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Downtown In­vest­ments Keep Main Streets Alive


WILSON, N.C. — When Shawna Moses moved to Wilson over a decade ago, the downtown of Wilson looked very different.


“When we first moved here, there were a lot of buildings that were boarded up,” Moses said. “There was really not much activity going on, and it has changed a lot over the years.” But just last year, she opened a storefront for her online business, Samora Naturals.


Years ago, Moses suffered a scalp burn and decided to use her background in chemistry to create natural hair and body products. She’s one of many who have renovated storefronts in Wilson and filled them with businesses, bringing in investment to the local economy.


It’s all part of the city’s master plan as part of the Main Street Program.

The program is part of the N.C. Department of Commerce. “Main Street” helps towns, cities and communities hone in on ways they can revitalize their downtowns.


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