Best of Wilmington NC 2018



Allergy Partners of Coastal Carolina

910-763-1661, the motto “Get tested, get treated, get better,” Allergy Partners of Coastal Carolina is the only board-certified allergy specialist practice in the Cape Fear region. 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 can help you comfortably manage your allergies and asthma.

Assisted Living Center

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall


With quality construction, 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 and amenities.


Wilmington Hearing Specialists


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. The only private audiology practice in New Hanover County, Wilmington Hearing Specialists can identify and address all hearing-related needs. 


South State Bank


Having served the financial needs of customers since 1934, South State Bank is a trusted leader in the banking industry. South State Bank has become one of the fastest growing regional banks in the South by focusing on building and growing relationships with clients. From personal banking to business banking to mortgage services and wealth management, South State Bank covers the gamut of services clients rely on.  

Barre Studio

Pure Barre


Pure Barre’s low-impact exercise classes have generated 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.


Ten Pin Alley


Newly renovated with updated synthetic lanes, scoring equipment, and overhead monitors, Ten Pin Alley is a favorite destination for bowling in the Cape Fear area. From kids and beginners to seasoned bowlers, Ten Pin Alley offers bowling for everyone in a family-friendly environment. Once you work up an appetite, enjoy some food at the on-site Break Time Grille.

Credit Union

State Employees Credit Union


As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization, State Employees Credit Union puts their customers first. Clients appreciate their accommodating, professional, and accessible service along with their wealth of products at competitive interest rates. With a mission to provide financial services at the lowest cost possible, SECU looks out for the financial interests of their customers.


Rising Stars


A four-star daycare facility, Rising Stars serves children from six weeks to 12 years old in a nurturing environment. Rising Stars’ curriculum enables children to learn and grow through play and exposure to arts, music, and cognitive learning programs. They also value regular outdoor play time as an extension of the classroom. With an emphasis on parent interaction and communication, Rising Stars strives to meet the needs of each child and family.

Day Spa

EarthBound Salon and Day Spa


Earthbound is more than a typical salon and spa – it is a lifestyle choice. Earthbound remains committed to supporting the community through use of local resources, environmental awareness and green practices, and products with natural ingredients. They provide a full range of spa, salon, and special event services in a relaxing environment meant to offer an escape from the stress of everyday life.  


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.”

Dive Shop

Patriot Dive Center


In addition to scuba dive training, a full retail store featuring scuba, snorkeling, and spear fishing gear can be found 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 rents equipment and plans many specialty dive travel trips throughout the year.

Financial Advisor

Cornerstone Business Advisors


Cornerstone Business Advisors help clients launch, grow, and exit their businesses successfully. Their advisory services focus on generating higher revenues, increasing profits, and maximizing business value. Some of Cornerstone’s services include advisors who consult with management teams, coaching models to resolve challenges and recognize opportunities for growth, and partnerships with leadership teams. Additionally, they consult on exit planning and transaction support and leadership succession.

Eye Care Vision Center

Seashore Eye Associates


At Seashore Eye Associates, Dr. Fanelli and Dr. Warwick are ready to serve all of your eye care needs. Seashore Eye Associates handles all routine optometry care, including comprehensive eye exams, glasses and contact lens prescriptions, and retinal imaging. They are also well versed in the testing and management of macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Seashore is conveniently located near the hospital on Doctors Circle.

Flooring Company

Barefoot Flooring


A family-owned and operated business, Barefoot Flooring’s showroom offers a wide selection of flooring to choose from at affordable prices. Barefoot offers exceptional, personalized client service, leading to a strong repeat and referral customer base.  From hardwoods to tile and stone to laminate and much more, Barefoot’s selection of flooring options is unmatched. 


Verzaal's Florist & Events


Serving the Wilmington area since 1931, Verzaal's Florist & Events is known for providing beautiful flowers, gifts, and plants. Verzaal’s staff consults with clients on the right flowers for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, sympathy flowers for home or funerals, and more. They also specialize in flowers for weddings and special events; browse their online photo galleries for a sample of their previous work. 

Frame Shop

Frame Works


At Frame Works, you make the memories, and they will preserve them. Since 1978, Frame Works has been framing everything from photos to paintings to jerseys and other memorabilia. The right frame can transform a keepsake or piece of art, and Frame Works offers an incredible array of frames at affordable prices. Frame Works also provides digital imaging services to restore vintage photographs to pristine condition.

