WDI Weekly Newsletter
March 11, 2022
The Grand Reveal of the extensive renovations to the Cucalorus creative campus is taking place on March 23!

Join Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Downtown Business Alliance (DBA), Wilmington Downtown, iNC (WDI), and key Cucalorians for the event at Jengo's Playhouse, 815 Princess St., starting at 4 p.m.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the main buildings at Jengo's Playhouse. And starting at 7 p.m. there will be a screening of Josephine Decker's new film, The Sky is Everywhere.

This event is free and open to the public! Come one, come all to the Soda Pop District and help celebrate all the work that has happened at Jengo's Playhouse during the past two years!
Get a $1,500 check as part of
WDI's Microloan Assistance Grant Program!
Citrus Salon is one of several businesses in the downtown area to receive a Microloan Assistance Grant through WDI after closing on a Microloan. This salon is located at
262 N. Water St., inside the River Place development.
Wilmington Downtown, iNC is awarding $1,500 grant checks to the first 15 businesses that close on a Microloan!

A business approved for a loan as part of WDI's Microloan Program can receive up to a $20,000 loan at 3/4 of the New York Prime rate. The loan rate is fixed on the date of closing.

The $1,500 grant checks are made possible through a $25,000 grant award to WDI from the Duke Energy Foundation's Hometown Revitalization Grant Program. The funding from Duke Energy is being utilized in WDI's Microloan Assistance Grant (MAG) Program.

WDI has issued $1,500 MAG checks to End of Days Distillery, Citrus SalonCraftspace, and Transcend Bookkeeping. Each of these businesses has secured a $20,000 loan in this revolving loan program.

Money paid back to the WDI Microloan Program goes back into a funding pool to assist other businesses with the necessary financial capital they need to start up, grow or expand.

WDI has developed this financial assistance program to directly support entrepreneurs and incentivize small business investment.

Businesses inside and beyond the traditional downtown footprint in the Central Businesses District (CBD) can apply for the program. The WDI Microloan Program is aimed to help existing small businesses weather the impacts of COVID and attract new businesses to start in the CBD and the City's emerging districts.

Our emerging districts are: Brooklyn Arts, Cargo, Castle Street, North Waterfront, Northside, South Front, and Soda Pop districts.

WDI has joined with Civic Federal Credit Union as the underwriter for this lending program.

WDI manages the intake for this program, while Civic Federal Credit Union manages the lending and review of businesses’ sensitive financial information.

Microloans facilitate business spending on eligible expenditures, including purchasing inventory, paying up to 3 months of rent, buying furniture, making equipment purchases and repairs, and adding/expanding e-commerce capabilities.

For more information about the Microloan Program and to fill out an intake form click here. Please contact WDI at 910-998-7744 or email office@wilmingtondowntown.com with any questions.
NOW HIRING!
The Children's Museum of Wilmington is currently hiring part time team members!

To apply for a position, email kroby@playwilmington.org with your resume and cover letter.

Museum internships are also offered and can be combined with your field of study. Email your resume and cover letter to internships@playwilmington.org and explain the area of operation you are interested in.
The Wilmington Water Tours is hiring for all positions whether you prefer to be in the shop or on the boat.

Click here to apply or email mary@wilmingtonwt.com to inquire about the positions!
Tarantelli's is a family-owned restaurant downtown serving authentic Italian dishes and wine.

Tarantelli's is currently hiring a line/prep cook to join the culinary team!

For more information and to apply, click here!
Gelarto is known for its handcrafted gelato imported from Italy! The shop is located on the Wilmington Riverwalk.

The business is looking for a scooper and a barista, with full and part time positions available. Click here to apply!
Mellow Mushroom is hiring at its downtown location! Job positions include hosts and kitchen staff.

For more information call the restaurant at 910-769-6688 between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
If your business is hiring please let us know! Send WDI a list of your job positions and other details by emailing office@wilmingtondowntown.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Communities In Schools of Cape Fear is hosting a Breakfast Buffet starting at 7:30 a.m. March 17, with a program from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

During the breakfast, you'll hear presentations featuring CIS Cape Fear students and staff.

