Uptown Eden: Coming Alive!

In the midst of a global pandemic, Eden’s historic downtown, now called Uptown Eden, has flourished. Starting in 2019 with entrepreneurs opening new stores and solidified with Carpino Investments purchasing and renovating historic buildings, Uptown Eden is coming alive. 

Julie Stanton opened Southern Julep, an apparel, jewelry accessories and gift boutique that combines brick and mortar retail with on-line sales. She brought new energy to the downtown and a desire to see it thrive. Florida developer Michael Carpino came to Eden and immediately saw the possibilities for downtown living. He transformed a dilapidated former law office into a popular coffee shop and added four apartments. That was just the beginning. In late 2019, he purchased a building that will house eight apartments and a pizzeria. In 2020, Carpino purchased the historic Central Hotel, a building dormant for more than fifty years, and is building twenty three luxury apartments there.  

Jim and Janice Wade opened Sophisticated Rubbish, a cool shop comprised of antiques, shabby chic, farmhouse, furniture, glassware and other vintage items. Black Sheep Quilt Boutique, offers beautiful high-end fabric to the many area quilters to help them hone their craft. AK Emporium sells antiques, collectibles, furniture and crafts. 

The Hive meadery and tapis bar provides a place for evening entertainment. More shops and restaurants are coming. The excitement is contagious as we see the transformation of Eden’s original shopping district. Come join us on Washington Street and visit www.exploreedennc.com for more information.