January 2011
In This Issue
BizTech Conference & Expo
The Firebelly Lounge Books Acts for 2011
CFCC Men's Basketball
Discounted Tickets to the Downtown Economic Series - Limited Time Only!
New Castle Arts & Antique District
New Year's Eve Specials
New Year's "You Call It" at Bottega Gallery
Free admission and $3 beverages! Selection includes beer, wine and champagne cocktails.
New exhibit: "Continuing the Form"

New Year's Eve Celebration at Caprice Bistro
Chef Moity invites you and your family to enjoy a celebratory night on New Year's Eve. Caprice Bistro will be offering a three course prix fixe menu ($39.95) starting at 5:00pm. Enjoy a midnight Champagne toast while watching the ball drop at the sofa bar.

"Midnight in Paris" at Le Catalan French Cafe & Wine Bar
Friday, December 31 beginning at 5:00pm
Appetizer, Entr´┐Że, Dessert and Glass of Bubbly for just $49!
Reservations by phone: (910) 815-0200

New's Year Eve Party at Costello's Piano Bar
Live performance by Bibis and Black, (910) 362-9666

New Year's Eve Celebration at Crow Hill
First Seating: 5:30pm - 7:30pm $35 Three-Course Prix Fixe
Second Seating: 7:00pm - 2:00am $85 includes: Cocktail Reception in Banquet Room (7-8pm), Four-Course Prix Fixe (8:30-10:30pm), Open Bar with Beer, Wine and Champagne (10pm-2am). Reservations required: (910) 228-5332
Sunday, January 2: Lazy Day Brunch from 10:00am - 6:00pm

Countdown Downtown at Fat Tony's/Orton's/Longstreet's
Live music beginning at 7:00pm - The Phantom Playboys and Big Al Hall & the Noseriders. Watch the ball drop with a champagne toast, a pizza buffet and free party favors!
$15 advance/$20 door - Reservations recommended

New Year's Eve 2010 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside
For $79 a person - Cocktail hour with antipasto and hors d' oeuvres (8:30pm), Station reception in the Grand Ballroom (9:30pm), Champagne toast (11:45pm) and Decadent dessert reception (midnight-1:00am). Packages, including overnight accommodations, are available! Call (910) 763-5900.

Hotel Tarrymore/Press 102 New Year's Eve Party Package
Three Course Prix Fixe for $26.99 at Press 102
Enjoy a one-bedroom suite for $199 or a two-bedroom suite for $239 at Hotel Tarrymore. All rates based on double occupancy. Please call (910) 399-4438 for reservations.

New Year's Celebration Cruise aboard the Henrietta III
For $85 a person - take a cruise down the Cape Fear River and enjoy appetizers, free favors and champagne. Reservations by phone: (910) 343-1661

Live Music at Projekte
Local singer/songwriter Jeff Sanchez and friends. Midnight champagne toast is on the house! (910) 352-0236

Ring in the New Year at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse with a special menu & champagne toast! Click here to view the New Year's Eve menu. Reservations by phone (910) 343-1818 or online.

BizTech Conference & Expo

Wilmington's Largest Business Event is being held January 13-14, 2011 at the Wilmington Convention Center. This is a two-day event featuring the region's most successful people in business and technology. Keynote speakers, seminars and the expo will help companies and their employees develop professionally, make new connections and reach new customers. For more information, click here.

WDI Mobile App

By now you've read about, or perhaps used first-hand, WDI's mobile version of its website. This destination aware software enables smart phone users to quickly and easily search for events and business listings. Additionally, it will give directions through the location-based site. The graph below depicts the steady increase in WDI's mobile website page views per month. You know all downtown businesses are on the WDI mobile website. If you'd like to see this kind of growth, become a partner today and move your business downtown.

The Firebelly Lounge
Books Acts for 2011

The Firebelly Lounge is doing it's part to keep downtown Wilmington active with arts and live entertainment that will encourage a more mature crowd and better nightlife. Firebelly will be starting music between 9:00pm & 10:00pm on the weekends and ending before 1:00am, keeping in peace with neighbors and the noise ordinance. As always, it's free!

Check out this line up for the beginning of January!

Friday, January 7: Koostic Thang Jam Band
(acoustic - sounds like greatful dead, wide spread, phish)
Saturday, January 8: Shallow and Woolwine
Friday, January 14: Jeremy Norris and Friends
(acoustic - top 40/country/alt rock)
Saturday, January 15: Funky Cabbage
(4 piece band all soul and funk)

CFCC Men's Basketball

The Cape Fear Community College's Men's Basketball team have made the following accomplishments: 2007 Region 10 Runner-Up, 2009 Region 10 Champions, 2010 Region 10 Regular Season Champio
ns and 2009 National Tournament Participant. Now, let's show them support this season! All home games are listed on the WDI website under events. Admission to all games is $3 for the general public and free to children under 12. CFCC students and employees with ID are also free.

