Best of Wilmington NC Service 2021

11 Jul 2021


Barclay Place Apartments


Unique to Wilmington, Barclay Place is a luxury rental village surrounded by shopping, fine restaurants, golf courses, and much more. Barclay Place offers stunning floor plans, available in town homes, garden homes, and cottages, featuring nine-foot ceilings, garden nooks, and Palladian windows. The community is within walking distance to a private clubhouse with a fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, and walking trail. 


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 an unparalleled assisted living community. 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 Wilmington’s best shopping and amenities.


SouthState Bank


With five locations in the greater Cape Fear region, SouthState has grown into a leading regional bank providing a wide range of personal banking, personal lending, and online and mobile banking services. SouthState values offering convenient banking services through its team of experienced professionals.




With the motto, “Move well, feel well, live well,” E-Motion prides itself on combining fitness, community, and training to support client’s inner and outer transformations. Through a combination of Pilates, ballet-inspired movement, yoga, strength training, E-Motion’s barre classes challenge participants to become their strongest selves in a welcoming environment. 


Cardinal Lanes


A fun family atmosphere and reasonable rates keep Wilmington bowlers coming back to Cardinal Lanes. With multiple bowling leagues and regular tournaments, 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.


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. In June 2019, Corning opened a 43,000-square foot facility on 17th Street to better serve the credit union’s membership.


Rising Stars


A four-star child care 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. With an emphasis on parent interaction and communication, Rising Stars strives to meet the needs of each child and family.


Head to Toe


As the name implies, at Head to Toe, you can get the full-body pampering experience. From massage to facials to waxing to hair treatments to nail services and much more, Head to Toe has got you covered. Having recently moved to a more central location on Oleander Drive, the team at Head to Toe offers decades of industry experience to make you look and feel your best.


O2 Fitness


O2 offers four locations throughout Wilmington, including Mayfaire Town Center, Hanover Center, Porters Neck, and Racine Drive. All state-of-the-art facilities provide a full range of classes including yoga, body pump, 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.


Seashore Eye


At Seashore Eye, Dr. Fanelli and Dr. Warwick and their staff serve all the eye care needs of their patients. Seashore Eye provides comprehensive vision and health examinations, glasses prescriptions and contact lens prescriptions as well as specialized glaucoma and cataract testing and treatment management. Patients appreciate the attentive, friendly care of the Seashore team.


Raymond James, Stephen Chappell MSFS, CFS 


Raymond James Branch Manager Stephen Chappell provides expert, customized long-term financial investment, wealth management, and retirement planning. Stephen Chappell values understanding the customer’s unique circumstances and creating a personalized approach to achieving financial goals. Raymond James also offers a full array of investment services to corporate and institutional clients for every stage of the business life cycle.


Ed Newsome’s
Hardwood Floors


Established in 1985, Ed Newsome’s Hardwood Floors is Wilmington’s trusted company for hardwood floors installation and finishing. With showrooms in Wilmington and Southport, Ed Newsome’s Hardwood Floors serves clients throughout New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick Counties and the surrounding area. Clients appreciate Ed Newsome’s excellent craftsmanship and superior service.


Julia's Florist


For more than 30 years, 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 for every occasion, and they also carry unique gifts in their midtown store. Julia’s conveniently delivers outside of Wilmington, including Brunswick and Pender Counties.


Coble Funeral &
Cremation Service 


With a new facility in the spring 2020, Coble Funeral & Cremation Service is a full-service funeral home and cremation provider located on the grounds of Greenlawn Memorial Park. Coble Funeral & Cremation Service has been planning thoughtful funeral and memorial services for the Wilmington community for more than 80 years. Their new modern facility allows families to make all final arrangements in one convenient location.


Country Club of Landfall


At the Country Club of Landfall, 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. The Country Club of Landfall also hosts golf events and provides golf instruction and clinics for all ages. 


Airmax Heating & Cooling


A locally owned and operated company, Airmax Heating & Cooling specializes in comprehensive HVAC repair and installation services. With a focus on keeping the temperature of customers’ homes and businesses comfortable throughout the year, Airmax’s trained technicians provide quick, efficient, and ethical service. Airmax Heating & Cooling serves customers seven days a week and also offers emergency and after-hours service. 


Sound Decisions


Sound Decisions, in business locally since 1989, provides professional audio-visual consultations, designs, and integrations. Sound Decisions 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. The expert team at Sound Decisions offer exceptional product knowledge and client service. 


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. A Certified Green Professional, RMB takes pride in building houses that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. 


Carolina Cleaning Services


Established in 1994, Carolina Cleaning Services provides professional, custom residential and commercial cleaning services, including move in / move out, real estate, and construction clean up. They are known for offering outstanding, reliable quality services at affordable prices. As a fully-insured, licensed, and bombed business, Carolina Cleaning Services guarantees customer satisfaction. 


