FREE Holiday Parking Downtown After 12 PM!

Downtown Wilmington Free holiday parking after 12  PM

Enjoy FREE Holiday Parking Downtown and on the Riverfront After 12PM!

Looking to do some holiday shopping Downtown? Or heading into town for a show at The Playhouse on Rodney Square or The Grand followed by some fine dining at one of the many highly rated restaurants? 

Here are the holiday parking regulations: From 12PM-6PM each weekday through 12/29, the City will not require payment at parking meters in the Downtown Business District (2nd St. to 12th St., and French Str. to Washington St.) and in the Riverfront Business District. 

City of Wilmington Parking Regulations

A Building Restored to its Former Glory and Brand New Apartments on Market Street!

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A historic staple of Market Street at 2 East 7th has been restored and 15 brand-new apartments named 618 MKT are now available to call home! Above 4,500 sq ft of retail, the new apartments are stunning, with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and beautiful views of the city below. 

The grand opening not only celebrates the new apartments, but also the historic building façade being restored to its original Queen Anne Style dating back to 1895. Complete with a standing seam metal roof and 13-foot copper finial, the building is already catching the attention of many. Watch the short video below to see the transformation. 


Just a month following the MKT Place grand opening, which houses the community’s amenities including a fitness center and resident lounge, the resurgence of energy continues on Market Street as more people call it home. Between The Residences at Mid-town Park due to open in 2018, MKT Place and 618 MKT, a total of 247 new apartments will be completed within a few blocks.

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For more information on MKT, please call 302.893.7413 or visit The community’s Leasing Center located at 627 Market is open:

M: 8:30am-5:30pm

T: 8:30am-5:30pm

W: 8:30am-7pm

T: 8:30am-5:30pm

F: 8:30am-5:30pm

Sat.: 10am-4pm

Sun.: 12pm-4pm

To celebrate the grand opening, the following promotion is being extended to individuals that want to call Market Street home!

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Post by Julia Mason of Enthusiasm Lab

Make Holiday Memories at the HOTEL DUPONT


Nothing screams magical holiday memories quite like the historic HOTEL DUPONT. If you have the opportunity, be sure to check out their beautifully decorated exterior and interior. It will be sure to make you feel the holiday spirit.

If you are looking to start an annual tradition of bringing your family to the hotel around the holidays, you don't even need to reserve a room (although we recommend that too) any of the following events below will capture the magnificence of the AAA Four-Diamond and the Forbes Four-Star awarded hotel. 

Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones and a medley of bite-size desserts while
listening to your favorite holiday songs. The Yuletide Singers, an ensemble
of professional Victorian-era carolers will perform dressed in elegant
costumes. The quartet sings familiar traditional carols and holiday music
in four-part a capella harmony. $24 adults | $12 children under 12

Magician, Larry Denburg, a 5 time Winner of Best in State Award will
be bringing his magic to the Green Room on December 23rd. Larry
will be strolling the Green Room performing close-up magic and
sleight of hand as our lunch guests enjoy a truly unique and exciting
personal dining experience. This event will complement The Illusionists
appearing at the Playhouse that day at 10 am, 2 pm and 8 pm.
$28 pp | $14 children under 12

Enjoy an elegant, 3-course prix fixe pre-Christmas Dinner in the
Green Room.
$65 pp | $30 menu children under 12, children under 5 free

MENU DE NOEL | DEC 23 & 24 | 5 PM & 7:30 PM
A lavish 5-course pre-Christmas Dinner served in holiday style.
$95 pp | $35 menu children under 12, children under 5 free

A selection of buffet items featuring salad station, oyster & shrimp
station, sushi station, international cheese & charcuterie, smoked
salmon display and a choice of six magnificent entrées.
$75 pp | $35 children under 12, children under 5 free

Our most elegant and expansive buffet served in the spectacular Gold
Ballroom. This event will become the highlight of your family’s holiday
celebrations for years to come.
$85 pp | $35 children under 12, children under 5 free

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER | 5:30, 6:00 & 6:30 SEATINGS
Celebrate New Year’s Eve early at Wilmington’s most magnificent
hotel. Our dining room will be serving an elegant three-course dinner
in the Green Room. Glass of bubbly included. $95 pp

A spectacular 5-course dinner in the Green Room at 8 pm followed
by a live band, dancing, festive party favors and a champagne
toast at midnight. $175 pp

Holiday Dining Reservations | 800.338.3404 or 302.594.3154
Hotel Stay Reservations | 302.594.3125

An Old-School Shoe Repair Shop Keeps Wilmingtonians Feet Looking Fancy!

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In a day and age where things seem disposable, Michael Flood has been bringing old soles back to life since the young age of 16, when he began learning the trade. 

With a charming small shop in downtown Wilmington, called Show Tech, I stopped by to drop off some information but was quickly struck by the amount of customers coming in and out. Recalling my favorite purse slung across my shoulder was being held together by a safety pin, I put it on the counter. Doubtful, I asked, "Can you fix this?"

