WDI Weekly Newsletter
February 4, 2022
Satellite Bar and Lounge and Block Taco are co-located inside the same building at 120 Greenfield St., offering both food and drink in Downtown’s South Front District.

Satellite Bar and Lounge was the first to open in the district, inside a beautifully renovated brick building. Dustin Ricks, co-owner of both establishments, saw great potential locating in the South Front community and in the 1940s building, which started as a grocery store.

This rustic bar and lounge features open spaces, a large outdoor seating area and was built with some salvaged and repurposed materials from the original structure. Guests to Satellite can select from over 250 beers, spirits, vodkas, wines, and tequilas!

It was the success of this bar and difficulty keeping an ongoing rotation of food trucks that motivated the owners to later open Block Taco. This neighborhood taco joint is a complement to the bar and lounge, serving locally sourced food with ingredients from hometown names, including Seaview Crab Company, Terra Vita Farms, and Wholesome Greens.

Block Taco serves a select menu of dishes such as carnitas and carne asada and has vegetarian options.

Satellite hosts live music events, including bluegrass every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Block Taco hosts a local farmers market once a month, providing visitors and residents of the district with a way to source their own local ingredients.

Next time you’re in South Front District, grab a sip and a bite from these two great downtown establishments!
If you're an artist, musician, or have a business downtown and would like to be featured in an upcoming WDI SPOTLIGHT, please contact us via email at [email protected].
Front Street Brewery Reopens
With A Fresh Look!
Front Street Brewery, located at 9 N. Front St. is open following a month of restoration and renovation work to the building.

The longtime Downtown brewery and restaurant closed during the month of January to spruce up the interior and exterior of the property. Some of the work included refinishing the floors, adding new tile, renovating the bathrooms and repairing the facade.

WDI awarded a $2,500 Facade Improvement Grant to Front Street Brewery to help fund part of the exterior repairs.

Front Street Brewery, however, invested much more into the property and paid staff while the business was closed for the month of January. Staff members also received training on beer and whiskey selections and pairings, and participated in customer service workshops.

Doors officially opened on Feb. 1. Stop by the brewery this month to visit its great staff and check out their fresh look!
Cucalorus and Wilson Center to receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan!
Cucalorus and the Wilson Center have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Cucalorus is recommended to receive $100,000 and may use the funding to save jobs and fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, as well as marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.

“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as Cucalorus, rebuild and reopen,” Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA, said. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

"We are delighted to receive funding support from NEA to help us to continue to amplify
the work of filmmakers and artists that we showcase at the Cucalorus Film Festival,” Cucalorus Board Chair Byron Hurt said.
“We are tremendously humbled by NEA’s
support. We know that as an cultural arts institution, the NEA has many worthy
organizations to choose from, and we are thrilled to be among those chosen for this
relief funding," Hurt said.

The National Endowment for the Arts has recommended American Rescue Plan awards totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is recommended to receive $150,000.

WDI is pleased to see these great downtown arts organizations receive federal funding to help support operations and recover from the pandemic!

The application period is now open for this year's Orange Street ArtsFest!

Thalian Association Community Theatre has announced the return of the Orange Street ArtsFest to Wilmington.

Orange Street ArtsFest 2022 will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St. The festival also will be located on Orange Street and on Second Street.

Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metalwork, or mixed media. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist.

An early-bird discount fee of $135 will be offered until March 1, with registration being $150 after until all spaces are filled. Click here to apply!
February 4
8:30 PM
Burgwin-Wright House
 224 Market St.

February 4
6:00 - 9:00 PM
New Anthem Beer Project
110 Greenfield St.

February 5
Food: 5:00 PM/Music: 6:30 p.m.
End of Days Distillery
1815 Castle St.

February 5
8:00 - 11:00 PM
The Lookout at Iron Front
23 N. Front St.

February 5
10:00 AM
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market St.

February 6
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Live at Ted's
2 Castle St.

February 5-6
7:00 PM
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington & Black Cat Shoppe
8 Market St.

February 4-5
7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
Dead Crow Comedy Room
511 N. Third St.
February 5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Across from Luna Caffe
on Castle St.
February 6
2:00 PM
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market St.
WAHA Luncheon Two Weeks Away!
The Wilmington Area Hospitality Association (WAHA) will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 16. The event will be hosted at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort located at 275 Waynick Blvd. in Wrightsville Beach.

WAHA is a member-based organization serving the region's hospitality industry, including many downtown businesses. The organization holds bimonthly luncheons as an opportunity to hear from industry-related speakers. The event is open to WAHA members and non-members.

Hanna Telford, Partner Program Manager from Visit NC, will present information about opportunities at the state level for hospitality-related businesses to partner and gain exposure. Click here for details and to register for the event!

Show starts at 6:00 PM, March 11

Show starts at
6:00 PM, March 27

Show starts at
6:00 PM,
March 31

Show starts at
7:00 PM, April 2

Show starts at
6:00 PM, Apr. 13

Show starts at 6:00 PM, April 14

Show starts at
7:00 PM, April 15

Show starts at 7:00 PM, April 16

Show starts at
6:00 PM, Apr. 21

Show starts at
6:00 PM,
April 26-27

Show starts at
6:00 PM, Apr. 28

Show starts at 6:00 PM, May 1

Show starts at 7:00 PM,
May 20

Show starts at 6:00 PM,
May 24

Show starts at
7:00 PM,
April 12

Show starts at 7:30 PM, May 17

Show starts at
8:00 PM, May 22

Show starts at
7:00 PM, June 4

Show Starts at
7:00 PM, Jul. 15

Show starts at
7:00 PM, Sep. 3

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Sep. 16

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Sep. 21
Two Performances: Feb. 16 & Feb. 17
Shows start at 6:00 PM

Show Starts at
7:00 PM, Feb. 23

Show starts at
7:00 PM, Mar. 1

Show starts at
7:00 PM, Mar. 11
Show starts at 7:30 PM, Feb. 5

Show starts at
7:30, Feb. 1-3

Show starts
at 7:30 PM, Feb. 10

Show starts at 7:30 PM, Feb. 19
host by Orlando Jones
Show starts at 7:30 PM, Feb. 4

Show starts
at 7 PM, Feb. 7-8
4 & 7 PM, Feb. 9

Show starts at 7:30 PM,
Feb. 10-12 & 18-20
3:00 PM, Feb. 13 & 20
Shows Feb. 18-27 starting at 7:30 PM, Fri. & Sat.
2:00 PM, Sat. & Sun.

Show starts at 7:00 PM,
Feb. 21-22
4:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Feb. 23
Show starts at
7:30 PM, Feb. 24th
226 North Front Street, Suite 130
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 998-7744