The Salisbury Business Center (SBC) is home to multiple businesses, a beautifully furnished lobby, an auditorium, and a conference room, all located in Historic Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina. The SBC has been strategically placed between three of the major cities in North Carolina and has easy access to three interstate systems (40, 77, & 85) and two international airports (Greensboro and Charlotte). The location of the SBC is positioned well for sales and/or service industries due to the transportation and telecommunication systems.
Salisbury, NC – South Main Book Company is so fortunate to host Dr. Kelly Withers twice this November. Her first talk will take place on Thursday November 2 at 1pm, when she meets with our READERS FOR CHANGE group to introduce us to school financing and the relationship between state, county, and local funding streams.
You can also join us again on November 17 at 1pm for a deeper dive into North Carolina’s accountability model (i.e., student testing and school “report cards”). The “ABCs Accountability Model” is North Carolina’s school improvement plan to “reorganize public schools around three goals: strong Accountability, an emphasis on the Basics and high educational standards, and providing schools and school districts with as much local Control over their work as possible” (NCDPI).
Readers for Change is a “bookish” club where neighbors gather to discuss an issue facing our community, often in the realm of public education, then take collective action. We have previously met to discuss the Knox/Overton plan, school nutrition, and local foster care opportunities. These events are free, and all are welcome to attend.
South Main Book Company is a retail bookstore located at 110 S. Main Street in downtown Salisbury, N.C. We are open seven days a week (Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun 1p-5p). Call 704-630-9788 during business hours with questions.
Easy living in this one-year-old 2 BDR/2BA in Downtown Salisbury! This barely lived-in newer apartment has 2 assigned parking spaces behind the building. Super cool loft look with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, luxury vinyl plank flooring, and a washer/dryer included too! Use your key fob for a secure entrance into the lobby to access the elevator or stairs from your assigned parking spaces. Enjoy views from the 2nd floor and the perfect walkability to all that Downtown Salisbury has to offer – many stores, restaurants, breweries, lounges, etc. Don’t wait – this apartment will go quickly!
All appliances including full-size washer/dryer +Free climate-controlled storage unit in building +Free Wi-Fi +Free on-street and off-street parking 24/7 +Electronic keyless entry +Elevator +Patio with gas grill and gas fireplace +Common area recording cameras +Walk to 27+ restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee houses, wine shops, bottle shops and more +Walk to theatres, parks, library, government offices and unique retail shops +Ten minute drive to local hospitals and colleges Description of the Building: The OO Rufty General Store Building is located at 126 E Innes St in Downtown Salisbury, NC. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the Salisbury Downtown Historic District and was renovated using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
This building is in the “A” zone of historic Salisbury North Carolina which is located just 30 miles north of Charlotte. Salisbury, NC’s population is over 37,000 people (Rowan County 148,000, median income is $27,000). The space is in renovation and will be updated to the current safety & fire codes.
This downtown area is growing with many new apartments being created. The rear of this building and upstairs will include a total of three apartments. The commercial space has front and rear 24-hour access along with parking.
The space would be well suited for a FedEx Office or UPS-type operation since there are no mail or office service locations downtown. The growing business & residential community is looking for a walkable downtown location. The nearest FedEx Office & USPS is located near Interstate 85 and requires driving in a congested area.
Published 12:10 am Sunday, August 13, 2023 by Brad Dountz
SALISBURY — The Empire Hotel project has long been one of the last lynchpins in making downtown Salisbury realize its fullest potential as an economic and cultural hub for all of Rowan County.
After the city found developers and architects to help the building return to its former glory, they are ready to show what the first portion will look like.
On Thursday night, the Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission voted to approve the proposed plans for the Empire Block segment of the redevelopment project. Eddie Belk of Belk Architecture, one of the project’s partners, shared with the commission what to expect from this stage in the process.
“Empire Block is the best starting point and the best cornerstone for the overall project because we have five row houses being built that are ready for occupancy and in high demand already. So, we don’t have any question that the city is ready to re-occupy Bank Street,” Belk said.
The Empire Block section of the building is located at 220-228 South Main Street. Belk requested permission to make exterior and interior alterations to allow the construction of three commercial units, six townhomes facing West Bank Street, five apartments, and 17 hotel rooms or suites. According to the schematics, there are two phases to the Empire Block. Once the first phase is finished the second one will begin.
The front section of the building will have three pediments installed and the bricked-in windows will be demolished so that they will match the ones to the right side. It is Belk’s goal to preserve The Efird’s ghost sign, but he couldn’t guarantee it. The storefronts will no longer have their wooden façades and will be restored to match the original, historic designs. Belk said that it’s important to restore the entrances and doorways to the front of the building. There have been discussions about businesses taking over the first floor, but just how many there could be is still up in the air.
On the side of the building, along West Bank Street, the bricked-in windows are going to match the standard ones. Six windows will be lowered for the construction of six doorways. The sidewalk on West Bank Street will be extended, but it should not impede traffic once completed. Metal picket fencing will be put in to produce six new terraces for future tenants.
In the back of the Empire Block, windows will be installed to replace the plain brick wall that is there already. There are intentions to get rid of the additions between the townhomes and new apartments to make room for a southern and central courtyard.
Interior work on the building includes second floor baseboards, operable transoms, and skylights. “
We worked very hard to be sensitive to the history of the building and to put it back into a use that meets the modern day Salisbury,” Belk said.
Belk specified that they still have details to iron out before they send applications in the next few weeks to the State Historic Preservation Office so that they can do their historic tax credit reviews. They also need to continue to look over their full inspection drawings in order to get authorization from the Rowan County Inspection Office. The Empire Hotel and Montgomery Ward phases of the project will be evaluated sometime in the future.