"Of course, that would be easy, it'll be done by this afternoon," Mr. Flood explained. 

The purse was as good as new. From now on, instead of thinking I need something new when a favorite pair of shoes or purse breaks, I'll take them to Shoe Tech first. 

I encourage you to take a look in your closet and see if there is a long lost treasure that you would love to have repaired. Take it to 111 W 9th street and you will not be disappointed. Check out these impressive before and after images!



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Post by Julia Mason of Enthusiasm Lab

Small Business Saturday Deals Happening in Downtown Wilmington, DE!

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Downtown Wilmington kicks off Small Business Saturday with the Downtown Christmas Parade starting at 11AM. Afterwards, attendees are encouraged to stop by the Delaware History Museum for Free family activities and fun between 12:30pm-4pm . The Playhouse on Rodney Square has tickets on sale now for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer playing on both Saturday & Sunday. We encourage all to shop small at our local retailers and restaurants.

Below are just some of the retailers offering exclusive specials and promotions in celebration of Small Business Saturday!

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale: Free gift with purchase of $50 or more, plus, 10% off all artwork by Motion Illustrationz! Did we mention free coffee and donuts?!
November 24th & 25th only, 10am-5pm

Al's Sporting Goods
Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: Tons of athletic equipment at DEEP discounts. Check out their ad for more INfo!
November 24th (8am-8pm) & 25th (9am-6pm) only

Cocina Lolo
Buy $100 in gift cards, receive a free $20 gift card!
Valid November 24th - December 24th

CoreTen Fitness
Free $50 gift card with the purchase of any $50 gift card!
November 27th - December 1st only

Delaware Art Museum
Gift Certificates and Studio Classes availble for gift-giving year-round! Special donation greeting cards will be available for purchase during the Winter Arts Festival letting friends know a donation has been made in their honor at the Delaware Art Museum (shop holiday gifts from over 18 artisans while you listen to festive music by local choirs!)... 

The Delaware Contemporary Annual Craft Show & Taste of the Holidays
The December Art Loop brings tons of local gift options every year and this dual event is top on our list!  December 1st only

Delaware Historical Society
FREE Admission during Small Business Saturday and December Art Loop. Shop the Museum Store for unique Delaware gifts while you're there!
November 25th and December 1st only

Delaware Museum of Natural History
Buy a gift membership to DMNH, and get two free guest passes!
Thru November 30th
Kalmar Nyckel
10% Discount on all Sail Passes and Merchandise
Thru December 21st

La Fia Bistro
Buy $100 in gift cards, receive a free $20 gift card!
Valid November 24th - December 24th

LaFate Gallery
Two-Day Holiday Auction & Sale: Bid on original folk and abstract paintings by multi award-winning folk artist Eunice LaFate! Mugs, t-shirts, resin, jewelry, sculptures and note cards also available.
November 24th & 25th only, 11am-6pm

LOMA Coffee
$1 any-size drip coffee, plus, a FREE LOMA Coffee mug with a purchase of $25 or more during Small Business Saturday!
November 25th only, while supplies last

Merchant Bar
Buy $100 in gift cards, receive a free $20 gift card!
Valid November 24th - December 24th

Nextfab Wilmington
Four special Class Packs being offered for the holidays:

  • $50 Make Your Own Cutting Board
  • $150 Learning the Lathe
  • $250 Woodworking Foundations
  • $500 Complete Techniques 

Masala Kitchen
Receive a $30 gift card for only $25!
Thru December 31st

Morgan's of Delaware
Mention this ad and save $20 off purchases of $100 or more!
Excludes sale merchandise. 

INtheSpirit Holiday Party
This annual holiday bash benefits Wilmington families IN need AND brings together more than a dozen local artists and artisans for last-minute gift buying opportunities!
December 20th only

Gift certificates for OperaDelaware's 2018 Festival make excellent holiday gifts and are available from $50-$200!
Poppycock Tattoo
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Gift Certificate Sale: Every $100 spent, you get an extra $25! ($100=$125 $200=$250 $300=$375)
Nov 24th and Nov 25th only

Starbucks on Market                                                                                                                        Complimentary live music following the parade.

Studio One Eleven
10% off all services for new clients on Small Business Saturday
November 25th only

UDairy Creamery
Free Single Scoop Voucher for every $25 spent in store (gift certificates available in $5 increments!) during Small Business Saturday!
November 25th only, 8am-8pm

$1.50 coffee drinks, any size, every Monday, all day! Mocha Latté, Cappuccino, Espresso, Machiatto, Coffee, and more. All from La Colombe coffee roasters. 
7am-4pm thru 2017

Women Business Center's Shop Small Marketplace
This marketplace during Small Business Saturday focuses on women-owned businesses and their products on display at The Delaware Contemporary!
November 25th only