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What is the New Castle Street Art & Antique District?

Judy Royal

The New Castle Art & Antique District covers the area on and around 6th and Castle streets [Map this] in downtown Wilmington. Positioned several blocks away from what’s considered the central business district, New Castle was born in the 1930s, when it served as Wilmington’s premier hub for retail and high fashion, according to the district’s Web site, www.newcastleartandantiquedistrict.com. Saturday afternoons saw people strolling in and out of shops such as Friendly’s. Mom-and-pop stores and large-scale retailers lined the corridor. This economic landscape flourished well into the 1960s before fading into the shadows of downtown Wilmington.

In the mid 1990s, a few people began working toward reviving the corridor by investing, restoring and operating their own businesses along Castle Street. The effort picked up steam in 2004 with more stores and investors, and in 2007 they formed The New Castle Art & Antique District. Shops found there today are:

The Newcastle Antique Center

Michael Moore Antiques

The Wilmington Gallery at Newcastle

Suzie Q’s

Oriental Rugs at Newcastle

Time…At Last!

Charles R. Adams Antiques

Hall’s Tropicana Restaurant

Castle Keep

Acorn Attic

The Jester’s Java


Buckets of Bulbs

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2 Responses to “ What is the New Castle Street Art & Antique District?”

  1. On June 9, 2009 at 8:24 am Teresa wrote:

    It’s a wonderful alternative to the mall and department stores, for gift shopping. There are several shops to choose from and it’s easy to find unique, personal gifts, that are well suited for anyone. Not to mention, the quiche at Jester’s Java is the best in town. This is certainly not the Castle street many Wilmington residents once feared.

  2. On August 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm CL Nelson wrote:

    Add to the list of tenants: Cape Fear Playhouse at Newcastle (615 Castle Street), an 80-seat theatre and home of Big Dawg Productions. http://www.bigdawgproductions.org

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