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Old 08-18-2008, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by shutdownthefed View Post
I want to be honest with you- I moved to Wilmington, NC in search for a better life and it's not working out for me. I want to list off a couple things as a cautionary tale-

#1-There are no jobs in this town. If you don't have a job lined up already, I wouldn't move here at all. I went on about 25 interviews here and never got any job offers. I can give you a couple of reasons for that:
A. There are a lot of college kids here (University of NC) that take up a lot
of the jobs for less.
B. There is a high turn over rate.
C. Every one under the sun is moving here. I am from Maryland. I am
waitressing right now and everyone I work with is from somewhere else,
whether its from west NC from Raleigh or somewhere else. I know we
have a couple people from jersey. and two new girls moved from
Massachusetts and Ohio.
D. There are a lot of Rich People who moved here and took this place over.
They own Wrightsville beach and inflated the economy. They are also
the *******s that have companies which turn people over. And they are
taking up the beach and all the coastal properties.

#2- Every one has the same idea. For some reason, every body is moving here. I guess some people found out there was a cool town here with jobs- but not any more. There is way too many people living here to sustain a stable economy. It's getting inflated (just like Maryland was) and the town is way tooooo small to support as many people that are living here.

#3- Since there are a lot of people here, the traffic is crazy. I am from the DC-metro area so I am used to traffic. The traffic is really bad for a small town but what the worst part is, I could mind the traffic because I am used to it; but this is a small town, and the amenities are such. The closet bank requires me to go down 8 miles and takes me 20 mins. to get to because the traffic is so bad. I live in Kings Grant and there is nothing at all around my neighborhood. It's a nice neighborhood, nice house, quiet, etc. but there is nothing around. No places to eat. I have to go S College Rd for the bank, food, etc etc and the traffic sucks and takes forever just to go around to the corner store.

#4- The town itself is just a bunch of strip malls. It's a small town so there's not a lot of diversity at all. For example, there aren't really that many places to eat. A lot of chain restraunts. There are a couple of good places I found- Naked King Fish (fresh seafood), Mellow Mushroom (Good Pizza, Good beer selection). But No Chipotle, No Panera Bread, No Good Mexican food that I have found yet. There aren't any cool clothes shops I have found besides Fairy Circle. I guess I wish there was a lot more variety. This is NOT a diverse place.

#5- Downtown is pretty cool. As far as I can tell, it's a lot of college kids down there but it's a pretty chill atmosphere and chill bars. I like the vibe from downtown. Definately better than the downtown Bethesda or DC places to go. The bars and even the people seem really chill.

I'm not sure where you are moving from, but I wanted to give you the best possible advice. It took me four months to get a job and the only job I could get was becoming a waitress. Most of the people I work with have Bachelors degrees, two girls I know have Masters degrees and everyone complains about not being able to find a "real job." Right now, all the college kids are moving back into town so it's about to get a lot worse with the job situation.

I would suggest that if you do have a job and a good rental- to hold onto it while you are in town and see if it is right for you. Your girlfriend may not find a job though. I would just rent and have money saved up so if you don't like it, you can roll out to some place else.

I think the best super market is probably Fresh Market but it's expensive. I also like Tidal Creek but only for certain things because that's really expensive too. (Tidal Creek is on Oleander.) (I hate that there are NO TRADER JOE's IN THIS PLACE!)

I think that's it for now. There are my pointers. I hope you get what you need!
Good Luck! =)
They are building a panera bread in Mayfaire. They're putting the brick on now,so it shouldn't be long before it opens. We're looking forward to it! When we moved here almost five years ago there wasn't even a Mayfaire,Fresh Market,Costco or a decent theater. We've come a long way,but still have a long way to go.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:09 PM
Location: Swansboro
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Wilmington is what you make it I love it there... it's a fun town and there's plenty of places to go and do things. You just have to know where to look.

There are TONS of great restaurants down there. One of the things I really like about Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach is that there are a lot of non-chain restaurants to choose from. You could go out and eat every night for a month and not have a problem finding a new place to go that isn't a chain restaurant.

The traffic can be tough but Wilmington is a growing city that has outgrown its roads. That's just how it is and you have to expect the roads to be busy and to learn to deal with it. It's not a Boston or a New York City... it's Wilmington. Don't expect it to be some huge city with the sparkling bright lights. It's not. It's laid back and relaxed and there are a lot of fun people there if you just take the time to look for them.

Crime is a problem in every town. Use common sense. Don't go out alone and lock your doors in your vehicle and your house. You'd do that in most every place in the US. Wilmington is no different. There are some fun places to go downtown at night but you just have to use common sense and don't put yourself in a bad situation.

It's a college town so expect a lot of college-age people. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for. Jobs can be tough but if you've got one coming in you shouldn't have any problems.

Lastly, just have fun and keep and open mind. So many people come on here bad-mouthing Wilmington and talking about how much they hate it. I can read between the lines on their posts and I could've told them they'd hate it before they got there... they expect things that Wilmington just doesn't have and then get offended when they don't find those things there.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:50 PM
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I think that me and my girl will like Wilmington at the very least you here have showed me that the people are nice and helpful and that means a lot. I guess i can start posting about if i like it here or not Friday morning when we roll into town. But as i always do i will leave with a question do any of you know of places with free wifi internet because clearly i am addicted to the net but who knows how long it will take for me to figure out where to best get my net service from.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:45 AM
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Just wanted to help you out a little bit.

There is a Panera Bread in Mayfaire Town Centre, and if you want good mexican food, you should check out La Costa on Market St. or if you want authentic mexican, check out La Fondita. Best Tamales in town. It is next to the stadium on Car. Beach Road.
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:35 PM
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Shop for the sales at the supermarkets, that way you get a feel for what store you like the best.
Ask questions if you don't know, call around about car insurance and ask the insurance agent to explain about NC motor vehicles registration/license process before you go in person.
Be very careful driving.
Bring something to do in case you get stuck at the cape fear bridge when it's up( read a book or magazine).
Crime isn't that bad-just use your head and don't put yourself in a situation that you can't get out of.
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