Let’s talk event venues. These are a huge part of your day, whether your event is a corporate get together, a wedding, a community event or a family party. You have to make sure the venue is big enough to hold the number of people attending, that it comes with the special things you might require (like a spot for the bride to wait for a wedding or a place for food prep) and that it has the right vibe for the tone you want to set.
Given the wide variety of events I’m a part of planning, I’ve interacted with a lot of event spaces in and around Charlotte, and over the next few months I’ll be sharing with you some blog posts featuring different venues I’ve fallen in love with.
To start it all off, let’s talk about Camp North End.
Camp North End is a revitalized industrial park located a mere 5 minutes from Charlotte’s uptown. It’s home to places like hygge coworking, Goodyear Arts, 704 Games, BLK MKT and so many others. It’s an incredibly unique spot that has a rustic, industrial vibe so many people love.
The Camp North End team has been working for years now to build the space up and make it the unreal, fun spot it is today. And, of course, there’s even more coming, with Free Range Brewing opening a taproom there in the coming months and Leah and Louise, the site’s first restaurant, opening early next year.
The spot has some unique, funky places to hold events, so it’s easy to see why it’s one of my favorites. This where we hold our Next Plate Series (read about that here), but in total I’ve done 5 events in their small event space in the Boileryard as well as two events in the large Ford building, which is a huge, blank canvas to make yours. In fact, one of the events I held in the small event space was my own for the launch of the Party Perfected line.
The Next Plate Series has been held in both the Ford Building, a massive space that used be the manufacturing plant for Ford cars, and their designated event space, a gorgeous building with an outdoor area where we can provide food or guests can enjoy the view of The Boileryard.
One of the other events I recently held there was the Camp North End Community Feast, held by local foodie Keia Mastrianni and Chef Greg Collier, owner of Leah and Louise, the restaurant set to open at Camp North End next year. Working with Greg and Keia was an amazing experience. We were able to host a pay-what-you-can event for over 200 people with mouth-watering food from chefs all over Charlotte in the Ford Building.
In addition to the dinner events I've held at Camp North End, I personally held my launch party for Party Perfected, my line of party supplies. The great thing about the spaces at Camp is that they are a blank canvas and which makes them incredibly versatile for any event.
This is an extremely fun location to host an event. There’s plenty of room and parking, but be warned extra signage may be necessary to point people to your event because Camp North End is huge and only growing. Learn more about their event spaces here.
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The J. Leigh Events team is expanding! This month we welcomed two new additions, both of whom happen to be named Sam. Head here to learn more about our new project manager, Sam Kimball, and our new event planner, Sam Poler.