March 12, 2015


Slowly but surely a longtime goal of Pride of Kinston to promote a center city which offers downtown living spaces is becoming reality.

The O’Neil building at 200 N. Queen – which was just voted the Peoples Choice of 2015 Great Historic Rehabilitation Project in North Carolina - contains living units for developer Stephen Hill and family.

Across the street the 3-story 1903 building (201 N. Queen) has been renovated to permit retail space on the ground level, law offices on the 2nd floor and two outstanding apartments on the third floor.

The third floor apartment on the front of the building overlooking Queen Street has been leased to Charles Baggett, vice president and general manager of the NC Business Unit, Spirit AeroSystems who moved from New Bern to his new space March 1, 2015 weekend.

Candace Skinner, owner of Echoes of Time Emporium at 103 S. Queen Street, maintains her residence above the store.

Harriet Harper, owner of South Queen Barber Shop at 407 S. Queen Street, purchased and renovated adjacent properties to create three one-bedroom apartments.

Debbie Gray, owner of 129 N. Queen, a building which once housed Abe Stadiem’s Mens store, maintains a residence above the street level.

Architect Michael Dunn at DunnDalton, 401 N. Herritage, has two apartments over his offices. Both are occupied, including the one he and wife Cynthia live in. She manages the Overland Gallery, 125 W. Blount Street on the street level.



And Susan Singer, mother of Chef and the Farmer’s Ben Knight, moved from Chicago, purchased the old Square D Tire Store at 300 N. Mitchell Street and created an outstanding living space.


MARCH 28, 2015

Planning for the 10th annual Run for the River continues with runners from throughout the east signing up for the 8K, 5K and One Mile Fun Run races.

The race is set for Saturday March 28, 2015 beginning at 8:30 am when participants in the One Mile Fun Run take off on Herritage Street.

At 9:00 am, runners in the 8K and 5K races take off in hopes of setting new records and claiming prize money ranging from $500.00 to $100.00 for pace setters.

The race is produced by the Pride of Kinston in partnership with the little bank and the Kinston-Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department.

To get more information and/or to register, go to or call 252-522-8003, or 252-361-5086.

MARCH 14, 2015

Mother Earth Brewing Company and GI Joe’s Military Living History Museum have joined forces to present Stew & Brew, a Cook-off to celebrate a Carolina Classic: The Carolina Fish Stew, 11 am to 2:00 pm, March 14, 2015.

The competition seeks to find the best fish stew. Cook teams can vie for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes and trophies. Deadline for registering is Friday, March 13, 2015.

Mother Earth Brewing Company’s parking lot off Herritage Street will be the site for cooking the stew.

For registration and/or additional information contact:
Eric Cantu at 252-560-8031, or

The cook off has been organized as a fund raiser for GI Joe’s Military Living History Museum at 211 N. Herritage. Mother Earth Tap Room is 137 W. North Street.

APRIL 15, 2015

To take your mind off taxes, plan on taking a leisurely stroll through downtown Kinston in the afternoon of filing day…

Four organizations have teamed up to create a special Beer and Art Stroll 4:30 – 7:30 pm to take your mind off Uncle Sam and to embrace good feelings and good art.

Unique and original art work will be displayed and for sale at four different art locations:

  • Buy Local Gallery at 115 W. North Street
  • Community Council for the Arts 400 N. Queen Street
  • The Overland Gallery at 125 W. Blount Street
  • The Queen Street Deli at 117 S. Queen Street

For more details call 252-686-8007


Kinston Teens, Inc., organization founded by Kinston high school student Chris Suggs, has created an Adopt a Street project and will join with Pride of Kinston on April 25th when it rolls out its annual Downtown Clean Up Day.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at Pearson Park at 9:00 am for briefing and assignments.

The Clean Up day, held the weekend prior to the Chamber’s Festival on the Neuse to help make Kinston sparkle for all the visitors, relies on volunteers to pick up trash. The event makes the point that a clean and attractive city is good for aesthetics as well as for economics.

The focus of the April 25th, 2015 campaign will encompass the 27 blocks which make up the municipal service district plus and adopted streets in downtown, Mitchelltown and Martin Luther King corridors.

Streets adopted by Kinston Teens and clean up areas designated by Pride will be announced at the 9:00 am kick off in the park. Lunch will be provided in the park at 12:00 pm for participants in the Clean Up day activities.

Call 252-522-8003 for more information and to volunteer.

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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