The safety of Historic Downtown Wilson’s residents, workers, and visitors is priority to us here in Wilson Downtown Development. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and are keeping our stakeholders informed of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.







As always, follow guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if and when visiting Historic Downtown Wilson businesses, nonprofits and public spaces.If you are not able to visit these places physically, there are still a variety of ways you can support our downtown and its businesses and nonprofits.

  1. Shop in store or virtually. Many downtown retailers, as well as some nonprofits, have virtual shopping options available. There are many ways to get what you are seeking from these locales via phone, website, Facetime, or other methods.
  2. Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who take orders over the phone or online. 
  3. Place your orders for now for wholesale products that you will need later in the year from downtown businesses.  
  4. If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support downtown businesses, buy gift cards to spend later in our various storefront businesses and restaurants.
  5. For restaurants, order takeout or delivery, and, if you can, tip generously even though you are not dining in. 
  6. Donate to or become a member of our many nonprofits downtown. They rely on donations and special event income to keep their doors open. This is a very volatile time for them as well.
  7. Visit a downtown park or public space or just take a relaxing stroll down the sidewalk. It’s a great time to enjoy the architecture, notice businesses, nonprofits you may have overlooked, check out building renovations and new construction projects, appreciate street and sidewalk improvements, and explore public art in our Artsee Alleys, painted fire hydrants, Big Belly recycling/refuse receptacles and the whirligigs in the Whirligig Park. While there, post on social media and tag Historic Downtown Wilson.
  8. Leave 5 star reviews for Historic Downtown Wilson and downtown businesses and nonprofits that you love.  Promote positive experiences on social media.
  9. Participate in virtual events and activities offered by Historic Downtown Wilson, downtown businesses and nonprofits.
  10. Keep an eye on the social media of Historic Downtown Wilson and that of downtown businesses and nonprofits to monitor changes and campaigns.
  11. Positively comment on and share posts by Historic Downtown Wilson, downtown businesses and nonprofits. 
  12. If you know a small business owner or nonprofit leader, ask how you can help them. 



Wilson Downtown Development, in partnership with the City of Wilson public services department, set up Temporary Curbside Pickup Zones within the Municipal Service District in Historic Downtown Wilson to help connect storefront businesses and their customers during the COVID-19 response. Most of the zones are placed in areas where there is currently on-street parking to support quick stops for takeout services.

Two parking spaces adjacent to each eating/drinking establishment are reserved for 5-minute curbside pick-up. As of 3/27/20, establishments with more urgent needs were provided immediate signage. Signage and reserved spaces for all downtown restaurants and drinking establishments should be in place by April 1.

A list of dining establishments may be found under the “General” tab at


Marty Garris of Tig’s Courtyard welcomes arriving customers.



In compliance with NC Executive Order 121, Wilson Downtown Development, along with its event partners, has temporarily suspended all public events.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that we may celebrate with one big Gig in the Park spring concert with the Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute Band on May 28. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow government mandates. Follow Historic Downtown Wilson on Facebook and Instagram to stay current.

The Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market is tentatively set to begin on May 2. Given the fluid situation, there is a good possibility that this may need to change. Follow Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market on Facebook for updates.