User’s guide: Camp North End, the growing development near Uptown, now home to 40+ cool tenants

User’s guide: Camp North End, the growing development near Uptown, now home to 40+ cool tenants
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Since it opened in 2017, Camp North End has expanded from a couple dozen tenants to more than 40. If it’s been a while since your last visit, you’ll be surprised by what you see.

The 76-acre development near Uptown now has even more places to eat, shop, and lounge.

“The plan has always been to over time roll out a little more each year so that the project is always evolving and remains interesting. So there’s always a new reason to come back,” says Varian Shrum, Camp North End community manager.

Long-term growth goals include residential buildings and hotels.

Camp North End also got its first restaurant, Leah & Louise. The already popular, nationally-recognized restaurant has been booked full most nights since its opening in March.

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It also recently opened the Gama Goat Building, named after the six-wheel Army vehicles that were built inside during the 1960s and 70s. Now, it houses Class A office space, four food stalls (three of which are open), a boutique gym, and more.

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A vintage Gama Goat on display at the new Gama Goat building.

Covid changes: Most Camp North End tenants have reopened or will in the next two weeks. However, many of their hours are different than normal so check online before you go.

All open shops are implementing social distancing inside and were already asking patrons to wear masks even before they were required statewide.

In 2019, Camp North End held over 300 events, this year many of them have been cancelled due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

The district is equipped for outdoor seating, though. Shrum says that’s a big advantage in the midst of a pandemic.

“We’ve always had a lot of outdoor space for people to enjoy but now we’ve been putting out even more furniture and spreading it out,” she says.

(Photo taken pre-coronavirus)

Here’s everything else you need to know about Camp North End.

What is Camp North End: Think of it as a mix between industrial art collective, shopping center, and an outdoor food hall. Camp North End is a massive adaptive reuse project on a 76-acre industrial site north of Uptown. ATCO Properties & Management paid $15.6 million for the land and historic buildings there, which have served as a Ford Model T factory, a missile plant, and most recently as a Rite-Aid facility.

Where: Camp North End is a collection of several warehouse buildings located just north of Uptown in the wedge between Statesville Avenue and N. Graham Street. For mapping purposes, use 1824 Statesville Avenue.

Things to do: Camp North End has played host to music festivals, food trucks, markets and more. You may have seen the wildly popular Durag Fest, which drummed up national attention during summer 2019, or the Mistletoe Market, a festive holiday pop-up shop featuring local vendors.

During the pandemic it’s not hosting many events but there are quite a few late summer/early fall events in the books including several festivals and a 24-hour fitness marathon.

Plus, now that the site has grown, it’s focusing more on highlighting what’s already there instead of bringing in outside attractions.

“This year we’re pivoting to focus instead on promoting what there is to do inherently at Camp North End,” Shrum says.

Here’s how we’d spend a day in Camp North End.

Note: Not all vendors are open every day so be sure to check before you go.

Morning caffeine: Start your day with Hex Coffee, a specialty roaster based here in Charlotte. Or if you’re more of a tea person, head to Birch Fine Tea and don’t forget to snap a pic in front of the flower wall.

Mural tour: Take a self-guided walk around Camp North End to see all the public art — namely murals and a funky display of painted globes.

Hunt for your next read: Stop by That’s Novel Books, a used bookstore next to Hygge Coworking, to find your next read. The shop is currently offering curbside pickup and running outdoor book sales on Saturdays.

Lunch from a food stall: The newly opened stalls serve a variety of food, including bowls of ramen, tacos with tortillas made from scratch, burgers, and more.

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Burger from Bleu Barn Bistro food stall.

Shop: Browse the selection at Feminist Goods Co., Dupp & Swat, and Good Postage, a super cute stationary shop. See below for our full list of vendors for more shops.

Lounge in a hammock: Or bring a blanket and relax on the grass. There’s tons of lounge space around Camp North End.

