Another New Business Set to Open Downtown Kinston
After searching for almost a year, Ben Harper has decided to move his family and re-designed business from Carrboro/Durham to Kinston.
Mr. Harper has purchased 115 W. North Street, formerly the Folded Napkin restaurant, and will re-open the store as Graphic Solution Consulting & On-site Screen Printing.
He reports that the front retail section of the building will offer his RedCollar brand sportswear, fine North Carolina wildlife artists’ paintings, artisan crafted benches, natural sugar soft drinks in a bottle, and a small scale assortment of quality vinyl records.
Wife Katherine will pursue her own business offering “A Cookie A Day” cookies at the location.
The Harpers’ two youngsters, Charles and Killen, have enrolled in local schools to resume their studies later this month.
Mr. Harper has licensed agreements with a number of North Carolina colleges and universities to provide items such as t shirts with the schools’ logos. In late 2013, he acquired a small building on Hwy. 70 East as a marketing outlet for his schools’ merchandise.
2014 Freedom Classic Attracts Thousands
The 4th annual Freedom Classic baseball series (Feb. 21-23, 2014) between the US Naval Academy and the US Air Force Academy attracted more than 5,000 fans, according to Kinston-Lenoir Parks & Recreation Director Bill Ellis.
In what has become a signature event at historic Grainger Stadium for civilian and military fans throughout the East, the 3-day series was blessed with excellent weather. The 2013 series was dogged by heavy downpours which played havoc with the schedule. While a rain storm slashed though Kinston on Friday afternoon (Feb. 21), it was gone by the 6:00 pm first pitch. Saturday and Sunday sun and light breezes were perfect for baseball.
Air Force players flew from Colorado Springs, CO and the Navy players bused from Annapolis, MD to continue the inter service rivalry in Kinston. Navy won the first/Friday game 3-0. The Air Force won the Saturday game 2-1; and the Sunday game 9-1.
Pride of Kinston supported the games by lining up volunteers to convey a giant 40/60 foot American flag onto the field to accompany the National Anthem prior to each game. It’s estimated that more than 300 volunteers helped to unfurl the flag over the three days.
The Pride board of directors approved several major items at its bi-monthly meeting Feb. 27, 2014. With a plan to hold some of its meetings around downtown, the board led by Chair Shirley Herring met at Mother Earth’s tap room on North Street.
Actions taken by the board include approval of recommendations by Pride’s Economic and Property Development Committee headed by Board Member Stuart Lindley:
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