Glory Road DIY Event Center: freedom to celebrate your way
Glory Road is a "do it yourself" venue for weddings, festivals, events, etc. We want to support & grow an active and fun community.
We have relocated our family of 5 from the booming metropolis of Denver, CO to North Middletown, KY (population 650 - ish) 40 minutes East of Lexington. We purchased a 10 acre property on which we are currently building an open air pole barn, outdoor restroom and kitchenette facilities, parking area as well as doing some awesome landscaping. “Glory Road Events and Lodging” has been our dream for several years now and we are finally taking the steps to make it a reality.
This DIY celebration venue will encourage economic growth in it's rural location! It will give other folks (in addition to us) an opportunity to work, to provide, to flex their creative muscle and hopefully prod others to jump onto the entrepreneurial bandwagon and make their own business dreams come true! Local venders will have the opportunity to be hired for events on our property. Cake makers, caterers, florists, artists, musicians, party venders, food trucks, DJs, circus acts etc, may all benefit from tourists/visitors coming and staying at our celebration location. We are so excited to see how this venue could benefit the community around us!
As a family, we work hard and play hard. We love to do things in our own special way and as a business we will cater mainly to people like us who have a vision and need a blank slate to launch their ideas from. These are the folks who have big ideas, original concepts that they want to pull together themselves. We value creativity and we want this venue to be a place you can take for a day, a night, or a week and transform into exactly what you want it to be for your event.
We have "bootstrapped" or self funded to bulk of this project but our desire is for this to be a truly incredible place. This is why we are doing this Kickstarter. We hope to offer our patrons beautiful landscaping that will engage their senses along with other amenities to really make their celebrations memorable. There are so many small details to consider when hosting large scale events. (Sights, sounds, smells, views, accessibility, etc.) You can be a part of this by purchasing a lavender sache, made from hand picked lavender from our family farm, dried and placed in a cute little cheese cloth 3x4 sac that states our goal, "Enjoy!"
We are also allowing backers to add their personal touch or inspiration to our landscape though decorative "thank you/memorial" stones that will be placed around the venue within the landscape design with a message from you the backer. You will have 40 characters to play with. (Leave a quote, an encouraging word, or just your name and a hearty 'good luck'.) These personal notes will be etched into rocks that will always be with us throughout this journey.
As we host weddings and events we will allow each couple/corporation that hosts an event with us to leave their mark with us through this same means. We want everyone who attends a function here to leave amazing memories, and we want to keep a memory of them as well.
We want to give this business its best chance at success by incurring as little debt as possible. Our goal is to invest a portion of our profits directly back into the local community! We plan to donate 10% of our monthly profit toward county school programs and community helps organizations.
We already have the guesthouse up and running. We renovated the entire 2 story cottage over a few months (July-September 2018)and we are now welcoming guests with the help of Airbnb (find us under the Glory Road Guest House Paris, KY).
We have plans drawn for a parking area to accommodate 75+ vehicles, ground leveled and ready for foundation to be poured for the pavilion, we are working with state road agencies, zoning commissions, city workers, building contractors. This is happening! We are so very excited that everything is in the works.
Funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will go towards creating our restroom facilities and catering kitchen, detailing the pavilion with necessities like sound and lighting, as well as transforming our large field into a picturesque, Instagram worthy display of greenery and garden features.
We hope you will consider being a part of making this happen and be able to celebrate with us soon.
Risks and challenges
We have enjoyed learning the processes of local, state, federal requirements and restrictions associated with launching a small business. We are educating ourselves and working along side many community leaders to overcome obstacles as they arise and pressing on to meet our anticipated opening date of Spring 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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