Downtown Rocky Mount Continues to Evolve!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Within the last 30 days Downtown has seen the opening of two new businesses, Look Here First Embroidery and NDA Kutz Barbershop, as well as the recent sale of the Bel-Air Artisan Center.

Bel-Air Artisan Center
After being on the market for two years, the Bel-Air Artisan Center was recently purchased by Michael and Jessica Hicks .Mike Hicks, 34, a Rocky Mount native, a local veterinarian, while Jessica Hicks, 27, from Bristol Tennessee, works as a part-time dental hygienist. The new owners are young and full of ideas. In a recent newspaper interview Jessica Hicks stated “When I was growing up, there wasn’t much going on downtown, but things have changed there and downtown Bristol is really booming,” Hicks said. “My parents missed out on an opportunity to invest in downtown there. I think what is happening back home is going to happen here. It just a matter of time because there is so much potential.” We are excited to see what the future holds for the Bel-Air Artisan Center. The Bel-Air Artisan Center has been providing local artists and artisans with working studio space. The front of The Center there is a gallery where different types of art can be purchased. Throughout the Center you will see paintings, drawings, photography, handmade gifts, wood turned bowls and pens, sculptures, pottery and so much more. As more information is available about the future of the Bel-Air Artisan Center it will be posted here. If you would like to read the full newspaper interview on the Hicks’ purchase Click Here to Read full Newspaper article


Look Here First is an embroidery shop specializing in custom designs. Look Here First has been in business for over two years but has been in our Downtown for only one month! Look Here First offers unique pillows as well as other crafty items. The owner, Toby Bullock, is a mother of six and a grandmother of three who prides herself on providing excellent customer service and making her customers feel at home inside her establishment. Look Here First also provides balloon design services and more.

For more information stop by or call!

Look Here First
Located at: 114 NW Main St
Telephone: 252-443-5533
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 2pm


NDA Kutz is a new barbershop offering top of the line service and skill. Owner Fred Battle believes in “No Days Off” and is the only barbershop in our Downtown offering barber services seven days a week. NDA Kuts operates on an appointment-only basis so feel free to call and schedule your appointment today!

NDA Kutz
Located at: 109 NE Main St
Telephone: 252-886-0881
Hours of Operation: Monday- Sunday 8:30am – 5:30pm (Appointment Only)


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