LAURINBURG — As downtown is working on becoming a part of the NC Main Street Program, more businesses have started moving locations to be a part of it.
With one new business opening up and three relocating to downtown, Downtown Development Coordinator Daniel Walters is glad to welcome them.
“I think it’s a key part of revitalizing downtown,” Walters said. “A lot of businesses are realizing that downtown can be a hub for Laurinburg where people come to and are continuing to build on it.”
Scoop N Dip ice cream, NuStar computer repairs, and The Weknd Warrior Trade Co. have all relocated to Main Street.
Moving from the small location at the intersection of Main Street and Johns Road, Scoop N Dip has found a larger home at 156 S Main St. Owner Shalonda Taylor closed the old location in November and reopened at the beginning of the month.
“I’m very happy to be downtown,” Taylor said. “We’ve been getting more customers since moving.”
The ice cream shop sells 24 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Also moving downtown was NuStar computer repairs, who relocated from Atkinson Street. The move came after the building the business was in came under new management.
“I often wanted to be downtown and Chip Morton had the building,” said NuStar owner Brian Caulder. “It’s been a joy being downtown, it’s exactly like I thought it would be.”
The new location is at 106 S. Main St., opened in May and the hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Weknd Warrior Trade Co. didn’t have a far move from sitting next to the art garden on Church Street to three blocks down at 114 S. Main Street. The outdoor clothing retailer moved to have better parking as well as hoping to have more foot traffic into the store. According to Harley Locklear, one of the shop’s owners, it has been even greater than they anticipated.
“It’s a little overwhelming how much more traffic you get by moving three blocks,” Locklear said. “We’re happy to be at the new location and we’re hoping to extend our inventory to include more women’s items as well as stocking more brands.”
Locklear’s co-owners include Devin Johnson and John Locklear. The shop opened in the new location at the start of the month and offers southern brands such as Fish Hippie, Old South, Sanuk, and Salty Crew among other brands. The shop is currently closed due to maintenance issues with the air conditioning unit but hopes to be open soon. The typical hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday.
The newest business to open downtown — ust slightly off of Main Street at 127 Fairly St. — is a photography studio. Myra Stone Photographyopened in late May and Stone says she’s thrilled to have a physical location.
“Moving downtown has been great for business,” said Stone. “I love the community and I’ve wanted to be a part of downtown and to provide a service to the area.”
The photographer focuses on portraits ranging from engagements, newborns, weddings, and professional headshots. Stone is currently booking sessions and for more information or to book the appointment contact her at [email protected]
The Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce helped welcome the businesses with ribbon cuttings .
“With the revitalization project with downtown its exciting to see these businesses coming downtown,” said chamber Executive Director Chris English. “We’re thankful that they are chamber members who believe in us but also that they’re taking a chance on Main Street to help grow downtown.”