July 21, 2014

Kinston streets a picture of
past, present and future

An early July morning unveils a downtown Kinston that’s downright placid….with the occasional car or truck on the streets, a few people out stirring about getting ready for the day, a bright sun peeking over the eastern horizon, a heavy dew coating grass and trees.

Strolling around the city’s business district at 7:00 am is like watching slow motion movies: some scenes featuring a few aging stars, some who are already making it big, and several new talents on the horizon.

Some who have had better days

Matinee idols

Up and coming talents

Editor’s Note

The photographic illustrations embedded in this newsletter are examples of achievements as well as opportunities for private and public investors in downtown Kinston. In addition to those shown here, there are other examples along our streets of “aging stars,” “matinee idols” and “up and coming talents.”

Kinston’s downtown is changing for the better right before our eyes. Homegrown entrepreneurs are making it happen. Some, like the Stadiem family, have been around for 100 or more years. Alfonza Driggers at Tops-Bottoms-Soles has served customers for nearly 40 years.  Others, like Suzanne Gallagher, are new on the streets of Kinston.


Sand in the Steets Concert Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2014 Sand In the Streets Concert schedule is our strongest summer program yet! Be a part of the excitement - be a sponsor. Become a General Contributor or put your name in the title of the whole summer series.

Find out more about the opportunities to partner with Pride for this much-anticipated and well-attended concert series for another successful summer. Click here for details and sign up today!


Enticing new investors

317 - 321 N. Queen StreetPride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.

A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.

A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.

The current listing includes:
127 N. Queen Street
215 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street
106 W. Gordon Street


"The vision of Pride of Kinston, Inc. is a downtown on the banks of the Neuse River that serves as the gateway to Eastern North Carolina. Our appreciation of history guides our future and promotes the magic to grow business, recreation, and the arts."

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What Is Pride of Kinston?

The mission of Pride of Kinston, Inc., established in 1984, is to lead downtown revitalization in Kinston using the Main Street approach developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which promotes economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Pride of Kinston is one of 57 Main Street communities in North Carolina in a program coordinated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance. (www.nccommerce.com). For more information about Pride of Kinston, see About Pride.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP! Maplewood-Cedar Grove-Hebrew Cemeteries Project

To complete this project, we need your help! Please donate today.

Maplewood Entry Sketch

Pride of Kinston's participation in the project is aimed at improving the appearance of a major entrance into the city's downtown while acknowledging the historical significance of the cemeteries. Read more...

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Sponsors for Sand in the Streets Outdoor Concerts are welcomed.

For more information and online sponsorship form, click here...

Click here to see a complete list of sponsors from our 10-year history.

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Sand in the Streets

Sand in the Streets, Kinston's legendary Thursday night music-in-the-park series runs May through August! We have a great lineup for 2014.

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2014 little bank-Pride of Kinston 8000 Run for the River

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Artist Bruce D. Ziegler has generously made available to Pride his portrait of
downtown Kinston as signature for Pride's website.