Upcoming Home Games:

Against MountZion Academy
January 15
at 5:00pm at the CFCC Schwartz Center

Against Aiken Technical College
January 22 at 5:00pm at the CFCC Schwartz Center
Featured Property
of the Month

220 North Front Street
Shrier Building
Property Size: 10,000 + SF
Sale: $799,000 - Reduced!

Contact: Todd Toconis
(910) 763-7500

Click here for more information about this property. To view other available properties, click here.

WDI allows REALTORS and landlords to post their listings on our website as a FREE service. Please click here to do so.
Featured Business
of the Month

Touch of Class Clothing
115 North Front Street
(910) 362-4000

Men's clothing and accessory store located in the heart of downtown Wilmington.

Coupon of the Month

Click the image for a printable version of the coupon.

This month's coupon is from Doublewide Skate Shop, located at 24 North Front Street. Doublewide stocks the latest and greatest clothing and accessories you have come to know in the Action sports lifestyle. With over 60 styles of shoes and 100 skate decks to choose from they've got you covered for skateboarding or surfing. Use this coupon to receive $10 off your purchase of $50 or $20 off your more purchase of $100.
Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to promote the economic growth and development of downtown Wilmington.

John Hinnant
Executive Director
Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
P.O. Box 2235
Wilmington, NC 28402
Phone: 910.763.7349
Fax: 910.343.6950
Give to WDI
Do you want to help promote the growth and economic development of downtown Wilmington?

Donations received or postmarked before or on December 31 are tax deductible for 2010!

Buy Discounted Tickets for a Limited Time Only!
The Downtown Economic Series takes place on
February 17, 2011 at the Wilmington Convention Center

Early Bird Special through January 15, 2011
Buy your tickets now and save $10!

Keynote Speaker:
Kurt Weigle, President & CEO of the Downtown Development District in New Orleans. Mr. Weigle will discuss New Orleans recovery, revitalization and economic development.

Presenting Sponsor: PPD
Click here for information on sponsorships. Sign on now for your 2010 tax deduction!

Tickets on sale now!

New Year's Noon Celebration at
the Children's Museum

Friday, December 31
starting at 11:00am

Make streamer sticks and noise makers leading up to a confetti toss and juice toast!

New Year's at Front Street Brewery
Open until 2:00am on New Year's Eve
Front Street Brewery Logo
Open New Year's Day
Start out the New Year with a bit of good luck with FREE black eyed peas! Enjoy another southern New Year's Day tradition with a special serving of collards to ensure prosperity. And, of course, don't forget our Scottish Ale, Bloody Marys and Mimosas also on special all day!
Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room
Start out your New Years with a laugh. Nutt Street welcomes Comedy Central's Sean Patton.

Date: December 31
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Click here for more information.

Grand Opening Celebration
of the Wilmington Convention Center

January 13 at 9:00am
Grand Ballroom

Public tours to follow Please park in the Convention Center Parking Deck
Invitational Striper Tournament
Presented by Cape Fear River Watch

Date: January 14-16
Location: Coastline Conference & Event Center

Click here for more information, including schedule of events.
Thalian Hall Events
Frank Vignola's Tribute to Django Reinhardt
January 14-16
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 7:00pm
& 9:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
Quick Links
Battleship Events
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Hidden Battleship
January 15 from
8:30am - 12:30pm & 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Check Out
Castle Street

The New Castle Street Arts & Antique District is thriving. In the last five years, 35 buildings have been reclaimed. To see a list of all the businesses,
click here!

Thinking Ahead for Valentine's Day?
Bloomers Floral Design
is offering FREE Delivery for Valentine's day with any order over $75.

Be sure to mention you saw this offer in the WDI Newsletter and place your order before February 10!

WDI on Facebook

WDI has a new page on Facebook! Click here to become a fan, receive news updates and more!

Become a 2011 Partner of WDI
Now, you can join the team that's making great things happen downtown!
Click here to view the 2011 partnership brochure. This program, which is designed for all budgets, allows businesses and members of the community to become more involved with our organization. All contributors are given the opportunity to serve on any of WDI's committees. In addition, everyone will receive a window/door decal denoting partnership and a discounted rate to all WDI ticketed events!
Click here to learn more!

New Year's Resolution
Have lunch downtown in January! Park in one of the city parking decks. Beginning on January 3, all city parking decks will be first 90 minutes FREE!