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Give The Gift Of Membership This Holiday Season

cityclub_bizjournal_ad_Holiday2015Holidays are almost here and we all have that one person on our gift list that we just don’t know what to get.  We feel your pain and just might be able to help!  Are they a foodie?  Do they like wine?  Are they social?  How about business networking?  Would they enjoy a night out on the town fine dining in historic downtown Wilmington?  If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you should consider giving the gift of City Club membership.  For a limited time only, this promotion offers over 85% OFF of the normal $1500 initiation fee!  Contact member services today to get the full details – EMAIL US or call us at 910-343-1880 ext 210.  And oh yeah, the “they” in these questions can be “you”.  C’mon you deserve it….reward yourself!

Behind the Scenes

City Club was fortunate enough to have a group of wonderfully talented and generous men and women from the Wilmington area put together an AMAZING photo shoot for our look into the Great Gatsby Gala!

Here is a sneak peak of some of the hard work….

Lucky for us Monica Purdy hit the nail on the head with the hair styles!
Lucky for us Monica Purdy hit the nail on the head with the hair styles!
Makeup artist Michal Lauren perfected the faces of our models with glamours looks
Makeup artist Michal Lauren perfected the faces of our models with glamours looks
Left: Natalie Kiser from Island Passage
Left: Natalie Kiser from Island Passage
Model Monica Purdy also doubled as our talented hair stylist from Bangz Salon
Model Monica Purdy also doubled as our talented hair stylist from Bangz Salon
Local store owner Harrison Sasser from Gentleman's Corner was our stand in for Mr. Jay Gatsby
Local store owner Harrison Sasser from Gentleman’s Corner was our stand in for Mr. Jay Gatsby

Not So Secret

We Have A     Secret You'll Want To Hear-1 (2)Tickets are on sale now for Great Gatsby Gala!

The Gala is all the buzz around town! There will be a silent auction, VIP Cocktails, burlesque dancer, roaring 20’s outfits, fabulous food and more at the party of the year! Not to mention all your favorite party goers! Don’t forget that this year the proceeds made will be going to the City Club Foundation helping to promote volunteerism and charitable work in the Wilmington area!

Tickets on sale now! Follow to our blog page Great Gatsby Gala!

Not a Member? You don’t need an invitation for this party!

City Club's Great Gatsby Gala (2)
Join City Club for $0 initiation fee when you purchase your Great Gatsby Gala Ticket on our blog page above! Enjoy a roaring 1920’s party full of glitz and glam! We have a spectacular spread full of food, drinks, photographers, and prizes! All proceeds are going to go to the City Club Foundation for promoting volunteerism and charitable work in the community! Non Member Tickets | $150 | VIP Cocktail Hour | Initiation fee into the City Club | 2 Drink Tickets

It’s Time to Party Old Sport! Great Gatsby Gala 2015

a little party never killed nobody!

Abigail (1)City Club’s

5th Annual
Great Gatsby Gala
Saturday, September 5th 2015

VIP Cocktail Hour 6:00-7:00pm
General Admission/Event 7:00-10:00pm

General Admission $75 | VIP $150
(Just $100 for current City Club members. Nonmembers will receive waived initiation on club membership with VIP ticket purchase)


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(your membership will be verified and tickets will be billed to your account)

City Club’s Preferred Partner Program – Updated List of Wilmington Area Businesses

City Club unveiled the Preferred Partners Program in 2013 and the response has been amazing!  If you are a current club member, check out the updated list below or click here for a PDF/printable version.  Businesses who participate in the program offer club members 15% OFF on select products and/or services.

If you are club member and would like to submit your business to be part of the program, please fill out the short form hereCityClub_PreferredPartner_logodecal2015-16.  Lastly, if you are interested in club membership, contact Abby Myles at 9910

Adam Shay CPA, PLLC

Tax planning and tax preparation for business owners and individuals.

We also provide outsourced CFO services to businesses.

Adam Shay Phone: (910) 256-3456

Bluewater Marine and RV & Bluewater Transport Limousine

Transportation needs land or sea large and small we can move it all.

Limousine Service, Boat Charters & Cruises, Yacht Transport at Sea, RV,

Trailer, Fifth Wheel Transport.

