This guide was last updated in December 2020.
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, its first bar, an expansion of Free Range Brewing’s operations, and will soon have a plant shop, Grow. The specialty plant shop is the 13th new retailer to join Camp North End this year.
[Related Agenda story: Leah & Louise, Camp North End’s first restaurant, is now open]
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.
Covid changes: All open shops are implementing social distancing inside and require patrons to wear masks.
In 2019, Camp North End held over 300 events, this year many of them have been cancelled due to coronavirus-related restrictions. The complex has launched some social-distancing friendly events like a drive-in theater.
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.
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.
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.
Skyline Drive-In: On select Thursday nights in November and December, Camp North End turns its parking lot into a drive-in theater that fits 60 cars. The socially distant activity features feel-good movies like “Frozen” and “Forest Gump.” Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit local charities in the North End.
Look out for other winter-y, socially distant events.
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.
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 open every Friday. For beer, head to Free Range.
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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.
Current Camp North End tenants:
FOOD AND DRINK
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 Tours – Offers Culinary experiences and food tours through Charlotte; it’s also holding virtual workshops
Free Range Brewing – Family-owned brewery creating beers with local produce from regional farms.
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
NoDa Company Canteen – Outdoor bar serving beer, wine, and sangria seasonally at events
Plant Joy – Vegan food stall from the team behind Nourish. (Opening Nov. 20)
Popbar – Custom gelato and sorbet popsicles
Saru by Bow Ramen – Nagahama style ramen shop based in New York
Wentworth & Fenn – Gourmet scratch bakery
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
Coming soon: Grow – Specialty plant shop with a variety of plants and gardening accessories (soft opening on December 12)
That’s Novel Books – Used book store with cozy places to work and read
BLKMRKT – Photography, design, and video production services along with studio and event space rental
CLT Shooters – A hub for Charlotte-based photographers, models, and creatives
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
The Nest – A community space run by the leaders of the North End Community Coalition, which works to protect the eight neighborhoods that make up the 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
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