DNDA announces "Design for Success" Makeover Project

DNDA announces "Design for Success" Makeover Project

NEWTON, NC (September 21, 2012) -- The Downtown Newton Development Association (DNDA) has announced the completion of the second DNDA “Design for Success” Makeover Project. The façade at Phostell’s Barber and Beauty Shop, 106 N. Main Avenue, has been restored to more accurately reflect its historic past.

The public is invited to join the DNDA in celebrating the completion of another façade makeover with an open house and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, September 25 at Phostell’s Barber Shop. Mayor Anne P. Stedman will conduct the ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m., and the drop-in open house will continue until 6:30 p.m.


With financial support from the City of Newton façade grant program, combined with an economic development grant from the ElectriCities “Smart Communities” program, the DNDA was able to rework the façade and lobby at 106 North Main Avenue so that the building could be considered a “contributing structure” in the newly designated Newton Downtown Historic District. This means that future improvements to the building can be eligible for historic preservation tax credits if the work is completed in compliance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.

Jeremy Petty, past chairman of the DNDA, stated, “The complete renovation process took a little longer than expected, but for a budget of just under $9,000, the DNDA was able to get a project completed worth about $20,000 to $25,000.”

The DNDA’s current chairperson, Melinda Travis, said, “The DNDA really appreciates all the volunteers who helped with the painting and cleanup. And without Jeremy’s leadership and his knowledge of construction, this project would not have been possible.”

The DNDA is pleased that local businesses supported the project as well. Affordable Floors donated the new floors in the lobby. Dr. William Sherrod and Glenn Bynum found the old barber pole and painstakingly rebuilt it to like-new condition. Cindy Shugart Interiors donated the design work. Glass was purchased from All Glass, Inc., the new awning was purchased from Annas Awning, and the DNDA hired Double Hung Window Restoration from Greensboro to restore the original upper floor windows.

Travis said that the DNDA is looking forward to new makeover projects now that Callahan’s Café and Phostell’s Barber Shop have been successfully completed.

Phostell’s Barber and Beauty Salon is owned and operated by Mr. William Rice. Mr. Rice has been in business in this location for over 15 years. He was raised in Newton and both his grandfather and uncle, Ford Rice, were barbers in Newton.

The Downtown Newton Development Association invites the public to stop by to see the new storefront, and be sure to ask Mr. Rice about the origin of the name “Phostell’s.”