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Two Camp North End Entrepreneurs Announce New Collaboration

Room Service and Stay Inn will be complementary Keswick neighbors

Two women wearing denim sit on some steps in the sun
Rachel Hopkins (left) and Jules Zanoni announced a new collaborative project at Camp North End on Monday. (Photo by Megan Easterday)

Two Camp North End entrepreneurs are teaming up to introduce two new businesses to the sprawling campus. Black Moth Bars co-owner Rachel Hopkins and Grow owner Jules Zanoni revealed plans Monday morning for two interconnected offerings: a boutique cocktail and small-bites lounge called Room Service and a complementary specialty market called Stay Inn.

“We’ve been dreaming about collaborating since we first met and are so excited to finally bring our vision to life and to share them with the Charlotte community,” Hopkins said in a release announcing the businesses, which are expected to open in spring 2023. “We want those who visit Room Service and Stay Inn to feel catered to and inspired by every small detail of the experience we’ve designed with intentionality.” 

Hopkins is the force behind Room Service. The new, brick-and-mortar cocktail bar and lounge will feature specialty drinks in addition to beer and wine, sandwiches during the day and a rotating menu of shared plates in the evening. 

Located in the Keswick District’s corner suite, Room Service’s 1,800-square-foot space features abundant natural light with views of the old railroad tracks and the Charlotte skyline.

Also in the Keswick District, Zanoni’s upscale market Stay Inn will serve as an extension of Room Service. Stay Inn will carry many of the items found on the menu or used in the lounge experience such as glassware, candles, linens, specialty olive oil, cocktail supplies, tinned fish, flower, and more.

The curated selection of artisanal goods will be sourced from local and independent makers, so patrons can easily recreate the Room Service experience at home. Located in a 1,456-square-foot Quonset Hut space, the location will call upon foodies alike, and visitors to grab gifts for new homeowners.

Hopkins and Zanoni first met at Camp North End in 2020 after opening their respective businesses there. Black Moth Bars is Hopkins’ 1960’s camper-turned-mobile bar located in Camp North End’s Boileryard. Just across the way is the flagship location for Zanoni’s Grow in the Bunkhouse. The plant shop features a selection of curated tropical and arid house plants, plant accessories, jewelry, candles, gifts, pottery, and wall hangings from independent artists.

Hopkins and Zanoni’s friendship grew over the past two years, and an idea to come together to create two new establishments designed to replicate their favorite elements of the boutique hotel experience built into a real plan over time. The two share a love for a distinct and welcoming bar ambiance; mid-century modern aesthetic; ordering room service; and bringing home high-quality, curated lifestyle items reminiscent of vacation pampering.

Room Service and Stay Inn will open onto the new Keswick Avenue platform and will feature shared outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy, illuminated and connected by string lights.

The Roo Service and Stay Inn co-founders walk outside near where their new shops will be located
Room Service and Stay Inn will be located in the Keswick District at Camp North End.

“Camp North End has become home for us and our businesses,” Zanoni stated in Monday’s release. “We spend all of our time here and we love it — both for the destination it is today, and for the potential we see in its future. It just keeps getting better, and when we saw the two unique suites in Keswick, we knew they were perfect for our vision.”

“We want our guests to feel connected to Room Service and Stay Inn the way we feel connected to Camp North End,” added Hopkins, “like this is a place they can stay a while and have a special experience.”

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