Central Park NC is undertaking the transformation of a 187,000 square foot former textile mill to create STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises and new home to Central Park NC. The original building was built in the late 1800s as the Carolina Collegiate and Agriculture Institute, and later, the Country Life Academy. From the early 1940s until 2001, the building was used to manufacture hosiery. But the company moved their manufacturing to Mexico and the local community lost over 1000 jobs when the 12-acre, 11-building facility was shut down.
Job creation programming at STARworks is entrepreneurial in nature and designed to serve the creative, agricultural, and alternative energy sectors of our regional economy. The STARworks project advances the Central Park strategy by providing a focused means of growing and developing creative enterprises and individuals for placement in the downtowns of our small communities and to develop agricultural entrepreneurs to replace the farmers that are retiring.
Services & Products
STARworks Ceramics is here to assist the public in all of your clay and pottery needs. We supply over 100 kinds of ceramic materials from top manufacturers and we now specialize in local North Carolina clay. With customer satisfaction being the key to our success, our staff is willing to help you in any way necessary.
We are located only minutes from the Seagrove pottery area in the town of Star, North Carolina. Visit local potteries and then complete your experience with a pottery or kiln workshop taught by our wonderful ceramic artists at STARworks.
STARworks Glass Lab is a public access glass studio. We offer rental space for glass artists, classes and workshops for the general public, and a high school glass curriculum. Tours of the glass lab, as well as the rest of the STARworks building, are available the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, or by appointment. Various workshops and special events are offered throughout the year. Please check back often.
STARworks Garden is a Micro-Eco Farm with a goal to promote environmentally responsible growing methods, spread the habit of local eating, introduce children and adults to the idea of backyard gardening and healthy ecosystems and set an example in recycling.
We provide local families with fresh sustainably grown and seasonal vegetables, herbs and cut flowers through Community Supported Agriculture and offer workshops and school programs in sustainable agriculture.
The mission of STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise is to help small businesses grow by providing affordable space, shared services and equipment, along with management assistance services, thus helping businesses succeed, creating new jobs and bringing new dollars into the region’s economy. STARworks is committed to cultivating the entrepreneurial community within Central Park NC, the parent organization of STARworks.
Located at 100 Russell Drive in the town of Star, STARworks is one mile off of I-73/74, less than one hour south of Greensboro. STARworks is housed in a former sock manufacturing facility and has 187,000 square feet of space, office and manufacturing. The Zoning is Light Industrial.
STARworks is a hybrid business incubator in that it houses some anchor tenants that are considered permanent and others that are expected to graduate and locate in a Central Park NC community.
Businesses engaged in a wide variety of functions including light manufacturing, distribution, technology, culinary, or service activities can apply for admittance into. The facility is currently not conducive to retail activities, although it is acceptable for businesses to engage in a reasonable amount of retail sales.