At a time when many businesses are making cuts, new businesses are opening in New Bern and others including the Pepsi store downtown are even expanding.
Just over the weekend, the Charisma and My Favorite Things stores opened along middle street, and across the street Sun Wind and Fire is getting ready for a grand opening this weekend. Businesses are also expanding. Aerie Bed and Breakfast just opened a new building with 2 rooms and a conference room that can hold up to 28 people. Owner Michael Gunhus says he and his wife have had a lot of success over the 10 years they've owned the bed and breakfast.
"I think a lot of it is you believe in the town and you believe in your product. Whether your retail, restaurant, or the like we are in the lodging service industry," said Gunhus.
Many New Bern business owners say the downtown location really helps because they get so much foot traffic from locals, tourists, and people in town for special events.