Hooks Burglar & Fire
Alarm Company


In business locally since 1980, Hooks Burglar & Alarm Company is the Cape Fear’s trusted source for protecting your home or business. Hooks provides residential, commercial, and industrial security, fire alarm, and access control systems that are monitored 24/7, 365 days a year. With a mix of old-fashioned personal customer service and modern technology, Hooks gives their customers the peace of mind that comes with added security.


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.


Hotel Ballast


Recent renovations to the Hotel Ballast’s guest rooms, outdoor pool, and meeting space have transformed the waterfront hotel with a nod to the Port City’s maritime history. In addition to the staple Ruth’s Chris Steak House, diners also have the option of Board and Barrel Coastal Kitchen, which features Southern culinary dishes, as well as coffee and light fare at Buffalo Bayou. With a prime location in the heart of historic downtown, Hotel Ballast wins top honors for Wilmington’s best hotel this year.


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 as a family-owned, family-run company in Wilmington for 100 years. 


Markraft Cabinets


A repeat winner in this category, Markraft Cabinets have been a market leader in the cabinet and countertop design and installation service industry since 1985. 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.


Low Country Landscape


With more than 25 years experience, Low Country Landscaping wants to create and maintain your private outdoor paradise. They specialize in landscape design and installation, outdoor living spaces and hardscapes, and poolscapes. With clients from Leland to Carolina Beach, Southport to Hampstead, and all points in between, Low Country Landscaping continues to beautify landscapes and outdoor spaces throughout southeastern
North Carolina.


Seapath Marina and
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 ft. of face dock. Seapath offers numerous amenities to make your docking experience more comfortable, and convenient.


TowneBank Mortgage

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TowneBank Mortgage prides itself on being a “hometown” mortgage company offering personalized service coupled with the latest advanced technology for quick processing and outstanding service. Through their seasoned expertise and long-term relationships with local industry professionals, TowneBank Mortgage’s loan officers strive to find the most affordable loan that is the best fit with your needs.


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. 


River Place


Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington overlooking the Cape Fear River, River Place offers upscale condominium living at a premier location. Condos are bright and open with modern kitchens, high-end flooring, and spacious balconies. Community amenities include a rooftop pool, clubhouse, terrace restaurant, on-site fitness center, and reserved parking deck. 


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.


The Barkington


Open seven days a week, the Barkington is Wilmington’s only custom luxury pet hotel, indoor day camp, and spa. Luxury pet hotel rooms include 120 feet of individual space, a twin memory foam bed, TVs with dog programming, ample daily exercise, and much more. A repeat winner in this category, at the Barkington, your pet will be treated with the utmost care and attention.


Club Pilates


Club Pilates boasts more than a full-body workout; the studio’s array of classes challenge your mind as well as your body providing a rich, fulfilling experience. With class levels that range from foundation to mastery, Club Pilates instructors teach effective form and alignment for a complete mind-body connection. Classes include interval training, cardio pilates, stretching, and much more, and newcomers are welcome to try their first class for free.


Wrightsville Beach Plumbing


Wrightsville Beach Plumbing has been providing high-quality plumbing services to the greater Wilmington area for more than 40 years. Wrightsville Beach Plumbing specializes in new installation of plumbing systems, sewer video inspections, and drain cleaning. Additionally, their service department can handle any plumbing repairs. From small repairs to large-scale installations, their staff are fully trained and qualified to handle any plumbing situation.


Pool Specialist


Pool Specialist provides everything you need to keep your pool, hot tub, or spa running. In business locally since 1978, Pool Specialist carries supplies, equipment, and treatments to ensure excellent pool quality. Their showroom of products is conveniently located on Oleander Drive. Additionally, Pool Specialist handles ongoing maintenance and repair of residential, commercial, and community pools throughout
the area.


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, challenging academics, and a low faculty-to-student ratio, Cape Fear Academy discovers and develops the individual potential of its students.


I Am Salon & Day Spa


I Am Salon & Day Spa provides full services to male clients for all their salon and grooming needs, from standard haircut and style to massages, waxing, and 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.


Hill & Klutch Studio


Whether you want a trim or a transformation, Hill & Klutch Studio will create a style you love. From women’s, men’s, and children’s haircuts, to full color and partial highlights, to weddings and formal event hair and makeup, Hill & Klutch does it all. Stylists Samantha and Paige provide personalized, professional service in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.


Mary Rhyne, CPA


With more than 25 years of accounting experience, Mary Rhyne, CPA provides professional tax preparation for individuals and small businesses throughout the Cape Fear area. A native of Wilmington, Mary Rhyne offers personalized service with integrity. Rhyne can help with tax planning, and she also offers bookkeeping services on a limited basis.


Airlie Gardens


The most popular location for a wedding reception in Wilmington goes to Airlie Gardens, with the lawn surrounding the iconic Airlie Oak as the top spot for a reception within the gardens. This large, open area provides plenty of space for a tented reception complete with dinner and dancing under the oak. The Pergola Garden and Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel are also great spots for wedding ceremonies. 

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