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HIGH POINT. A small, rather sleepy city located smack dab in the middle of North Carolina, with a population of little more than 100,000. Nice enough, but more often than not just another exit on the highway as one travels to the two sister cities — Greensboro and Winston-Salem — that make up the Piedmont Triad. For almost 12 months of every year, that is. Then, for one week in April and another in October, in a ritual that would baffle most outsiders, the city’s population nearly doubles with an influx of some 80,000 business travelers hailing from more than 100 different countries around the globe. For these two weeks, the local Southern drawl is all but eclipsed by a cacophony of tongues speaking Swedish, Spanish, Swahili, Mandarin, French, Italian, Russian and every dialect in between. Yet there is one language common among all the visitors: FURNITURE. AUTHORITY MARKET POINT HIGH THE Clockwise from above: The iconic Natuzzi Group building, designed OF COURTESY to resemble a half ship with a moat and porthole window, serves as a showroom for the Market. A collection of photos from several years depicts the bustle of the Market. Opposite, lower left: The PHOTOS 600,000-square-foot Showplace building is a key destination for shoppers, designers and retailers at the High Point Market. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com 45 WBM


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