Building on the city’s status as the “furniture capital of the world,” the old mill has been converted into a 225,000-square-foot design hub for furniture designers and entrepreneurs.
HIGH POINT – Congdon wants to add a creative vibrancy to downtown High Point. Congdon Yards is filled with examples. The eclectic first floor of Plant 7, which opened early this month, is home to The Commons, a vast open space filled with furnishings and designs from a dozen High Point companies, a coffee bar and free wifi.
With a lot of generosity from the Congdon Family, hard work, and teamwork, this group that composes the Congdon Yards team is creating a new kind of home base for the city of High Point
HIGH POINT, N.C. — “We have this great 100-year-old building with all kinds of character that we can attract,” said Patrick Chapin, the president and CEO of Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce. “People like designer and furnishing companies.”
Plant 7, which had soft opening several weeks ago, has come alive in the past week since a VIP grand opening. The Commons, a street-level gathering spot, has attracted locals with its coffee stand, abundance of comfortable seating from a dozen High Point providers and free WiFi.
Blossoming from its manufacturing, textile and tobacco past, the Carolina Core is reinvesting in its creative communities with a surge of developments and repurposed landmark/historic buildings worth $2 billion.
HIGH POINT – “This has essentially been a two-year discussion with Congdon Yards on how does A.R.T. become part of this,” said Doug Rozenboom, president of A.R.T. Furniture.
HIGH POINT – “We have found that when you get talented people together, they may not even realize how much they are helping each other by sharing best practices and ideas,” Culp said.
HIGH POINT – “We think it’s really in concert with the intent of Congdon Yards,” said company president and CEO Iv Culp. “I just see that as an innovation and an idea exchange area that’s just so valuable for High Point. What we love about that is we’re going to take our most innovative and creative minds, put them together more frequently and allow just really good ideas to flow.”
While High Point comes alive twice a year, it is quiet the rest of the time. Community leaders realized that, for the city to flourish year ‘round, it needed reasons for people to go downtown.