Golf Course

Country Club of Landfall


At Landfall Country Club, golfers can enjoy 45 holes of championship golf designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. From casual play to tournaments, golf is a year-round activity on this pristine course. Landfall also hosts golf events and provides golf instruction and clinics for all ages. 


O2 Fitness


O2 was already a favorite of local fitness enthusiasts, but the company’s purchase of several former Gold’s Gym facilities only further solidified O2’s position as the area’s premier exercise facility. O2 now offers five locations throughout Wilmington, including Mayfaire Town Center, Hanover Center, Longleaf Mall, Porters Neck and Racine Drive. All state-of-the-art facilities provide a full range of classes including yoga, body combat, and cycling. Additionally, clients can opt for personal training and complete gym facilities. O2 prides itself on creating a welcoming, motivating, and fun environment to work out.

Heating and Air

Southeastern Heating & Air


Southeastern Heating & Air has been providing heating and air services to New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties since 1974. Southeastern Heating & Air can repair or replace all residential and commercial HVAC systems while making your home or business more energy efficient. They offer extensive product knowledge to ensure clients find the right HVAC system for their needs. Southeastern Heating & Air is known for courteous and prompt customer service.

Home Audio

Sound Decisions


Sound Decisions, in business locally since 1989, can manage your residential audio needs, from state-of-the-art home movie theatres for movie aficionados to distributed audio throughout your home for music lovers. To complement their audio work, Sound Decisions also provides home lighting and network systems. The expert team at Sound Decisions offer exceptional product knowledge and client service. 

Home Builder

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

Beachy Clean


Known for their dependable, thorough, and affordable service, Beachy Clean is fully licensed and insured residential and commercial cleaning service covering Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. Beachy Clean’s professional cleaning services include complete home, apartment, and move-out cleaning. 

Home security



Wilmington residents can rest assured that their loved ones and valuable possessions are safe thanks to ADT’s award-winning home security systems. Clients can select from security keypads, motion detectors, security cameras, and door and window sensors, among other options. Clients appreciate ADT’s prompt and attentive service.


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.


Blockade Runner


Offering tastefully-appointed oceanfront 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.

Insurance Provider

Wells Insurance


Wells Insurance provides a full range of personal and business insurance, from homeowners and health insurance to commercial and cyber insurance. Many of the staff members at Wells Insurance have been with the company for more than 10 years, which enables them to develop in-depth industry knowledge while building long-term relationships with clients. Being responsive to clients while providing competitive rates has kept Wells Insurance in business in Wilmington for nearly 100 years. 

Kitchen & Bath Design

MarKraft Cabinets


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


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.


Seapath Marina & Yacht Club


Located on Motts Channel, Seapath Marina and Yacht Club provides the full gamut of marina services, including long-term dockage, transient dockage, diesel fuel, boat slip rental, and much more. At Seapath you’ll find first-class floating docks including 190 slips with 600 feet of face dock. Seapath offers numerous amenities to make your docking experience more comfortable, such as shower facilities, laundry services, and a fully stocked store.   

Mortgage Company 

TowneBank Mortgage

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TowneBank Mortgage prides itself on being a “hometown” mortgage company offering personalized service coupled with the latest technology for quick processing and outstanding service. TowneBank Mortgage’s loan officers strive to find the most affordable loan that is the best fit with your needs. As members of your community, the TowneBank team have longstanding relationships with local Realtors, builders, and appraisers, which serves as a benefit to their clientele. 


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher


The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites visitors to explore the unique aquatic animals, wildlife, and habitats from around the state and the world. Located on a wooded oceanfront area in Kure Beach, the aquarium offers numerous exhibits featuring a rare albino alligator, a rescued bald eagle, loggerhead sea turtles, and much more. A 40-foot T-Rex, a horned Diablocertops and other prehistoric creatures make up the “DINOSUARS!” exhibit in the outdoor garden, which is complemented nicely with the tranquil, colorful Butterfly Bungalow. 

New Neighborhood

Compass Pointe


Compass Pointe provides the rare opportunity to experience a resort lifestyle at an affordable price. The amenities abound at Compass Pointe, including a five-lane swimming pool, tennis and pickleball courts, nature trails, fitness center, lake with canoe and kayak launch, and a dog park. Located just south of Wilmington in Leland, Compass Pointe is an ideal retirement community due to location, lower tax rates, and tranquil environment. 




