March 2, 2015


A shopping contest to encourage retail customers to stock up for Spring and Summer will kick off March 16th for two weeks after which one lucky customer will receive a gift certificate to buy even more.

The first round of shopping eligible for the prize begins March 16th, 2015 and ends March 25th, 2015. Retail customers at participating stores will be asked to fill out a buyer’s verification certificate to be placed in each store’s Shopping Contest box.

At the conclusion of the two weeks, all the certificates will be collected and combined and a winning certificate will be drawn 11:30 am March 30th, 2015. The winner, who will not be required to be present to win, will be notified of his/her prize.

The shopping contest is being sponsored by downtown retailers and Pride of Kinston, under the auspices of its Marketing & Promotions Committee.

A second round of the contest begins April 6th and concludes close of business April 18th, 2015. The second winner will be announced 11:30 am April 20th, 2015.

Purpose of the contest is to increase awareness and availability of retail
shopping opportunities in downtown Kinston.

Shoppers making one or more purchases on any given day will be asked to
complete a shopping verification certificate indicating name, address/contact information, date and description of item(s) purchased.

The shopping certificate will be signed/verified by store manager/sales associate, and placed in a Shopping Contest box.

The Shopping Contest boxes will be collected at the end of a two-week contest cycle and delivered to Pride of Kinston’s office.

For more information call 252-522-8003.


Kinston Teens, Inc., organization founded by Kinston high school student Chris Suggs, has created an Adopt a Street project and will join with Pride of Kinston on April 25th when it rolls out its annual Downtown Clean Up Day.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at Pearson Park at 9:00 am for briefing and assignments.

The Clean Up day, held the weekend prior to the Chamber’s Festival on the Neuse to help make Kinston sparkle for all the visitors, relies on volunteers to pick up trash. The event makes the point that a clean and attractive city is good for aesthetics as well as for economics.

The focus of the April 25th, 2015 campaign will encompass the 27 blocks which make up the municipal service district plus and adopted streets in downtown, Mitchelltown and Martin Luther King corridors.

Streets adopted by Kinston Teens and clean up areas designated by Pride will be announced at the 9:00 am kick off in the park. Lunch will be provided in the park at 12:00 pm for participants in the Clean Up day activities.

Call 252-522-8003 for more information and to volunteer.

Enticing new investors

317 - 321 N. Queen StreetPride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.

A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.

A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.

The current listing includes:
127 N. Queen Street
215 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street
106 W. Gordon Street


"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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The mission of Pride of Kinston, Inc., established in 1984, is to lead downtown revitalization in Kinston using the Main Street approach developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which promotes economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Pride of Kinston is one of 57 Main Street communities in North Carolina in a program coordinated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance. ( For more information about Pride of Kinston, see About Pride.

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