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A planned expansion for Brand Performing Arts Center will not only double the square footage but will allow owner Barrett Hildebrand to add new programming.
“Our tumbling classes need the step up with more equipment and more room because there was no way to effectively teach in the current square footage,” Hildebrand said. “Xavier Trimmingham used to teach for me in tumbling, so we’re adding in his forte of competitive cheer. He’s been in cheerleading forever, and we felt it was something different to educate kids and keep from being stagnant.”
BPAC recently had more than 50 people try out for three U.S. All Star Federation cheer teams. Hildebrand said she hopes to add more cheer teams after the roughly $300,000 expansion is finished.
Construction is slated to get underway soon and be completed by late summer. The expansion will have a 72-by-42 spring floor, a tumbling strip, an in-ground foam pit and an American Ninja Warrior warped wall.
“We’re looking at adding more because we’ll have additional square footage to grow a bit,” she said. “We want to grow our gymnastics side, but we want to phase everything.”
Hildebrand said she’s optimistic the expansion will also pave the way to have competitions held at BPAC to alleviate some need for Wilsonians to travel to Raleigh and other areas.
“Without the expansion, I would not be able to bring in more students because of a lack of space and equipment,” she said. “Now the schedule will allow me more opportunities not just for girls, but for boys, too.”
For more information, visit www.brandperformingartscenterdancestudio.com/.
Change in Landscape
Wine & Design is slated to return to the Shoppes at Brentwood later this month after three years at a location near Interstate 95.
“We’re excited to move back to Brentwood because it is an established shopping center where a lot of people go for gifts and groceries,” said franchisee Amanda Owens. “Where we were was on the outskirts of Wilson, but we’ll be a part of the community.”
Owens purchased the franchise rights to Wilson in 2015 after the previous owner had shuttered the location in Brentwood. The duo considered spaces in Brentwood, but couldn’t find one that fit, so they signed a three-year lease for 4916 Hayes Place.
She said she’s thrilled to be closer to the heart of Wilson and located in a shopping center with name recognition. With 1,900-square-feet, the shop near Food Lion at 2801-3I Ward Blvd. will be able to accommodate more classes and special events, she said.
“Wine & Design is a fresh and fun way to connect with friends and family,” Owens said. “It is a chance to put down your phone for two hours and use the creative side of your brain.”
Owens became a franchisee in 2013 with a location in Clayton, opened the Wilson studio, then bought the Wake Forest franchise several months later. After the lease expired in Wake Forest, Owens moved the location to The Factory, where she doubled the footprint and worked with nearby businesses to expand options for kids on school breaks.
She said she hopes the Brentwood location will expand the business and reach more customers. A customer appreciation weekend to celebrate the relocation is in the works for September.
Visit http://www.wineanddesign.com/locations/wilson to learn more or to book a class.
Yard sales for miles
The sixth annual 301 Endless Yard Sale will take place Friday and Saturday along 100 miles of the historic highway through Wilson, Johnston, Harnett, Nash and Halifax counties.
“This is an event that will bring additional visitors to our county, and while they are here for the yard sale event they can explore Wilson and all that we offer,” said Sandra Homes, executive director of the Wilson Visitors Center.
The annual draw for bargain hunters began in Johnston County, but has grown in recent years, attracting as many as 15,000 customers to comb through offerings from 1,000 vendors.
Sites along the route include the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, TWM Antiques in Selma and Riverside Mill in Weldon. Families, churches, businesses and schools set up their own yard sales as well. Wilson vendors for this year include the Wilson County Fairgrounds, Truely Unique, the Elm City Resale Market and in Lucama the Newman family.
The sale runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information on the event with contacts of each town’s vendor locations visit www.301endlessyardsale.com.
Haley’s Boutique will have a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with giveaways, sales and more. Owner Haley Ward also will be announcing extended summer hours for the shop at 120 Goldsboro St. SW. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/haleysboutique3125/.
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