Dear Downtown Friends:
I would like to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association, having served as Assistant for DMCRA for the last six years. I am thrilled to announce Amy Suggs as the new Assistant Director and we both look forward to continuing the growing momentum in Downtown Morehead City!
Excitement continues in Downtown Morehead City! Many are noticing the positive changes helping to grow our wonderful downtown area. This is a great time to be visiting, working or living in Downtown Morehead City! We have some of the finest, locally owned restaurants in Eastern North Carolina, art galleries featuring the most talented artists in the region, unique shops and services that complement our lifestyles and a working waterfront that compares to no other.
Information gathered recently for the North Carolina Main Street program shows continued development in the Downtown area (designated from 14th Street to the port) over the past fiscal year. Businesses reported a net gain of 22 new jobs were created during the year, 12 full-time and 10 part-time. Reports also show that 7 businesses opened in the downtown area and 2 businesses expanded. New additions to Downtown Morehead City (July 2015-June 2016) include:
- Grumpy's - 907-A Arendell Street
- Jake's on Arendell at 1101 Arendell Street
- MoreHair Salon -412-A Evans Street
- Off The Hook - 105 S. 7th Street
- Sea Paws - 412-C Evans Street
- Southern Salt - 701 Evans Street
- Sugarloaf Island Deli - 501 Evans Street
Both Jack's Waterfront Bar and Silver Line expanded their businesses downtown and The History Museum, Olympus Dive Shop and Chalk and Gibbs spruced up their buildings. So far this year, façade grants have been awarded to J.M. Davis Industries, Inc. at 812 Arendell Street and to the office space at 101 5th Street. Other facade grants are under consideration.
I invite you to visit these new establishments and enjoy all that Downtown Morehead City has to offer! Also, join in receiving our weekly e-newsletter, Downtown Happenings. Please email email@example.com to begin receiving all the exciting news.
In addition to the exciting growth, the DMCRA’s 9th annual Crystal Boast Boat Show continued to expand its footprint. With the additional dock space, we were able to almost double the amount of boats we had in the water this year. 2016 saw 8 Alive at Five concerts, but it wasn’t without a struggle with Mother Nature who cut short three concerts. Through the valiant efforts of our dedicated army of volunteers, we still managed to bring thousands of people to the downtown waterfront, who stayed to enjoy dinner, shopping, strolling and discovering Downtown Morehead City.
It takes a community to make a difference and we’re blessed that we have engaged businesses, residents, city employees, dedicated volunteers and partners that are integral in the success downtown is enjoying. Please complete and return the attached form to continue your Partnership!
Executive Director, DMCRA