High point is growing!

High Point’s New Brand Strategy

High Point is growing and changing and it was time that its brand did too! The City of High Point partnered with CivicBrand to undergo a strategic rebrand over the last year. They worked hard to create a brand that would represent all High Pointers and ultimately chose to focus on the concept of creators. High Point is where you can create a business, a book, a friendship, or a home. It is the place for collaboration, connection, and creativity, in all their forms. The City of High Point is the center of the creative revolution and it was time to create a that reflects it. 

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High Point By Design
Now Open

High Point by Design or HPxD for short, is High Point’s new year-round hub for designers, design enthusiasts, the community, and everyone in between! Developed in March of 2020, industry pros formulated a concept to build upon a growing list of 60+ showrooms and flagships that position a compelling experience for any buying need or inspiration. Find your path and connect to a world of creativity through HPxD events, regular operating hours, or by appointment.

Congdon Yards
Now Open

Congdon Yards is a place where people come to innovate, celebrate, congregate, and instigate new ideas and collaboration. This newly renovated footprint of a former textile mill, has been transformed into a hub for entrepreneurs and the business community at the Plant 7 building. The Factory is where events come to life including The Loft, a charming meeting space located on the third floor. The Generator anchors a playground for innovators interested in small-scale manufacturing, while The Commons has become High Point’s living room and gathering space for the community. Don’t worry, Lil’s Coffee Bar will keep the creative and workflow sustained with coffee and refreshments so you never break your stride!

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Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum 
Now Open

This 58,000 square foot museum is a playground for the imagination and learning for the young and the young at heart! Two floors packed with 20 exciting exhibits; Scale a giant climber. Explore Mars. Experiment in the city’s first STEAM lab (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.) Splash and learn about physics in Water Play. Run through the obstacle course in the Fit Lab. Solve clues in the Hall of Mysteries. Use your outside voice in the Outdoor Adventure Garden. Dig for real fossils at the Dino Dig. Serve pizza, repair cars, design furniture and help pets in Kids Point, the city where kids rule! As a Certified Autism Center, the Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum provides a place of wonder, discovery and inspiration for all children. Families can enjoy a 40-foot-tall double-decker carousel where they can all take a ride together among chariots, fantasy horses, dolphins, alligators, seahorses, and other whimsical wildlife.

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High Point University Arena, Hotel and Conference Center
Now Open

The Qubein Arena and Conference Center is supported by the Jana and Ken Khan Hotel, a 40 room accommodation equipped with meeting space and dining. The center includes a 4,500 seat arena that is home to the HPU’s men and women’s basketball programs as well as a setting for concerts, symposiums, speakers, and major events. The 2,500 square foot conference center can be subdivided into smaller venues and presentations with state of the art sound and audio. The space is used for HPU’s growing undergraduate and graduate programs, student groups and community organizations. Furthermore, the hospitality and event planning students get first hand experience in managing the activities through the events and services of several group needs including executive groups, students, donors, alumni and school counselors.

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Earl’s Landing
Now Open

A Special Blend is a coffee shop that provides meaningful employment to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They originally opened in Greensboro and have chosen High Point to be the home of their second location. They serve gourmet espresso drinks, baked goods, ice cream, and breakfast sandwiches. A Special Blend will bring “Community in a Cup” to 504 North Main Street in Downtown High Point this summer!

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A Special Blend
Grand Opening – October 2023

A Special Blend is a coffee shop that provides meaningful employment to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They originally opened in Greensboro and have chosen High Point to be the home of their second location. They serve gourmet espresso drinks, baked goods, ice cream, and breakfast sandwiches. A Special Blend will bring “Community in a Cup” to 504 North Main Street in Downtown High Point this summer!

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Nomad Wine Works
Now Open

The area’s first urban winery has opened in Downtown High Point’s social district, a designated area where you can enjoy a drink and walk between participating businesses. Nomad Wine Works offers a wide array of drink options, including wine, beer, cider, and mead, all in an artfully designed space. Nomad will be your new favorite place to grab an after-work glass of wine or meet up with friends on weekend afternoons. Be sure to check their social media before planning your visit to find out what exciting events are happening!

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Stock + Grain Assembly 
Now Open

The 12,000 square-foot food hall will celebrate its grand opening this summer at 275 North Elm Street, near the centerfield entrance to Truist Point Stadium. The food hall includes Bevelry bar, focusing on craft cocktails and draft beer. The name Stock + Grain Assembly was inspired by the history of the furniture industry in High Point and taking a cue from the craftsman heritage of the neighborhood, with a subtle nod to food. The logo found inspiration in industrial artifacts – upholstery labels, manufacturing company logos, furniture makers’ marks – and even features a dovetail joining “Stock” and “Grain.” See below for a list of the participating restaurants and their openings.

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Artisans include: 

Pop’s Mini Doughnut Shop – Open now! Specializing in “made-to-order doughnuts in artistic flavors,” Pop’s Mini Doughnut Shop is a homegrown business from husband-and-wife team Christopher and Margaret Headen.

Biscuits Brisket & Beer – Open now! Serving smoked meats and Texas-style BBQ, Biscuits Brisket & Beer is the first restaurant from owner Chris Ryker, founder of NC Beer Pride. 

