Businesses booming with the return of the High Point furniture market
Spring Market 2022 is the first familiar layout in a few years after the pandemic has altered many events and businesses are ready for the boost.
HIGH POINT, NC – High Point Furniture Market is back with the most familiar comeback since the pandemic began.
The coronavirus has caused the cancellation of some events, including previous furniture markets. Business owners said even the most recent market was not as busy as many predict this spring market will be.
“It’s good to be back. Honestly, it is. It’s our twentieth year, so the fortieth market here at Blue Water, so it’s a bit like riding a bike. The last market was d ‘about 50%. Before that, I don’t think we had two markets, so it was a failure for all industries,’ said Paul Riggan, owner of Blue Water Grille in High Point.
Riggan said he had been preparing for months.
“We normally start prepping probably 2-3 months in advance, especially for reservations here at Blue Water, but on the cooking aspect, where I’m the chef, again that market probably two months to advance,” he said. .
The pandemic has also changed the way businesses run their stores. Timona Stapleton, a waitress and marketing intern at Harbor One, said they had to limit their hours during the pandemic, but they’re starting to bounce back.
“We’ve definitely seen a rejuvenation of the customer base and we’re busier than ever,” Stapleton said.
Interior designer Laura Redd has scoured the furniture market for her clients. She said it was great to find a similar energy again.
“The market is full of energy and people are excited. There are new products, colors and designs. We specifically looked at lighting,” she said, “People are excited again and buying and have projects. That’s the other thing. We’ve seen so many people with projects and fabrics and floor plans and things working on his just amazing energy.”
Redd said that while the supply chain has proven to be a challenge getting products to suppliers, things are looking bright.
“The product is available, it’s not gloom,” she said.