A Weekend in High Point: Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

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High Point boasts a long and rich history with deep roots in the African American community. There’s hardly a street in our growing city where this vibrant history isn’t evident.

Washington Street was especially prominent in High Point’s early history. Known as the “Main Street” of the African American community, it was the hub for education, businesses, and more.

Today, Black-owned businesses in High Point are stronger than ever before, with a reach far beyond Washington Street. We invite you to discover these unique, homegrown businesses that help make our city special.

Here’s a suggested two-day itinerary of top spots to experience to make the most of your visit.

Day 1

Start the day off right with a delicious cup of joe from Demhaj Coffee & Poetry Lounge, located at 805 North Main Street, Suite 103. They opened their doors in June 2022 and have quickly built a loyal following. What makes this one-of-a-kind venue even better is the world-class poetry events they host, like Talent Showcases and Open Mic Night. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to stay in the know with upcoming shows!

Once you’ve fueled up for a full day of exploration, take the fun to Q’s Corner in the heart of Uptowne High Point. Located at 1800 North Main Street, Suite 136, this sensory-based indoor play gym offers a judgment-free zone and inclusive atmosphere where kids and parents of all abilities can play without limitations. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy at this popular attraction.

Catch your breath from playing hard with a visit to Gallery On Main, just down the street at 114 South Main Street. This beautiful and serene two-story art gallery showcases the stunning works of the owner, Sabrina, as well as an array of pieces from black artists from High Point and the surrounding area. You’re sure to find inspiration and enjoy a calming and unforgettable experience.

A full day of exploring some of High Point’s premier Black-owned businesses is sure to leave you hungry. No need to search high and low for the best place to go—head over to DK Bones Barbeque at 2006 East Green Drive. This popular eatery is known for serving up Southern favorites—like their famous Stackhouse ribs and mouth-watering peach cobbler—in a relaxed takeout setting. On your way out, be sure to grab one (or a dozen) of their rotating jumbo cupcake flavors!

If you need a nightcap before heading back to your cozy hotel, B&B, or Airbnb, Southerland’s Cigar Lounge is just the ticket. Located at 804 North Main Street, this exclusive, classy joint is a local hot spot. Southerland’s is known for having some of the best cigars in the state that pair perfectly with their full menu of savory libations.

Day 2

After a restful night of sleep, it’s time for more exploring! And a box full of homemade goodness from Pop’s Mini Doughnut Shop is the perfect way to kick off day two. Based at Stock & Grain Assembly, Pop’s is known for their made-to-order mini doughnuts with gourmet toppings. When the afternoon comes and you’re craving a sweet treat (or you want to shake things up for breakfast), they also dish out some delicious ice cream, milkshakes, and sundaes, too! Find them at 275 North Elm Street.

Feeling inspired by the tasty creations from Pop’s? Let your creativity flow at Rhen.Ovations Studio in downtown High Point at 106 West MLK Jr. Drive. Focusing on art, decor, design, and social engagement, this innovative hub hosts a variety of workshops and events where you can make your own masterpieces. You can also shop their exclusive art, handmade products, and unique designs online or in the studio.

Follow up your eventful morning indulging in a decadent breakfast and channeling your inner artist with some quality R&R time at Mahaly Spa, located in Heron Village at 2754 NC-68 Unit 103. Founder Taj Mahaly launched Mahaly Spa in 2019 with the mission of “creat[ing] a space that would foster self-confidence and transformative services for all.” In the four years it’s been up and running, the spa has blossomed, offering their guests custom skincare solutions and innovative, results-driven treatments—from their signature HydraFacial MD Flow + Glow and microneedling therapies to Eminence facials, lash lifts, chemical peels, and more.

You’ll no doubt be ready for an afternoon treat after your workshop and pampering sessions. Make your way to Harbor One Seafood & Chicken at 788 North Main Street. This popular eatery is home to good food, good people, and good times! You can’t go wrong with anything on their extensive menu, but signature dishes we recommend include the shrimp & grits, mac and crab bites, jumbo shrimp, whitening, salmon patties & grits, collard greens, and potato salad. Be sure to save room for dessert—there’s one more stop left!

The perfect way to end your night and High Point trip? With a visit to Uncle Cheesecake, of course! Featured on Food Network’s Chopped, you can count on this veteran-owned bakery to deliver the best of the best Carolina-style cheesecake—and more! The owner, Daniel, expertly wields his culinary skills to craft utterly delicious, made-from-scratch goodies, including pastries, custom cakes, and one-of-a-kind desserts. You can find Uncle Cheesecake and his famous bakery at 3800 Tinsley Drive, Suite 111.

Start planning your High Point visit today! Find the perfect place to stay and check out upcoming events to plan your visit around.

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