On the Road With Roy: Morganton

After an announcement at Continental, Roy stopped in to see some homegrown Morganton small businesses

On Tuesday, Governor Cooper spent time in downtown Morganton, stopping at different businesses that highlight the impact of the Main Street Program in revitalizing downtown Morganton.

The Main Street Program has been active in Morganton since right around the program’s inception — 1982 — and has some incredible success stories and a record of achievement:

· 158 façade improvements
· 214 building rehabilitations
· 165 new small businesses
· A total investment of more than $69 million

The first stop was lunch at Root and Vine, a star of downtown Morganton’s restaurant scene. Owners Aimee Perez and Brian Miller opened Root and Vine’s doors in 2011 and have been serving up delicious dishes and pizza ever since.

Root and Vine, Morganton.

After enjoying one of their famous iceberg wedge salads and shaking hands with many of the patrons, Governor Cooper headed out the door with Main St. Director Sharon Jablonski, City Manager Sally Sandy, and Mayor Ronnie Thompson to discuss Main St. development in Morganton.

Oak Hill Iron, Morganton.

The next stop was Oak Hill Iron, a longtime manufacturer of wood and iron homewares in the Morganton area. After 20 years manufacturing nearby, Oak Hill Iron recently opened a new showroom in downtown Morganton.

The company employs more than 15 people and provides homes and businesses with unique furniture, railings, gates, kitchen fixtures and more.

The Natural Olive, Morganton.

During a stop at The Natural Olive, owner Noelle Walker gave Governor Cooper a taste of different olive oils from around the world. After trying a few, he even bought a few of olive oils for First Lady Kristin Cooper.

Homer’s Soda Shop, Morganton.

Homer’s Soda Shop has added to the growing nightlife options in downtown Morganton. The bar was capitalized by a Community Development Block Grant small business loan and provides another fun option for patrons downtown.

Governor Cooper is visiting North Carolina towns to highlight successful small businesses across North Carolina. Helping North Carolinians start and grow their own businesses right here at home creates good new jobs and strengthens our communities.

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