Shop For Fun Stuff For All The Family

Posted Aug 21st, 2019 in Retail Roundup


If you’re a fan of nostalgic toys, quirky curios or humorous pop culture, you’ll be right at home in The Black Cat Shoppe near the foot of Market Street in Downtown Wilmington. This unique store is full of magical, mystical novelties for all the family along with oodles of cool stuff for kids.

The merchandise has evolved over the years to reflect changing times but as the “Black Cat” name suggests, it all started with a fascination with spooky stories common to historic Wilmington. Kim and John Hircheck were enthralled with Downtown’s spectral past and, after much research, began offering Ghost Walk Tours in 1999. A few years later, they opened The Black Cat Shoppe to establish a base for the tour and sell an eclectic mix of mysterious items.

At that time, Downtown Wilmington was growing into a popular destination for families to visit on vacation so John and Kim expanded their merchandise to include affordable, novel items to keep children entertained. They wanted it to be a place where families could relax and have fun in the heart of the downtown community.

In addition to being a popular destination for visitors, The Black Cat Shoppe has many locals among its customer base. Regulars are always fascinated with the ever-changing merchandise and store displays. John Hircheck is a skilled carpenter who has hand-built all of the cool display cases. Another talented member of the team is long-time store manager, Margot Stevens, who is the creator of all the murals on the walls.

Many talented local actors, actresses and storytellers have joined the team over the years to conduct the tours which now include the Haunted Pub Crawl and the Hollywood Location Walk. Tickets can be bought online or in The Black Cat Shoppe.

Store Hours: March 1 - October 31 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., November - 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., December 1 - February 29 – Sunday-Wed., 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington meets by the Visitors Center at the Black Cat sign, rain or shine…
March 1 to October 31 - Nightly at 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
November 1 to 30 - Nightly at 6:30 p.m.
December 1 to February 29 - Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

The Haunted Pub Crawl meets at Varnish at 7:10 p.m.
January – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
February & March - Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
April, May & June - Wednesday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
July & August - Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
September & October - Wednesday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
November - Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
December – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.

The Hollywood Location Walk can be tailored to include your favorite shows. It meets by the Visitors Center at the Black Cat sign and takes place rain or shine…
January & February - Saturdays & Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
March 1 - October 31 - Daily at 2:00 p.m.
November & December - Saturdays & Sundays, 2:00 p.m.

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Black Cat Shoppe
8 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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