Get Organized with Space Saving Designs

Organization and space saving are hugely important to any home design, especially for homeowners who like to spend summer months entertaining. How can you organize outdoor areas, living rooms, dining ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Jun 28, 2019

Plantation Village Book Showcases WWII Veterans

Those of us who live and work here at Plantation Village are fortunate to have so many WWII veterans as residents. The Greatest Generation dealt with adversity during the Great Depression, went to war ...

Lisa Polanski - Plantation Village Retirement Community | Jun 28, 2019

Meet Markraft Designer Melissa Marsh

For Melissa Marsh, moving to Wilmington was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Markraft designer made her way to the area in September 2018. Two days before Hurricane Florence, to be exact. &l ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Jun 18, 2019

Ditch The Big Box Approach to Kitchen & Bath Design

You’ve spent countless hours on Houzz and Pinterest. You’ve flipped through dozens of home magazines. And you’ve watched your share of HGTV makeover shows. Armed with lots of idea ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Jun 4, 2019

Offering a Passport to a Rewarding Lifestyle

To help potential residents get a taste of the Plantation Village lifestyle, we have launched an exciting new program called the Passport Club. An exclusive sneak peek into the exceptional quality o ...

Lisa Polanski - Plantation Village Retirement Community | Jun 4, 2019

Retirement By Design

I have been working with folks transitioning to retirement for 20 years.  When I started in my career, it was the Greatest Generation retiring. Now it is all Baby Boomers.   There is a sta ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | May 1, 2019

Design on Display at Parade of Homes

Markraft Cabinets has built its business, in large part, through the support of area builders. So, it’s no surprise they like to give back to the local industry whenever they can. ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Apr 9, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Outdoor Living on Display at Markraft

The weather outside might be frightful but inside Markraft Cabinets’ showroom, there are now some delightful signs of warmer seasons soon to come. Recognizing the ever-growing trend of ou ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Jan 28, 2019

Plantation Village Boosts Pay for Hourly Associates

This Insights article was contributed by Zane Bennett, Executive Director at Plantation Village. In a move that was motivated by ethics and a continuing focus on providing the highest possible ...

Lisa Polanski - Plantation Village Retirement Community | Jan 28, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Kitchen Trends for 2019

Move over grey – there’s a new tone in town. While, admittedly, smoky gunmetal hues aren’t exactly going the way of avocado green in kitchens, Markraft designer Amanda Fisher is ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Dec 4, 2018

Plantation Village Launches WWII Book to Honor Veterans

This Insights article was contributed by Becky Grogan, Marketing Coordinator at Plantation Village. Those of us who work here at Plantation Village are always cognizant and appreciative of the r ...

Lisa Polanski - Plantation Village Retirement Community | Dec 4, 2018

Delayed Gratification: The Key to Financial Success

This Insights article was contributed by Katie Henderson, Marketing Director for Pathfinder Wealth Consulting. The first item I bought with my own money was a little wooden barn for my toy horse ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Dec 4, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Get Creative with Kitchen and Bath Designs

Remember avocado-green countertops? Harvest gold appliances? Pepto Bismol-pink bathroom walls? Fuzzy toilet seat covers? Like clothing, kitchen and bath designs routinely – and often, quickly ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Nov 20, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Meet Markraft Designer Amanda Fisher

As a child, Amanda Fisher was fascinated with the art of construction. “I was always building things with blocks, and I loved looking through architecture books,” she recalled. Amand ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Nov 20, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Customers are the 'Core' of Markraft's Mission

These days, nearly every company has a mission statement – a concise explanation of purpose – that is supported by core values – a set of guiding principles aimed at achieving that p ...

Markraft Cabinets - | Nov 20, 2018
Legal Issues

Keep Holidays Cheerful with Custody Schedules

The holiday season is a time to revel in good food with good friends, delight in the little ones’ excitement over gifts and bond with family as you deck the halls or light the menorah. But ...

Jim Lea - Lea/Schultz Law Firm | Nov 20, 2018
Legal Issues

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Good Client

When you go to a physician with a health problem, you are likely putting your complete trust in that doctor’s expertise. You want him or her to evaluate you and, based on training and experien ...

Jim Lea - Lea/Schultz Law Firm | Nov 20, 2018

Retire with “Style”

This Insights column was contributed by Katie Henderson, Marketing Director for Pathfinder Wealth Consulting Polka dots with stripes. Navy and black. White after Labor Day. These are all style ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Nov 20, 2018

Stay in the Know About Family Finances

This Insights column was contributed by John Zachary, CFP®, Associate Wealth Advisor with Pathfinder Wealth Consulting. I recently had a prospective client come into my office who lost her husb ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Nov 20, 2018

Take Your First Steps Toward Financial Independence

This Insights column was contributed by Katie Henderson, Marketing Director for Pathfinder Wealth Consulting. I run ultramarathons - up mountains, over rocks and roots, and through rivers. I lov ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Nov 20, 2018
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Jul 19, 2019

Helping Loved Ones with Pre-Planning

Moving closer to the end of the road is not something any of us wants to think about. Still, leaving “at-need” arrangements to loved ones creates unnecessary burdens and stress, both emotionally and financially. We asked professionals involved in pre-planning about what we can do to help make this difficult time as painless and hassle-free as possible. For the full PDF version, click here.   What are some of the common hurdles family members face when dealing with loved ...

Jun 21, 2019

Residential Real Estate: Keeping Up with Demand

This month the North Carolina Department of Commerce released projected job growth numbers for the next seven years which include the state’s fastest annual growth rate in Wilmington. New jobs mean new workers: as our population continues to grow, real estate will keep rocking in the Cape Fear region, but not without its challenges. We asked a panel of local industry leaders for their thoughts on some of the most important trends and issues facing home buyers and real estate professional ...

Jun 10, 2019

Manufacturing in Wilmington: Pros, Cons, and What the Future Holds

The U.S. is seeing the best manufacturing jobs growth of the last 30 years. With the Port of Wilmington ramping-up infrastructure projects to handle bigger ships and quicker cargo delivery, and the Wilmington metro area adding to the local workforce with a continuing population boom, what does the future hold for area manufacturers? For a full PDF version, click here.  Manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance across the U.S. Is the Cape Fear region part of that good news? RYAN ...