SHOPPING and more
in New Bern, NC
New Bern, NC has two things going for it shopping-wise. (Three, if you count the fact that this is a
casual-dressing spot.) First, its historic district, and second, its ever expanding
central shopping area. In spite of the lousy national economy, we keep on
The New Bern historic downtown/
waterfront district is the area most seen and raved about by the by tourists--and the
locals, Charming doesn't begin to describe it. Accessible, yes.
Inviting? Of course! But the last century ambience of New Bern's picturesque downtown is
preserved and enhanced today by a partnership between the historical preservation
society and active business development and fraternal groups, the most visible of whom is Swiss Bear.
There are no empty store fronts on the main street in New Bern--except
for the ones being restored. The small three or
four block area is alive with specialty boutiques, designer clothing stores, service
industry stores, restaurants, coffee and dessert emporiums...not to mention the
outstanding arts and crafts shops that are booming. Our Civic Theater is being restored,
as are many of the venerable old buildings. The Riverside Convention Center is on the waterfront skyline. It is open for business and gorgeous to boot!
Across from the Center are a group of chic boutiques with the latest style
Speaking of "must-haves", pick up the new "Visual Guide
to New Bern History", a unique family-oriented book that has the main
historical events enumerated and explained, with a handy map showing exactly
where in town or the surrounding areas that the event took place. Tryon
Palace Gift Shop has it, as does Carolina Creations and Bern Bear Gifts.
The Palace has memorable historical gift
choices as well as souvenirs for the kids...in the historical genre.
on Craven St., the original and the best--actually,
crammed with 19th century charm. Around the corner past
our best souvenir store, Bern Bear Gifts; peek
into Branch's for up-scale office furniture. Continue on and go into the
"don't miss" Carolina Creations
on Pollock St. The best arts store of it's kind in North Carolina! Go on to
Middle Street past the Pepsi Store (they do have
free samples) and browse the packed shelves in the The Four C's--
a great spot for camping and outdoor gear.
Middle St. is a wonderful place to look, eat, buy
and breathe-in old
Southern charm and 21st Century energy.
Head out US 17-S for most of the heavy-duty
shopping action. You'll find Berne Square, one of the older shopping centers,
recently updated and having some basics' shopping choices including: Radio Shack,
Dollar General; and Big Lots, Furniture
Distributors, Realo Drugs and a big medical center.
Mall (new name of the Twin Rivers Mall) on US 17S has several dozen shopping choices,
several "Big Box" stores: the newest are
TJ Maxx and Sears Appliances.
The Mall's new owners are giving it a terrific face lift and
re-do with more store fronts open to the parking lot. Penney's
is on one end and Belk's on the other. (Good restaurant
Across 17S is the Wal Mart Plaza with
Books a Million,
Wal-Mart, Pet Smart, CiCi's Pizza, Burlington Shoes etc.
Lowe's is next block.
CVS, Food Lion, and lots more in this strip.
Carolina Pottery and Staples just across.
Gold's Gym (is that a shopping spot...for a new body?) Target has
the next block, SOS (= stop-oh-stop! ) Starbucks in
On the corner of Glenburnie and US 43 is the
Harris Teeter strip,
this state-of-the-art grocery is worth a visit, if only for sampling! Inside
is a tiny Starbucks. Pier
Wild Bird World
and numerous small boutique stores. Across the road is
Out on Hwy 17 South is the renowned
Ann Lynn's-- where New Bern business women
and hostesses buy their clothes, and Pinecone Perrennials our "fav"
plant shopping; check out Floors Unlimited
and Mill Outlet Village Fabrics.
The US 70 East corridor is booming--so we have 4 main commercial areas. Across
the bridge toward Cherry Point is a hot area. With all the high-end
communities growing up out US 70E, this is a spot where vendors of all kinds are
grabbing land for development. However, US 70W has
seen a spectacular growth spurt with the new courthouse and jail complex,
and now Weyerhaueser is planning a "happening" 21st century style community
off 70 West with a large commercial area and all kinds of housing options.
Streets are being planned now.
spectacular bridge on US70 East is the predicted explosion of new restaurants- Bojangles,
KFC, Gina's Pizza,
Carolina Grill, Ruby Tuesday,
Andy's. Taberna, and
Carolina Colours are located here, and it's a short hop to Cherry
Point and only 45 minutes to the ocean beaches. Small mom- and-pop
shopping choices right now, but lots of them.
The new by-pass is open from US 17S to US 43, a much welcomed limited access
highway. New things are being planned to take advantage of it.
Neuse Boulevard is another large commercial corridor with
Regional Medical Center--the largest hospital in eastern NC, and beaucoup
medical facilities, movie theaters, furniture stores, lots of fast food restaurants,
(they're everywhere); Walgreen's not to mention old New Bern's favorite
Famous Restaurant, muffler shops, lighting store,
Social Security, banks......etc.
Trent Road is
another shopping option. It runs parallel
with US 17-S and Neuse Blvd. It's the old New Bern road, a gentle drive through
strips with movie theater, computer stores, hardware, bakeries, popular
Books in Time
used books and lots of office complexes.
Venezia's is a haberdashery for men, on Trent Road's shopping strip;
they will make a suit for you. Several other upscale boutiques in their
strip. Pia's is a tiny new
restaurant on Trent and the Ace Hardware with it's
outstanding plant shop, is a treat for the eye. At the end of Glenburnie where it meets Trent Rd. is
the Village Shopping Center, go to the Village Butcher and snack your way
to gourmet heaven. In summer try a slice of their tomato pie and some of
the best salads around. Village Travel- great gals
with great travel ideas;
also in the Center is Carolina
Bagel, best bagel/sandwich place in town now--
Merle Norman, dentists, gift shops.
We are 35 minutes from several heavy duty malls in Jacksonville NC. We are 40 minutes
from Greenville with unlimited shopping. And for super-luxury shopping, we are only 2 hours from
famous Crabtree Valley Mall and the other fancy malls in Raleigh and the Research
Triangle Park area. Wilmington's luxury shopping is an hour and a half
south, as is Wilmington's golf courses and restaurants--certainly worth
Beaucoup medical facilities are
multi-million dollar out-patient surgery center on McCarthy
Blvd. is open. Lots more medical buildings going up around them.....one could honestly call them
commercial ... and on 70E it just keeps going and going and
going.........and now 70W seems to be gathering momentum.
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
From our customers; we get suggestions.
Contractors just keep building those strip
malls, a new attractive one is on Trent Road near the corner of Simmons... what
actually, is a cafeteria in the new under-utilized mall or somewhere-there's not one
in New Bern; a big movie theater complex; some heavy-duty shopping out 70E,
and some family indoor activity centers for cool
weather, and some nice all-year-round places where the singles crowd can meet.
Developers should ask Bob Bartram, CENTURY 21 Zaytoun Raines at
(252) 636-7313 about
commercially viable development properties.
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