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. With highly trained, board-certified doctors, EmergeOrtho offers the latest technologies and highest level of orthopedic care in the area. 

Pest Control

Jay Taylor Exterminating


Founded by J.W. Taylor Sr. in 1941, Jay Taylor Exterminating is a family-owned business operated by four generations of the Taylor family. Jay Taylor Exterminating specializes in pest extermination and control with a focus on going above and beyond for their customer base. Whether contacting them for pest control, moisture control, or other services, clients can expect quick response times from highly trained technicians.

Pet Groomer

Von Barkee's Dog Spa & Bakery


At Von Barkee's Dog Spa & Bakery, they truly love dogs, and it shows. Von Barkee’s range of dog grooming services is extensive and includes some lavish treatments, such as deluxe pawdicures, blueberrry facial masks, feather extensions, and much more. After a treatment at Von Barkee’s, your dog will leave feeling pampered and refreshed. Conveniently located on Carolina Beach Road, the dog spa also sells specialty treats and unique products for pets.


Club Pilates


With two locations in Wilmington – one on Military Cutoff and one in the new Pointe Shopping Center – Club Pilates is one of Wilmington’s newest pilates facilities. True to Joseph Pilates’ original concept, Club Pilates offers numerous classes throughout the week geared toward all fitness levels, from beginning to advanced. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates challenges participants to grow stronger and leaner in a fun and inspiring environment.  


JS Mintz Plumbing


A locally owned, family-run business for more than 50 years, JS Mintz Plumbing prides itself on developing outstanding, long-term client relationships built on integrity and trust. JS Mintz Plumbing takes the hassle out of plumbing repairs through their expertise and prompt and thorough attention. Understanding that plumbing problems are disruptive, JS Mintz Plumbing conveniently provides 24-hour around-the-clock emergency plumbing services for residential and commercial customers. 

Pool Company

Prestige Pools


Prestige Pools has been building in-ground pools for Wilmington customers since 1999, serving more than 400 area clients. Transform your backyard into an oasis with one of their in-ground pools, spas, hot tubs, or outdoor living spaces. Prestige Pools’ team of qualified, highly skilled pool builders, electricians, landscapers, masons, and more can create the backyard escape that is tailored to your tastes and lifestyle.

Private School

Friends School of Wilmington


Friends School of Wilmington is a progressive, independent school for preschool through eighth grade rooted in Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, equality, and stewardship of the earth. Students thrive in an academic and cultural environment where they are encouraged to grow in wisdom and confidence. A rich academic curriculum and small student-teacher ratio has made Friends School successful for more than 20 years.

Salon for Women

I Am Salon & Day Spa


I Am Salon & Day Spa features a full range of spa services, including haircut and color, massage, manicure and pedicure, makeup, waxing, and much more. I Am Salon guarantees the best service from highly skilled professionals, and they stand behind every service 100%. They use environmentally-friendly products and offer convenient online booking for most types of appointments.

Salon/Barber for Men

Ogden Barber Shop


An old-fashioned barber shop with fast, friendly service, Ogden Barber Shop specializes in men’s haircuts and shaves. With men’s haircuts for $16 and beard trims ranging from $5 to $8, their prices cannot be beat. Ogden Barber Shop, established in 1936, also cuts women’s and children’s hair, too. 

Tax Preparation

JL Hunt, PA


A full-service accounting firm, JL Hunt, PA provides a wide range of services, including small business accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, tax, and advisory services. They also offer QuickBooks setup and training and financial statement preparation. As a company, JL Hunt prioritizes the core values of competency, professionalism, and commitment. Potential clients are invited to contact JL Hunt for a complementary initial consultation. JL Hunt can help you maintain accurate records, meet financial obligations, and plan well for the future. 

Wedding Reception Venue

The River Room


Located in the historic JW Brooks building downtown, The River Room is a unique waterfront venue for wedding receptions. Accommodating up to 120 guests, The River Room is a versatile space that can be configured multiple ways to suit the needs of the couple. Additionally, the riverfront deck is available for wedding receptions, ceremonies, or outdoor parties. Wedding parties also have the option of renting the adjoining Sunset Flat suite, which features a dressing room, kitchen, lounge area, and bathroom.

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