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Electronic Newsletter April 20, 2009

New businesses sprouting all over downtown

The Changing Face of Kinston’s Business District

Kinston’s downtown, even in the midst of the current recession, remains an attractive opportunity for business investors and risk takers.

In recent weeks, several new downtown businesses have opened to the public with two more on the near horizon. “These new businesses represent a solid faith in Kinston’s future,” according to Pride of Kinston officials. “People don’t invest their hard earned resources just for the fun of it. They believe their plans and ideas have a chance for success in Kinston.”

The profile of Kinston’s changing face now includes:

100 South Queen St. 100 South Queen
Bunch’s Grill, opened by Deloris Bunch, located in the old Standard Drug Store at the corner of Queen & Caswell Streets, is rapidly gaining a loyal clientele looking for a good meal.
Salon106 127 North Queen
Keisha Miller has opened Salon 106 on Queen Street in a building completely re-built by owner William Jarman.
ENC Psychological 304 North Queen
Elizabeth B. Saylors has opened her new offices, ENC Psychological Services, in renovated quarters on Queen Street.
Designs 218 N. Herritage
Shelia Stroud has opened her new boutique, Designs by Shelia, featuring unique, hand crafted jewelry, and previously owned women’s high fashions.
MOther Earth Brewery 137 W. North
Trent Mooring and associates are making steady progress in converting a former grocery store into a first class brewery under the name Mother Earth Brewing Company.
116 N. Queen
There is a strong possibility that the building at this location, adjacent to the site for the new Civil War Museum, will soon have new owners who plan on opening a retail business.
NC Railroad Depot NC Railroad
The dilapidated freight depot at Queen and Blount Streets, now owned by the City of Kinston, is being demolished by Charles Hughes Construction to make way for a straightened track. This will enable airplane parts to be manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems to be safely transported by rail from Kinston to Morehead City for shipment to France. A portion of the demolished building is being saved for later construction.

Pride's 25-year AnniversaryApril 25 Clean Up Day
Part of Birthday Plan

Pride celebrates 25 years of service
Current and former Pride of Kinston directors blow out the ceemonial candle representing 25th anniversary of the organization at a Taste of Kinston birthday party April 2, 2009 in downtown's Neuseway Park. A huge tent kept a large crowd dry from a constant drizzle. Pictured left to right are former directors B.J. Murphy, Terah Archie, Joyce Cherry and current director Adrian King.

It’s time for Spring cleaning again! Pride of Kinston, Appearance Commission and some major partners are staging a major Clean Up Day April 25, 2009 as part of Pride’s 25th anniversary celebration. Pride was founded in April 1984.

Youth and civic groups have been invited to volunteer for the event. Some have already signed up.

This includes a substantial number of members of the wards (congregations) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kinston and in the Woodington township who are volunteering to help with projects in downtown, Pink Hill, Deep Run and at the Visitors Center on Highway 70.

The scope of 2009 Clean Up Day includes Mitchelltown, downtown and the Martin Luther King corridor. Clean Up Day falls on the heels of Arbor Day in the US, and with a donation from Wheat Swamp Landscaping, participants we will celebrate the occasion by planting two new trees in Neuseway Park.

The agenda is this:

  • 8:00 am: Meet at Neuseway Park for briefing and assignments.
  • 8:30 am to 12:00 noon Clean Up activities.
  • 12:30 pm Complimentary lunch for volunteers on the banks of the Neuse in Neuseway Park. Steve Hardy of beach music fame will provide the
    riverside entertainment.
  • 1:30 pm Tree planting ceremony in Neuseway Park commemorating 2009 Arbor Day.

For more information contact Adrian King: 252-522-8003 or aking-pride@embarqmail.com

Kinston a Finalist in All-American City Competition

All-American City FinalistThe City of Kinston has been selected as one of 25 finalists in the 2009 All-American City competition. The application, prepared by City Planner Amanda Engesether with a special All-American City committee, cites three major community initiatives as evidence of its worthiness for the special citation: the Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority project; the Little by Little educational initiative; and the GATE initiative involving City of Kinston and local congregations.

A team from Kinston will travel to Tampa, FL for the national finals June 17-19, 2009 to make a presentation to a panel of judges. Kinston was selected as an All-American City in 1988.


For more information, contact:
Pride of Kinston
327 N. Queen St.
Kinston, North Carolina 28501
ph: 252-522-4676
fax: 252-527-6718

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