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Best Commercial Rehab: Local business wins award for historic renovation

The Terrell Award for the Best Commercial Rehab was presented to the three owners of Flying Pig Provisions last Friday. 

The Terrell Awards are made possible through a partnership between the City of Washington and realtor Scott Campbell. Campbell, an agent with Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty, is an ardent supporter of historic preservation and worked with the city to recognize the dedication of property owners in the Washington area who preserve the stories of these historic homes and businesses. The awards are given out in four categories: Best Residential Rehab, Best Commercial Rehab, the Good Neighbor Award and Stewardship Award

The building, located at 215 West Main Street, is owned by the Jeff and Linda Furst and their partner Brent Ottaway of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The three owners make up Addled Dad, LLC, named for the 10 children Jeff Furst and Ottaway have between the two of them. 

“Washington is fantastic. In addition to Addled Dad, being part owner of www.WhenPigsFlyInn.com and www.FlyingPigProvisions.com, I get to see this town through fresh eyes every day with all the visitors coming through – their excitement, their wonder. I feel like a ticket-taker at Disneyworld,” Jeff Furst said. “Makes Brent, Linda and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it all; to be a part of this thriving jewel here on the banks of the Pamlico.”

The building was purchased in Sep. of 2017 and renovations were completed in Nov. of 2020. Flying Pig Provisions was opened on Nov. 14, 2020 and held an official grand opening on Dec. 10, 2020. 

SHOPPING SPACE: The interior shopping area in Flying Pig Provisions features beautifully crafted built-ins, hardwood floors and maintains historical aspects of the building such as beadboard accenting and exposed brickwork. (Photo submitted by Scott Campbell)

“It was a lengthy process full of surprises…mostly expensive surprises. But my partner and I said to each other, out loud, when we purchased the building, “You know this is not going to go like we plan.” And we were exactly right,” Jeff Furst said. “We aspired for the building to be much better for our having owned it; we wanted it to be something we — and the town — could be proud of.”

That aspiration seems to have become a reality according to Campbell, who notes the owners’ attention to detail and dedication to maintaining the historic charm as strong factors when deciding the winner for this category. 

“The owners followed the historic district standards and worked with professionals to execute and complete the project, which encompassed two businesses and two rental units, and was done in a timely manner,” said Scott Campbell. “My advice for any prospective business owners who are looking to renovate a historic space is to keep in touch with the planning department for guidance and collaboration and work with professionals to execute the end result.”

The three remaining Terrell Awards are set to be given out over the next few weeks. Visit thewashingtondailynews.com for coverage of future award presentations.