GO AHEAD: Put “Sweet Taters Restaurant and Brewery on the Rocky Mount Map

Meet the team that is bringing Sweet Taters Restaurant & Brewery to life. Left to Right: Will Lewis, graphic design intern from Nash Community College. Chris Flora: Owner, Marketing Manager. Chris is working on his MBA and will be taking care of the sales and marketing.  Erin Flora: Owner, Brewmaster, Greg Flora: Owner, Restaurant Manager … Continue reading GO AHEAD: Put “Sweet Taters Restaurant and Brewery on the Rocky Mount Map

Is There Another ‘Ricks Hotel’ In Our Future – Part 2

Beyond the architectural splendor, interiors, appointments and room comfort, the heart of a hotel must surely be the people who create, staff, and visit from inception to closing. It is their memories that live on after the hotel is gone. We can just imagine the collective sigh across the city of Rocky Mount on Sunday … Continue reading Is There Another ‘Ricks Hotel’ In Our Future – Part 2

Remembering The Ricks Hotel – Part 1

Like a 'lady of the night' I am here to lure you into the world of hotels, hoping to catch your imagination. If I could take money from you for the pleasure of these ramblings, I would. You see, I have become a little obsessed about a small, boutique hotel in the Central Historic District … Continue reading Remembering The Ricks Hotel – Part 1

Promoting A Sense of Place – A ‘Shout Out’ To Realtors

        I wrote last week about a conversation I had with Vann Joines, entrepreneur, when we discussed what makes people pick the places they live. Part of that answer is that people are looking for diversity, a sense of place, a cultural context that is unique. Rocky Mount is such a place! … Continue reading Promoting A Sense of Place – A ‘Shout Out’ To Realtors

The Koi Pond Opening Offers a ‘Third Place’ Opportunity

Koi Pond's Brand New Path Leads to a New Day in the Life of  Rocky Mount Thu-Fri: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sat: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CONGRATULATION TO THE KOI POND BREWERY As Billy Crystal would say, "You look marvelous, darling." I have been writing about a … Continue reading The Koi Pond Opening Offers a ‘Third Place’ Opportunity

The Downtown Prophet – Vann Joines – Part 2

A writer of fiction, I know how essential a setting is to a novel, how important the opening lines of a story are. I have written a mini scene for you that takes place at the Prime Smokehouse on Thomas Street in Rocky Mount. Quiet jazz plays in the background. A man and woman are seated … Continue reading The Downtown Prophet – Vann Joines – Part 2