Come Along!

Main Street Roanoke Rapids

Volunteer of the Year went to Titus Workman, publisher of the Daily Herald, who will also be president of the Main Street board for the current fiscal year.

The Beautification Award was given to John Wesley Pepper, who is an owner of Pepper & Doughtie Antiques & Gifts on Roanoke Avenue.

The Main Street Business of the Year award went to Tillery Designs, another avenue business.

Moseley presented the Main Street President's Award to Kim Simpson Hager, one of the early supporters of the program.

Main Street Roanoke Rapids encompasses the second largest such district in the state, stretching from KapStone to the Junction, Caudle noted as she gave the report.

In the past fiscal year there were 23 facade improvements, four of the projects being awarded Main Street Roanoke Rapids facade improvement grants.

There were nine building rehab projects and three public improvements. The tally since the inception of the Main Street Program is 63 facade improvements; 47 building rehabilitation projects and 11 public improvement projects.

Compared year over year, Caudle said, the numbers show a 53 percent increase in facade improvements; a 45 percent increase in job creation and a 100 percent increase in new business.

There was a 45 percent increase in new jobs, Caudle told the audience, with 42 new jobs created in the business district.

In the program to date, 302 new jobs have been created and 80 lost for a net of 222 new jobs.

Also reflected in her report was the gain of 19 new businesses, compared to five closings and one expansion.

Cumulative, there have been 97 businesses opened; 25 closed and two expansions. She reported 35 percent of all permits issued by the city are within the business district.

One of the most notable achievements, Caudle said, was earning the National Accreditation for exceeding the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. “We're the youngest program in the state to earn the Main Street National Accreditation,” she said. “If it's up to me, we're going to earn it every year.”

Private investment in the business district was $445,687 while public investment was $154,143. Private investment has been up 28 percent year over year while public investment has been up 11 percent year over year.

In the program to date, public investment represents $642,956; private investment $1,791,004 for a total of $2,433,960.

One of the most important aspects of the program, Caudle told the audience, are the volunteer hours logged.

In the past fiscal year that figure was 2,700. Figures, show she said, volunteer hours are worth $21.47 per hour. That represents a savings of $57,969. Over the years, the volunteers have put in 8,883 hours for $189,645 in in-kind donations.

There were nine special events in the past fiscal year that drew in 3,500 people and $20,000 spent while visiting.

In the new fiscal year the goal is to tour Main Street cities and host a leadership series; promotion to host special events and redevelop through facade grants and develop an urban green space and to recruit new businesses and volunteers.

The program will be making use of the hashtag #mainstreetrr in all its social media platforms and is asking people who visit to do the same. While older generations may not be familiar with the tool, Caudle said, “The up and coming millennials were born with smart phones in in their hands.”

Caudle said the main way to help the business district economy is, “To shop local. When you shop local more dollars stay in the economy. We really need to point out our positive assets.”

Photo & Details by MSRR/RRSPIN.

Event Name: The Second Annual Roanoke Rapids Seafood & Shag Festival

Event Date: Friday June 5th, 2015 6PM - 10PM

This will be an event for the entire family to attend! Steve owens will be playing this year and Nixon's Catering will be preparing an all you can eat seafood buffet!

Tillery Designs provides elegant furnishings for your interiors tailored to fit your lifestyle and budget. Specializing in residential and commercial interior design services for new construction and remodeling. We provide installation of flooring, countertops, and wall covering as well as furniture and accessories. Our design team can transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary. Tillery Designs coordinates all the interior elements to create your dream home or office.

Main Street Roanoke Rapids 1st Annual "Trimming of the Tree" Contest was a huge success! Thank you to Edward Jones - Emery Doughtie, Edward Jones - Bonnie & Robert Caudle, G.W. Hux & Co., Visit Halifax, Magnolia Gardens Senior Care, Perkinson's Service Station, Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District, and Wilkie Real Estate for your generous sponsorship and contest participation. Also, a special thank you toRoanoke Rapids Recreation for your partnership!

Congrats to our contest winner, Larry Perkinson of Perkinson's Service Station! Perkinson's "red solo cup" tree and all of the other decorated trees will remain on display at Centennial Park for the remainder of the holiday season. Enjoy!

Thank you for making Small Business Saturday a great success!

A report from the the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express revealed that 88 million consumers “shopped small” on the day, up 14.9 percent from just a year ago. Additionally, a reported $14.3 billion was spent with independent retailers and restaurants on the day – an increase of 2.1 percent from $14 billion in 2013.

In Roanoke Rapids, people of all ages ‪#‎shopsmall‬ in celebration of Small Business Saturday. Thanks for supporting our local businesses!