BEST OF WILMINGTON NC 2017
By Emily Gorman Fancy and FANNY SLATER
Allergy Partners of Coastal Carolina
Allergy Partners of Coastal Carolina is the only board-certified allergy specialist practice on the southeast coast. Allergy Partners supply allergy testing and allergy shots, along with cutting-edge immunotherapy and biologic therapy. With multiple offices in Wilmington, Hampstead, Supply, and Whiteville, Allergy Partners invite patients to “get tested, get treated, get better.”
Assisted Living Center
Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall
With modern facilities, numerous on-site restaurants, a full-service fitness center, and outdoor spaces, Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall offers everything one would want in an assisted living center. Carolina Bay provides many home maintenance services, including concierge and valet, weekly housekeeping, and transportation, leaving residents free to enjoy life with less stress. Located close to Wrightsville Beach and Mayfaire, residents have easy access to the beach and some of Wilmington’s best shopping.
Wilmington Hearing Specialists
The only private audiology practice in New Hanover County, Wilmington Hearing Specialists can identify and address all hearing-related needs. Founded in 2005 by local audiologist Dr. Mary Maddock, Wilmington Hearing Specialists’ mission is to help patients improve and maintain the quality of their hearing through modern and unobtrusive hearing-aid technology.
Wells Fargo provides all the personal, small business, and commercial banking services expected of a major, national bank; but what sets it apart is stellar customer service. With customer service available online or by phone 24/7, customers can easily set up and manage their accounts.
Pure Barre’s low-impact exercise classes have taken off, generating a strong following. Their core classes use the ballet barre in small isolated movements with the goal of creating long, lean muscles. In addition to barre classes, they offer additional classes that provide a total body workout, with a special focus on abs, legs, and glutes. Clients also report that the classes enable them to destress and practice mindfulness.
A fun family atmosphere and reasonable rates keep Wilmington bowlers coming back to Cardinal Lanes. With multiple bowling leagues from beginning “pee wee” to experienced adult, Cardinal Lanes prides itself on bringing the fun of bowling to everyone. Choose between a rate based on lane time or enjoy one of their nightly specials, such as the “Friday Night Fever” all-you-can bowl weekly event.
Corning Credit Union
As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization, Corning Credit Union puts their customers first. Clients appreciate their accommodating, professional, and accessible service, along with their wealth of products at competitive interest rates.
Gateway Academy Child Development
Gateway Academy provides exceptional childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. With an emphasis on nurturing children’s academics as well as emotional and social growth, Gateway Academy offers traditional daycare, summer camps, and after-school care.
Harbour Club Day Spa and Salon
Pamper yourself in serenity at Harbour Day Spa and Salon, where you can enjoy a massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, and much more. Repeat clients report that Harbour’s pleasant environment, knowledgeable staff, and attention to detail keeps them coming back. Additional services include bridal hair and makeup, as well as a full hair salon.
Wilmington Dermatology Center
With a focus on “experience, passion, and patient care,” Wilmington Dermatology offers general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology catered to the individual. Known for their skin care education, cutting-edge treatments, and personalized skin care regimens, Wilmington Dermatology remains “Wilmington’s source for comprehensive skin care.”
Patriot Dive Center
In addition to scuba dive training, a full retail store featuring scuba, snorkeling, and spear fishing gear awaits at the Patriot Dive Center. This PADI Elite 5 Star Dive Center was founded with the philosophy that “scuba diving is an adventure that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.” Patriot also offers equipment rentals and plans many specialty dive travel trips throughout the year.
Edward Jones Financial Advisors
With the motto “Making sense of Investing,” Edward Jones Financial Advisors help their clients make the right investment decisions. From retirement to college savings, stocks and bonds, to estate planning, Edwards Jones’ staff will research and guide you through the process. For added convenience, they have multiple offices in the Wilmington area.
Eye Care Vision Center
With five area locations, MyEyeDr. has become a trusted brand in the optometry industry. Comprehensive vision care services include routine eye exams, retinal imaging, contact lenses, and style tips. Check MyEyeDr.’s online “face shape” guide for prescription glasses that fit your visage.
Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company
Serving the Wilmington region since 1993, Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company hosts the area’s largest and most comprehensive flooring showroom and warehouse. Every type of flooring imaginable – from carpet and rugs, to hardwoods, laminate, and tile – all can be found in multiple brands and styles. As a full-service flooring provider, Crystal Carpet oversees every step of the flooring process from initial consultation to final installation.
