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Alumni-Owned Business Homecoming Specials

The UNCW Alumni Association proudly supports Seahawks who own their own businesses

Jan. 31, 2023 | Sarah Fetters

As Seahawks flock back to Wilmington to celebrate Homecoming, local businesses owned by UNCW alumni are offering special discounts during the weekend. Revisit some of your favorite Port City spots and support Seahawks. 

Are you a UNCW alum who owns a business? If so, register as Alumni-Owned Business, an initiative from the UNCW Alumni Association to support and connect fellow alumni in the business community.


Cape Fear Boil Company

Ty Graham ’15

1140 N. Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach, NC

A photo of a boil spread over a red checked table in front of the beach.


Enjoy 10% off all takeout orders Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12. Jumbo succulent shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet vidalia onions are layered, seasoned (with our own special blend) to perfection and expertly cooked together. Served with our homemade cocktail sauce, the Cape Fear Boil Company has been dubbed the "Carolina's Best Pot".

As the local authority on steamed seafood, we pride ourselves on providing quality, fresh and local ingredients. Our spicy andouille sausage is shipped up from Louisiana (for that true low-country boil taste). Want to take it up a notch? You can add seafood such as snow crab legs, clams, mussels, oysters and lobster tails!


Seagate Bottle Shop

Matt Dunn ’05

6005 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC

A photo of Seagate Bottle Shop's sign as the sun is setting and turning the sky orange.


Enjoy 15% off all hot sauce and merchandise orders Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12. Seagate Bottle Shop is a family-owned and operated business focused on community. We strive to better our neighborhood through our love of family, friends, live music and of course great local beer. We also have a wide selection of wines and are actively working towards having the largest hot sauce offering in our great state.


Wilmington Walking Tours

Amanda Leese ’95

Water & Orange Street Wilmington, NC

A photo of downtown Wilmington, N.C., as seen from the Cape Fear River.


Enjoy 20% off Wilmington History & Architecture Tour. At 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday or Sunday, join Amanda ’95 for a 1.5 mile, 90-minute walking tour of downtown Wilmington. The tour, which can accomodate up to 20, features a history of Wilmington from settlement to current day and strolls past the towns most notable homes. In her adopted home of Wilmington, Amanda is combining her passions of history and architecture into walking tours you don't want to miss. Advanced registration is required.


Wilmington Cold Stone Creamery

Whitney Bouknight ’06

951 International Drive, Wilmington, NC

A photo of an overflowing ice cream cone being held in front of the sun.


Enjoy a buy one, get one discount all weekend. For more than 30 years Cold Stone Creamery® Wilmington has been serving up the finest, freshest Ice Cream Creations™, Cakes, Shakes and Smoothies. We use only the highest quality ingredients and mix your custom Ice Cream Creation on our frozen granite stone.


Permanent Vacation Skate & Surf Shop

Subhan ’00 and Meredith ’07 Anwari

260 Racine Drive Suite 4 Wilmington, NC

A photo of the inside of Permanent Vacation, a skate and surf shop in Wilmington.



Enjoy 20% off your entire purchase all weekend. Permanent Vacation was brought to life in 2011 by lifetime skater and North Carolina native, Subhan Anwari (Sub). He spent many years working in nearly every side of the skateboarding industry from distribution at Eastern Skateboard Supply, to managing retail at North Carolina's Skate Capital: Endless Grind. Being so closely involved with the NC skate scene, Sub quickly became friends with some of the most notable names in the North Carolina skateboarding including Chet Childress, Kenny Hughes, Bob Reynolds, Reggie Barnes and more.

As the leading skater-owned and operated skate shop in Wilmington, NC, Permanent Vacation brings a wealth of skateboarding knowledge to the area and consistently gives back to the local skate community through sponsorships, contests, donations and more. We offer Wilmington's largest selection of complete skateboards, cruisers, longboards, and accessories to meet the needs of every skater. Whether you're a grom looking for your first complete skateboard, a seasoned veteran looking for a new deck, or a UNCW student looking for your next campus cruiser, we have you covered!


Pender Pines Garden Center

Jennifer Schwarz ’02

20949 US Hwy 17 N Hampstead, NC

Alumni who visit Pender Pines Garden Center during Homecoming can receive a 20% discount.


Enjoy 20% off anything in the store, all weekend. Founded by Gary and Sharon Schwarz in 1996, Pender Pines Garden Center is the fulfillment of a dream that began in New York a decade prior. Pender Pines opened with one building and a two-hoop greenhouse. Quickly growing to the point of having to employ more than just Gary’s wife and three children, Pender Pines now has a staff 25. The highest quality of plant material, superior products and customer service has helped to build Southeastern North Carolina’s premier garden center.



Bike Cycles

Shawn Spencer ’96

6801 Parker Farm Drive Suite 145 Wilmington, NC

Shawn Spencer '96 is the owner of Wilmington's Bike Cycles.


Enjoy 10% off accessories with a new bicycle purchase. The 10% discount would be available at the point of purchase or within one week of the bicycle purchase. The discount is for parts and accessories only and is not applicable for bicycle purchases or labor. Bike Cycles was established in 2006 by Shawn and Melanie Spencer, who developed the store as a friendly, conveniently located, curated selection of bicycles and cycling related gear that we stock in our store, have used ourselves and trust. The store exists to ensure customers are getting a bicycle that fits needs, budget and riding style preference.


Are you a UNCW alum who owns a business? If so, register as Alumni-Owned Business, an initiative from the UNCW Alumni Association to support and connect fellow alumni in the business community.