Being Bruce -: Downtowners Meet & Mingle at Front Street Brewery

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Downtowners Meet & Mingle at Front Street Brewery

Yesterday the Downtowners Meet & Mingle at Front Street Brewery met for the first time in a new location, this month on the third floor of the brewery, in what's called the Beam Room (so named in honor of the new beer they make that's stored in re-purposed Jim Beam whiskey barrels). If you haven't seen this room yet, you've got to check it out - it's spacious and capacious with several large flat screen TVs and one huge pull down projection screen (note to self, ask Marketing Director Ellie Craig for the projection screen dimensions).

The first folks I spoke with at the event were brand newly elected Wilmington City Councilman Kevin O'Grady. Kevin and his wife Diane were meeting with Front Street's Event Coordinator Christi Rohde planning a post-election celebration and thank you party for his supporters.

Liz Medina, a Fitness Consultant from the Racine Drive Gold's Gym was there, talking with Doug Erickson co-owner with his wife Margi of the C.W. Worth House bed-and-breakfast in the Historic District.

My friends Lindsay and Aaron Aiken moved to Wilmington from Pennsylvania just this week and were looking forward to meeting people at networking events. Here they are with Front Street Brewery's Ellie Craig.

Lindsay and Aaron also met (in person) Jenn Beddoes and Gayle Tabor of Glynne Soaps - they already follow the soap company on Twitter.

Jennifer Caslin of the Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank.

Gayle and Ray Baca, the proprietor and co-owner of the already successful, just opened The River Room at 18 S. Water Street (directly on the Cape Fear River).

Ray, Christi, and Ray's business partner Brian McArtan of DJ Professionals & Video.

Steve Purcell of 17th Street Deli and Amanda Rason of Time Warner Cable.

Dr. Tricia Delp and Dr. Fred Ireland of the newly opened CORE Physical Therapy in Leland, NC.

The room was filling even more as I left. Yet another successful Meet & Mingle - thanks, Front Street!