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Fred and Jennipher Harrill Honored
On Thursday, January 31, Fred and Jennipher Harrill were honored as 2012 Main Street Champions at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury. The Harrills were selected by Uptown Shelby Association, Inc. for this special recognition in appreciation of their exceptional contributions to the downtown revitalization process. Along with Champions from 30 other communities, they received a certificate commemorating this designation, presented by N.C. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dale Carroll and Office of Urban Development Director Liz Parham.
The citation noted that “Fred and Jennipher Harrill love pets and their community. Combining Jennipher’s background in communications and marketing and Fred’s sales and customer service expertise, the couple opened RollOver. This Uptown Shelby retail store sells pet foods, supplies and equipment; it even has a dog washing station. When RollOver opened in 2010, it operated out of an 850-foot space. In 2012 they have expanded into a 4,000 square-foot storefront on Court Square.
“Pets and their humans can now shop in a bright and well-organized store that stresses nutrition and quality. RollOver has shown Shelby to be a pet-friendly city – a city in which Fred and Jennipher Harrill demonstrate their commitment to a vibrant Uptown every day of the year.”
Established in 2000 as part of North Carolina Main Street’s 20th anniversary celebration, the Main Street Champion designation acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of those persons who have played pivotal roles in the revitalization of their downtowns. The dedication and hard work of countless volunteers is required to make a local Main Street program successful. Each of the state’s active Main Street programs is given the opportunity annually to recognize a local Main Street Champion. The addition of this year’s honorees brings the total number of North Carolina Main Street Champions to 500.
“Main Street Champions are those individuals who lead by example. Whether they renovate a building, open a business, volunteer their services, or rally the troops, they step out in front and encourage others to follow. They are recognized for the dedication to their communities that furthers the efforts of downtown revitalization,” said Parham.
Main Street is a downtown revitalization program for smaller towns based on economic development within the context of historic preservation. The North Carolina Main Street program, which provides technical assistance to its communities, is part of the Office of Urban Development in the Department of Commerce’s Division of Community Assistance.
In 1980, North Carolina was one of six original states, selected from 38 that applied, to launch the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. The North Carolina Main Street program began with five participating cities – New Bern, Salisbury, Shelby, Tarboro and Washington – in September 1980 and has since grown to include 61 communities across the state.
Fred and Jennipher Harrill were recognized as Shelby’s NC Main Street Champions by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dale Carroll at the 2013 North Carolina Main Street Conference in Salisbury. Fred and Jennipher are owners of RollOver Pets on Warren Street and are active in the broader community. Fred also serves on the Board of Directors at Uptown Shelby Association, a long-standing member of the Main Street network.

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