Odds are you’ve heard of Camp North End, a buzzy new district made up of several industrial warehouses.
It’s close to Uptown but miles from any semblance of corporate stuffiness, opting instead to embrace the edginess and grit of the buildings’ historic charm.
It’s where creatives, artists and small business owners have started putting down roots ahead of a decades-long vision for major development, including apartments and a hotel.
Here’s what to expect at Camp North End now.
Where is it?
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.
What is it?
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, World War II missile plant and most recently as a Rite-Aid facility.
Future plans for Camp North End include 1,500 apartments, a hotel and up to 1.5 million square feet of office space, but that’s a long-term vision that could take 15-20 years to complete.
More immediately, ATCO has repurposed several buildings as office and retail space currently occupied by 20+ small businesses, artists and creatives.
What can I do there?
Camp North End plays host to music festivals, food trucks, markets and more. You may have seen the wildly popular Durag Fest, which drummed up national attention over the summer, or more recently the Mistletoe Market, a festive holiday pop-up shop featuring local vendors.
Following Camp North End’s upcoming events on Facebook is the best way to stay in the loop. They also have recurring signature events throughout the year.
Ongoing Camp North End events:
- Food Truck Lunch – Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday Nights – Live music and food trucks Fridays (Mar-Oct) 5-9 p.m.
- Morning Markets – Farmers market, fitness classes, breakfast food and more the first Saturday of the month (Mar-Oct) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In the colder months ahead, look for smaller indoor ticketed events like classic films, fitness classes and chef-driven food events. And the popular Bob Ross Paintalong will be back for Valentine’s Day again this year.
In addition to official Camp North End events, dozens of individual tenants offer their own services and activities that drive traffic to the development.
Current Camp North End tenants:
704 Games – Video game development for NASCAR; they’ll be moving their 25-person team over from Uptown in the spring of 2019
BLKMRKT – Photography, design and video production services along with studio and event space rental
BLKTECH – Interactive learning labs and membership program aimed at supporting and growing black technology businesses throughout the region
Berkon Studios – Photographer
Capitol Power Group – Data center and cloud solutions
Chop & Chisel – Healthy grab-and-go meal prep
Dice Magazine – Motorcycle magazine for gearheads
DUPP&SWAT – Creative space for retail, art and community events
eXplicit Salon – Stylist Kenzie Veurink will debut a new salon in Alchemy’s old space
Game Plan – Software platform for athlete development
Goodyear Arts – Artist studios, gallery and events
GreenLight Fund – Nonprofit that improves opportunity and mobility for low-income Charlotteans
HEX Coffee – Specialty coffee roaster
Honeyfi – Free app that helps couples manage their finances together
Hooker Media – Artist studio
Hygge – Coworking space
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas – National organization that gives young people the skills they need for economic success
The Littlefield Co. – Video, photography and social media production company
Love 146 – International human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation
MacFly Fresh Printing Company – Screen printing, branding and graphic design services
NoDa Company Canteen – Outdoor bar serving beer, wine and sangria seasonally at events
Prism Supply – Custom motorcycle shop
Rachel Sutherland Communications – PR firm and the first tenant to lease one of Camp North End’s unique renovated airstream trailer offices
Rabbu – Property management
TruMark Studios – Ally’s innovation studio for rapid prototyping and testing of new consumer banking concepts
UNYQ – Prosthetic and orthotic devices
Wily – Design and Strategy Sprint services and training
Windy O’Connor – Artist studio
Header photo via Facebook