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Nice place to shop

Here you will find many shops most of which feature locally made products. This is a great place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michael S
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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Down To Earth

The Cotton Exchange has some great little shops but my all time favorite is Down To Earth. If you... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 February 2018

A fun place to go and look at all the different shops. Something for everyone. Local craft store was really great. Galleries, Boutiques. Occasions Just Write has a variety of cards and gifts. The store on the bottom level, outside, facing parking Lot by Hilton...More

6  Thank kathshe
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 November 2012

We love The Cotton Exchange and several of its wonderful shops. We grew up in Wilmington and have many fond memories of The Cotton Exchange, including our first date at The German Cafe. However, a recent trip to Wilmington left a bad taste in our...More

8  Thank Matt N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here you will find many shops most of which feature locally made products. This is a great place to walk around and buy unique gifts.

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 October 2018

It was easy to drive and park. Lovely shops, did not buy anything but was tempted.. Stopped and had delicious ice cream.

Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 1 October 2018

The Cotton Exchange has some great little shops but my all time favorite is Down To Earth. If you love essential oils and trust in the benefits of oils, they offer a great selection and the staff is very knowledgeable. I just tried the Patchouli...More

Thank MellynnNc
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Be prepared to climb steps if you come to this old building. I enjoyed walking around and feeling like I was back in town. The shops are nice to browse and find unique items. There was only one "souvenir shop" but other places to find...More

Thank juliegI6249SD
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Variety of shops and restaurants. We stayed at a hotel across the street so it was easy access. Could see there was lots of parking. Be prepared for stairs otherwise I think you have to walk around the sidewalk at the main streets to switch...More

Thank TicToc88
Reviewed 27 August 2018

It's a nice little place to walk through, especially if you have out of town guests. At the end of the day it's a bunch of over priced specialty shops with cool ambiance.

Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The Cotton Exchange is a wonderful old set of buildings that have been beautifully restored to house an eclectic collection of local shops. The complex can be a little maze-like at times but is generally fun. We found that a lot of the shops are...More

Thank GoLeafs85
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Tons of cute shops. There is something for just about everyone here. I loved the old building. It had old photos in parts of the building.

Thank 82chrissy
Reviewed 28 May 2018

This building is a maze of small boutique shops and a few restaurants. Not sure if there are any elevators, but there are a lot of stairs. It is a multilevel building. You can walk through the shops and be done in probably under an...More

Thank JVKV
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Great indoor shopping in an old style warehouse building with a huge variety of novelty stores - if this is your thing, then search no more. It's the best concentration of shops in one climate controlled area that you will find in the downtown Wilmington...More

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