Station Square plans spring party


Staff Writer

Monday, March 26, 2018

Food, music, craft beer and different activities will be featured next month in downtown Rocky Mount.

A first-time free community event called the Spring Affair being co-sponsored by Station Square, the Rocky Mount Event Center, Station Square Records and Muttley Crew will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. April 14 on the Nash Street side of Station Square.

Anne Craig, director of operations at Station Square, said Spring Affair will consist of food trucks, craft breweries and a variety of activities such as face painting, bounce houses, yoga and a corn hole tournament hosted by N.C. Wesleyan College’s Eastern North Carolina Center for Business & Entrepreneurship.

The six food trucks that will be on hand will be Little Mae’s Kitchen from Raleigh, Skullies Street Q from Goldsboro, Southern Snack Shack from Garner, The Cow & Oak from Raleigh, Spud Kings from Raleigh and Get A Pizza This. The craft breweries will be Koi Pond Brewing Co., Hopfly Brewing Co., TBC West, BDD Brewing Co. and Planetary Elixirs that are at the Rocky Mount Mills and Bull City Ciderworks, which operates in Durham.

Craig said Station Square Records will be spinning vinyl records and musical entertainment will be provided by the Wesleyan Quartet and the Sunspot.

“This is like a big party for downtown Rocky Mount,” Craig said. “We’re hoping families and people in the area will come out and enjoy the experience. We’re just wanting to bring awareness of what is happening at Station Square and what is going on downtown.”

Station Square owner Ben Braddock said there will be some information on the Event Center, which has a grand opening date set for mid-October. He added the Spring Affair will feature soon-to-be-open Station Square tenant Muttley Crew, which will be opening on April 7. Muttley Crew will be hosting a dog costume contest, dog kissing contest and have children painting ceiling tiles for the new shop.

Tosha Aldridge, co-owner of Muttley Crew with husband Shayne Aldridge, said the unique supply store will be carrying pet food, toys, treats and other items that can’t be found locally.

“We’re going to have a self-bathing room, various training classes and also a meet-and-greet room for adoptions,” Aldridge said.

Braddock said Station Square is currently 90 percent occupied. The building has one office space up for lease. 

“We’ve had a lot of new folks come to Station Square that are more like niche stores or something you don’t see in every town and every place,” Braddock said. “They’re small businesses that are serving specific needs.”

Before the Spring Affair starts, the first-time Twin Counties Sugar Run will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Station Square on April 14. The event sponsored by the Nash Health Care Foundation, Boice-Willis Clinic and Rocky Mount Family Medical Center will feature a 5K, one-mile fun run, guest speaker, healthy breakfast and vendors showing the latest technology in the fight against diabetes. All proceeds will go to benefit patients dealing with diabetes in the Twin Counties.