Since 1989, Julia’s Florist has been creating stunning floral arrangements for their Wilmington area customers. A family-owned business, Julia’s provides original, creative, fresh flowers. They also deliver outside of Wilmington, including Brunswick and Pender Counties.
A Frame of Mind Gallery
A Frame of Mind Gallery specializes in custom framing of all kinds, including original art, diplomas, and photography. Clients appreciate the personalized, friendly, and prompt service from this locally-owned business.
John H Shaw's Son Funeral Home
Since opening their doors in 1895, John H Shaw's Son Funeral Home has been providing funeral services to the Wilmington community. John H Shaw's Son develops funeral services that honor their clients’ loved one’s memory with dignity.
Porters Neck Country Club
For 25 years, Porters Neck Country Club has established itself as a challenging, well-designed golf course. This four-star, Tom Fazio championship golf course has hosted many premier events, such as the Men’s and Women’s NC State Amateur, Mid-Amateur, and Senior Amateur tournaments. Porters Neck invites all golfers to experience “coastal golf at its finest.”
Fitness enthusiasts love O2 Fitness, located in Mayfaire Town Center and also on Independence Blvd across from the mall. Both state-of-the-art facilities offer a full range of classes including yoga, body combat, and cycling. Additionally, they provide personal training and complete gym facilities. O2 prides itself on creating a welcoming, motivating, and fun environment to work out.
Heating and Air
O'Brien Service Company
A locally owned business in Wilmington since 1981, O'Brien Service Company handles the gamut of heating and air services, from installation to regular maintenance. The Trane Customer Satisfaction Survey revealed that 100% of O’Brien’s customers would recommend them to a friend; in fact, client reviews praise the O’Brien team’s thorough, prompt, and professional service.
The Audio Lab
The Audio Lab’s showroom features surround-sound home theater systems, flat-screen televisions, projectors, speakers, and much more. Carrying more than 35 brands, Audio Lab’s products are competitively priced, and the staff’s knowledge and passion for the product lines are unparalleled.
RMB Building & Design
Cultivating a “hands-on approach and attention to detail,” RMB Building and Design works with clients in all stages of drafting, designing, and constructing new homes. After 30 years of building homes in the Wilmington region, RMB’s portfolio includes hundreds of custom builds in Landfall, Porters Neck, and Wrightsville Beach. RMB’s success has led them to be a repeat winner in this category.
Home Cleaning Service
After 30 years of residential cleaning service in Wilmington, Molly Maids has established a reputation for excellent customer service backed by a 24-hour guarantee. Molly Maids professional cleaning services include complete home, apartment, and move-out cleaning. Detail-oriented, professional, and affordable, Wilmington Magazine readers trust Molly Maids with their residential cleaning needs.
In Wilmington for more than 25 years, PPSI installs and monitors home security systems. PPSI offers home and commercial security services.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
The largest hospital system in the region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services. For more than 50 years, NHRMC has served the residents of southeastern North Carolina through its main campus on 17th street, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital on Wrightsville Avenue, NHRMC Emergency Department North on the Pender/New Hanover County border, and the management of Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw.
Offering tastefully-appointed ocean-front and harbor-front rooms, outdoor dining and bars, and a resort-style pool, the Blockade Runner has been a mainstay destination in Wrightsville Beach since 1964. From the beach to concierge services, the spa and fitness facility, the Blockade Runner is a wonderful choice for a vacation or even a staycation.
In business nationally since 1922, State Farm provides a full range of insurance types, including auto, home, and life. According to their website, State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other company in the US. With the motto “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” customers count on State Farm for attentive, personal service.
Kitchen and Bath Design
For 30 years, Markraft Cabinets have been a market leader in the cabinet and countertop design and installation service industry. Markraft values providing high-quality products, reasonable prices, and exceptional service. They don’t strive to merely satisfy customers -- they aim to amaze them, and their client reviews and referrals suggest they are exceeding this goal.
LowCountry Landscaping wants to create and maintain your private outdoor paradise. They specialize in landscape design and installation, regular lawn maintenance, outdoor living spaces and hardscapes, and poolscapes. With clients from Leland to Carolina Beach, Southport to Hampstead, and all points in between, LowCountry Landscaping continues to beautify landscapes and outdoor spaces throughout southeastern North Carolina.
