SALISBURY – What was formerly Umami Downtown has a new name and new menu, under the direction of owner Jasmine Mohamed, who is working to bring Creole and authentic Asian dishes to town.
The restaurant originally opened in October of last year, but due to a lack of staff, something had to be done to keep the business going. Mohamed began cooking the Creole dishes she had prepared for her family for years in the North Main Street kitchen, and from there the newly renamed Jasmin’s Creole Kitchen was born.
Among the items added to the menu is gumbo.
According to Mohamed, there is more to come and she is looking at how to grow every day.
The restaurant still keeps some family staples on the menu including specialty coffee, a variety of boba teas, pan mi sandwiches, rolled ice cream and poke bowls. Customers can now try chicken wings, sweet potato dishes and rich desserts.
“Society is responding well,” Mohammed added. “They like that we change it up a bit.”
Vendors are invited to participate in College Night in Salisbury
SALISBURY – Potential sellers are invited to join Downtown Salisbury, Inc. To attend the annual College Night Out, scheduled for August 18 from 5-9 p.m. at Bell Tower Green Park.
During College Night Out, Downtown Salisbury welcomes and invites students from local colleges – Livingston College, Hood Theological Seminary, Catawba College and Rowan Caparros Community College – and new Rowan-Salisbury School System teachers for games, activities, food, communication, and more.
This year, College Night Out is accepting sellers to join the fun. Not only is this a great way to introduce college students and new educators to businesses, stores, restaurants, and entertainment, it’s an opportunity to give them access to the many resources available from downtown partners, such as banking options, health, culture, arts, employment, and volunteering. Participants are encouraged to bring any information regarding employment or training opportunities.
Businesses interested in setting up College Night Out can visit www.downtownsalisburync.com under the Events tab to complete the College Night Out vendor application form. Space is limited and served on a first come first serve basis. Applications are due by July 22nd. Downtown Salisbury staff will confirm seller acceptance via the email listed on the application form by July 26.
Choosing North Carolina as the Best State for Business
CNBC ranked North Carolina as the best commercial state in America.
Governor Roy Cooper joined CNBC’s Scott Cohen at Oceanic at the Crystal Pier in Wrightsville Beach for a live broadcast as the winner was revealed.
“North Carolina is the best place in America to do business and the main reason is our people,” said the governor of North Carolina. “This is a great honor, and we will continue to work with the state legislature, businesses, education leaders, and employees to build the talented workforce and flexible infrastructure needed to support the high-paying jobs of the next generation.”
The CNBC study looks at 88 metrics across ten categories of competitiveness. North Carolina ranks highly in the categories of economy, access to capital, technology, and innovation. North Carolina has placed in the top five three times since 2017.
“To say that North Carolina had a record year in 2021 would be an understatement,” said Jane McLaurin, president of the North Carolina State Board of Directors’ Economic Development Partnership. “Our economic development successes would not have been possible without the collaboration between Governor Cooper, the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, EDPNC, and other public and private partnerships. Because of this collaboration, we have been able to create an award-winning business climate that the largest companies in the world want to experience and use. For her own successes, as well as the successes of the North Carolinians.”
Since he took Gov. Cooper took office In 2017, North Carolina announced more than 95,000 jobs including from companies such as Apple, Vinfast, Toyota and Centene Corp. This historic success of employment in both rural and urban parts of North Carolina continues to add value to manufacturing and clean energy industries are already thriving here.
“North Carolina is proud of its economic success that continues to be nationally recognized as being CNBC’s Best Business State,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Michael Baker-Sanders. “Last year, we announced more than 24,000 new jobs and investments in excess of $10.1 billion from future-focused companies in areas such as biotechnology, computers, and electric vehicles. There are many factors to our success, including our central location on the East Coast, and quality of life We will continue to focus on creative partnerships to grow talent as we evolve to meet the demands of current, new and future employers such as Apple, Toyota and FUJIFILM who are North Carolina home to them.”
Focus Gov. Cooper develops and trains a strong workforce. In May 2021, the governor launched the Longleaf Commitment Community College Grants Program that ensures recent high school graduates from low- and middle-income families receive at least $2,800 in federal and state grants to cover tuition and most fees in any of the states. 58 community college. In July 2018, the Governor announced the Finish Line Scholarship Program to help community college students facing unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training.
In October 2021, Governor Cooper launched the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grant, an $805 million investment in child care and education programs in the state. This money helped child care centers with recruitment and retention and help parents return to work.
Focus Gov. Cooper on supporting businesses through the pandemic, and developing partnerships to ensure workers and consumers can visit businesses safely. It also invested resources to help businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, provide direct cash support to the hospitality industry through the Business Recovery Grant Program, and keep women- and minority-owned businesses afloat with ReTool NC.
Investments like this have helped North Carolina have among the fewest COVID-related deaths, as well as the fewest job losses per capita during the pandemic. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina’s economy has fully returned to the level of employment and GDP it enjoyed before the COVID-19 pandemic by mid-2021, well ahead of the nation, and North Carolina’s unemployment rate is at a 22-year low.