Take two creatively talented people, add a historic abandoned site with equal portions of imagination and vision, et voila: the answer to ‘where will we hold it?’ ‘where will we find the right ambience?’ ‘who makes stuff like that?’
When Katie Peck visited the SBDC at Onondaga Community College, she had a cornucopia of thoughts running through her mind.
She already had developed a successful business and she had allied herself with a successful business partner. Together they had purchased the ideal location for expanding and co-existing. Katie wanted input from a neutral business advisor. What she had planned and executed so well in her head, her SBDC Advisor helped her commit to paper.
Katie Peck and Keith Traub are collaborators who co-own and co-manage the property at Hartlot Happening. The property is an industrial space host to several buildings including a 20,000+ sq. foot building that formerly housed Vanderveer & Coleman, Inc., a “beanery” that closed in 1983. The Beanery is still full of all the original machinery used in the processing of various beans, this includes sorting machines and a large roaster! The industrial location was referred to as Skaneateles Junction. The railroad tracks still add to the historic significance. The property is situated on Hartlot Street, Skaneateles, thus, HARTLOT HAPPENING.
One of the buildings houses a commercial kitchen that is available for rent. The licensed kitchen is convenient to use for events booked at the site as well as for those requiring a food preparation space for items served or sold elsewhere. Katie mentioned during a tour that the kitchen recently has been successfully inspected.
Much of the space at 639 Hartlot Street is under construction. Newly poured concrete floors are seen in one of the barns and another of the venue buildings. Creative lighting, rustic walls and cathedral ceilings create the perfect setting for the perfect occasion. A patio for the courtyard is also being added. A huge open lot is being prepared as a stage for wedding ceremonies. While the outdoor area can provide tables and chairs for up to 75 guests, their indoor max capacity is 105 but floorplans for a seated dinner max out at 75.
The property now hosts Unite Two Design, Keith's fabrication business, and She Rents Vintage, Katie's vintage rentals business. This means Hartlot Happening clients have easy access to the rentals they need to have a dreamy event. With Katie’s flair for creating a timeless setting for any event, it is difficult to imagine a vision she cannot bring to bear. Her warehouse collections lend themselves to creating the most elegant to the most rustic backdrops. Photo ops abound!
As a metal fabricator, Keith has constructed signs, tables, chairs, doors and various decorative pieces found throughout the site. No small feat. One of the barns has been designated his shop but, it’s shaping up as another possible venue. Keith’s work can be seen at several businesses in the Auburn-Skaneateles vicinity. His and Katie’s visions complement one another splendidly.
Bookings have already been logged. The first event of the season is a wedding scheduled for June 25th . Knowing that one has both outdoor and indoor space for guests to mingle lends a sense of Old World- conviviality to any event.
Hartlot Happening: www.hartlothappenings.com
Hartlot Happening Kitchen Rental: http://www.hartlothappening.com/commercial-kitchen
She Rents Vintage: www.sherentsvintage.com
Unite Two Design: www.unitetwodesign.com
Article published in the CNY Business Journal on May 30, 2022
Nancy Ansteth is a Certified Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center located at Onondaga Community College. Contact her at email@example.com
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