High Point businesses crowded even before Market begins

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Furniture Market doesn't officially kick off until Saturday, but Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery in High Point was standing room only Friday night.

"They'll be elbow-to-elbow in there. As soon as one table gets up, there will be another one sitting right down in its place," said Brian Gane, bar manager at Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery.

Many people hop on the free shuttle, which drops them off at the mall parking lot, right by Liberty. They walk over for dinner and drinks, making the restaurant a lot of money.

"We see a big spike in business for sure in sales," Gane said.

Restaurants aren't the only High Point businesses that rely on Market. The hotel rooms at JH Adams Inn on Main Street book a year in advance.

"It keeps a lot of the doors open and we're just glad to have it," said Meghan Taylor, Director or Marketing for JH Adams Inn.

"All the rooms are actually decorated with furniture from furniture companies, so people like to come here and see it. It never hurts that that actual company will stay in their rooms," Taylor said.

That is only part of what draws buyers to the Inn. Hotel staff are experienced in catering to people from all over the world. Even though buyers are in town on business, they want to have fun in the process.

"It will be rockin' and rollin' in the bar tonight for sure," said Gane.

Market goes through Thursday. An average of 80,000 people attend each market, and there's more than 10 million square feet of exhibition and showroom space for attendees to go through.