April 16, 2014
More Downtown Kinston News
More good news continues to accumulate from Kinston’s downtown, enhancing the central business district as the place to shop and have a good time.
209 N. Queen Street - A quartet of young entrepreneurs have joined forces to open a new clothing store in the main shopping district.
The new store, called T.M. Clothing and Apparel, will celebrate its Grand Opening May 2, 2014 with free food, free drinks and a cook out. They businessmen describe their merchandise as “men and women’s urban fashions”
The owners and managers of the new business are: Clayton Clark, Shaun Jennings, Doniel Edgeston and Jay Hart.
Business hours for T.M. Clothing and Apparel as follows: Monday - Friday 10 am to 9 pm and Saturday 9 am - 7 pm.
T.M. Clothing and Apparel owners and managers at 209 N. Queen Street pose in front of their new store on Queen Street. (Left to right) Shaun Jennings, Doniel Edgeston and Clayton Clark.
Grand opening events set for May 2, 2014.
200 N. Queen Street - The old bank building at 200 N. Queen Street, known as the Merchants and Farmers Bank, has been purchased by Stephen Hill/Hill Realty and is undergoing major renovations.
Plans for the iconic building, occupied by First Citizens Bank until the late 1980’s, include offices for Mr. Hill’s businesses and an apartment.
The adjacent building, former home of Pearson’s Department Store, has been donated to Pride by William Jarman and leased to Hill Realty to be converted into parking spaces for 200 N. Queen.
Old Merchants and Farmers Bank undergoing major renovation.
The Twisted Trolley - A new opportunity for fun has pedaled onto Kinston’s downtown streets in the form of a Twisted Trolley.
The unusual bicycle, if you can call it that, is big enough to transport 15 people pedaling their hearts out…offering pub crawls, progressive dinner parties, or just a leisurely trek through downtown.
Opening for local riders first weekend in April, the mega-cycle quickly became a destination for young and young-at-heart folks looking for the new fun thing in downtown Kinston.
“The Twisted Trolley has undoubtedly been a positive addition to Kinston’s thriving downtown and nightlife scene! Hands down, this 15-person mega-cycle equipped with a custom sound system and party lights is the most exciting way to see downtown Kinston and experience the culinary highlights of our downtown eateries,” according to Twisted Trolley managing partner Christina Alphin.
“Our 2-hour tours exhilarate our riders and onlookers alike,” she continued. “It’s hard not to smile when you see us trolleying down Herritage Street.”
The contraption is available for special events, birthdays, girls/guys nights out, company team building and a host of other bonding events.
The Twisted Trolley is available for hire Thursdays from 7 pm for two hours. On Fridays and Saturdays, the mega-cycle is available beginning at 7:30 pm with access in the parking lot behind Mother Earth Brewing Company. For reservations and information, call 252-864-TOUR
Information on costs etc. are at www.twistedtrolley.com.
This is the Twisted Trolley.
Trying out the Twisted Trolley.
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Herring and Adrian King test out the back seat of the new Twisted Trolley during its first weekend in Kinston.
SAND IN THE STREETS - The 2014 Sand in the Streets series will be designated the 30th Anniversary Series acknowledging Pride of Kinston’s 30 years of service to the downtown business center. Meetings to create Pride as the downtown revitalization agency were held in April 1984 and it became official July 1, 1984.
Eight musical groups will grace the Pearson Park stage. Concerts, except for the symphony, will begin at 6:00 pm. The symphony performance begins at 7:00 pm.
A partnership between Pride and the Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center has been negotiated. If by 3:00 pm concert day, it appears the concert could be disrupted by rain, the event will be moved to the performing arts venue, 300 Park Avenue.
Sand in the Street Concert 30th Anniversary Series
The Sand in the Streets 2014 Schedule is:
June 12 The Embers
June 19 North Carolina Symphony on the Neuse
June 26 Mikele Buck
July 4 Pizazz
July 17 Emily Minor
July 31 Roman Sams
Aug. 14 Four Knights Band
Aug. 28 Band of Oz
"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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