The PBS Series will feature Wilmington’s food businesses and entrepreneurs
Gary Bredow and the team at START UP, a docuseries that highlights the ups and downs of entrepreneurs across the country, originally planned to come to the Wilmington area to film in 2020. Now that they are here, however, they do what many visitors do – extend their stay.
“We’re really impressed with the startup ecosystem here,” said Bredow.
So much so that they’ve added more local stories next season.
“Five of the 13 episodes for the new season will be in Wilmington,” said Bredow.
The show is slated to air later this fall and can be seen on PBS and Amazon Prime.
Each episode is a deep dive into the history of a company and the people behind it. The local episodes will also have strong ties to the local food and drink scene in common. They include Sea Love Sea Salt Co., TRU Colors Brewery, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, End of Days Distillery, and Genesis Block (which offers coworking, a minority business accelerator, and has several food businesses among its members).
However, Bredow said the producers don’t necessarily see their story that way. Instead, they’re intrigued by the individual stories, not what category they belong to.
“One thing that blew us away was the social entrepreneurship in Wilmington,” he said, the kind of community building that companies like TRU Colors and Bitty & Beau’s advocate for.
“But even beyond that, I think one of the big differences in Wilmington is the personal responsibility that some homeowners have for the state and condition of their community. They want to be the change they want to see. They walk the march.
“I can’t wait to talk about the local entrepreneurship,” said Shane Faulkner, one of the owners of the EOD Distillery. Their businesses have also grown to include a coffee shop and roaster in the Cargo District in Wilmington. Filming wraps up this week before the crew heads to Charleston, SC
“It’s absolutely exciting to be a part of the show,” he said.
The Wilmington region should thank Jim Roberts and the Wilmington Network for Entrepreneurs for bringing START UP to the region.
“Jim Roberts was a real supporter of our coming to Wilmington,” said Bredow.