Drinks: There’s a growing list of options. For craft cocktails, go with Leah & Louise (with mixologist Justin Hazelton) or Black Moth Bars, an adorable airstream bar. For beer, Free Range Brewing is opening its second location very soon next to Leah & Louise.

[Related Agenda story: This mobile cocktail bar is putting down roots at Camp North End]

Dinner at Leah & Louise: You may know of James Beard semifinalist Greg Collier from The Yolk, a breakfast spot in 7th Street Public Market. Leah & Louise is an entirely different experience — it’s upscale, but approachable in price point. My current favorite dishes are the mud island (catfish stew with grits), black cowboys (beef with pickled yams), and the Arthur Lou tart (made with Tang — like the orange drink powder). Book a reservation well in advance; they’re not taking walk-in diners right now.

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Arthur Lou dessert from Camp North End.

Current Camp North End tenants:

FOOD AND DRINK

Birch Fine Tea – Sister-owned loose leaf tea company with over 100 tea blends and accessories

Black Moth BarsCocktail bar using locally sourced ingredients and operating out of an Airstream camper

Bleu Barn Bistro – Farm to table food truck and stall serving burgers, tacos, and more

Chop & Chisel – Healthy grab-and-go meal prep

Feast Food ToursOffers Culinary experiences and food tours through Charlotte; it’s also holding virtual workshops

Free Range Brewing – Brother-owned brewery creating beers with local produce from regional farms. Opening soon

HEX Coffee – Specialty coffee roaster

La Caseta– Food stall featuring flavors of El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina; inspired by the team members’ diverse family traditions

Leah & Louise – A “modern juke joint” serving Southern classics and original cocktails

NoDa Company Canteen – Outdoor bar serving beer, wine, and sangria seasonally at events

Popbar – Custom gelato and sorbet popsicles

Saru by Bow Ramen – Nagahama style ramen shop based in New York

Wentworth & Fenn – Gourmet scratch bakery

 

RETAIL

DUPP&SWAT – Creative space for retail, art, and community events

Feminist Goods Co. – Retailer selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, pins, wall art, and more

Good Postage – Mother/daughter founded paper goods company with cards, prints, stickers, and more

That’s Novel Books – Used book store with cozy places to work and read

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Alyssa Pressler (right) operates That’s Novel Books, which is attached to Hygge, a coworking space owned by Garrett Tichy (left).

ART

BLKMRKT – Photography, design, and video production services along with studio and event space rental

Goodyear Arts – Artist studios, gallery, and events

Moore/Hooker – Art studio for custom mural artists Matt Hooker and Matt Moore

Windy O’Connor – Artist studio for abstract multi-media artist Windy O’Connor

 

SERVICES + MISC

Aon – Global insurance and risk management company

bloc. – Boutique gym with classes like primal fight and cardio dance

bloc gym camp north end

CloudGenera – IT company specializing in cloud transformation software

Democracy NC – Nonpartisan advocacy group aimed at reducing the influence of big money in politics

Dice Magazine – Motorcycle magazine for gearheads

Digi-Bridge – STEAM education company offering in-house classes and curriculums for its education partners

Explicit Salon – Full service salon offering everything from rainbow color to dread maintenance

Game Plan – Software platform for athlete development

General’s Office – The Camp North End team works here

Honeyfi – Free app that helps couples manage their finances together

Hygge – Coworking space

Camp North End seating area

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas – National organization giving young people the skills they need for economic success

MacFly Fresh Printing Company – Screen printing, branding, and graphic design services

Pine Gate Renewables – National solar farm developer with a focus on transforming the nation’s energy model

Prism Supply – Custom motorcycle shop

Rachel Sutherland Communications – PR firm

TM Studio – Innovation studio that prototypes and tests new consumer banking concepts for Ally

Tent Studios – Creative space for rent built by Charlotte photographers Jon Berkon and Jackson Perry

The Littlefield Co. – Video production and content company

Wily – Design and Strategy Sprint services and training


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