Best of Wilmington NC 2018
Spanning 12,000 square feet of antique, coastal cottage, and industrial home furnishings, Uptown Market is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind home furniture, décor, and gifts. Additionally, they carry clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Uptown Market is known for providing excellent customer service, also offering a home delivery service for your purchases.
Meridian at Fairfield Park
Located in south Wilmington, Meridian at Fairfield Park offers spacious one, two, and three bedroom apartments in a wide variety of floor plans. Apartments feature high-end amenities such as granite countertops, new appliances, and washers and dryers, and many have private balconies and patios. Residents enjoy several convenient facilities, such as a pool, fitness center, billiards room, and business center.
A family-owned business in Wilmington since 1978, Atlantic Appliance is the area’s premier appliance and hardware merchant. With more than 8,000 square feet, the flagship showroom on Kerr Avenue carries a wide range of trusted brands, such as GE, Whirlpool, and Monogram. Whether you are creating, replacing, or updating your dream kitchen, you will find an array of appliances and hardware.
Eclipse Artisan Boutique
Comprising its own floor of Blue Moon Gift Shops, Eclipse features the handmade, original work of local and regional artists. A five-time winner in this category, Eclipse showcases original paintings, photography, jewelry, custom-built furniture, sculpture, pottery, and an exclusive line of American-made alpaca bedding. The diversity of items presented at Eclipse sets it apart from a traditional gallery.
Bike Cycles carries a fine selection of well-curated new and previously owned bikes from brands like 3G, Sun, and Felt. Their certified fit and repair specialists can help you select the right bike for you and keep it road-worthy for the life of the bike. Additionally, their retail and online stores sell numerous products for bike enthusiasts. Want to try a bike before you buy? Bike Cycles also conveniently rents bikes.
Blinds, Shutters & Window treatments
Wilmington Blind Shutter & Closet Company
Featuring two showrooms, Wilmington Blinds Shutter & Closet Company creates beautiful custom window coverings for residential and commercial customers. Their staff makes house calls to assess customer needs and preferences and create designs accordingly. Known as professional, creative, and reliable, Wilmington Blinds Shutter & Closet Company has earned rave customer reviews.
Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced boater, MarineMax will cover all of your boating needs. MarineMax offers the perfect boat for every lifestyle, from yachts to pontoons to sport boats. They also maintain boats and offer marina and storage services. As a business that values its community, MarineMax regularly plans events on Masonboro Island, the Intracoastal, and throughout the area for boaters to gather.
Coastal Knot Bridal
For a memorable and stress-free wedding gown shopping experience, brides turn to Coastal Knot Bridal. The store boasts a carefully selected collection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils, shoes, and accessories from top designers in a variety of styles. The staff at Coastal Knot Bridal ensures each client finds the look of her dreams.
From wedding planning to anniversary celebrations and other special events, Protocol values developing long-term relationships with their clientele. Their gift registry is a fine-tuned, well-planned service benefiting both wedding couples and guests. From complimentary gift delivery options to gift tracking and online registries, Protocol makes gift-giving both fun and easy, enabling them to be a repeat winner in this category.
Bob King Autohaus
Bob King Autohaus provides a high-quality inventory of new and used cars to meet every preference and budget. Bob King’s website makes it easy to search their inventory, schedule a test drive for a particular vehicle, and research financing options. Wilmington customers also depend on Bob King’s parts and service department for accurate and affordable auto repairs and maintenance.
Clothing for Kids
Dragonflies hosts an array of children’s and baby clothing from sought-after brands like Kissy Kissy, Angel Dear, and Bella Tunno. Tucked inside Dragonflies is a store within a store featuring children’s clothes in a fun and inviting environment. Their selection of unique items and personalized customer service makes Dragonflies stand out.
Clothing for Men
Since opening its doors in 2010, Bloke has been a repeat winner as Wilmington’s top choice for men’s clothing. With a wide array of apparel, shoes, accessories, and grooming products, Bloke stays ahead of trends and styles in modern men’s fashion. Situated in the heart of downtown Wilmington, the shop is full of character. Bloke provides attentive customer service, staying attuned to the products most relevant to their client base.
