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Small Market Meetings, America’s only magazine dedicated to smaller meeting destinations and sites, recently highlighted The Grand Event Center in a feature entitled “New and Renovated in the Heartland.”
Check out the excerpt below and the full article here.
The Grand Event Center opened in September in Grandview Heights, Ohio, and the adjacent Courtyard by Marriott followed in late October. Those who aren’t familiar with the area may not realize that Grandview Heights is an “artsy, small-business-based suburb of Columbus” that’s only a mile from the bigger city’s downtown.
Although the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a seven-minute drive east and is undergoing its own expansion and renovation that will wrap up this summer, the new Grand Event Center nailed the need for “mid-size space with complimentary parking in what is essentially the downtown market,” said Bryan Wright, the center’s senior director of catering.
“It’s convenient for them to be downtown without the inconveniences of downtown, like paying for parking,” he said.
The center’s main space is a 3,900-square-foot divisible ballroom with 19-foot-high ceilings and modern light fixtures that resemble an art installation. Large windows look out onto Goodell Boulevard and the adjacent courtyard that connects to the 135-room Courtyard by Marriott.
Other spaces include a 1,670-square-foot meeting room that can be configured as two or three smaller rooms and 2,000 square feet of prefunction space.
The center’s executive chef offers seasonal menus that focus on local ingredients from local vendors, or events can customize their own catering menu.
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