January 29th, 2016


Downtown Kinston dining acquired a new option Thursday (January 28, 2016) when the new Sugar Hill Pizzeria officially opened its doors at 11:00 am at 211 N. Herritage (corner of North and Herritage Streets.)

The restaurant, brainchild of Jackie and Brad Elmore with friends Chris and Nicole Moore, celebrated a "soft" opening Tuesday (January 26, 2016) attracting a full house at the spaces formerly occupied by SweetiePie's Cupcakery and Stitches & Stuff.

The space once occupied by the embroidery shop has been turned into the main dining space for the pizza restaurant. The restaurant also contains a kitchen where the pizzas are made. Hours are: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday. 11:00 am until.Thursday through Saturday.

The Elmores are no stranger to serving the public. Captain's Corner on Plaza Boulevard, popular as a hanging out place and for its hot dogs, is one of their enterprises, as well as Rib Eye Steak House in Greenville.


Crews from the City of Kinston continue their work along downtown's Queen Street replacing aging water lines. The major project, currently being conducted on a block-by-block basis between Blount and King Streets, is expected to take 14-16 weeks. Water lines are being replaced on both sides of the street, according to Director of Public Services Rhonda Barwick.

Construction of water lines from Springhill to King Street has been completed, she said. Eventually the replacement project will extend to the intersection of North Queen and Herritage Streets.

The next phase will be the installation of new sewer lines down the middle of Queen Street. The aim is to complete the Queen Street related projects to coincide with the completion of replacing bridges across the Neuse River. At that time, the NC Department of Transportation will re-pave Queen Street from the bridge to the intersection of Herritage and Queen Streets.

Pending plans call for re-designing Queen Street from a 4-lane corridor to a 2-lane street, and installing an angled parking system creating more parking in the downtown. The two-lane concept was proposed two years ago by the Economic and Property Development Committee of Pride of Kinston.


Bernie Mann, owner and publisher of Our State Magazine, spent the day in Kinston January 21, 2016 describing the positive approach utilized by the magazine in covering the people, places, events and food of North Carolina.

He attended a brunch in his honor at the Queen Street Deli to receive thanks from the Pride of Kinston for Our State's coverage of Kinston events and people. He was guest speaker at the Kinston Rotary Club, and then participated in a Down East television interview conducted by Tutt Media's program host Rick Vernon.

At all three events, Mr. Mann described the mission of the popular magazine to be a "mirror" of the best of North Carolina.

The November 2015 edition of Our State featured "A Chef's Life" PBS series star Vivian Howard and the impact the show has had on Kinston's recent renaissance.

Following a career in the radio business, Mr. Mann bought Our State, founded in 1933 by Carl Georch, in 1996 and moved it to Greensboro. Nationally, it has become one of the highest ranked magazines of its genre, winning numerous awards for its positive approach to covering North Carolinians and their work.


The 6th annual edition of the Freedom Classic Navy vs. Air Force baseball series is just around the corner. The two military academy teams will meet at historic Grainger Stadium February 26-28, 2016 bringing baseball fans from all over to Kinston.

One of the features of the three-game series is the unveiling of a giant American flag on the ball field during the National Anthem. The task requires 60-90 people to unfold the flag.

The flag ceremony will take place for the 6:00 pm game on February 26. Again at the 2:00 pm game on February 27. And finally at the 12:30 pm game on February 28.

Volunteers interested in participating in the flag ceremony are asked to notify Pride of Kinston at aking.director@suddenlinkmail.com, giving your name, email address and the preferred date and time for participating.

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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