs in 10 of 14 seasons and capturing the 2003 USL Second Division title. The matches are held at Legion Stadium off of Carolina Beach Rd. Concession stands serving food and drinks are available throughout the stadium, there is even a “Chick-fil-a” onsite. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase as well. For ticketing info visit this website.

Wilmington Sea Dawgs Basketball

The Sea Dawgs are an independent minor league basketball team. Substantial crowds and fans gather over the summer months to watch the Port City’s local professional basketball team. This team makes it to the post season play-offs every year. The games are played at Blizzard Athletics located off of Market St.; it is a family atmosphere and the entire group will enjoy. For ticketing info visit this website.

Port City Marina – Construction Progress Videos

The Port City Marina construction crew is making great progress. They have completed the bulkhead, marina basin dredging, and are currently building the concrete cap that lines the entire marina bulkhead. Next, they will start on constructing the Riverwalk Extension through the Northern Riverfront property.

Wilmington Spas

Spas in Wilmington NC

Leave the stress of life behind and spend a day relaxing at one of the numerous spas found in Wilmington, NC. A trip to one of these local spas is sure to nourish your mind, body and soul, while reducing stress and encouraging tranquility through relaxation.  You will emerge from your spa visit refreshed, renewed and revitalized. The following recommendations are just a few of the options available.

Ki Spa

Ki Spa Wilmington NC

Ki Spa takes its name from the ancient Japanese word for energy, which the spa says is incorporated into all of its treatments. The spa “combines natural products and pure aromatherapy with healing techniques that promote total body renewal.”

Services:

  • Couples massage, Stone massage, Deep Tissue massage, Mommy-to-be massage, Specialty body treatments
  • Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion, Age-defying treatments, Eye Facial
  • Waxing, manicures, and pedicures
  • Customized wedding parties are available
  • Specialty treatments include Reiki, Shirodhara (Ayurvedic therapy in which warm oil is poured on the forehead or “third eye”), Shiatsu, and Reflexology.

Location:

  • 1125 Military Cutoff Rd. Wilmington, NC  28405
  • Ki Spa is in The Forum shopping center right off of Military Cutoff Rd.

Contact and Hours:

  • 910-509-0410
  • Monday-Friday  10am-8pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday noon-6pm

Harbour Club Day Spa

Harbour Club Day Spa Wilmington NC

Harbour Club Day Spa and Salon is a spa designed as a place where clients can relax and rejuvenate while receiving superior service in a warm, southern hospitality environment. The spa’s treatment rooms are meant to be “a haven of peace and tranquility- a place to escape, soothe your mind and relax your body.”

Services:

  • Deep Muscle massage, Swedish Massage, Hot Stone massage, Pre-Natal Massage, various other body treatments
  • Facials, Microdermabrasion, Ultrasonic Tightening & Firming Treatment, Hydrolifting Facial
  • Hair services: cut, color, highlight, straightening, extensions and waxing
  • Manicures, and pedicures
  • Make-up applications and lessons
  • Bridal and wedding packages available
  • Their signature service is the Yonka facial

Location:

  • 1904 Eastwood Rd. Suite 101 Wilmington, NC 28403
  • Harbour Club Day Spa is located in the Lumina Station shopping center

Contact and Hours:

  • 910-256-5020
  • Monday 9:00am-6:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm; Friday 9:00am- 7:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm; Sunday by appointment only

Earthbound Spa

Earthbound Spa Wilmington NC

Earthbound is a full-service luxury salon and spa encompassed in a “Green” environment.  They offer “natural and certified organic products in their services and take home prescriptions.”

Services:

  • Deep Tissue massage, Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy massage, Pre-Natal massage, Earth Stone massage, Couples massage and various other body treatments
  • Firming facial, Hydrating facial, Organic Gemstone facial, New Complexion facial
  • Hair services: cut, color, highlight, straightening, various texturizing treatments, formal styling, and waxing
  • Manicures, and pedicures
  • Make-up applications and air brush make-up available
  • Bridal and wedding parties accommodated

Location:

  • 4833 Carolina Beach Rd. Suite 103 Wilmington, NC 28412

Contact and Hours:

  • 910-791-9160
  • Monday 10:00am-4:00pm; Tuesday 9:00am-7:00pm; Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm; Friday 9:00am- 7:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm; Sunday Closed

Greater Wilmington Business Journal – Port City Marina

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A new story from the Greater Wilmington Business Journal focuses on the progress of the Port City Marina & Northern Riverfront Development Projects.  The article discusses the extension of the Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk, including the art and nature walk components as well as the BlackFinn and Vida restaurants. You can read the full article on the Greater Wilmington Business Journal website or by clicking here.

