Best of Wilmington -- Shopping 2022
Uptown Market Antiques
Uptown Market is a fun, big store full with a variety of vintage furnishings, particularly imaginative items for a coastal home. They also carry clothing, artisan jewelry, accessories, gifts, and more. Everything is organized and displayed beautifully. It’s one of those places you need more than an hour to explore, and it’s a great place to pick up decorating ideas. It’s the perfect place to go when you need a day out of the sun in the summer or out of the cold in the winter.
A store deeply rooted in the community, Atlantic Appliance and Hardware has been serving this area as a family-owned business since 1948. With competitive prices and knowledgeable in-store professionals, they can help you every step of the way, whether you want to replace an old appliance or need an entire kitchen full of new brand-name products for a remodeling project. Let them help you find a product that fits your needs, budget and lifestyle.
Shore Break Bikes
A local female-owned, full-service bicycle shop established in 2013, Shore Break Bikes sells new bicycles, accessories, and stock parts It services all makes and models of bikes. No appointment is needed for service. Just bring your bike anytime during business hours. You can also get a tube or tire changed while you wait. When you visit, say hello to Kemper, the shop dog who is very friendly.
Excellent customer service and beautiful gowns are the focus of Camille’s, but the shop also offers dresses, accessories, and even tuxedo rentals. It features four bridal designers, six bridesmaids lines, and an array of formal wear collections from more than six vendors. An appointment, especially on weekends, is highly recommended. Although an appointment is not required, requesting one ensures that you receive a consultant and a dressing room.
The Fisherman’s Wife
For your bridal registry, the knowledgeable and friendly staff at The Fisherman’s Wife on historic Airlie Road can help you communicate your gift preferences to your wedding guests. Their system helps prevent the receipt of duplicate or unwanted gifts, saving time for both the giver and recipient. The shop has a wonderful assembly of fine china and table accessories, personalized stationery and invitations, and creative gifts.
Clothing for Kids
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Although this store permanently closed in May, it remains a fond memory for its loyal customers who shopped there for over 30 years because its customer service was so exceptional. It was an upscale children store located in the Forum at Landfall and catered to the needs of parents and parents-to-be. It sold nursery furniture, toys, and classic children’s clothes. Its services included a baby shower registry and the delivery and setup of cribs, gliders, and rockers.
Clothing for Men
Downtown Wilmington’s premier men’s apparel store, Bloke has been become one of the area’s leading men’s shopping destinations since it opened in 2010. A casual men's shop with a focus on curating high-quality goods and clothing for the modern guy, it offers an amazing selection of products in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Its high attention to detail and personalized customer service helps every customer to find the right clothes and accessories.
Clothing for Women
For over 25 years, Island Passage has been providing Wilmington and the surrounding areas with fashionable clothing, shoes, and accessories. You will find many lines to choose from to suit your budget and be kind to your wallet. With several locations, each with a unique selection, you can always find just what you're looking for. Visit one for stylish clothing and accessories to make you look polished at work, spectacular at dinner, and lovely on weekend outings.
Clothes Mentor sells gently used name-brand and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for up to 70 percent off their original retail prices. It stocks only pieces that are in great condition and are on-trend or classic and timeless. The inventory comes from customers that have beautiful designer and name brand pieces in their closet that just don’t get worn. You can also bring your items into Clothes Mentor and sell them for cash on-the-spot. If you are not wearing something, get cash for it.
Home Again is the fun place to shop for new and consigned home furnishings. Browse through an amazing collection of new and like-new home furnishings and decor at remarkable prices. Because new items arrive daily, check on social media or visit the store online to see the latest arrivals. Interested in being a consignor? Home Again accepts items on consignment for 90 days, and consignors receive 50 percent of the selling price.
Aquatic Safaris has specialized in scuba-diving charters, instruction, gear sales, repair, and travel in Wilmington since 1988. It offers a wide selection of scuba-diving courses — all taught by experienced instructors. It also operates daily scuba-diving charters to wrecks and ledges off Wrightsville Beach. Check the website for current events, class schedules, and charters. It’s time to start your new adventure.
Choose from thousands of soft, colorful fabrics to make a custom piece for your home. Artéé Fabrics can provide all of the fabrics and furnishings you need to make your house feel like home. Make any room a masterpiece with a collection of window treatments and bedding/pillows already finished and ready for your home. To make your own pieces, you can also shop from thousands of custom home fabrics you can use. Shop in the store or online and find the perfect addition to your home.
Fish & Tackle
Catch great deals at Intercoastal Angler, a family-owned business for the last 15 years that provides more than just supplies that you need for a fishing trip. From local neighborhood ponds to the deepest corners of the ocean, it is ready to arm you with the gear for any battle. Consider its mate services. Its trusted local mates have an extensive knowledge of the area and expertise to help you target any fish in the ocean.
Fiore Design House
Founded in 2008, Fiore is the leader in high-quality, artistic, and upscale floral design. Cultivating a creaive environment for designers and customers alike, the shop offers fresh blooms by the stem, custom arrangements, boutique gifts, and floral supplies for the do-it-yourselfer. Fiore has designed thousands of breath-taking and memorable weddings and events. Their high standard of quality, talent, and customer service make them a flower powerhouse.
Do you need help with custom picture framing? D. Baxter's is the place to go. They understand the importance of “home” as well as the important role that decor plays in the environment you are creating. For 25 years they have had the privilege of working with customers to complete the perfect framing, such as selecting the finest materials to display and preserve a wedding portrait. Let them help you.