Michael Hamby (910) 256-8328

Cape Fear Formal Wear

Men’s Formal Wear. Suites and Tuxedos

Jeff Hovis Phone: (800) 433-7558

Coastal Cupcakes

Wilmington’s first and premier cupcakery, offering designer cupcakes made fresh daily from the worlds finest ingredients. Great for Gift Giving, Birthday Parties, Weddings, Showers, Business Meetings and other events!

Kristen Beckmeyer Phone: (910) 251-8844

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP

One of the largest law firms in North Carolina with more than 100 attorneys serving clients across the state from offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington.  We represent clients in all stages of litigation before federal, state, and local courts in North Carolina, as well as select administrative agencies.

John Martin (910) 777-6054

Crescent Moon at 2 N Front, LLC

Retail gift and decor gallery for hand made craft in America. We buy from over 75 artists that are local, regional and national and sell their hand craft in art glass, pottery, fiber, metal sculpture, jewelry and visual arts.  Affordable Made in the USA gifts and art.  Free Gift Wrapping.  Free Delivery in the Greater Wilmington area.  We ship and insure to the Continental USA.

Joan Loch Phone: (910) 762-4207

DeeTrain Personal Training Services

1-on-1 Personal Training, Group Fitness Classes and Bootcamps

Dee Whittington Phone: (910) 367-5571

Events! On Front

Located in the heart of Wilmington’s historic downtown business district on Front Street.  Featuring a full 18-foot bar, permanent dance floor, stage, elegant finishes, and neutral decor to suit any special event!

Nancy Bullock Phone: (910) 777-2887

Exclusively Carolina Gifts

Gift shops at Blue Moon Gifts Shops on Racine Drive and Tickled Pink at Lumina Station. Items and gifts are all made, produced, or designed in the Carolinas!

Jane Sykes Bowden Phone: (910) 777-8838

Flash Promotions

Promotional products such as t-shirts, hats, buttons, flashlights, mugs, koozies, etc.

Louise McColl Phone: (910) 350-1211

Front Street Optometric Care

Healthy Eyes Meet Stylish Eyes! Full scope optometric practice that offers routine eye exams, CL exams, and treatment of diseases of the eye. Evening & Saturday appointments for your convenience. Most vision and medical insurances accepted. Optical boutique with 1000 frames.

Dr. Tiffany Jackson Phone: (910) 341-4556

Greater Wilmington Business Journal / Wilma Magazine

Numerous avenues for clients to connect with their target audience–print, online and in person – Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Book on Business or Wilma magazine ads, Business Journal & Wilma websites, Daily Emails, sponsorships at our Power Breakfasts, Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, Wilmington Biz Expo,  Health Care Heroes, Wilma Expo, Wilma Nights, SpotOn video, and Insights.

Judy Budd Phone: (910) 343-8600 x212

Greene Resources

Recruiting and staffing services.  Designs and delivers specialized recruiting solutions from a wide variety of industries.

Lindsay Smith Phone: (910) 251-0505

Indigru Home Cleaning

Book your home cleaning fast with instant online pricing, scheduling and payment. We deliver insured, bonded and background checked/verified professional cleaners to your home to take care of the dirty work.

Neal Whittington Phone: (910) 367-5232

Infinity Acupuncture

Chinese medicine is a proven system of medicine that has worked effectively for over 4,000 years and withstood the test of time.  Acupuncture balances and treats mind, body and spirit for whole healing.

Gretchen S. Reavis Phone: (910) 262-1122

Intracoastal Realty

Real estate sales (buy or sell)

Michelle Clark Phone: (910) 367-9767

Jackie Leonard Agency

Sales and marketing of real estate, rentals, property management, investment properties and senior real estate specialty needs

Jackie Leonard Phone: (252) 717-9630


Julia’s Florist

Julia’s Florist has been Wilmington’s Premier Florist since 1989. Voted “Wilmington’s Best Florist” for the past seven (7) consecutive years, we strive to deliver products and services second to none. Our staff promises to be knowledgeable, dependable, courteous, respectful, prompt, efficient and friendly from the first greeting to the “good-bye.” We are committed to giving you the most enjoyable flower buying experience anywhere.

Dana Cook Phone: (910) 395-1868

Junction Mechanical

Plumbing and piping service, repairs fro industrial, commercial and residential customers. 32 years of experience and insured.

