New Bern, NC
Have you heard of New Bern? As a small business owner (BearTownBaskets), I was on a quest to find a quaint little town to grow some roots.
I wasn’t sure it was something I could find and not really sure my gift basket business would thrive outside of a large city,
but it was worth a try.
I was pleasantly surprised when I’ve recently found this beautiful little town, New Bern, NC. Most people seem to have heard of it as a town on the way to the beaches, but for whatever the reason, it still appears to be a well kept secret. This small town appears to be growing in leaps and bounds.
It seems that a small percentage of natives still live here, however a lot of the folks I’ve met seem to have moved from elsewhere and lots of outsiders are moving in. This is evident in my encounters and I feel an embracing of diversity, new and different cultures and ideas.
A charming little town.
The streets are lined with gold…leaves that is, from the Ginkgo Biloba tree, in downtown New Bern. We customize gift baskets at BearTown Baskets are so happy to have found this quaint little town and to now call it our "weekend hideaway".
With the summer and humidity, New Bern may not be for everyone but I’ve decided it is where I am going to live the rest of my life. I have found the most beautiful area to live in and am not sure how this accident came about that I found it.
What is New Bern like?
Here a video to help you visualize: New Bern, NC
New Bern, North Carolina is a historic town located where 2 rivers join to meet the Pamlico Sound on the Southeastern coast of North Carolina. Top Places to Retire
The city of over 30,000 grew by 30% from 2000 to 2013. It has a 56 square block tree lined historic district that appeals to many active adults who would like to live in or near a real town. The city, originally settled by Swiss and Germans, is the second oldest town in North Carolina and also one of its fastest growing. It is known as a particularly friendly and welcoming place with a lower than average cost of living. New Bern is located in Craven County.
New Bern was named a “Certified Retirement Community” by the State of North Carolina in 2015. There is ample retail shopping in New Bern with malls, large department stores, as well as specialty shops and boutiques. I read that the local economy is driven by construction, education, public administration, services. Unemployment rate was 5.2% in 2015, which is lower than the NC average. I wonder what it is today. Need to check.
Did you hear about the bears of New Bern? They’re Bear Town Bears, by local artists can be found throughout the town of New Bern.
New Bern has not only warmly welcomed us, it is one of the most beautiful places to live. I am so happy to be here.In my humble opinion, New Bern is the quintessential quaint town that strives to welcome everyone with it’s geographic diversity, socio-economic diversity to racial and religious diversity.
Keep an eye out for other articles about the evolution of experience as a small business owner in a small town and whether or not Gift Basket Villas become a hit. I am very excited about this part of my adventure. I’ll keep you posted.
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