Kitchen Incubators: Helping entrepreneurs to get cooking

Kitchen incubators, also known as culinary incubators, are small business units that provide space and equipment for start-up food enterprises. Business owners can rent these professional kitchen spaces at reasonable rates and obtain necessary licensing more easily than they would be able to for home kitchens due to liability concerns. Culinary incubators are also beneficial because they provide a space where food entrepreneurs can collaborate and share ideas. Depending on the incubator, additional services can be included, such as financial consulting. The overall concept of a kitchen incubator is to provide a space where a business can grow and eventually reach a stage where it can invest in its own kitchen facilities.

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Mural Projects: From Blank Walls to Thriving Communities

Murals are becoming an increasingly popular way to engage community members and display culture and history. A mural is a piece of artwork painted or applied on a large permanent surface, such as a wall or ceiling. These unique creations bring life and color to streets, create opportunities for community projects, attract visitors and allow artists to publicly showcase their talent. WRC’s Wilmington Creative District vision plan includes recommendations explaining the potential benefits of mural projects for the city. Murals, along with other types of street art, can be used to publicly display the Creative District identity. There are many available surfaces for murals throughout the District. These blank side walls can be used to not only distinguish the Creative District, but also showcase local talent and integrate youth engagement and job skills training. “Bringing inspiration to the streets,” as we like to call it, can positively impact different aspects of city life in Wilmington. Continue reading

What is Creative Placemaking?

Creative placemaking is an evolving field of practice where partners from public, private, nonprofit and community organizations collaborate and use art, culture and creativity to physically and socially revitalize a community. The goals of creative placemaking are to leverage existing creative potential in the area, support current businesses and create new business opportunities, and create a distinct and diverse community that attracts locals and tourists.

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