The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in our lives and many of us feel now is a time of caution and turmoil; we applaud these brave business owners for looking ahead to the future. With plans that were in place way before mid-March when North Carolina went into a shutdown, dreams for expansions, new businesses, loans, construction plans were all in motion.
So join us and celebrate our tourism partners for their success and we invite you to try out these new businesses. Let’s keep moving forward and invest with these businesses - buying local is more important than ever!
Hampton Inn Smithfield
Just Opening! With 112 rooms, the new Hampton Inn in Smithfield will be the largest hotel in Johnston County. Located along I-95, Exit 95 on Smithfield Crossing, behind the Golden Corral, the location for this new property will be the first property built on the southwest corner of the interchange and will have high visibility from I-95. The hotel is slated to open in October.
Address: 160 Towne Centre Place, Smithfield, NC
Corked & UnTapped
Owners of Clayton’s First Street Tavern have now opened Corked & UnTapped where Wine on Main was right on Main Street in Clayton. The bar features 50-60 wines, all NC Craft Beers, and several small-bite options including shareable meat, cheese & fruit trays, and delicious desserts.
Address: 459 E Main St., Clayton, NC
New to Downtown Clayton, this amazing place offers an extensive selection of wines and beers to enjoy while you learn how to expertly throw hatchets from EPIC staff.
Address: 213 W. Main St., Clayton, NC
The Queen's Court
Once you step inside, you will feel like a queen! The Queen's Court offers nice home furnishings such as lamps, mirrors, dinnerware, and more! The shopping doesn't stop there, you can also buy silk flowers, garden decorations, chocolates, and a whole lot more!
Address: 331 E. Main St., Clayton, NC
Unforgettable Food Affairs
In 1995, April Myers started Unforgettable Food Affairs with hopes and dreams of growing her business and providing the best catering services to her clients. Throughout the years, her business has grown bigger and she is now looking towards new business ventures within the walls of Unforgettable. She is excited to see new growth with the online shop and curbside pick-up, keeping true to what she knows best... cooking good southern food with great hospitality.
Address: 5533 NC Hwy 42 W. Ste. B26, Garner, NC
Crazy Daisy Frozen Yogurt Shop
A family-owned and operated frozen yogurt shop in the McGee's Crossroads area.
Address: 12524 NC-210 Ste 105, Benson, NC
Phone: (919) 300-1712
The Gilded Pear Brew House
The Gilded Pear Brew House is newly opened in Downtown Smithfield, offering delicious coffee drinks, teas, and even nano-brewed beers. In addition, they serve delicious pastries, crêpes, and breakfast sandwiches, with plans to offer a full lunch menu as well very soon.
Address: 234 E Market St Smithfield, NC
Phone: 919- 938-9020
Coffee on Raiford
This new coffee shop located in Downtown Selma is the project of one of our JoCo Hospitality Association members, Jeff and his sister, Zena Hamilton-Rose. Jeff has been the lighting guru and marketing manager for the Live @ The Rudy Theatre, and having a coffee shop for shoppers and theatergoers in Selma was a need he wanted to fulfill. Stop in for coffee, stroll the shops of Downtown Selma, and take in the show (this Christmas!).
Address: 123 N Raiford St Selma, NC
Miss B’s Bakery
From a home baker to owning a storefront in the McGee’s Crossroads community, on I-40, Exit 319, Benisha Hunter is making her dreams come true. Ms. B's Bake Shop provides cupcakes, custom cakes for all occasions, sweet treats and pastries. The tastes and smells are amazing and you will not be disappointed!
Address: 11760 NC Hwy 210, Ste 210 Benson, NC
The Serving Spoon Event Venue
Many of us are definitely in love with Joyce’s food — can we talk about those country ham biscuits in homemade rolls? But Joyce wanted to expand her storefront into an event space, and this new venue is now open for groups up to 75 people. When we can gather again for social events — this is a unique space for your next social event like rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers or that special birthday! Imagine you are there right now — and those incredible ham biscuits are right in front of you.
Address: 212 N Peedin Ave Pine Level, NC
The Yellow House Community Center
We are in love with this new up-scale gift shop and boutique with a tea room, and a full bistro experience. Owners Durwood & Elaine Ball bought the historical downtown Wagner House, restoring this gem of a house to its former glory and creating a place where people could meet grab a bite to eat shop, or sit and enjoy a drink.
Address: 121 E Main St Clayton, NC
With a beautiful new store-front in Downtown Selma, Selma Florist, also Kenly Flower Shop, is offering arrangements for any occasion. Family owned and operated, it’s worth stopping by just to see the window displays.
Address: 105 N Raiford Selma, NC
Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Traditional and unique flavors, even a few made with local craft beer, served up in a cone or a cup is what you’ll find at Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Selma. The name says it all. Grab your favorite and stroll Downtown Selma while you savor your refreshing treat!
Address: 124 N Raiford St Selma, NC
Phone: 919- 351-0505
There are other exciting projects currently under construction and “Coming Soon” in Johnston County. Follow the bureau’s social media or the evolving business’ channels below for updates on grand openings!
Old North State Food Hall
With an opening planned for this November, the nation’s first roadside food hall will be located in a portion of the old JR’s building just off I-95, Exit 97. Multiple local and regional food vendors are planned with varying cuisine offerings. The food hall will also have a full bar called the NC Craft House with a drink menu dedicated to NC-made beer, wine, and spirits.
A Tru by Hilton property will be coming to Smithfield in 2022!
We are super excited to announce that The Cardinal will be opening a new addition to their business in Downtown Clayton by the first of the year. A “beer and hotdogs” type of bar with Raleigh roots will be opening in the old Flip Side building with lots of outdoor space for hanging out. They also plan to open a “smoked taco” restaurant in the same space to operate separately but along-side The Cardinal.