August 29th, 2016
FINAL 2016 CONCERT ATTRACTS LARGE CROWD
When drummer David Hicks and his fellow musicians struck up Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" to end the final 2016 Sand in the Streets concert, they played for the largest Pearson Park crowd of the season who showed up to dance and listen to Band of Oz.
Even the weather cooperated: no rained out shows all summer with the final concert enjoying cooler breezes across the Neuse River. Earlier shows in the summer were engulfed by heat hovering in the 100 degree range.
The popular band, known for its beach music, played crowd favorites such as "Shama Lama Ding Dong," "Blurred Lines," "Soul Man" and "Carolina Girls" during the two-hour concert.
It was acknowledged by emcee Rick Vernon and sponsors that the Oz performance would be the final show overseen by Pride of Kinston director Adrian King who will retire from the position end of 2016. King has been credited with moving Sand in the Streets from a single show in 2004 and 2005 to a summer-long series beginning in 2006.
The primary aim was to bring people from all over the region to downtown Kinston. "I think we did that," King said.
Event sponsors First Citizens Bank with Frances Theodorakis and King's Restaurant's Joe Hargitt were acknowledged from the stage at the outset.
Special recognition was accorded to Jeff Minges and the Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi which has supported Sand in the Streets with cash, advertising and product "almost since the first note played in Pearson Park."
Rick Vernon was also recognized for his role as Sand in the Streets' emcee during most of the 2006-2016 series.
Sand in the Streets also continued the tradition of helping the Greene-Lenoir County United Way launch its annual campaign. Director June Cummings and members of the United Way board spoke for United Way at intermission.
NEW DOWNTOWN PUB & EATERY ON THE WAY
Businessman Ben Harper has announced that he has leased space in his 115 North Street building to Nick and Jennifer Rapoza who plan to open the "North Street Pub & Eatery" by the end of October.
The couple will occupy the space formerly known as the Folded Napkin Restaurant. Mr. Harper will retain the rear space in the building to continue his screen printing business. He is also editor and chief promoter of a new magazine called Kinston.
January 26th, 2016
OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE IN DOWNTOWN KINSTON SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR
Downtown Kinston Small Business Incubator offers spaces for lease with shared receptionist and lobby.
Enticing new investors
Pride 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:
• 109 S. Queen Street
• 317 N. Queen Street
• 311 N. Queen 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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What Is Pride of Kinston?
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. (www.nccommerce.com). For more information about Pride of Kinston, see About Pride.