Old Books and Sugar on Front Street


It’s not everyday that two great businesses come together under one roof. Old Books on Front Street and the bakery, Sugar on Front Street, have created an epic partnership in Downtown Wilmington. Old Books on Front has long been a cherished store of local book lovers, and Sugar is known for some of the best local sweets and treats in Wilmington. Old Books on Front is an “indie” bookstore that first opened in 1982, featuring over two miles of books.Image

Gwenyfar Rohler is now the store’s managing partner, and loves making every visitor feel welcome. She greets everyone by name, and considers regular customers to be personal friends. Old Books on Front Street can feel like a home away from home after a few visits. It’s a great place to find solace, or to socialize with friends over a board game. You may never want to leave if you try some of Sugar’s delicacies!

ImageSugar on Front Street is operated by Samantha Smith, who prides herself on using local ingredients in her baking. Even the coffee is roasted locally in Hampstead by Jave Estate Roastery. Samantha learned baking from her grandfather, and it became her life passion. Samantha wanted her own bakery, and Sugar on Front Street is the culmination of all her hard work. They opened in 2010, and have already been featured in Our State Magazine. (Click here to view the article!)

“It has been the most adventurous three years of my life,” Samantha told me over a cup of green tea. The tea was the best I’ve ever had. I also tried an oatmeal cream pie and, oddly enough, the taste reminded me of Christmas time with my family. Samantha Smith is truly a master of her art, and I encourage everyone to taste for themselves.


These businesses share a passion in their belief of shopping local. With the many chain stores in communities, it can be easy to forget about small businesses. However, these local shops often have more quality products and, better yet, the money you spend stays in your local economy. Old Books and Sugar on Front Street bring the best in local products, and offer a one-of-kind experience you will only find in Downtown Wilmington!

Old Books on Front Street
(910) 762-6657
249 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Sugar on Front Street
(910) 254-1110
249 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

By Luke Edwards, WDI Intern


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1 Response to Old Books and Sugar on Front Street

  1. Thanks WDI! I would like to say that our coffee is roasted in Hampstead by our friends at Java Estate Roastery-there aren’t any coffee beans ’round here! I believe when Mr. Edwards came in I had just received a batch of peaches from Pridgen Farms that is located in Rocky Point and I also get a lot of my pecans there, as well!

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