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May 28, 2019

New commercial tenant taking 16,000 square feet in Loray Mill

Though steeped in history as a flagship of the bygone textile industry, the Loray Mill in Gastonia hasn’t hosted any manufacturing operations in a quarter century. But that will change soon when the redeveloped building welcomes a new commercial tenant into a sizeable portion of space on its east end.

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May 28, 2019

City OKs $20,000 grant to revitalize Emporium location in downtown Hickory

An investor is looking to renovate the Emporium building in downtown Hickory with a bit of financial help from the city. Last week, the Hickory City Council awarded a $20,000 Vacant Building Revitalization grant to Jacomine Investments for the renovation of the building located at 16 Second Street NW, which…

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May 28, 2019

Dssolvr, a brewery and more, renovates unit in historic downtown Asheville building

The 16-foot wooden doors at 63 N. Lexington Ave. have long remained shuttered, though that hasn’t hampered public interest in what lies behind. That’s why, even though Dssolvr (pronounced “dissolver”), a brewery with down-the-road plans to create wine and mead, is completely overhauling the space, the doors will remain a…

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May 28, 2019

City puts focus on downtown incentives

Rocky Mount has an aging downtown and many neglected buildings, but a city official is quick to point out the municipal government has financial incentives to help stimulate rehabilitation efforts. City Business Development Director Kevin Harris spoke about three such programs in place at a downtown revitalization seminar at the…

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May 21, 2019

Marion Initiative Revives Downtown Business

It was a only a matter of time before state economic development officials would find the GEM of Marion. Growing Entrepreneurs Marion — GEM, which just won a statewide award from the N.C. Department of Commerce — has transformed the city’s downtown core with millions of private-sector dollars pumped into…

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May 21, 2019

New Life – VIDA – Coming to Downtown Kannapolis

What was once nondescriptly called the “Demonstration Project” in downtown Kannapolis is now coming about as a catalyst for the city’s future. Just recently, officials with the city’s government alongside private partners Lansing Melbourne Group (LMG) held a groundbreaking for a new, mixed-use district of apartments, restaurants, a hotel, a…

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April 4, 2019

Gibson Mill Market to bring dining hall and more shopping to historic mill

A new food hall-style dining and shopping area is coming to Gibson Mill in early 2020. The property owners/redevelopers, Southpaw Investors, issued this press release Tuesday afternoon: Formerly known as the Gibson Manufacturing Company, Gibson Mill in Concord,  has served as the fabric of the community since 1899 as a…

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April 4, 2019

Explore Elkin still going strong

Since its beginning in March of 2017, Jeff Eidson, chairman of the initiative, said a number of events are being held to bring people to Elkin, including monthly food truck Fridays, Live at Five music events, downtown block parties and more. The efforts of the group, which was Mayor Sam…

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April 4, 2019

Bladenboro Spring Fling bringing breath of new life

Business owners and employees are getting excited for the boost to tourism the Spring Fling in downtown is expected to bring Saturday. Teresa Horton, of Lolli’s on Main, is hoping that this event will be just the thing for getting the downtown back in motion after the hurricane that devastated…

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April 4, 2019

Archdale businesses get local approval for state expansion grants

Two Archdale businesses applying for Building Reuse Grants have received approval for local government matching grants. Expansion and renovations could mean up to 24 new jobs. The City of Archdale, grant applicant, and the Randolph County Board of Commissioners have been asked to partner in sharing the matching grants in…

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