Selma’s Dewayne’s Receives Industry Appreciation Award

Front row from left: Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver, Tina Lee, and DeWayne Lee. Back row: Commissioners Larry Wood, Vice Chairman Ted Godwin, Chairman Jeff Carver, Allen Mims, Cookie Pope, Lee Jackson and Chad Stewart.

Johnston County Commissioners and the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board have recognized Dewayne’s of Selma for their commitment to Johnston County and community support by honoring the company with the County’s “Industry Appreciation” award. This award is presented quarterly to Johnston County Industries.

“Existing Industries and Businesses are extremely important to the economic strength of Johnston County”, stated Jeff Carver, Chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. “The retail sector is vital to the overall health of the County and we are extremely honored to recognize Dewayne’s for not only the growth and continued investment in our community, but also being a true example of the entrepreneur spirit that made this country what it is”.

DeWayne and Tina Lee have devoted countless hours over the last 25 years into growing their roadside stand into one of Johnston County’s best known destinations.

What began as DeWayne’s Country Garden in 1991 has transitioned through the years to become known as simply DeWayne’s. It is a destination for shoppers to experience the gift shop, garden center, ladies clothing boutique, menswear and Christmas Land.

“I can’t begin to think of a more deserving establishment or family for this recognition than Dewayne and Tina Lee of Dewayne’s,” expressed Cheryl Oliver, Mayor of the Town of Selma and member of the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board. “They are a testament to the potential success other small businesses can have in Selma and Johnston County based on values of hard work and meeting customer satisfaction.”

In 2016 The Atrium at Dewayne’s was completed and home to a state of the art glass greenhouse with seasonal blooms, houseplants, garden décor & unique outdoor accents. Christmas Land was later revealed in the fall of 2016 during the annual Christmas Open House. Today, DeWayne’s provides customers a unique shopping experience in over 40,000 sq ft of specialty retailing.

“Johnston County is where we call home so this award is very special to us. We are very blessed to have the gracious support of our community leaders, faithful customers, and talented employees as we have grown from “Pumpkins to Pandora” over the last 26 years,” said Tina Lee, Vice President and co-owner. “We have realized that with hard work and determination, dreams do come true! It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s the greatest rewards in life that don’t come easy.”

“We look forward to serving the community for many more years to provide a distinctively different shopping experience,” Mrs. Lee said.