April 21, 2015


Joe Kavanaugh, chef for the new Olvera Street Taquaria restaurant anxiously waits for construction crews to complete renovations so he can open his new Mexican restaurant at 212 W. North Street.

The newest addition to Kinston’s dining spots is being patterned after the first Mexican eating establishment in the US which opened in California many years ago.

A few blocks over at 110 E. Caswell Street, Susan Colomaio has resumed her catering business, Olivia's Catering, in her new space the renovated Elks Club building. She has also resumed her popular Sunday after-church lunch service in the new space.

Another high profile property is up for sale for an undisclosed amount: the old Paramount Theater more recently known as the Platinum Club at 211 N. Queen Street.

A for sale by owners sign is posted in the old theater’s box office window. The property is owned by the late Ted Sampley’s estate. Son Lane Sampley refers callers to his sister at the posted phone number.

Tonya Adams' renovations of the old Miller Furniture building at 118 W. North Street with plans to move her business Beauty Box from Airport Road into a large space to house the salon with complete spa, an artists' space, and a banquet/party room.



Kinston Teens, Inc. and Pride take on downtown litter

Downtown Clean Up
Set for April 25, 2015

Pride of Kinston and Kinston Teens, Inc. have declared war on downtown litter and will join forces April 25, 2015 to adopt streets and to clean up avenues as the community prepares to host the 34th annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse (May 1-2, 2015).

Clean Up Day has become an annual event beginning in 2006 and has attracted volunteers from throughout the Kinston community, according to Pride. “Picking up trash may not seem like an elegant activity,” according to Pride director Adrian King, “but there is a direct correlation between economic development and community appearance. We are pleased to join with Chris Suggs’ Adopt a Street project sponsored by Kinston Teens, Inc.”

9:00 am: Volunteers are asked to arrive at Pearson Park at 9:00 am to register, for a briefing and assignments. Streets being adopted by Kinston Teens, Inc. and clean up areas designated by Pride will be announced at the 9:00 am kick off.

12:00 noon: A complimentary barbecue lunch will be provided to all volunteers who participate in Clean Up Day activities.

To give an idea of the lasting nature of litter, some of it takes years to decompose:

    • Styrofoam - Never decomposes
    • Cigarette butts - 10-12 years
    • Aluminum - 80-100 years
    • Plastic containers - 50-80 years
    • Orange peels - Up to six months
    • Plastic bags - 10-20 years

For more information and to volunteer call 252-522-8003 or simply show up at Pearson Park for Clean Up Day.

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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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.

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