A new business quietly opened in the Lynnhurst neighborhood at the beginning of 2019. Harriet Place is an upscale, intimate gathering space available to rent for family gatherings, showers and parties, work events and client meetings, and holiday functions. Susan Lacek, the owner of Harriet Place, finished renovating the 1930’s historic building on Bryant Ave S and 46th St late last year. The 1,800 square foot space has multiple rooms, some with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in lots of natural light. Lacek created several intimate spaces, charmingly decorated, including a conference room with a full AV set-up, a galley kitchen (with a private entry for caterers), cocktail space with buffet counters and custom wood bar, multi-use room with dining and high-top tables, and lounge space with comfortable couches and chairs. The spaces are decorated with modern, bright colors, with fun wallpaper, rugs and other furnishing intended to bring a vibrant energy to the space, particularly in in the winter months with snow visible through the large windows. There is also a new patio space for outdoor seating in the warmer months. The building accommodates groups as small as 10 and as large as 40-50.
Guests do not just rent one room, but have the entire space for themselves so they can spread out and take advantage of the various amenities – including a Sonos sound system which allows guests to control the sound and music selection from their phones. Unlike typical event space rentals, there is no required catering or food/beverage minimum. Clients have the option of using one of Lacek’s preferred caterers, their own favorite caterer, or just bringing in their own food and beverage. The space has become a favorite for wedding-related events, hosting everything from engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, day-of-wedding prep space for the wedding party, and post-wedding brunches. Lacek has met with several bridal and event consultants who are excited to share and book the space for their clients. As the name indicates, Harriet Place is a local business with a neighborhood focus. All of Lacek’s preferred caterers are located in the neighborhood as she wants to support local businesses and showcase local talent whenever she can. With their new outdoor space now complete, Lacek looks forward to hosting some community building events next summer, too, such as neighborhood nights with a rotating food truck and acoustic musician on the patio. In the meantime, Lacek is graciously hosting the next LYNAS Happy Hour on Nov. 12 at Harriet Place, with wine donated by Famiglia Meschini Wines.