June 14th, 2016


Pizazz set to entertain July 4

With its unique blend of Motown tunes, the Legacy musicians had Sand in the Street crowds on their feet for much of the June 23rd concert in Pearson Park.


Fans of the band were energetic in their response to the music of the talented band members who played for almost two hours of the 2nd concert of the summer season.

Leraine Tolston, chair of the Pride board of directors which was the event sponsor, helped welcome the fans to the concert. She was joined on stage by Larry Rubio of Spirit Aero Systems, a title sponsor of the 2016 series which ends August 25 with the Band of Oz.

The July 4 concert, billed New Citizens Night recognizing the 25 individuals who became US citizens earlier in the day, will be led by Pizazz, the popular band which has helped the community celebrate Independence Day several times in the past. The 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm concert lays the groundwork for fireworks across the Neuse River.

Sand in the Streets

WELCOME: Leraine Tolston, chair of the Pride of Kinston board, welcomes the crowd which filled Pearson Park to hear the Legacy Motown Revue musicians Thursday, June 23, 2016, the second concert of the 2016 summer season. Pride was the Event Sponsor of the show. Standing to her left was Larry Rubio representing Spirit Aero Systems, one of the Title Sponsors of the series, waiting to add Spirit's welcome to the concert.


REMOVING aging planters: Erasing the Lines volunteers take up their shovels to remove soil and vegetation from Queen Street aging planters June 21, 2016 to help Pride's Design Committee accomplish its goal of replacing the old structures to make way for more attractive placements

Erasing participants are (from left to right) Josh Hobgood, 27, team leader; William McPhaul, 15; Hunter Kite, 13; and Matthew McCauley, 13. Hovering close by (not pictured)was Sammy Hudson, Erasing the Lines organizer.

At a meeting of the Design Committee April 6, 2016, Kinston City Manager Tony Sears offered to remove the old planters as part of construction projects along the city's main thoroughfare, and in time for Queen Street's re-design.

January 26th, 2016


Downtown Kinston Small Business Incubator offers spaces for lease with shared receptionist and lobby.

Call 252-525-6144.

Enticing new investors

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

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:
109 S. Queen Street
317 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen 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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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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Sand in the Streets, Kinston's legendary Thursday night music-in-the-park series runs June through August! We have a great lineup for 2016.

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