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Boxyard RTP, a Unique Spot for Food, Fun, & More

(The Triangle Trend) — Sometimes, when you think outside of the box, you wind up inside one. Welcome to Boxyard RTP. 

Taking its queue from Boxyard Tulsa, Boxyard RTP is an 18,000 square foot mixed retail (i.e., dining and shopping) destination on the Frontier Campus at 900 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park. Recycled shipping containers make up the cargotexture of this inventive, first-of-its-kind in North Carolina gathering place. 

Unlike Boxyard Tulsa, which was focused on the revitalization of that city’s downtown, Boxyard RTP is about connecting and enriching the professional community in one of the most innovative research and development industrial parks in the United States. 

Amanda Ronan, Director of Programs at The Research Triangle Foundation which funded Boxyard RTP, underscored that at its core, Boxyard RTP is a place for collaboration and cross-pollination across the RTP community, whether by the retailers who occupy the space or by the customers who call RTP their work home. Connecting this community of innovators just might result in the next big idea. 

With plans to be open seven days a week, early AM to late PM, once all of the booked vendors move into their containers (i.e. expected by summer’s end), Boxyard RTP is the place for coffee before work, business lunch midday, and craft beer or wine when the workday is over. 

The eclectic mix of shopping and dining options includes Medicine Mama’s Farmacy, Trellis Beauty, Fullsteam RTP, and Beyu’ Caffe’, just to name a few. 

On the Boxyard performance stage (also a shipping container) there is a robust schedule of live music. Other entertainment options under consideration include comedy, spoken word/poetry, and open-mike nights. They envision offering fitness, yoga, and dance classes, too. Retailers must be locally based with strong and unique products and with an undeniable passion for the community. 

Speaking of passion, Boxyard RTP is dog friendly, too. Prior to the construction of Boxyard RTP, the Frontier campus included a relatively simple dog park. But, that dog park was shut down (mostly for safety reasons). Plans are underway to relaunch and upgrade the pre-existing dog park with the addition of water stations and lights, among the considered enhancements. 

Additionally, their focus on community means that events will be restricted to community or public-based events like their future hosting of the Susan G. KomenRace for the Cure after-party in April 2022.

Community and collaboration go hand in hand and one of the many contributions made via the partnership between Boxyard RTP and NC IDEA is the PopBox Grant Program. Each quarter, grant money of $5000 is given to a local, up-and-coming entrepreneur to assist them as they showcase their products in the PopBox, a container at Boxyard RTP used solely for this rotation of up and comers. 

Boxyard RTP serves the community by providing a safe place to shop, break bread, toast success, share, learn and grow. Being boxed in never felt so good. 

Visit their page to learn more.

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