Custom Home Furniture Galleries
Custom Home Furniture Galleries has 50,000 square feet of furniture that offers coastal to traditional looks with price points to meet every budget. The selections include furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, office, and outdoors. You can’t beat the 365-day low price guarantee. If you find the same furniture or bedding at a delivered price for less at another store in the state with the same level of services, Custom Home will refund the difference.
Pender Pines Garden Center
Pender Pines brings to life the dream of the Schwarz family to supply the greater coastal area with a full-service garden center. The one-stop shop for all your gardening needs has continued to grow and expand since its opening in 1996 with only one building and a two-hoop greenhouse. The area’s premier garden center offers the highest quality of plant material, superior products, and outstanding customer service.
Crabby Chic is a great shop that specializes in upscale beach and coastal living decor and has a vast array of wonderful gifts, coastal home furnishings, and exquisite decorative accessories. Sea stars are a decorating staple, and you will love their local and regional art. They carry women’s clothing, baby items, jewelry, cottage furniture, lamps, candles, pottery, soaps, shells, and so much more. Everything is very tastefully displayed, and the staff represents the best of Southern hospitality.
Nest Fine Gifts & Interiors
In the Forum Shopping Center, Nest has been a premier provider of interior design and decorating services for over six years. It offers an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories, and gifts for the coastal community and surrounding areas. The store has a cozy, home-like atmosphere that makes it a desired shopping destination. Its commitment to impeccable service for its customers and clients is unsurpassed.
In its beautiful Barclay Commons location, this store has expanded to become one of the largest jewelry stores in North Carolina. It has also become a favorite place for couples to find the perfect wedding jewelry, such as engagement rings, wedding rings, and wedding bands. Customers also shop here for diamond earrings, jewelry repair and appraisal, watch repair, and custom jewelry. This family-owned business is known for its fine jewelry and engagement rings.
Butler’s Electric Supply of Wilmington
Since 1969, this local store has been in the same site but has expanded four times. The once modest-sized building now has the largest lighting showroom and most impressive inventory in the area. At its Castle Street location, it has more than 2,000 fixtures on display and a fleet of six trucks ready to make deliveries. The knowledgeable and friendly staff with over 100 years of experience can help you with all of your electrical needs.
Lilies & Lace
This upscale women’s boutique features lingerie, swimwear, resort wear, loungewear, and much more. Its hand-picked, unique collection of lingerie and resort wear is curated with the modern woman in mind. They find the best quality of fabrics and styles around the world, as well as made in America, and source ethically and organically made garments when possible. The store wants all women to feel great about what they are wearing and how they feel from the inside out.
Motorcycle & Powersports
Wilmington Powersports is the area’s leading dealer for powersports, such as utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and personal watercraft. They also have a huge selection of helmets, gloves, life jackets, and other off-road accessories. The parts and service departments have years of experience in handling everything from an oil change to engine rebuilding. They keep many parts and accessories for all brands of machines in stock.
This family-owned business has been serving the Wilmington region for over 35 years. Their products are constructed with superior craftsmanship and materials that are designed to survive the harsh local environment. Many of their vendors work with a variety of materials, such as aluminum, wicker, wood, and poly-lumber that provide the design, comfort, and function that you are looking for. Whether you want something elegant, modern, or simply with a coastal living look, they have an endless array of options for you.
Great Outdoor Provisions Co.
Want to know everything that the great outdoors can offer? Visit this store to learn about the best areas to hike, camp, and more. Each employee is an expert in their own right. From rock climbing to kayaking — and every adventure in between — they are passionate about the outdoors and eager to share their expertise. Every product in the store is thoroughly tested. They don’t sell anything that they wouldn’t use themselves.
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming
Think of all the joy and happiness your four-legged friend brings to your life. As a thank-you for all those cuddles, tail wags, and perfect purrs, doesn’t your pet deserve the best? When you’re needing pet supplies, food, or grooming, come into this locally-owned franchise of the greater Woof Gang family. By shopping here, you get the best of two worlds: attentive service from a dedicated staff and the savings and selection from shopping at a larger store.
This upscale women's boutique offers a curated selection of top designers and brands to provide the best shoes, clothing, and accessories. The shoe selection is amazing and includes sandals, wedges, flats, heels, sneakers, booties, and boots. Owner DeeDee Shaw loves her store, which is independently owned and operated, and benefits from the corporate team that finds new lines for her. Her dream of having her own business and creating opportunities for others and excitement for a community has come true.
Sweetwater Surf Shop
Sweetwater Surf Shop has one of the largest surfboard and wetsuit selections on the East Coast. Established in 1976 and still run by a family of long-time locals, the store also offers board rentals and boutique-style après surf threads. Located in downtown Wrightsville Beach, recognized as one of the top-10 U.S. surf towns by Surfer Magazine, the shop is only a block from the best surf break in town. Want a current surf report? Check the store’s website.
Aussie Island Surf Shop
Aussie Island Surf Shop has served the Wilmington area with top quality surf, snow, beach, and skate items for over 30 years. They carry a wide variety of brands ranging from skate gear, shoes, eyewear, snow gear, clothing, surf gear, and much more. With two locations, the business prides itself on its excellent customer service and does anything it can to help customers. You will feel at home and be treated like family in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.