September 1, 2015


Hard on the heels of an exceptional year for Kinston’s downtown, three more new businesses are poised to open in September offering patrons even more opportunities for jobs and spending.

It was recently reported that 18 new enterprises opened their doors for business in Kinston’s downtown during July 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2015 creating 77 new full-time jobs and 41 part-time employment.

• Potter Photography and Design moves to larger and renovated quarters Thursday September 3 at 118 W North Street. Photographers Brandon Potter and Matthew Edwards become the 4th enterprise to occupy the old Miller Furniture Store complex which has been transformed by Tonya Adams of Beauty Box fame.

Jarman Construction contractor William Jarman poses in doorway of new space for Potter Photography & Design at 118 W. North Street.

• In addition to the new photography studio, Adams’ renovated space contains the Beauty Box; Leon Thomas Treasures at the Beauty Box with 20 vendors offering a variety of items for personal and home use; and The Exchange, a 2400 square foot party/social gathering space available for lunch and evening events. The space contains a warming kitchen. Exchange phone: 252-686-5061/Leon Thomas phone: 252-686-5060/Beauty Box phone: 252-522-3939; and Potter Photography phone: 252-522-8001.

Interior shot of Leon Thomas Treasures which features 20 vendors at 118 W. North Street.

• Around the corner on Herritage Street, the Middle Grounds Coffeehouse at 212 N. Herritage is scheduled to open in mid-September. The coffee business has been renovating space formerly occupied by Weeping Willow clothing for women. Proprietors Jessica and J.L. Dawson will be offering specialty coffees, pastries, teas and smoothies. Call 252-686-5140.

Middle Grounds Coffeehouse expects to open in mid-September.

• Sutton’s Event Planning and Rentals at 207 N. Queen is set to open second week of September when Tanya Sutton begins taking reservations for her services. Potential customers are encouraged to call 252-939-5539. Ms. Sutton will help you plan for large and small events and help arrange facilities you might need for the event.

Sutton's Event Planning and Rentals opens doors in mid-September.


The queen of the Queen Street Deli & Bakery, Leraine Tolston, has expanded service for her very popular restaurant to include Saturday and Sunday hours with new breakfast menus. She advertises that the deli is open daily from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at the 115/117 South Queen Street location.

Popular items on the new breakfast menu includes eggs benedict, million dollar pound cake French toast, Belgian waffles, three egg omelets, a menu of breakfast plates; other breakfast/brunch selections; and a variety of coffees etc. Phone: 252-527-1900.

Queen Street Deli expands its service to include
breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

Shelia Stroud at Designs by Shelia, 218 N. Herritage, is expanding her business hours to be available to a growing number of downtown visitors, often out-of-towners, who are showing up for their reservations at the Chef & the Farmer, Ginger 108 or the Boiler Room.

Beginning September 16, Designs by Shelia will be open Wednesdays thru Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Saturday hours will be 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Monday-Tuesday hours will remain at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Ms. Stroud reports noticing that Herritage Landing sidewalks are often busy with potential shoppers toward the end of each week. “I want to be available,” she says. Phone: 252-520-7867


Bert and Gloria Pearson have decided to help a promising entrepreneur open his or her own business at 212-214 South Queen Street by offering merchandise in the store now known as the Clothing Warehouse at a reduced price of $2,000.00.

They will lease both the adjoining buildings for $400.00 a month and will absorb the annual tax bill. New tenant(s) will be responsible for the air and heating systems.

“We are glad to offer this opportunity to someone who has a goal to manage his/her own business,” Ms. Pearson stated.

For more information call: 252-560-9454.

Kinston Main Street report
shows strong growth in downtown

Kinston Main Street report shows strong growth in downtown In its annual statement to North Carolina’s Main Street offices in Raleigh, the Pride of Kinston described a picture of strong development in the city’s main business district.

The statement, submitted today, reports that 18 new enterprises opened their doors in downtown Kinston during the period July 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2015. The new businesses reported that they added 77 full time jobs and 41 part time jobs to the inner city economy during the year. (Note: The Beauty Box complex contains 4 business units.)

The list includes five new start ups which opened for business in the Kinston Enterprise Center during the year.

The report lists nine major building rehabilitation projects undertaken in the 12 months period which includes six businesses which installed new facades, most with Pride support.

The report also describes private and public investments in the downtown totaling nearly $10 million during the same period.

“Last year was a good year for downtown Kinston,” commented Adrian King, director of Pride. “All the credit goes to our entrepreneurs and business people who take the risk to open new enterprises. We thank every one of them.”

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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:
109 S. Queen Street
215 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street
106 W. Gordon Street


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