July 31, 2015

Pride Begins New Year
With New Leaders

Pride of Kinston’s Board of Directors begins its new fiscal year (2015-2016) with four new members elected at its recent annual meeting: two new downtown business owners and two with prior service.

New members are:

  • Tonya Adams who has renovated the former Miller Furniture store at 118 W. North Street to house four new downtown businesses as well as The Exchange, a rental space for intown social events, and
  • Ben Harper, who operates Buy Local at 115 W. North Street who moved his business and family from Chapel Hill-Durham to purchase the former Folded Napkin to establish a screen printing business and a wine bar in the building, and
  • Angie Johnson, CPA at 104 W. Gordon Street, who previously served on the Pride board (2003-2012) and was the organization’s treasurer, and
  • Gordon Vermillion, local businessman, chair of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee, former member of the Kinston City Council and who served on the board 1997-2006.
  • In related action, the Board re-elected Leraine Tolston, owner of the Queen Street Deli, as the 2015-2016 chair. Other officers elected were:
  • Bert Statum, Vice Chair; Kevin Zoltek, Treasurer; Frances Theodorakis, Secretary; Kinston City Councilman Robbie Swinson and Businessman William Jarman were elected as at-large members of the Executive Committee.


The old NAPA building, 105 W. Blount Street, owned by Ely Perry and Michael Dunn, is getting a make-over “…to help strengthen the arts district,” according to Mr. Dunn, the architect of Dunn & Dalton.

With the help of West Masonry employees Roice Tootle (right) and Jones David, a new store front is being installed with the aim of creating new spaces for artists to work. The Phase I goal is to create 10 new studio spaces.

The first artist to sign up, according to Mr. Dunn, is Jason Clark who has already demonstrated his artistry with a wall mural on the side of the building with a dramatic mural of a heron.


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.

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