Thank you to Jamaal O’Neal and the GWBJ for featuring our story.

Masonboro Island

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This 8.4-mile-long island is the longest undisturbed barrier island along North Carolina’s southern coast. Its 5,653 acres are part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The undisturbed island is known as an “ecological jewel” and has miles of unspoiled beaches, natural coastal environment, and is home to numerous species of endangered wildlife.

Masonboro lies between Wrightsville Beach to the north and Carolina Beach to the south.

The island is a destination for boating, surfing, and camping. Enjoy a day exploring this uninhabited barrier island. While only being a 5 minute boat ride from Wrightsville Beach, you will feel a world away from the crowds and usual hustle and bustle of Wilmington.

History

Before 1952, Masonboro was attached to the mainland. That year, Carolina Beach Inlet was cut, giving Carolina Beach a booming tourist fishing trade and creating the largest undisturbed barrier island on North Carolina’s southern coast.

The Masonboro Island component is the largest site within the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve system and was designated in 1991. The 8.4-mile-long island encompasses approximately 5,653 acres.

Wildlife

Masonboro Island is an essentially pristine barrier island and estuarine system. A local website states that:  “Loggerhead turtles successfully nest here, as do terns, gulls, ghost crabs and brown pelicans. Their neighbors include gray foxes, marsh rabbits, opossums, raccoons and river otters. Herons, snowy egrets, willets, black skimmers and clapper rails forage in the creeks and mud flats at low tide.” The NC Coastal Reserve also makes it known that the nutrient rich waters of Masonboro Sound are an important nursery area for spot, mullet, summer flounder, pompano, menhaden, and bluefish.

Things to do

  • Individuals and groups may utilize beach areas, open tidal flats and areas between dunes as long as the vegetation and habitat are not altered. Bring an umbrella, cooler, and beach chairs and set up for a beautiful day on an undisturbed barrier island.
  • Many boaters anchor off the island and enjoy floating on rafts in the warm summer waters.
  • There are trails on the island, so you can feel free to explore by foot.
  • In cooler weather, you might want to camp on the island. Lots of people set up camp and cookout, enjoying the wildlife. Being far from any developed land, you can catch an unusually good view of the stars at night. With no restrooms or public facilities- be ready for a rather primitive experience.
  • Rent a kayak and paddle across the inlet to explore the island. The creeks are fun to paddle and a great place to watch birds.
  • Many people say the surf is Masonboro’s best attribute, and it is arguably Wrightsville Beach’s best surf spot. Far from secret, it is usually the place to go during northeasters as it will be glassier than spots in town.
  • Particularly entertaining days to visit are big summer holidays: Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July. But be ready for quite a different experience than the above described natural beauty. A massive crowd of partiers and college students gather here and loud music and drinking ensues. Probably not suitable for children.

Getting There

Masonboro Island can only be reached by boat. There are also private fee ferry services to the island, including the Masonboro Water Taxi.

If you plan to visit the island, you will want to read the NC Coastal Reserves Guide to Visiting Masonboro Island.

**Please note that Masonboro is a fragile and preserved piece of land.  Visitors should be mindful to preserve these fragile natural areas and the variety of life they support. Please do not alter the land or leave any trash behind.

Guided Walking Tours

Wilmington Historic Foundation Walking Tours

The Historic Wilmington Foundation is offering free guided walking tours on May 4th and May 11th. The Foundation is excited to announce that the Forest Hills tour and Streetcar Suburbs tour are scheduled to begin in May. The tours will showcase the architectural, social, and cultural history of the two neighborhoods. The Streetcar Suburbs tour tells the story of Wilmington’s first two suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights, and their restoration and renewal. Forest Hills developed outside the city limits and it was the first automobile oriented suburb. The inaugural tours are free for each route.

You can find out more information about the Historic Wilmington Foundation on their website at http://www.historicwilmington.org/.