Kal Marton Phone: (910) 742-7037

Kelly Kottage

Online boutique offering accessories, apparel, and gifts for baby/kids, women, home décor, etc.  We also offer monogramming and embroidery services.

Kelly Thomas

Live Oak Real Estate

Leader in foreclosure and general full service real estate in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and the surrounding Pender and Brunswick County areas. Experts in REO, foreclosure, and corporate owned assets. Find and buy foreclosures fast or fast track your listing with the same methods we use for the largest banks in America to give you a level playing field in this market.

Pamela Wooddell Phone: (910) 470-2532

Math Made Easy

Private Math Tutor. Engineer with MBA has successfully tutored at every level! I love Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Functions, Calculus, Statistics, Economics, and Operations Research! Great at pinpointing problems and clearing up basics, like fractions, percentages, etc. I can help students with Grade School, High School, College, Grad School, Nursing School, and preparation for the GED, SAT, Praxis, GRE, and GMAT.

Maura Black Phone: (910) 791-3467


NC Eco Odysseys

Unique adventures by introducing history, activity, and culinary adventure into our events. Custom outings & corporate team building adventures. Recurring event – Paddles and Pairings, a unique kayak adventure on one of our local waterways coupled with a catered craft beer or wine pairing dinner.

Deena Craig Phone: (407) 247-5516

Outdoor Creations Landscape & Design, Inc.

Specializes in guaranteed landscaping and lawn care solutions to enhance the value and natural beauty of your home. A beautifully landscaped yard is an investment that pays for itself in pleasure as well as increased home value.

Raymond Bray Phone: (910) 343-0777

Paws4people Foundation

Pet, therapy and service dog training

Kyria Henry Phone: (910) 431-0698

Pinehurst Capital Inc.

Financial Fiduciary & Estate Planning. Tax Strategies & Preperation; Registered Investment Advising Services, Risk Management.

Herman Grant Perry Phone: (910)509-7179

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

Certified Financial Planner™  Assistance with insurance, investment and retirement planning needs. Jon Tait Phone: (910) 371-0366

Relax! Massage Therapy

Whether you desire a relaxing Full-Body Massage, deep tissue work, or need a therapeutic session to release your sore neck or back, Relax! Massage Therapy is the destination of choice in Wilmington, North Carolina, for clients that demand the best in massage therapy.

Gretchen S. Reavis Phone: (910) 262-1122

River Landing

Gated golf course community covering over 1,700 unspoiled acres on the banks of the northeast Cape Fear River in Wallace, NC. Easy 35 minute drive from Wilmington. Number of different venues for special events (weddings, meetings, board retreats, fundraisers, etc.). 2 top 50 in NC golf courses, 2 amazing restaurants, our own Holiday Inn Express and Suites and in the gates we have deluxe suites and golf cottages.

Madi McDougald Phone: (910) 285-1006

Riverside Dental Arts

Comprehensive General Dentistry (Dental Implants & Aesthetic Dentistry). Achieve your appearance goals combined with preventive measures for a healthy smile that lasts your lifetime. New Patient Exam, Cleaning & necessary Radiographs, Professional Teeth Whitening & $500 off Invisalign Orthodontic Therapy.

Dr. Gabriel Rich Phone: (910) 254-4555

Salon Beyond Basics Day Spa

Full service Salon and Spa with 26 stylist chairs, 3 massage therapist suites, 2 aesthetician suites, and 2 wig/hair piece suites. We carry about 25 different professional product/tool lines to fully care for any client needs.

Terry Allgood Phone: (910) 452-0072

Satori Soap LLC

Satori creates handmade, organic body products specifically designed for sensitive skin. Our products are simple, unrefined and understated. We use only the highest quality, organic and locally sourced ingredients and believe in purity, transparency, and sustainability.

Jennifer Paulding Phone: 856.371.0169

Spectrum Art & Jewelry

15% off fine jewelry repair services.  Our master goldsmith can handle all your fine jewelry requirements from sizing rings to new prongs, replacing lost gemstones to refinishing and more.  Our “Jewelry Spa” service will restore your favorite jewelry to “like-new” condition.

Star Sosa Phone: (910) 256-2323

Starr Financial Resources

Our clients are entrepreneurs, executives and individuals who care about people.  We help them achieve what they would want…if they knew the possibilities.

