SAND IN THE STREETS LAUNCH A "RAINY DAY FUND" AT THE AUGUST 27 CONCERT
The Pride of Kinston, forced to cancel two back-to-back concerts earlier this summer because of weather, is asking fans of the popular downtown series to help reduce the debt left over when the two bands, The Entertainers and Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, were unable to perform. Those attending the August 27 concert featuring the Band of Oz will be given an opportunity to contribute to a "Rainy Day Fund" during the 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm show in Pearson Park.
SHOPPERS CONTEST DRAWS
An analysis of shoppers who participated in Pride-sponsored Shoppers Contest August 10 - August 22 showed a heavy influx of out-of-town customers.
The 16 downtown Kinston retailers who returned 250 entry forms from shoppers hoping to win a $100.00 gift card verified that 41% of all entries were submitted by customers who came from outside Kinston.
Out of town shoppers told Kinston merchants that they live in places such as Albertson, Bailey, Beulaville, Chinquapin, Chocowinity, Clinton, Flat Rock, Fuquay Varina, Goldsboro, Graham, Greenville, Grifton, Hamilton, Henderson, Jacksonville, Kenansville, Newport, Pink Hill, Rocky Mount, Rose Hill, Sanford, Snow Hill, Wilmington, Wilson and other places including towns in Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia.
Pride’s analysis also showed that 59% of the shoppers who entered the contest are Kinston residents, “the stalwart consumers who drive our local retail economy,” according to one shopper.
Some observers suggested that the diversity of 2015 shoppers begins to resemble a picture of downtown Kinston buying and selling similar to the shoppers paradise of the 1950’s and 1960’s when Kinston was the epicenter of retail for all eastern North Carolina.
A lucky downtown shopper will be named Thursday when his or her shoppers certificate will be drawn during Pride of Kinston’s board of directors’ meeting Thursday August 27, 2015.
Winner of the first 2015 Shoppers Contest (March 16 - March 25) came from Charlotte; winner of the second version (April 6 - April 18) was a Kinston resident.
Radio station WELS (102.9 Kinston Classic Hits Station owned by Curtis Media) received a facelife Friday (August 21, 2015) when staff and workers showed up to give the studio at 313 N. Queen Street a paint job on the front facade and a cleared backdoor entrance off Spruce Alley.
Posing for the clean up photo were (top left ladder) Jesse James Lawson; (top right ladder) Paul Byrd; Standing left to right Cameron Tucker; Chris Martin, Kinston sales manager; and Hilton Parker. After a short period of silence, the station was purchased by Curtis Media in 2014 and is striving to expand a solid Kinston audience.
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