Downtown businesses open amid road work

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The 100 block of Tarboro Street is still under construction, but two new businesses opened up this week.

Isahana Asian Fusion, 126 Tarboro St., opened to fanfare on Monday as patrons savored hibachi, lo mein, fried rice and other dishes throughout the day. Owner Joe Castro also is cooking tacos on Tuesdays, offering a Cuban special on Fridays and breakfast omelettes, sandwiches, coffee and smoothies in the mornings.

The 40-seat eatery offers a bar as well as take-out service. Isahana is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

On Tuesday, the doors opened at Artisan’s Garden at 115 Tarboro St. The store takes the place of Ina’s Garden & Pottery Shop, which closed last month.

“We’re continuing what Tim had built,” investor Charlie Dempsey said of Ina’s co-owner Tim Lamm, who recently relocated to Virginia. “We’re stocking more unique, handcrafted items and from local artisans if possible.”

Manager Cathy Winborne worked for Ina’s and is looking forward to continuing to serve her customers with new merchandise, including a range of Artisan Leaf products manufactured in the same building.

“We’re selling small and large maps, leaves and extra-large leaves, coasters and Christmas ornaments and magnets,” Dempsey said. “We also have tumblers that are exclusive to Artisan’s Garden and can’t be found anywhere else in town. Everything can be personalized too with monograms or decals.”

There will be more whirligigs and colorful garden accents, Woodstock Chimes and Greenleaf Candles as well as essential oils, diffusers and CBD products.

“We’ll continue to have the big whirligigs, but expanding to more gift items,” Winborne said.

“There are a lot of employees who work downtown, so we want to be the place for them to get gifts for others and find items to add a bit of Wilson to their homes and make their gardens a happy place.”

For items not stocked in the store, Winborne can special-order merchandise and ship it straight to customers’ homes.

“We’re looking forward to serving the Wilson community,” Dempsey said. “Come see us.”

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. or later if there are weekend events going on downtown.


The old Woodard Building on the 100 block of Goldsboro Street has been repurposed into offices that are available now. The second floor was recently renovated with six private offices and conference rooms that can be rented individually or altogether.

There is an additional 1,400 square feet available to be customized and the second floor is Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible by elevator. Call Kellianne Davis, downtown business specialist, at 252-296-3464 for more information and a showing of the property.

Got an idea for news to include in next week’s Main Street Minute? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 252-265-7821 or bhandgraaf@wilsontimes.com.