Clothing for Women
Beanie + Cecil
Whether your style is classic or modern, casual or elegant, the well-curated fashion collection at Beanie + Cecil will meet your needs. The gallery-like boutique carries both emerging and well-established designers such as Ulla Johnson, Rag & Bone, and J Brand. Store owner Kellie Woodbury calls her vision “wearable high fashion paired with personal service.”
Consignment Clothing Store
The Fairy Circle
With two stores conveniently located in Wilmington – one on College Road near UNCW and one in Ogden by Publix – Fairy Circle is the go-to destination for women’s and men’s consignment clothing and shoes. Starting as a small boutique in 2001, the store has now grown to two locations with more than 8,000 square feet of merchandise from top designers such as Lucky, Lilly Pulitzer, and Free People. Beyond clothing and shoes, they also carry Naked Bee lotions and balms, soy candles, incense, and locally made jewelry.
Consignment Furniture Store
The Ivy Cottage
As the “Southeast’s largest home décor consignment store,” the Ivy Cottage carries a wide range of home furnishings and fine jewelry. A local favorite for unique consignment furniture for many years, every style, from antique to modern, to one-of-a-kind and seasonal, can be found in their three buildings. With regular sales, such as the “Half Off the Half Off Sale” every third weekend of the month, their competitive prices will not disappoint.
Artee Fabrics & Home
With thousands of custom fabrics in stock, Artee Fabrics wants to help you make “your house feel like home.” In addition to customizing your own home furnishings with their fabrics, they also sell distinctive furniture, window fabrics, and bedding. Offering a wide range of styles and price points, Artee caters to any budget and style.
Fish & Tackle
Fishing enthusiasts will find everything they need for fishing tackle at Redix, a staple Wrightsville Beach store since 1969. Redix carries fishing hooks, lines, rods, baits, lures, and much more. The Redix staff is knowledgeable about local fishing and can direct you to the best fishing holes in town.
Custom Home Furniture Galleries
Custom Home Furniture Galleries’ 50,000-square-foot store showcases all types of furniture, including living room, dining room, bedroom, and outdoor furniture. This one-stop furniture retailer carries all styles, from coastal to traditional to contemporary, in a range of price points to meet any budget. With financing plans and home delivery options, Custom Home Furniture Galleries’ exceptional customer service drives repeat and referral client business.
The Plant Place
Don’t let the small exterior to The Plant Place mislead you. As soon as you walk through their garden and gift shop, 37 greenhouses will surround you. With more than four decades of experience, the expert staff at The Plant Place can help you find the perfect plants and accessories to build your ideal garden. The many long-term clients at The Plant Place seek advice on everything from finding the right flowers for sun or shade to repotting plants.
From coastal-inspired furnishings to lamps and original artwork, Crabby Chic specializes in home accessorizing and unique gifts. With a motif of sea stars throughout the store, Crabby Chic’s environment is unmistakably coastal and warm. If you’re looking for creative input on home décor or innovative gift ideas, reach out to their knowledgeable consultants. They carry several top brands for gifts and home furnishings, such as Resolve candles and Echo of the Dreamer jewelry.
Home Accessories Store
Nest Fine Gifts
Located in The Forum, Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors prides itself on its warm, inviting environment of unique home furnishings. Nest’s team of interior designers stay abreast of trends to curate an eclectic selection of furniture, home accessories, art, wall coverings, and lighting fixtures. The store’s cozy, home-like atmosphere coupled with the staff’s expert knowledge of home décor make Nest the ideal shopping experience.
Billed as a “curated design studio for the southern home,” Gathered features home décor hand selected by designer Lindsey Cheek. Inventory rotates regularly to keep each shopping experience fresh, but staples include original artwork, unique throw pillows, hostess gifts, and antique rugs, to name just a few things. Lindsey Cheek has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Southern Living, and Martha Stewart Living.
With a flagship in Mayfaire Town Center and a second location at Independence Mall, REEDS Jewelers has become the place to adorn your loved one. REEDS Jewelers carries jewelry in every imaginable style from recognized brands such as Pandora and Alex and Ani. Serving Wilmington since 1946, REEDS Jewelers remains Wilmington’s top choice for jewelry.
At Ferguson, you will find everything you need to outfit your kitchen and bath in style. Ferguson specializes in bath and kitchen lighting, plumbing, and appliances. Their website offers many design trend resources to help you pick the right fit for your home.
