downtown Wilmington http://whqr.org en Downtown Wilmington to see new hotel from national chain http://whqr.org/post/downtown-wilmington-see-new-hotel-national-chain <p></p><p></p><p>Downtown Wilmington is about to see another new hotel go up.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 20:18:48 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 35771 at http://whqr.org Downtown Wilmington to see new hotel from national chain Business Brief: Aging in Place Downtown http://whqr.org/post/business-brief-aging-place-downtown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people do not dream of moving into a nursing home. But it’s a reality for half of the population, and the costs can be enormous. In this edition of Business Brief, WHQR’s Sara Wood talks to Susan Silver, the director of Aging in Place Downtown. She’s in the process of gathering resources and momentum for the non-profit. It aims to help Wilmington’s elderly population age in place, in their homes. To begin, Silver is focusing on downtown.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:55:57 +0000 Sara Wood 35187 at http://whqr.org Business Brief: Aging in Place Downtown Gravity Records weeks away from new Castle Street home http://whqr.org/post/gravity-records-weeks-away-new-castle-street-home <p></p><p>In an age of digital music, vinyl is on the upswing in Wilmington. The old format will soon find a new home as Wilmington-based <a href="https://www.facebook.com/gravityrecords" target="_blank">Gravity Records</a>, which opened eight years ago on Kerr Avenue, moves to a new downtown location on January 21.</p><p>Gravity Records owner Matt Keen said that in the second half of 2012, record sales were up 50 percent from the previous year. And that rise is not due just to diehard record collectors -- it’s across the board, including vinyl lovers old and new.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 29395 at http://whqr.org Gravity Records weeks away from new Castle Street home Fireworks safety risks concern public officials this year http://whqr.org/post/fireworks-safety-risks-concern-public-officials-year <p>Last year in North Carolina, fire departments responded to more than 111 fireworks-related calls with property damage estimates of a quarter-million dollars.&nbsp;&nbsp; As WHQR&rsquo;s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, many people falsely believe that because sparklers and similar fireworks are legal and readily available, they are safe. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:24:38 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 19886 at http://whqr.org Fireworks safety risks concern public officials this year Independence Day Fireworks begin at 9:05 PM in downtown Wilmington http://whqr.org/post/independence-day-fireworks-begin-905-pm-downtown-wilmington <p>City of Wilmington officials say people planning to attend the fireworks show should be prepared for delays coming and going. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:34:38 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 19822 at http://whqr.org Independence Day Fireworks begin at 9:05 PM in downtown Wilmington Azalea Festival Parade Saturday, April 14th at 9:30 AM http://whqr.org/post/azalea-festival-parade-saturday-april-14th-930-am <p>The 2012 North Carolina Azalea Festival is in full swing &ndash; and tomorrow, parade-goers will gather in downtown Wilmington to catch a glimpse of the Festival&rsquo;s crown jewel.&nbsp; Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:02:30 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 14758 at http://whqr.org Azalea Festival Parade Saturday, April 14th at 9:30 AM