WINTER SEASON: Ziggy’s in High Point, North Carolina, opened in April, 2022. (Jay Stephens photo) Baby, it’s cold outside. The winter months are challenging for outdoor, festival-style venues with a truncated concert calendar and shrinking margins. Some club operators like industry veteran Jay Stephens, at Ziggy’s in High Point, North Carolina, look for alternative options and locations when temperatures plummet. This is first winter season for the 1,500-cap venue, which opened on April 1, 2022, in a stretch of neglected brick warehouses in partnership with Cohab Space, a showroom featuring award-winning furniture designers in a 110-year-old former hosiery mill. Stephens investigated refurbishing adjoining warehouse space, but the cost was more than $1 million for a potential audience of 750 and it would take a year to complete. Another option was tenting the open space but fire suppression systems and a $75,000 price tag “didn’t seem like a great idea,” Stephens… Continue Reading Chillin’ At Ziggy’s

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