downtown Wilmington

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

Much of Wilmington’s greater downtown area is a USDA designated food desert. But a local grocery store is looking to change that. 

This weekend is the 35th annual North Carolina Jazz Festival, hosted right here at the Hilton Hotel on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. Laura Crane spoke with us about some of the events and guest performers. To see the whole story visit the festival website  

Alexa Doran

The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival is the primary fundraiser for VOCAL (Volunteer Older Citizen's Action League). The festival features music, comedy, children's activities, culinary demonstrations and best of all, wine and chocolate. All of this takes place at the Coast Line Event Center in downtown Wilmington. One of the festival organizers, Marianna Stacy, stopped by WHQR studios with comedian Basile to tell us more about this event.

Alexa Doran

Susan Silver introduces us to Aging in Place Downtown, A Model Project in Wilmington, NC. Learn more about this project by visiting If you would like to attend their next event on September 16 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the downtown library call 910.805.4663. 

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

Downtown Wilmington is about to see another new hotel go up. 

Business Brief: Aging in Place Downtown

Apr 22, 2013

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.

For more information on Aging in Place Downtown, you can send an email to:

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 Gravity Records, which opened eight years ago on Kerr Avenue, moves to a new downtown location on January 21.

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.

Last year in North Carolina, fire departments responded to more than 111 fireworks-related calls with property damage estimates of a quarter-million dollars.   As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, many people falsely believe that because sparklers and similar fireworks are legal and readily available, they are safe.

City of Wilmington officials say people planning to attend the fireworks show should be prepared for delays coming and going.

The 2012 North Carolina Azalea Festival is in full swing – and tomorrow, parade-goers will gather in downtown Wilmington to catch a glimpse of the Festival’s crown jewel.