Tips & Insights

Rest and Refuel

Market pros suggest top spots to take a breather

For impact, energy, excitement, and sheer size, no other show matches the High Point Market. As you head out to explore our 180 buildings, you can be sure you’ll want to take a break every now and then. Don’t worry, when that happens, we have plenty of places to sit, stretch your legs, enjoy a refreshing beverage, and even get a bite to eat. To get some suggestions, we asked a few designers to reveal their favorite resting and refueling spots, and found options ranging from public locales to clandestine corners.

“Most buildings have a buyers lounge.”
- Christi Barbour, partner, Barbour-Spangle Design

Rest Stops

When she’s looking for a place to sit, or just a quiet spot to make a phone call, interior designer, author, and television personality Libby Langdon loves the glass-enclosed walkway that connects IHFC Main to the Wrenn Wing, on the third floor. “It’s very quiet with little window seats built in, so there’s a spot to sit and plop down all your bags. It’s nice to be flooded with natural light for a few minutes!”

Christi Barbour, a partner in Barbour-Spangle Design, finds her respite outdoors. “The walkway from IHFC to Showplace has plenty of seating for fresh air and great people watching,” she says. “And most buildings have a buyers lounge. Be sure to ask for directions.”

“The Starbucks in the Suites at Market Square is one place I can rest,” says Seattle-based Faith Sheridan, CEO of Faith Sheridan Interior Design, who stays true to her Northwest roots when it’s break time. “I always see someone I know there, too.”

If you’d like to enjoy some free refreshments while you relax, head down the North American Home Furnishings Association’s (NAHFA) Buyer’s Lounge, located in the Retailer Resource Center on the first floor of Plaza Suites. “We serve breakfast in the morning, lunch at mid-day, and coffee all day, Saturday through Tuesday of Market Week,” says NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley. “The Buyer’s Lounge is open to all Market attendees, so please come by. We’d love to meet you.”

“I love the little hidden back patio at Oly!”
- Kelli Ellis, lifestyle designer

Lifestyle designer Kelli Ellis’ favorite hideaway takes a little legwork to find, but it’s worth it. “I love the little hidden back patio at Oly! Or if I’m wandering around the Antique & Design Center, any corner is amazing. It's a must see!”

“Another fantastic spot is the veranda outside the Four Hands showroom,” says Traci Zeller, interior designer and owner of Traci Zeller Inc. “It's a bird's-eye view of everything going on down below!”

Refueling Stations

At the end of the day, when your brain is full of new ideas but your body is low on sustenance, dozens of options await you. Walk to nearby venues or take a car, cab or shuttle to some of the Triad’s hot spots.

“The rooftop lounges at American Leather and Vanguard have a great vibe and amazing views.”
- Christy Barbour

If you want to stick close to the Market center, Barbour suggests Surya and Four Hands. “They have good bars and fun atmospheres. And the rooftop lounges at American Leather and Vanguard have a great vibe and amazing views.”

For adventures beyond downtown, High Point resident Barbour recommends some places a short ride from the Market center. “Blue Rock Pizza is fun. Real Kitchen & Market's new Wine and Tap room is a great spot for drinks and appetizers, and often live music,” she says. “If you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere and lighter fare, one of our favorites is Blue Zucchini. All are within walking distance of the J.H. Adams Inn, which is home to Hampton's Restaurant.”

“There’s a place called Tipsy’z Tavern on Westchester Drive, a casual bar and restaurant that serves great wings and big burgers,” says Langdon. “Some nights they have live music. It’s full of locals having fun and every now and then you’ll run into a Market person. But it’s off the Market radar for the most part!”

“The Blue Water Grille is the perfect place in High Point for chic, sophisticated dining …”
- Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors

For Style Spotter, interior designer, and home fashion blogger Denise McGaha, the Blue Water Grille “is the perfect place in High Point for chic, sophisticated dining, with exceptional food complemented by a robust wine list. It’s my favorite place to share a meal with people whose company I want to enjoy while at Market.”

Several designers travel to Greensboro for the evening. “We love to end the night at the Print Works Bistro in the Proximity Hotel, a great boutique hotel with sustainable style,” says Beth Dotolo, partner at Pulp Design Studios. “It’s designer friendly and delicious!”

“You can never go wrong with Green Valley Grill at the O. Henry Hotel,” says Zeller.

Wherever your Market tour takes you, remember to pace yourself. In addition to the venues suggested here, many of our showrooms offer complimentary food and beverages. Plus, there are plenty of parties and celebrations on tap to fill the evening hours. So, be sure to make time each day to recapture your energy. You’ll need it to implement all the great, new ideas you uncover at Market.