May 21, 2015


Like a tsunami of sparkling news, this Spring’s edition of regional magazines have showered readers and travelers with steady streams of delight over Kinston’s present-day renaissance.

While the PBS series “A Chef’s Life” featuring Chef Vivian Howard and husband Ben Knight has been a central theme for months in magazine, television and radio features, the overall coverage has included most if not all of downtown Kinston’s newly minted entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Three springtime magazines in particular have seduced their readers with brilliant photography and descriptions penned by authors smitten with our stories, people and places. They are feeding a growing refrain that once again Kinston is the exciting center of eastern North Carolina.

Tar Heel magazines based in Chapel Hill and Wilmington have published stories about Kinston. Another stylish publication hitting newsstands is based in Bluffton, South Carolina.

  • Writing in the April 2015 edition of CHAPEL HILL, writers Andrea Griffin Cash with Jessie Ammons tell the story of Chef Howard’s success with the PBS series with friend Cynthia Hill in a feature entitled: Kinston Kinetics. They also tell how Mother Earth brewer Matthew Hart of Chapel Hill made his way to Kinston to work for Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring.
  • Liberally illustrated with colorful photographs, the writers also mention new Kinston residents Katherine and Ben Harper and their BuyLocal shop, the Boiler Room Oyster Bar, the Arts Center, Stephen Hill’s the O’Neil, Warren Brothers’ bed and breakfast and more. Website:
  • The April/May edition of Wilmington-based FOCUS ON THE COAST carries a feature about the new Kinston Krawl created by new downtown cheerleader Holley Pearce who helps Chef Vivian with her many activities.
  • In a lively feature written by Shannon Rae Gentry and photographed by BJ Berg, the writer-photo team are directed along the Krawl by Ms. Pearce. The tour takes them to the Chef and the Farmer, Ginger 108, The Red Room, Christopher’s Café and Lovicks, the Farmers Market, the CSS Neuse II, Reynolds Seafood, Mother Earth Brewery, the O’Neil, Overland Gallery and more. Website: www.
  • Holley Pearce’s Kinston Krawl becomes the vehicle for another photo-journalism feature “Coming Home” written by Courtney Hampson for the Spring/Summer edition of THE BLUFF based in Bluffton, South Carolina. Ms. Hampson is publisher of the classy publication.
  • Chef Vivian’s trip from New York to Kinston with husband Ben Knight to create in 2006 the now famous Chef and the Farmer is told once again for South Carolina readers. The South Carolina theme was enhanced when the state’s ETV Endowment of South Carolina recently brought 60 members of its advocates to Kinston for a two-day look-see of what’s happening here.
  • Pictures rivaling photography in the classic Architectural Digest show the reader the Boiler Room Oyster Bar, Chef Vivian in the Chef and the Farmer, Ben Harper of BuyLocal. Ms. Courtney profiles Kinston recent economic history and tells how the PBS series “A Chef’s Life” came to be. Website:


THE WHISKEY PIG: Owners of the Whiskey Pig craft butchery at 214 N. Herritage Street are hoping to open the new business in the near future.

Genell Pridgen with daughter Sandra Garner of Snow Hill’s Rainbow Meadows Farm are working through a myriad of government rules and regulations and acquiring the financial means to open the butcher shop.

Ms. Garner says she hopes the new store will have the feel of A.B. Daughety’s butcher shop which was located for many years on E. Lenoir Street. “I remember walking to that store when I was growing up,” she says. “Kinston is a heritage for me.”

Things are looking up for the 100 block of E. Gordon Street. Attorney Jim Cauley, developer of 201 N. Queen Street, has acquired 105 and 107 E. Gordon. The seriously dilapidated buildings once housed Green’s Barber Shop and Nobles Bakery. The aim is to take down the buildings and create parking space for residents and offices at 201 N. Queen, also called the 1903 building. This was the original plan for the sites when the late Ted Sampley acquired the properties many years ago for $1.

HAWKS NEST CAFÉ AND GENERAL STORE: Judy Johnson and associate Paul Mixner developers of the Hawks Nest Café and General Store have opened the business at 100 S. Queen Street. The building was formerly Standard Drug Store #2 and later Bunch’s Grill.

At present the business is offering North Carolina products. In the near future food services will be available. The historic building has undergone major renovations but the lunch counter and stools have been retained.


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


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