This guide was last updated on May 27, 2021.
The effortlessly cool Camp North End complex is a growing destination for the arts, food, nightlife and more. But its goal isn’t to redefine Charlotte’s character — it’s to emphasize what’s been here all along.
The big picture: “As long as I’ve lived here, people have knocked Charlotte as having no history, no identity, no culture,” Camp North End’s community manager Varian Shrum tells me. “I know that’s not true … and I think Camp North End has a special opportunity to … put a flag in the ground and say, this is Charlotte.”
Defining the 76-acre mixed-use development has always been one of the biggest challenges and greatest joys, Shrum says. How can you sum up 40+ vendors, varying community events and dozens of public art displays into one?
Well, we’re going to try here.
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. “We’re pivoting to focus instead on promoting what there is to do inherently at Camp North End,” Shrum says.
Farmers’ market: Every Wednesday until October, Camp North End hosts a variety of vendors for the North End Farmers’ Market. [Full guide]
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.
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. [Full guide: Axios guide to 30+ murals in Camp North End]
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. [Full guide: Camp North End by night]
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. Our favorite dishes are the mud island (catfish stew with grits), Leah’s cabbage (slow-roasted cabbage with a pork neck bisque) and the Arthur Lou tart (made with Tang — like the orange drink powder).
Current Camp North End tenants:
FOOD AND DRINK
Babe & Butcher – Popular cheese and charcuterie board company. Opening near Leah & Louise by early summer.
Bleu Barn Bistro – Farm to table food truck and stall serving burgers, tacos, and more
Chop & Chisel – Healthy grab-and-go meal prep
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
Grow – Specialty plant shop with a variety of plants and gardening accessories
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 and showroom 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
Explicit Salon – Full-service salon offering everything from rainbow color to dread maintenance
General’s Office – The Camp North End team works here
Honeyguide – project management firm for creative companies and designers
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
Wily – Design and Strategy Sprint services and training