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

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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…


City Club of Wilmington’s Preferred Partners Program

Have you checked out our Preferred Partners Program lately?  As a City Club member, you will receive 15% off (may not apply to all products & services) at the businesses listed below!

If you are a club member and would like to apply for the program, just go here and fill out the application –



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



Women’s boutique specializing in custom, one-of-a-kind women’s couture

hats; high-end vintage costume jewelry; occasion dress; vintage and new

bags, wraps; vintage accessories such as gloves and bags; local artists

including jewelry artists and fiber artists.

Jan Wutkowski Phone: (910) 397-9099


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


DesignLoud, Inc

Full service Web Design/Branding and Internet Marketing Agency. Our professionals have been working within the industry for a decade or longer and have a deep understanding of how the web works and what makes an effective brand.  Todays internet users expect a certain kind of usability when browsing the web and if they find your website too difficult to use then you could be losing out on potential customers.

Derek Schmidt Phone: (910) 399-6237


Diamond Diaries

A practical way to share proposal stories and engagement ring pictures with friends

(and the world) as quickly as possible. It also gives brides-to-be a good place to show off their new ring and brag about their sweet future husband.

Cameron Dobson Phone: (707) 502-2362


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


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


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


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


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


Pomp Event Furnishings

Lounge furniture and specialty decor rentals for weddings, corporate events and special occasions.  Make your next cocktail party or special event spectacular by adding items from one of our seven amazing collections.  Schedule a showroom appointment to see the collections in person including items like sofas, sectionals, benches, day beds, lanterns, room dividers, custom pillows and more.

Rebecca Pirone Dawson Phone: (910) 251-7711


QuickTrainer, Inc.

QuickBooks consulting company is dedicated to everything QuickBooks: Consulting (setup, implementation, 1-on-1 training, data cleanup, quarterly & year-end reviews), QuickBooks Bookkeeping, Classes (including payroll) & Point Of Sale.

Denise and Jim Merritt Phone: (910) 338-0488


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


Seaside Wellness Center

Chiropractic, Clinical Nutritional Care

Dr. John Weisberg Phone: (910) 352-2723


Seaside Wellness Center

Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reiki

Daryl Weisberg Phone: (910) 352-2723


Simply Divine Bed & Breakfast, Inc.

Lodging – overnight and extended stay, special events, weddings, parties

Carmen Forrester Phone: (910) 892-2296


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.

Holt Broadhurst Phone: (910) 343-1880 ext 206


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.

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

3rd Annual Great Gatsby Gala at City Club of Wilmington!

Great Gatsby Gala 2013Pat Kusek Financial Group presents the 3rd 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, The City Club will offer an exclusive discount (80% discount!) for membership sign-up the night of the event only.

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


*  Delicious food, Prohibition era cocktails, 1920‘s music and Great Gatsby viewing in the garden.

*  Gatsby models in 1920‘s finery with hair by Emily Rodriguez and Monica Kelly of Steven Ward Hair, Makeup by Amy Kennison and enchanted deco decor by Kickstand Events

*  Jazz Age inspired shopping with aMuse, A Second Time Around, Front Street Optometric Care, Lumina Gem + more! Por Cel Ain

*  Speakeasy: Members Only (code word will be provided) Burlesque show with nationally renowned Burlesque dancer Por Cel Ain. Sign up that night to enter!

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

*  Coveted charity raffle prizes to benefit Kids Making It, “The Bee’s Knees” wardrobe contest and Roaring Twenties reverie.

THE MAGIC HOUR: Thursday, September 19th 7pm-10pm

WHERE: The City Club of Wilmington – 23 South 2nd Street

TICKETS: $50 in advance and include heavy hors d’eoeuvres and two complimentary drinks.  Tickets on sale NOW at $60 at the door.

DRESS CODE: 1920’s, “old sport!”

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” – Jay Gatsby

Announcing City Club Preferred Partners – Grow Your Business!!

Become a City Club Preferred Partner and expose your business to Wilmington’s premier private club and their members!  Just a few of the benefits include:

  1. Listing for your business on club’s website with short description, phone number and link to your website
  2. Mention on club’s social media (facebook & twitter)
  3. Window decal/signage for your business
  4. Preferred partner of the month receives feature in club newsletter and “special offer” email to member base
  5. Receive 15% off at all other Preferred Partners

If you are already a City Club member and would like to become a Preferred Partner, please follow this link to fill in and submit the application –

To request information on club membership, please contact Member Services at 910-343-1880 ext206 or