Inlet Watch Yacht Club
Inlet Watch Yacht Club has been serving southeastern North Carolina for more than 40 years as the launching point to recreational boating and private fishing activities. As the largest marina in North Carolina, Inlet Watch offers numerous amenities, including a full-service marina, tennis court, clubhouse, boat detailing, and much more.
Coastline Mortgage Consultants
Coastline Mortgage Consultants works with clients across North Carolina, including first-time homebuyers, experienced buyers, and real estate investors. With vast industry knowledge and accessible, supportive service, Coastline has established itself as a preferred mortgage lender.
Cameron Art Museum
A diverse collection of high-quality exhibits, engaging public programs, and unique educational opportunities make the Cameron Art Museum stand out as the region’s favorite museum. Browse the exhibits, take a class through the Museum School, or enjoy lunch in the beautiful café – there is a so much to experience at the Cameron.
Located along the Cape Fear River off of River Road, RiverLights boasts a tranquil waterfront planned community. With plentiful amenities to explore, such as the shops and cafes at Marina Village, saltwater pool and fitness center at the Lake House, and the riverfront along the Boardwalk, residents will never tire of things to do.
Formerly Ortho Wilmington, EmergeOrtho is a group of four independent orthopedic practices that teamed up to expand patients’ access to quality orthopedic care. Offering specialized care, physical therapy, and the latest technologies, EmergeOrtho can handle all your orthopedic needs.
Integrated Pest Management
Serving New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties, Integrated Pest Management comes highly recommended for their trustworthy, knowledgeable, and efficient service. Customer reviews also note their competitive prices and friendly staff.
Peachy Kleen Pet Grooming
Peachy Kleen Pet Grooming, with locations in Wilmington and Leland, provide full-service dog grooming, with packages ranging from “wash and pedicure” to “face feet and fanny.” Peachy Kleen aims to offer personalized service for a fair price in a relaxing atmosphere.
Spring Pilates Studio
The bright, airy, art-adorned studio space at Spring Pilates is the perfect place to deepen your Pilates practice. Owner Natalie Johnston is a sought-after, knowledgeable instructor who works with clients of all levels to help them get the maximum benefit from their exercise. Spring Pilates also offers yoga, barre fit, and TRX classes.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Benjamin Franklin’s plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair service is guaranteed to be reliable, accurate, and competitively priced. With technicians who are friendly, experienced, and responsive, Benjamin Franklin sets the bar high.
Ocean Blue Pools & Spas
Ocean Blue Pools & Spas, Wilmington’s largest pool and spa dealer, offers custom in-ground pool construction, hot tubs, and outdoor kitchens. Ocean Blue also services pools and spas, with a Certified Pool Operator available to guarantee effective operation.
Cape Fear Academy
Small class sizes, a 100% college acceptance rate, and a highly qualified, nurturing faculty have helped establish Cape Fear Academy as the premier independent school in southeastern North Carolina. With strong athletics, a thriving arts program, and challenging academics, Cape Fear Academy discovers and develops the individual potential of its students.
Salon for Women
Tanglez Salon & Spa
A warm, welcoming atmosphere, knowledgeable stylists, and excellent service keeps customers coming back to Tanglez Salon & Spa. Tanglez attributes their success to recruiting, training, and retaining their family of stylists. In addition to hair and aesthetician services, their spray tan business has taken off.
Salon for Men
Tad’s Barber Shop
Winning best men’s salon for the second consecutive year, Tad’s Barber Shop uniquely combines the feel of an old-school barber shop with a modern twist. This family-oriented, locally owned business offers personal attention in a hip, relaxed environment.
Wilmington residents trust the professionals at Jackson Hewitt for tax returns that are 100% guaranteed for accuracy and the highest possible refund. With multiple locations throughout Wilmington, Jackson Hewitt’s expertise in tax code and regulations make their tax preparation convenient and hassle-free.
Wedding Reception Venue
One of Wilmington’s newest wedding venues, Wrightsville Manor’s enchanting 1.25-acre property presents the perfect flexible indoor and outdoor wedding location. The 8,000-square-foot garden can host an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour, and the 5,000-square foot historic-style exposed brick building offers numerous options for a stunning wedding reception.