Yumi Sushi – Open now! Specializing in Japanese cuisine & Taiwanese boba tea, Yumi Sushi is the first restaurant from industry veterans Jessica and Hsiao Shan Chen. 

Damn Good Dogs – Open now! Focuses on gourmet grilled hot dogs and smash burgers. Highlights on the menu include several hot dog offerings, as well as burgers, fries and a 100% plant-based spicy Italian vegan sausage. 

Message Coffee – Open now! Well known for their signature lattes and blooming flower teas, Message Coffee will feature a variety of coffee, refreshers, loose leaf teas, and pastries sourced from small businesses around the Triad.  

Miss Johnnie Mae’s Kitchen – Open now! Mother-son duo Otis Battles Jr. and Barbara Battles first launched Miss Johnnie Mae’s as a food truck and their Soul-Caribbean-Cajun cuisine was an instant hit. You can soon enjoy Sweet Potato Cornbread, fried chicken, and their signature Rasta Pasta at Stock + Grain Assembly.

PiesOn Pizza Co. – Opening soon! Owner Stephen McNeill is bringing PiesOn Pizza Co., a New York-style pizza company, to Stock + Grain. McNeill and his family have deep roots in High Point’s restaurant and furniture industries and will be bringing the same tradition of quality and innovation to Stock + Grain.

Harvest Boards & Bowls – Opening soon! Harvest Boards & Bowls features local, seasonal, and health-conscious ingredients in their salad bowls and charcuterie boards. 

Stay tuned for the other locally owned vendors that will be feeding our downtowners a great experience in a walkable location!

The Art Gallery at Congdon Yards
Now Open

The Art Gallery at Congdon Yards is now open in its new 10,000-square-foot space, on the ground floor of the Factory Building. Half of the footage is dedicated to gallery and exhibition space, with the other half dedicated to classrooms. The gallery includes moveable wall panels, which allow the gallery to be subdivided and reconfigured for each exhibit. There are 3 large classrooms, allowing for classes in all media including drawing, painting and collage and one specifically equipped for classes in ceramics, glass fusion, and light metal work for jewelry making. One new component is a retail gift shop, which carries items not found anywhere else in High Point, including work from high-end artisans, art books and supplies, and unique gift items with a creative bent. 

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High Point City Lake Park

Now Open

The $23.1 million renovation at High Point City Lake Park is set to be completed in time for the summer of 2023.  The site plan includes exciting renovations to the pool area that include amenities for the entire family.  These additions include a new water slide, a lazy river and a splash pad.  Other additions includes a zero depth entry pool or “lifestyle pool” with a play structure, along with a 50 meter pool for exercise and open pool areas for attendees. The existing gymnasium building and locker rooms will be completely renovated during this project as well. The downstairs will include renovated locker rooms, family restrooms, pool check in area, concession stand and locker areas for the public. The project also includes an additional parking lot, along with a stage and open space for programs and events. A new pedestrian bridge constructed across City Lake is now open and provides a connection from the park to the Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point and Bicentennial Greenways.

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High Point City Lake Park Meeting & Event Space
Now Open

Phase 1 of the High Point City Lake Park renovations is complete with the opening of City Lake Park’s new meeting and event space. The venue is over 6,000 square feet and features state-of-the-art meeting facilities and a visual history of High Point’s parks. City Lake Park’s meeting space is now available for public rental.

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American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame

Coming Soon

The Home Furnishings Hall of Fame has decided to make the Home Furnishings Capital of the WorldTM their new home! Nowhere in the world is there a written history of the Home Furnishings Industry, so this powerful space will allow industry friends, family and colleagues a place to connect, honor, and discover while preserving the past and inspiring future generations. Visitors will explore the world of home fashion and design through the Discovery Center. Interactive areas will challenge and entertain adults and children with hands-on demonstrations, workshops and experiential learning activities and special events. A highlight of the Hall of Fame will be a world-class video documenting the genesis of the $150 billion industry and highlighting the great men and women who built it. As told through the eyes of the greatest contributors and industry leaders, it will share the inside stories of enduring excellence, innovation, creativity, and superior accomplishments. The Hall of Fame will take the lead role in inviting consumers and industry newcomers alike to step inside a highly complex culture – richly personal and entrepreneurial, local yet fully global, as familiar as your own home and yet virtually unknown as a preferred career opportunity.

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Springhill Suites by Marriott

Coming in 2024

The Congdon Yards campus is expanding with the planned construction of a SpringHill Suites by Marriott. This hotel is slated to begin construction late 2022 and open its doors early 2024. The hotel site was initially purchased by the Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation as part of their commitment to the revitalization of downtown. Developers plan on unifying High Point’s bright future and rich past with the creation of the new hotel. They will incorporate the older section of the historic Adam-Millis facility, formerly part of the Paul Robert showroom, and preserve much of the building’s history in the hotel’s lobby and lounge. They will also be leaning on the richness of High Point’s design industry by employing Barbour Spangle to design the public interior spaces and two larger, luxury suites. The hotel will boast 128 modern rooms and will be located at 401 West English Rd.

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Like what you see? Visit our ‘Things To Do’ page for attractions that are open now! 

Check out the events calendar! This is a great resource, whether you live here or are planning a trip to High Point. 

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