Lilies & Lace
Lilies & Lace, a fine lingerie and designer swimsuit boutique in Lumina Commons, carries many top designers, including Badgley Mischka, La Perla, and Stella McCartney. Their attentive and knowledgeable staff makes shopping at Lilies & Lace a pleasant experience. With two decades of experience, Lilies & Lace is the preeminent resource for lingerie shopping in the Wilmington area.
Mayfaire Town Center
Since opening in 2004, Mayfaire Town Center has grown to become the area’s hub of shopping and dining. With more than 70 stores and 20 restaurants, Mayfaire is a one-stop destination for Wilmington residents’ shopping and culinary experiences. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a stroll down the village-like streets that span from the movie theatre through each section of the large complex. As new businesses are added regularly, Mayfaire continues to thrive as Wilmington’s shopping mecca.
Hard Knox Cycles
Hard Knox Cycles stocks high quality, late model, previously owned motorcycles with on-site title, tag, and registration services. Need parts, accessories, or preventative maintenance for your motorcycle? You will find everything you need at Hard Knox Cycles. Their friendly, honest motorcycle repair team offers more than 20 years experience and a wealth of knowledge about all things motorcycles. Additionally, they carry a large selection of biker apparel and gear.
Leisure World Casual Furniture
A family-owned business, Leisure World carries a large inventory of outdoor furniture to transform your outdoor living space into a perfect oasis to enjoy with family and friends. The friendly, knowledgeable staff, well-designed and durable products, and competitive prices have made Leisure World a Wilmington favorite for more than 30 years.
Great Outdoor Provision Company
Founded in 1972, Great Outdoor Provision Company is an expert retailer for all things necessary to enjoying life outdoors. Their product selection spans camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking clothing, gear, and accessories. Great Outdoor’s customer service philosophy is to treat you like their neighbor, with personalized service that invites customers to interact closely with their products.
Located next to Lovey’s in the Landfall Shopping Center, Unleashed specializes in high-quality products for dogs and cats. They offer a large selection of treats, toys, leashes, collars, and more. Does your dog need a bath but you don’t want to deal with the hassle at home? Unleashed has a self-serve dog wash area in the store; they provide everything you need for the bath except the dog. Unleashed also hosts pet rescue organizations and they have a free meeting space for animal-oriented events.
Eagle Island Seafood
This quaint, off-the-beaten-path produce and seafood market is a prized early morning coffee and lunchtime hangout—and the kind of place where regulars know the staff by name. Though the peanut-roasting time-honored shop is quite the tourist attraction, local foodies and chefs will swear that Eagle Island sells some of the town’s best oysters and coastal catch. Old-timey molasses candy may have sparked Eagle Island’s hype, but it doesn’t get any sweeter than their fresh seafood selections.
The right pair of shoes not only ties together an outfit but also boosts your confidence, according to Soul Shoetique owner Michaela Batten. Wilmington native, Batten graduated from New York’s Parsons School of Design before returning to her hometown to open Soul Shoetique. The store specializes in the latest trends in shoes for women, from sandals to wedges to boots and more. They also feature bags and jewelry to complement your new shoes.
Sweetwater Surf Shop
A mainstay of the Wrightsville Beach surf scene since 1976, Sweetwater Surf Shop carries all the major surf brands, including Billabong, O’Neill, and Quicksilver. Of course, Sweetwater is also a prime location to purchase or rent long and short boards, wet suits, and accessories. As a small, family-owned business, Sweetwater provides each client with individual attention. In addition to valuing customer service, Sweetwater also strives to give back to the community by raising money for various nonprofit organizations, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), American Cancer Society, and PAWS Place.
With a great selection of unique pieces, Wrightsville Beach boutique Hallelu carries bikinis, one piece swimsuits, and cover ups from top brands like Shade of the Palm, Sunny Season, and Spring Tide. Hallelu, which opened in 2005, provides individualized service and regularly receives new shipments, which keeps their inventory fresh and up to date.
Between their already well-established status and the buzz of their new Kerr Avenue location featuring expanded seating, a larger tasting bar, and kids’ corner—Wine Sampler continues to up its grape game. Sample international wines for a tasting trip that will take you around the world. Owner Jamie along with any member of the well-informed staff are always a wealth of knowledge if you need a nudge in the right direction. Stay up to date with their social media for news on fun events like collaborations with local donut shops and yoga studios.