Finding an affordable place to hold a wedding reception, graduation or birthday party in Flagstaff can be tricky. Finding an affordable place that will also allow you to bring in your own food or your own caterer and your own music can be difficult.

Mike Konefal and Dawn Stoyer have created the perfect place for those who like to create their own party atmosphere. The business partners opened The Aspen Room, a DIY event space, on Seventh Avenue in October.

The space features a bar, a DJ booth with a sound system, chairs, tables and a small prep kitchen, Konefal said. There is a system to dim the lights to whatever setting you wish, a small refrigerator in the bar, a larger fridge and sink in the kitchen, and a microwave to reheat items.

Customers bring their own food, alcohol, music, linens, silverware and dishes. Or they can hire any caterer they want to come in and provide food and drink. The room fits about 200 people and customers can rent it for as long as they need it, he said. That can be as short as an hour or as long as several hours. There’s also plenty of parking outside.

Customers can reserve the hall through the company’s website, theaspenroom.com. The cost is $80 per hour from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and $100 an hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. There’s a $150 deposit to reserve the space for a particular time and date. Fifty dollars of the deposit is non-refundable.

Customers get a one-time-use code to unlock the door to the hall, Konefal said. Customers are responsible for setting the tables and chairs, plugging in their music, bringing in the food and drinks, and decorating. The Aspen Room just provides the space, he said. Customers are also responsible for cleaning up after their party. All Konefal and Stoyer ask is that customers wipe up any spills, sweep the floors, take out the trash and give them a call to let them know they’re out of the room.

Konefal said he and Stoyer built the place because there aren’t many event spaces in town that allows people to bring in their own food or their own caterer. The space was originally the location of Life Church on Seventh Avenue. The church recently moved, so Konefal and Stoyer talked with the landlord about turning the space into an event hall. They pulled down some false walls, painted, and put in the kitchen, bar, a second bathroom and a coat room. The idea was to provide a simple, clean, yet elegant place for people to celebrate some of the best times of their lives, such as weddings, birthdays, quinceaneras and baby showers.

They’ve already had several successful parties and a corporate meeting in the space, he said, and more reservations are starting to come in for the holiday season. They already have three events booked for the hall in December: a yoga event, a Christmas shopping event and a wedding.

The reporter can be reached at sadams@azdailysun.com or (928)556-2253.

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Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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