You’ll find a range of fertilizers along with quality gloves, shears, and watering hoses. If you’re not a gardener, but enjoy spending time outdoors, look for their beautiful birdhouses, yard-art, and windchimes. A place for your whole family, one can look for a new Case knife, while the other chooses their favorite lotion. And while you are getting lost in the gift shop, your child may linger by the jaw-dropping display of old-fashioned candy and toys. Mitchell’s collection of NC-made products is always growing. You’ll find staples like Bertie County peanuts, Taylor’s Southern Pride BBQ sauce, and Bellator Roasting coffee, along with delightful candles, soaps,Read More →

A gem in Historic Downtown New Bern The merchants and businesses of Craven Street have put together a special gift basket worth about $500 in merchandise and gift cards for one lucky winner. No purchase is necessary to win. Beautiful Craven Street in Historic Downtown New Bern is chock-full of wonderful experiences including dining, shopping, services, and ambience. While you shop, take a leisurely stroll past some of Downtown New Bern’s most distinctive and historic buildings. Sign up at sponsoring locations as often as once per day per location (scroll down for complete rules; download a list of sign-up locations and rules). Signups for theRead More →

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ConventionSouth, a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present New Bern Riverfront Convention Center with a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award. “ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that New Bern Riverfront Convention Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Ashleigh Osborne. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and theyRead More →

The Sudan Shriners will vote Nov. 21, 2020, on a motion to raze its landmark Temple Devan at 403 E. Front St., which has gone unused since it was devastated by Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The existing building, known for its distinctive Middle Eastern architecture, is valued at $1.75 million, according to Craven County records. It includes an auditorium, clubhouse, and general office, all built in 1951, along with 1.28 acres. Another quarter-acre parcel, located at the corner of Broad and East Front streets, is valued at $205,000. It is used as a parking lot. A larger parcel, located between East Front Street andRead More →

Domestic visitors to and within Craven County spent $155 million in 2019, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Tourism has an enormous effect on New Bern and Craven County and we are thrilled with the continued growth in our area.” Judy Avery, marketing director, New Bern-Craven County Convention and Visitor Center. Tourism impact highlights for 2019:• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,180 in Craven County. • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Craven County was $31.16Read More →

Note: Story updated with date and times. There will be a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at from 5-7:30 p.m. for The Grill at Prohibition and Prohibition Drinks & Desserts. The ribbon cutting will be at 5:30 p.m. The business was badly damaged in a fire last May. Thursday marks the day the restaurant is back in business following renovations and repairs. “The Grill at Prohibition and Prohibition Drinks & Desserts is happy to announce they are back to normal operations with a new kitchen after the devastating fire that occurred earlier this year in May,” the restaurant announced in aRead More →

Swiss Bear Inc., the Main Street program administrator for the City of New Bern, announced a safely re-imagined MumFest, now appropriately renamed MumFeast! This month-long weekends-only event will be an expansion of Downtown New Bern’s very successful Friday and Saturday evenings dining in the streets. Downtown streets will close at 5 p.m. Fridays and remain closed through 9:30 p.m. Saturdays so participating restaurants can provide “Feasting in the Streets”. Stores will have sidewalk and street displays, and a handful (6-8) of artisans will be safely positioned in the streets each weekend as well. One of the most talked about components from 2019 will be hereRead More →

I was using the Find My Friend function on my iPhone when I noticed the satellite image showed a lot of activity in Downtown New Bern. (Quick mansplaining: Find My Friend uses real-time location data superimposed on a map, satellite image, or hybrid to show locations of people you share location data with. It is an IOS-only app, although I am sure Android devices have something similar.) The satellite image of New Bern that Find My Friend uses was taken in the fall during Mumfest sometime in the last year or two. I checked using Apple’s Maps app and found the Mumfest satellite images there,Read More →

Susan Moffat-Thomas’ compelling tale of New Bern’s journey from waterfront eyesore to beautiful award-winning downtown will finish the Historical Society’s first virtual series of presentations from New Bern’s past. New Bern’s Downtown Renaissance, the fourth in the series, will be presented on the New Bern Historical Society’s Facebook page on Wednesday, July 29 at 2pm. The online audience will be able to comment and ask questions in real time. Moffat-Thomas, retired Executive Director, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., is intimately familiar with that part of New Bern history. She’ll describe that 40-year process that brought New Bern to its current delightful state. She’ll provide anRead More →

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 →