The latest people and organizations statewide recognized as North Carolina Main Street Champions for their commitment to downtowns in their communities include a Wilkes County couple.
Doug and Denise Morris of Wilkesboro were recognized for their investments of money and sweat equity into renovating two adjacent buildings at 825 and 827 Main Street, North Wilkesboro, constructed as a single building for a dry goods store in 1904.
They have worked alongside construction crews, painters, electricians, and plumbers on the properties at 825 and 827 Main Street since purchasing them in 2017.
“Denise oversaw many aspects of the job and made sure contractors showed up. When they didn’t, which happened often, Denise filled in the holes and figured things out,” stated a press release from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
The Morrises have the lower floors of both buildings rented. The Wash House on Main is in the building at 825 Main Street and Dawnbridge Consulting LLC is in the building at 827 Main Street. The upper floors are condo units.
The couple recently purchased a building on 10th Street, with plans to open an eatery on its bottom floor, with a condo unit on the second floor. Elsewhere on 10th, a farm-to-table restaurant, was at this location for several years.
The Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership nominated the Morrises. They and the 37 other N.C. Main Street Champions for 2020 were recognized in a virtual ceremony on March 11.
The N.C. Department of Commerce and the N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center have recognized 804 Main Street Champions since 2000.