The intent of Pride of Kinston’s quarterly newsletter, our website, and our FB and Instagram posts is to help keep you informed of the progress, events, and news relevant to downtown Kinston.

Negativity:  Our Push Back campaign is working.  The long-lingering negativity associated with Kinston of recent decades is getting suppressed thanks to every one of us who possess the real knowledge that Kinston is alive, strong, and setting the benchmark for other communities to follow.  Please continue to push back by educating naysayers, posting your positive experiences on Pride of Kinston’s FB page, share on Instagram, and post your positive videos on YouTube.  Our website, under Relocate > Kinston Kindness, is an opportunity to post your experiences of random acts of kindness experienced or witnessed.

Business:  Our new website has a downtown merchants section.  While downtown is Pride’s focus, Kinston is our vision.  We are happy to include on our website businesses located outside of our downtown district for a nominal fee to help maintain our website. We can also assist with your social media promotions on our FB page.  Contact Seraphim Smith, our web and graphics person, at our office to discuss, or contract his services directly with him for larger projects.  

Street Closures:  Pride of Kinston posts on our FB page weekly updates from Kinston Public Services to help make you aware of street work and ease frustrations.  You can also like and follow the public services FB page. 

Economic Engine:  Downtown Kinston is a viable economic engine.  Think about all of the businesses downtown and how many employees they support.  And more are coming as are opportunities to live downtown.  

Real Estate:   Looking for property downtown?  Our website has a real estate section of available properties for those interested in opening a business or living downtown. As for residential living, some market-rate apartments are coming soon.  

Mitchelltown Garden District National Register Neighborhood between Atlantic and Vernon is a viable option, too, and adjacent to downtown.  These historic homes, built by Kinston’s founding families, are selling like hotcakes.  The neighborhood has turned around and prices/values, while still affordable, are increasing.  Sure, most need some love, but if you have done any house-hunting, you know that most properties in Kinston require attention. So, why not invest in a piece of history?  Further, as tourism continues to grow in Lenoir County, these properties make ideal B&B opportunities.  Outsiders are aware and are buying in now. 

Kinston Summerfest at Pearson Park:  Rebranding Sand in the Street, shaking up the music line-up a bit, and promoting it more regionally was successful.  The response has been positive, attendance has been good, and the music has been great.  Summer heat is mitigated with gorgeous hand fans from Pride and ice cold beverages and snowcones.  Pearson Park’s new children’s playground is now open, is spectacular, and helped make the events a real family outing.  This is Pride of Kinston’s fundraiser even though it is a free event. So, please buy your food and beverages on site so we can continue to host these parties for you.

Our music parties are half-way over with only four more in the series to go.  Wednesday, July 4 is North Carolina’s popular party band Bounce from 6:00-9:00 with fireworks.  Thursday, July 19 is our popular local band Wicked Shimmies. If dancing is your passion, nationally renowned Liquid Pleasure performs Thursday, August 2 (they played for Obama and SEC parties across the country), and we close the season with Kinston’s legendary Super Grit Cowboy. Rainout location for Kinston Summerfest is The Red Room on Herritage St.  For a schedule and links to their YouTube music visit the Summerfest section of our website. Bring your chair to Pearson Park and enjoy the shows.

Revolving Loans Program:  Kinston now has a revolving loan program for entrepreneurs and businesses. This is through Tatiana Height, Community Development, City of Kinston Planning Dept. at City Hall.  For more information, contact her at