Peter Starr Phone: (910) 367-5497

The Barbara Pugh Real Estate Team – Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Helping buyers, sellers and investors navigate the real estate market with professional service and integrity.  I work with sellers from investment rental properties to luxury homes on the ICWW.  My Team and I are always willing to go the extra mile to help buyers find just the right property.

Barbara Pugh Phone: (910) 520-2945

The Inn at City Club

Six luxury suites seated proudly above terraced gardens in the 1841 ante-bellum de Rosset House. Each suite is individually appointed with heart-of-pine floors, period furniture, large whirlpool tubs, separate showers, gas log fireplaces, cable TV, telephones, data ports, coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves and irons with boards. Two of the suites are full apartment suites with kitchens and washer/dryers.

Marcus Schroeder Phone: (910) 343-1880 ext 208

The Three Divas Events

The Three Divas are a mother/daughters event design team who offer full service event planning and directing with in house services that include cake, floral & event design, and Videography!

The Three Divas Phone: (910) 399-6276

TheatreNOW Productions, LLC

Weekend dinner theater shows, kids show and Sunday jazz brunches, comedy, and more!

Alisa Harris Phone: (910) 399-3669

Wealth Coach of North Carolina

Comprehensive Financial Planning (Personal and Business), Philanthropic and Charitable Gift Planning, Financial Planning for children and adults with Special Needs, Investment and Insurance Planning

Steven Krasnipol Phone: (910) 398-6405

Welcome Service LLC

Personally welcoming newcomers and new businesses to New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick County.  The only personal welcoming service in the area.  We keep the service exclusive, and make sure you are exclusive to your area.

Nancy Wilcox Phone: (910) 793-0950

Whittington Consulting Group

Sales and marketing consulting, training and implementation for small-medium sized businesses.  Results driven strategies that increase your bottom line.

Neal Whittington Phone: (919) 669-0551

Wilmington Cleaning Solutions

Commercial & Residential Cleaning/Janitorial Services, Carpet Cleaning

Neal Whittington Phone: (910) 367-5232

Wilmington Junior Golf Academy

We use golf as a vehicle to teach young people about life skills and core values. Any child is welcome at absolutely no cost. We are presently in 9 elementary schools, 5 afterschool programs and have 6 clinics on the weekends.

Jake Hunt Phone: (910) 622-5253

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

“One-stop shop” for superior pet products, along with offering a spa-like feel for our pet grooming” services.

Erskine Smith Phone: (910) 256-5557

City Club Buys St. Thomas Preservation Hall

StThomasExteriorWe are expanding!  Check out the press release below and the link to the Star-News article for the full story:
City Club of Wilmington expands downtown footprint.
Acquisition of nearby historic building/event space will enhance offerings  
Wilmington, NC: City Club Partners acquire downtown event center St. Thomas Preservation Hall at 208 Dock St. for an undisclosed figure. Jonathan Weiss and David Topping made their 2nd purchase in Historic Downtown Wilmington on Aug. 29th through their holding company TopWeiss, LLC (which also owns the deRosset House at 23 S. 2nd St., home to The City Club of Wilmington).
City Club’s new general manager Poppy Tugwell will continue to run St. Thomas as one of Historic Downtown’s premier event and wedding venues.  “I am excited to be a part of the City Club and even more so with the addition of Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. We will continue to offer the same superior service to our City Club Members as well as our new Saint Thomas event clients”, Tugwell said.  Those interested in booking weddings or events should contact Poppy at 910.343.1880 ext 210 or Photo gallery of St. Thomas –
Weiss and Topping are also partnered in several successful multi-family apartment complexes together.  With their history of “hands on” supervision combined with the vast experience of The City Club staff, brides and event clients have reason to be excited about this addition.  “David and I are thrilled about the latest addition to our portfolio. The City Club and St. Thomas were both built in the 1840’s and we were in dire need of a large event venue…it seemed like a perfect fit. With the recent addition of many more hotel rooms and the fact that there is no need for out of town guests to rent a car, Historic Downtown Wilmington has become the perfect location to host a wedding,” Weiss said. 
About City Club of Wilmington: City Club is a private dining/social club and wedding/event venue located inside the de Rosset mansion in the heart of  historic downtown Wilmington.  The property also includes lush, tiered gardens and 6 luxurious suites to accommodate overnight guests.  Find out more at

Star News Article –


4th Annual Gatsby Gala Recap & Photos

WOW!  Another amazing Gatsby Gala this year!  Check out the below excerpt from Style Girl Jess James’ website:

At Jess Jamegatsby2014_kusekss’ 4th annual Great Gatsby Gala presented by Pat Kusek of Kusek Financial Group at The City Club, guests enjoyed delicious food, Prohibition era cocktails, 1920‘s live music in the garden and in the mansion with Chanteuse Nnenne Terzian and The Justin Lacy Swingtet and the chance to become a member of The City Club at an incredible savings with a VIP ticket.