Read more at: https://www.salisburypost.com/2023/08/13/historic-preservation-commission-approves-plans-for-the-empire-block-project/
Looking to work in Downtown Salisbury and have easy access to great restaurants, shops, and boutiques? Large retail/office space available at 1118 S. Main St. Contact Greg Anderson for more information or to view the 2,200 square feet space available August 1, 2023.
Music by Charles Stouse Lyrics by Lee Adams Book by Mike Stewart Directed by Bradley Moore Music Directed by Jenny Carroll Choreographed by Tod Kubo
Bye Bye Birdie is the big-hearted & hilarious musical extravaganza that won four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Bye Bye Birdie features a joyous score, a hilarious book, and so much dancing you will get a workout just watching! Award-winning director Bradley Moore puts a fresh spin on this musical theatre classic that features an immensely talented cast of local creatives that will knock your bobby socks off!
When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but no one more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose songs Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television and give a goodbye kiss to one lucky fan. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the wrath of her jealous boyfriend. Throw in Albert’s overprotective, dramatic mother, Kim’s grumpy dad, a town full of excitable teens, and a bunch of folks trying to carve out their paths in life – Bye Bye Birdie is a gem that delivers two hours of catchy songs and hilarious laughs.
Piedmont Players Theatre’s cast includes Cassandra Barrier, Lucy Black, Theresa Brandt, Molly Bronson, Asha Brown, Corina Childs, Maggie Cross, Micah Cross, Bailey Daugherty, Jonathan Ewart, Caroline Forrester, Rachel Johnson, Daniel Keith, Madison Lee, Jonathan Lodgek, Aidan Melton, Caroline Monroe, Emma Peters, Asher Pethel, Madisyn Prater, Leslie Roberts, Rozalyn Walton, Wendy Weant, and Dennis Welch.
PRODUCING PARTNER: Charles Dabbs
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 PM
Friday, July 21 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 PM
Friday, July 28 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 30 at 2:30 PM
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
The Meroney Theater 213 S Main Street Salisbury, NC 28144
TICKETS Tickets: $23 for adults; $21 for seniors/students/military. Tickets are available at www.piedmontplayers.com or by calling 704.633.5471
PRESS: For more information, please visit the Piedmont Players Theatre website or contact Executive Director Bradley Moore directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALISBURY — The Fourth of July is a time for millions Americans this summer to reflect and appreciate the country they live in. This means cookouts, fireworks and hanging out with friends and family. Parades are always great for kids to watch, but what if they could actually be in the parade while also getting a history lesson? Clyde, a local Salisbury artist, has helped lead the way by organizing a kids parade complete with bike floats, historical figures and several fun costumes on display.
“We don’t have enough history anymore. People don’t know facts. This is a positive, we want everybody to learn more about America and not be ashamed of a flag,” Clyde said. “We want to remember where we’ve been and serve as people.”
The parade started at the Salisbury City Hall building on South Main Street before stopping at different local landmarks. Volunteers dressed up as figures of history and shared stories about themselves and their accomplishments. Daniel Boone, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and George Washington all made appearances. Each person spoke about their importance to American history and how some of them connect to the city of Salisbury.
At the end of the parade, everyone made it to the Rowan Museum where they sung the song “God Bless America” on the front steps before escaping into the air conditioned building. Special prizes were then handed out to the best kids’ costume and best bike float.
What made the parade truly stand out was having both kids and their parents participate in it together. Casey Akers originally came to town to bring her three kids to the transportation museum, but when she found out that the parade was going on in downtown Salisbury, she knew she had to check it out.
“We loved it,” Akers said. “It was wonderful! Their favorite parts were the museum and the prizes!”
Clyde had put on the same parade last year and plans on doing it again next year. He thinks getting kids excited about history leads to a better future for the entire country. After seeing their enthusiasm and spirit during the parade and at the museum, Clyde acknowledged everything he did was for the kids.
“It was perfect. They’ll always remember being at the courthouse and being at the museum.” Clyde said. “This is what we want America to be”
Read more at: https://www.salisburypost.com/2023/07/04/fourth-of-july-parade-celebrates-both-local-and-american-histories/
Downtown Salisbury has become even more pet-friendly over the past month thanks to Theresa Pitner, owner of dog training service Understanding Your Dog.
Starting in May, Pitner went around to all of the stores downtown and started making a list of which ones allowed dogs inside. What she found during her list-taking was that almost every business downtown is dog-friendly.
“It is amazing how many shops allow dogs in them. I would go into these stores and ask if they allowed dogs, and all of them would say ‘of course we do, you didn’t know that,’” said Pitner.
The only stores that told her no were the ones that were forced to deny dogs due to health reasons, according to Pitner, places such as the restaurants, tattoo parlors and beauty parlors.
What Pitner was working on was adding outdoor dog bowls to every downtown storefront that would take one. She passed out the water bowls to all of the businesses who said they allowed dogs, in total handing out 35.
“Dogs bring people with them. If downtown is dog-friendly, that’s more people and customers that will go to those stores,” said Pitner.
Pitner thought of the idea because she used to have a downtown location for her dog training business on East Council Street. While there, Pitner would have clients take their pets on walks through the area in order to help them socialize with other people and dogs.
“I noticed that a lot of bigger cities had stuff like this. So while I was having people walk their dogs through the town, I was thinking about how nice it would be if I could take some of my clients through the stores and not just socialize their dogs, but also introduce them to our businesses,” said Pitner.
While Pitner may have moved her business out of the East Council Street Location, her effect on downtown’s pet-friendliness remains. A month after she began her project, all 35 businesses still fill up the water bowls and leave them on the sidewalk on hot summer days for passing dogs to stop for a drink.
Read more at: https://www.salisburypost.com/2023/07/04/downtown-stores-placing-out-dog-bowls-in-effort-to-become-more-pet-friendly/