In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.
Who would have thought that the old Five and Dime, come junk store, in Old Town would turn into such an elegant and creative space for parties? Lynne Brown had an inkling as she moved out the junk and polished up the space, naming it Perspective 2 or P2. She hoped it would be a resource space for photographers and photo shoots plus an occasional meeting space. While the 7,000 square feet worked well for photographers and photo shoots, the space seemed to beckon adventurous event planners looking for a special space, and more and more people were seeing the location strictly as an event venue.
In August of 2012 Brown sold the space to Rizzi Designs, an Old Town-based design firm. Rebecca Eldridge was named Director of Operations. Rebecca, a former hospitality management professional, put her talents to work to redefine and firmly establish the location as an event venue. By November, the community had weighed in and the location was renamed Old Town Marquee.
Eldridge says business has been good so far with a mix of formal events like wedding and anniversary celebrations, business meetings and events, and awards ceremonies, as well as the occasional photo shoot or commercial video shoot. Coming soon is a special party for a local author whose book has achieved a place on the New York Times Best Seller list.
“We continue to grow in our efforts to be bigger, better, faster and stronger for our customers,” said Eldridge. “Seriously, it has been a learning process to promote Old Town Marquee as a prized event destination. As we take care of our clients we are learning what package of services they need and want. We have created great strategic relationships with those businesses that can help transform the space into the party place our customers envision. We love being able to assist our fellow members of the Old Town Commercial Association to continue to make Old Town the best destination in the area and that is why we turn to our neighbors, like Cravings Popcorn, when it is time to recommend a complementary product or service.”
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.