VOL16 ISS2 2018

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 41 of 101

THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 38 HIGH POINT High Point BY VERA WILSON Not that the city doesn't already have plenty to keep you entertained and engaged. The active High Point Arts Council is the umbrella organization for the Carousel Theater, High Point Ballet, the High Point Community Theatre and High Point Community Concerts. Workshops and summer camps give the whole family a chance to hone and show off their talents. These troupes provide plenty of chances to catch a great show or concert, like the Arts Splash Concert Series where musicians play everything from jazz to funk at different locations throughout the city. If you want to take it outside, High Point City Lake Park is the place for a 30-passenger excursion boat ride on its 340-acre lake, miniature golf, carousel or train ride, or a refreshing dip in one of the largest swimming pools in the Southeast. Their annual Day in the Park festival celebrates all there is to do at the park. And, my, oh my, what big fun is to be had at Kersey Valley Attractions. There's a high ropes course, laser tag, zip line, escape room, and cornfield maze. Not for the faint of heart, their Spooky Woods Haunted Adventure was voted the #1 Scream Park in America by Haunt World Magazine. If you're still standing after all that, take in some more cerebral adventures like a production at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, held each summer, or learn all there is to know about butterflies at the All-A- Flutter Butterfly Farm. The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is the go-to research facility for anything to do with furniture, textiles and architecture, and includes collections of original works by notables like Chippendale and Hepplewhite. Despite the national downturn in manufacturing, High Point still is a major player with companies like Thomas Built Buses that employs over 1,900 people. Other area employers include High Point Regional UNC Health Care, Ralph Lauren Corporation's distribution center and High Point University. If small businesses are the biggest employers, then there are plenty of places to work in High Point. Numerous professionals work at companies that support the furniture industry, and local stores and restaurants cater to their every need. One standout is Cristina Gray's Restaurant which offers the finest in French, Italian and American cuisine. Shop at The Arc of High Point for a one-of-a-kind gift made by truly exceptional students. And since it's High Point, there's also the world's biggest furniture store, Furnitureland South, one of over 40 furniture outlets in the city, so leave yourself plenty of time to browse. >> The city of High Point believes in the saying "Go Big or Go Home." This city, part of the Triad region of central North Carolina, doesn't do anything in a small way, as emblemized by its World's Largest Chest of Drawers. Standing at 23 feet tall, this eye-catching building welcomes folks into the city famous for the High Point Furniture Market, the largest furnishing industry trade show in the world. Hatched in 1909, the current market features over 100,000 exhibitors and buyers who need 12 million square feet and 188 buildings to showcase their divine designs. They represent over 100 countries, bestowing High Point the title of Home Furnishings Capital of the World, or, as High Point likes to call itself, North Carolina's International City. The market, a major economic engine for the area, continues to grow. Another sizable undertaking of High Point is a major downtown revitalization. In an effort to make the city center a desirable destination, a multi-purpose stadium is being constructed right in the heart of downtown. With a commitment from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to bring a team to High Point, the stadium is sure to be a success and has proved to be the catalyst the city was hoping for, as developers have already pledged to build a number of new residences and hotels along with office, retail and restaurant space to complement the stadium. big on business, education and furniture HIGH POINT STATS POPULATION 111,500 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $152,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,260 COST OF LIVING 85.9 / US 100

Articles in this issue

view archives of TRIAD NC - VOL16 ISS2 2018