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When I first visited the ballroom at Oakhurst Country Club, I left feeling a little sad. The space was gray and outdated. And I knew that, like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, there was so much potential here if it simply got a little love. Enter Two Caterers. In the span of a month, the team transformed a bland ballroom into an event space full of personality. The vibe is mid-century Mad Men--it's not a dated throw-back, but rather warm and inviting. You just feel cool here, especially when leaning over the copper-top bar to order a cocktail.
The first thing Two Caterers CEO Angela Stoll-Petro did when she got the space on Jan. 1: Paint. "Every surface you see has a fresh coat of paint on it," she said at the Feb. 1 unveiling. "The black on the ceiling took four coats!" Stoll-Petro admits she didn't do the heavy-lifting (execution was left to the pros), but she did design the look of Grove City space. Warm colors make the space inviting and cozy without feeling small. With its stone fireplace and grand piano, the entryway proved a great spot for some cocktail tables and conversation. A small, center room divides the entry lounge from the ballroom--the two together easily seating 300 (the ballroom by itself a comfortable 250). A dance-floor divides the ballroom room. The bar in the back corner got a new copper top and a glass tile backsplash--a pattern emulated along the back wall. It adds a great, yet neutral, interest point.
With phase one under its belt, the catering company will kick off phase two this spring and summer, which will include some outdoor updates such as new landscaping, updated railings on the outside patio, which runs the length of the ballroom and looks over the golf course, as well as a few curtain dividers so the patio can be sectioned off for smaller affairs.
With such an amazing transformation, it's no surprise they're already booking weddings for 2012. Learn more or book an appointment to check it out at TwoCaterers.com.
- Beth Stallings