Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com

The Enforcement of Ordinances – If Only A ‘Enforcer’ Code Ring From A Cracker Jack Box Would Do The Trick

You wouldn’t be keeping me company on Main Street if you weren’t interested, hopeful, and slightly addicted to architecture – commercial and residential. Above all else, you are a member of the cheerleading squad for the revitalization of Rocky Mount. … Continue reading

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Blanche’s Bistro Unleashes A Hornets Nest – Bringing Controversy to the New Main Street Reality

The last time I looked there were 405 comments on Concerned Citizens about the opening of Blanche’s Bistro. On the right are a few lines from the announcement. This has unleashed  a hornets nest.  After reading some of the comments … Continue reading

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306 Villa is on the Demolition List – If Lost – Can It Serve as Our Penn Station

“We strain to listen to the ghosts and echoes of our inexpressibly wise past, and we have an obligation to maintain these places, to provide these sanctuaries, so that people may be in the presence of forces larger than those … Continue reading

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Better Blends Juice and Smoothie Bar – I Can Tell Already It Will Be A Success

Years ago I sat under a white tent that covered the invited guests to a rehearsal dinner. Much  to the dismay of those of us who were older, the toasts by so called friends turned into a roast of the … Continue reading

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Do You SEE What I See? – For Sale – The Gas Station On The Corner of Thomas and Franklin Streets

    Every time I pass by, I slow down and look at a corner Shell gas station that is for sale on Thomas and Franklin streets.  My imagination takes over and a successful restaurant materializes. The reuse of old stations … Continue reading

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Exciting News: Twenty Two Lofts on Main Street – Buildings Saved By Troy Davis

The first time I explored the alley behind Davis Furniture Company I was intrigued and excited to see some renovation had already taken place. It was quite a shock, however, to see the back of two buildings two doors down … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye Upon The Emerging Main Street Scene

I’m always interested in watercolor sketches of architecture. I want you to see these prints of several familiar North Carolina cities that are available on Etsy. Soon enough Rocky Mount will warrant a poster. This is a call to our local … Continue reading

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