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Archive for November, 2013

First Alert Weather: Clouds increase Sunday with a shower chance late

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Clouds will increase Sunday with a few light showers for Sunday night and Monday.  Warmer weather by the middle of the new week.

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Festival in the Park kicks off Holiday Flotilla

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The parade of boats lit up and decorated for the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and Fireworks attracts folks to Wrightsville Beach every year.

This year, the event kicked off with the Festival in the Park all day before the sun went down. The crowd enjoyed food, fun, and lots of shopping. Shoppers say most of the tents even offered local and unique products.

“My intention was to find something interesting and also just to bring the dog out on a beautiful day,” said Donnalee Wilcox. “And I wanted to be close to the beach. It has everything going for it as far as I am concerned.”

This weekend marked the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach.

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‘Suspicious’ house fire tied to children roasting marshmallows

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Officials said the only damage was to the siding on the house on Alamance Drive in Southport.

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Local store owners say shopping small has big benefits

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Every year, big box stores offer doorbuster deals to shoppers on Black Friday. But local Mom and Pop stores say shopping small just a day later has bigger benefits.

“It’s more personal,” said shopper Kelly Crenshaw. “Your shopping experience isn’t so Black Friday.”

And in fact, that is exactly what local stores were going for on Small Business Saturday, a day created by American Express to celebrate small businesses nation-wide. While big box stores hoped to cash in by opening earlier than ever this year, smaller Mom and Pop shops instead advertised convenience, good service, and economic benefits.

“Everybody who is employed here is local,” said Airlie Moon Co-owner Julie Robinson. “We donate to local charities. We support local schools. Many of our items in the store are locally made. It trickles down all throughout the economy.”

Stores like Airlie Moon in Lumina Station even feature local artists that personalize jewelry and other products on site. But shoppers say it is not only the product that is unique in these local stores. Shoppers also enjoy the unique experience.

“They have quality things and you get the service in these stores,” said long-time Wilmington resident and shopper Nora Pepper. “They come right up to you. They know your name.”

Mom and Pop stores hope the personal experience shoppers get with Small Business Saturday trumps Black Friday and Cyber Monday for years to come.

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Suspicious fire in Brunswick County

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The Brunswick County Sheriff's office is investigating a fire that authorities are calling suspicious.

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