Coveted prizes were awarded for the “Bee’s Knee’s” best dressed contest and names were drawn for the silent auction benefiting our local Make A Wish.

Gatsby models were styled by Jess James in 1920‘s finery from aMuse, A Second Time Around, Lumina Gem & Cape Fear Formal Wear with hair by Rockin’ Roller Salon and Makeup by Amy Kennison. Jazz Age dancers shook their fringe and bared their knee-highs doing The Charleston while members and VIP guests took in the burlesque show in the speakeasy below.

Artist Kat Christian sketched portraits in the garden while Cammeron Batanides worked on a live painting encompassing the joie de vivre of the enchanting evening set off with twinkling Edison lights in the garden and beaded curtains throughout the mansion via Kickstand Events.

Below is your first peek at event coverage by the incredible Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography. This is only just a taste! To find out who won Best Dressed, which revelers made it to The Blind Elephant Speakeasy After-Party and what kind of shenanigans went on in the Gatsby Photo Booth + Bella Rose’s Photo Link (to purchase your Gatsby photos), you’ll simpy have to wait for next Friday’s FASHION FIX! Promise it will be worth the wait. xo











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The 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala


Pat Kusek Financial Group presents the 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala hosted by Jess James at The City Club inspired by the Great American Novel and the joie de vivre of the Jazz Age glamourized by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Get ready for some Roaring 20’s reverie! As the City Club’s only event open to the public, there will be an exclusive discount (80% discount!) for membership sign-up on the night of the event only. VIP ticket holder will receive WAIVED initiation fee for club membership. Contact Sarah Wilcox for details on membership.


* Delicious food, Prohibition era cocktails and 1920‘s music with Chanteuse Nnenne Terzian.

* Jazz Age dancers and Gatsby models in 1920‘s finery with hair by Rockin’ Roller Salon, makeup by Amy Kennison and enchanted deco decor by Kickstand Events.

* Speakeasy: Members Only Burlesque show with nationally renowned burlesque dancer. Sign up that night to enter!

* Portraits in the Garden with Artist Kat Christian + Photo Booth with Bella Rose Photography

* Coveted Charity Raffle Prizes benefiting the Make a Wish foundation

* “The Bee’s Knees” Wardrobe Contest – Shop Gatsby attire at Gatsby Sponsors aMuse, A Second Time Around, Lumina Gem & Cape Fear Formal Wear

* Official After Party at The Blind Elephant Speakeasy!                                              Gatsby_Jess

THE MAGIC HOUR: Thursday, September 18th
VIP Hour in The Gardens: 6pm-7pm
Event: 7pm-10pm / After Party starts at 10:30pm at The Blind Elephant

The City Club of Wilmington – 23 South 2nd Street

TICKETS: On sale NOW  – Click Here

General Admission: $60 in advance / $75 at door (includes heavy hors d’eouvres + 2 complimentary drinks)

VIP: $130 in advance / $150 at door (VIP Cocktail Hour in the Gardens with Master Mixologist + entertainment. City Club will waive new membership initiation fee for VIP guests!)

DRESS CODE: 1920’s, “old sport!”

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate.” 
– Jordan Baker

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Happenings Around the Club

Well summer 2014 is in full effect and wonderful things are happening in and around City Club of Wilmington!  The club was recently named BEST wedding reception venue by Wilmington Magazine!!  Make sure to check out the complete list of area businesses.

Next, our gardens have been AMAZING this summer thanks to Dagmar Cooley of Dagmar’s Designs & Landscapes!  We are excited to announce that Dagmar has opened the “Bloom Room” right here on City Club property!  See full details here.


Last but certainly not least, the 4th Annual Great Gatsby event is fast approaching!! We are excited to offer something we have never offered before with this event.  Stay tuned for details…


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