Antique exposed brick, sixteen-foot stamped tile ceilings, gorgeous hardwoods and picturesque windows with a view of historic downtown Benton are some of the architectural delights you’ll find at Benton’s unique and historical event center, 111 N. Main.
In 2009, 111 N. Main owner and husband, Wanda and James Posey had the opportunity to purchase the building, and spent the next 8 years restoring and renovating it back to its natural beauty. “It was truly a labor of love and money that involved the entire family.”
Although the Posey’s did not know for sure what they would do with the structure once complete, the couple felt strongly about saving the building from demolition. The Posey’s son, Justin, suggested the family open a location to celebrate special occasions and in April of 2016, with its spacious Main Street level, basement and attic, 111 N. Main opened for business.
Justin, an architect, focused on emulating a New York loft style design and included extras such as energy-efficient, modern lighting, a dedicated catering space, commercial refrigerator and industrial sinks. There is also an inviting party deck on the back of the building for guests to enjoy.
Although the Posey’s had a clear vision for architectural detail, they still wanted to offer clients the opportunity to express their own personal styles. “The inside represents a blank canvas so clients can use their imaginations to convey what they want for their own special occasions. So far, clients have appreciated that idea,” says Wanda.
Wanda loves the building itself, circa 1908, but it’s connecting with people that is her real passion. “I love meeting the people who rent the space. It’s a special joy to meet the couples who are just starting their life together.”
Living only a block and a half from 111 N. Main, Wanda is available for tours and readily accessible to answer questions or address concerns on the day of the event.
“Also, clients have access to the venue the entire day before their special event to set-up and decorate, so everyone helping them will not be too exhausted to enjoy the special occasion,” explains Wanda.
With an occupancy of 50-180 people, 111 N. Main is well suited for less formal weddings, family reunions, proms, formal dances or office parties. “We provide tables, chairs, tablecloths in ivory or black and a large lighted backdrop perfect for capturing special memories.” Over half of the weekends in 2018 have been booked, but there are weekends still available, even during popular event months.
Don’t miss the chance to celebrate your special occasion at this beautiful, historical setting in downtown Benton. With its modern renovations, convenient amenities and personalized service, there is no other gem in the Saline County area like 111 N. Main.