The breakfast will also feature a Keynote address from special guest, Chief District Court Judge, The Honorable J.H. Corpening!

Reserve your spot now by clicking here, or visit the website for more information.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. March 12 at its new location between Market and Second streets in Downtown Wilmington.

This year's Parade will loop 60-90 minutes through the streets of Downtown with Celtic traditional music, Irish dancing, bagpipe performances, food vendors, and much more!

The festival begins after the parade.
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Downtown Wilmington is hosting a wine dinner on March 23 and March 24 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. The event is $130 a person.

Please call 910-343-1818 to make a reservation.
The Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance is pleased to announce the return of Cape Fear Craft Beer Week! This week of events features beer releases, the Ultimate Brewing Championship, as well as Cape Fear Craft and Cuisine, and other exciting events!

The events take place from March 25 through April 3. Visit the Cape Fear Craft Beer Week Facebook page to keep up with all the activities.
March 11
6:30 PM
Bakery 105
105 Orange St.
March 11
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Waterline Brewing
721 Surry St.
March 12
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park
10 Cowan St.
March 12
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Waterline Brewing
721 Surry St.
March 13
7:00 PM
Hotel Ballast
301 N. Water St.
March 13
3:00 PM
Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut St.
March 13
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
604 Castle St.
March 13
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brooklyn Arts Center
516 N. 4th St.
March 13
11:00 - 4:00 PM
Satellite Bar & Lounge
120 Greenfield St.
March 13
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Waterline Brewing
721 Surry St.
March 15
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Waterline Brewiwng Company
721 Surry St.
March 15
6:00 PM
The Second Glass
1540 South 2nd. St.
March 16
12:00 PM
New Hanover County Library
201 Chestnut St.
March 16
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Waterline Brewing
721 Surry St.
March 18
7:00 PM or 9:30 PM
Dead Crow Comedy Room
511 N. Third St.
DOWNTOWN PERFORMANCES

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
7:00 PM, Apr. 22

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
6:00 PM, May 16

Show starts at 7:00 PM,
May 20

Show starts at
7:00 PM,
May 21

Show starts at 6:00 PM,
May 24

Show starts at,
7:00 PM, Jun. 24

Show starts at
7:00 PM, Aug. 7

Show starts at
7:00 PM,
April 12

Show starts
at 7:00 PM,
May 6-8

Show starts at 7:30 PM, May 17

Show starts at
8:00 PM,
May 22

Show starts at
8:00 PM, May 24

Show starts at
7:00 PM, June 4

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Jun. 10

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Jun. 18

Show starts at
7:30 PM, July 2

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
7:00 PM,
Sep. 20

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Sep. 21

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Sep. 29

Show starts at
7:00 PM, Mar. 11

Event starts at
10:00 AM, Mar. 19
Event ends at
5:00 PM, Mar. 20

Show starts at
2:00 PM, May 15

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Mar. 15

Show starts at
4:30 PM, Mar. 17

Show starts at
7:30 PM. Mar 19
and Mar. 20

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Mar. 25

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Apr. 2

Show starts at
4:00 PM, Apr. 3

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Apr. 11

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Apr. 19

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Apr. 22

Show starts at 7:30 PM, July 5-6
Thalian Hall will be closed for all of March due to renovations and improvements, but will be back with a packed April!

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Apr. 1

Show starts at 7:30
on Fridays and Saturdays;
2:00 on Sundays,
April 1-10.

Show starts at
7:30, Apr. 2

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Fri. - Sat.
and at 2:00 PM
on Sundays,
Apr. 8 - 17

Showtimes vary, April 11-13

Show starts at
7:30, Apr. 14

Showtimes vary,
Apr. 18-20

Show starts at
7:30 PM, Apr. 21

Show starts at
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM,
Apr. 30

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Mar. 11

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Mar. 12

Show starts at
4:00 PM, Mar. 13

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Mar. 25

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Apr. 1

Show starts at
8:00 PM, Apr. 2

Show starts at
4:00 PM, Apr. 3

Show starts at
7:00 PM, Apr. 6
226 North Front Street, Suite 130
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 998-7744
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