The city is proposing that Stanley White Recreation Center be moved to a new location with Broad Street frontage so that it won’t be further damaged by future flooding. Here’s why it’s important to do as much as humanly possible to keep it exactly where it is. In a map of the predominately black Duffyfield area of New Bern, Stanley White Recreation Center is located toward the center. The city proposes moving the center to Duffyfield’s very edge. It would be more of a Broad Street-oriented structure, almost right next door to the tony, nearly all white DeGraffenreid neighborhood. Stanley White Recreation Center was builtRead More →

Here are restaurants participating for this weekend *Indoor Seating Takeout ONLY: The Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant Galley Stores and Marina Savages Woodburning Pizzeria Thai Angel Street Cafes & Sidewalk Cafes: * Baker’s Kitchen * Beer Army Burger Company * Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse * The Chelsea * Cow Cafe * Cypress Hall Kitchen + Bar Other Outdoor Space (Not Street Dining): * Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant (On Deck) * Persimmons Restaurant (On Deck) * Pirates Cove Seafood and Oyster Bar (Inside New Bern Farmer’s Market) * Prohibition: Drinks and Desserts (Limited Menu on Patio) Table Service ONLY: * The Country Biscuit * Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar * Tryon Palace Seafood & The Stingray Cafe SidewalkRead More →

Swiss Bear Inc. received a $10,000 grant for innovative revitalization efforts to address impacts of COVID-19. Eight accredited Main Street America Programs were selected to receive this grant from hundreds of applicants across the country. “These winning ideas represent the ingenuity, resiliency, and entrepreneurial thinking that have made Main Street a powerful tool for revitalization and will be vital to economic recovery moving forward,” said Main Street America’s President and CEO Patrice Frey. “These programs have not only actively positioned their communities and programs for success, but they have also offered model approaches that can be adopted by other Main Streets responding to the impactRead More →

Phase 2 of lifted COVID-19 restrictions would allow restaurants with outdoor seating, and the city is being asked to close parts of some downtown streets to make room for street cafe setups. At its Tuesday, May 12 Zoom meeting, the Board of Aldermen will consider the request to temporarily close portions of Middle Street, Pollock Street, and Craven Street to Vehicular Traffic. This resolution would permit closures of one side of the 200-300 blocks of Middle Street, 300 block of Pollock Street, and the 200 block of Craven Street from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. accommodating street cafes between May 22, and Aug. 1, 2020.Read More →

While some Downtown New Bern restaurants and shops have opted to shut down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most are still open for business with adjusted hours and a more limited menu to keep it simple for customers. DSwiss Bear, Inc. is supplementing the shutdown of downtown restaurant dining rooms and bars. The organization’s website has been transformed into a gift card purchasing directory and most establishments have created curbside and delivery options for customers. Downtown business owners jumped into action before the call from Governor Cooper was made Tuesday to shut down dining rooms by holding an emergency downtown meeting on Tuesday afternoon.Read More →

Swiss Bear, Inc. announced that the state of North Carolina has selected New Bern as the host of the 40th Annual NC Main Street Conference at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center and throughout downtown from March 10-12. The conference stems from The Main Street Program, which is a proven and successful economic development method that helps renew interest, energy and prosperity in the central business districts of small and mid-sized communities across the state.  The conference itself will explore the impact of the program over the past forty years and will look to the future for forthcoming areas of engagement. The three-day event willRead More →

Best selection: Bella’s Cafe & Catering Best quality food: Crema Brew Most social: Crema Brew Best non-social hangout: Starbucks Best social hangout: Crema Brew Best coffee house on a Sunday: Bella’s Cafe & Catering Best over-all: Crema Brew Longest hours: Starbucks Bella’s Cafe & Catering 323 Middle Street 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 252-633-7900 bellascafenb.com Decor: Attractive and comfortable. However, my table was sticky, as were the empty tables to my left and right. Seating includes round tables, a bar table, a square table and conversation circle. Seats range from aluminum to cushioned. The south wallRead More →

National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, the 36th annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will take place on May 5-11. This year’s theme is “Travel Matters,” a recognition of the innumerable ways in which travel enriches lives and strengthens communities. Each day of NTTW will spotlight a different example of why travel matters to America. For New Bern and Craven County, travel and tourism are so vital that “Travel Matters” are not mere words. “They are the economic engine for the city, the county, the state – the entire country,” said Sabrina Bengel, chairman of the Craven County Tourism DevelopmentRead More →

CHERRY POINT— Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) will host the 4th Annual Brews & Bites on Friday, May 3 from 5- 9 p.m. The event will be located on the Neuse River, at the end of Broad Street, and will feature the return of New Bern’s own internationally-acclaimed stunt pilot, Hubie Tolson. Attendees will experience an evening on the river’s edge sampling wine, local craft brews from Brutopia and Shortway Brewing, and food from The Tiny Tornado and Dank Burrito. There will be live music from Glorianna’s Tom Gossin and an air show performance by Hubie Tolson. Brews & Bites was created as aRead More →

Six months after it made landfall, Hurricane Florence’s impacts on New Bern’s economy are still being felt throughout the city, but a new development may delay full recovery for some time. Hurricane-damaged DoubleTree Riverfront hotel is closed indefinitely over insurance coverage issues related to the hurricane. Downtown New Bern will continue to face its worst economic crisis since 2008-10, when access to downtown was crippled by a bridge replacement and road construction projects. “Business is definitely down,” said Lynne Harakal, director of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, said about Hurricane Florence recovery. “The best information I can provide is revenues are down about 15-20 percentRead More →