by Ardie Arvidson
The Venue, a place to hold events, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday with Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce ambassadors participating.
The Venue is located at 1210 W. Evans St. in Florence.
The business is owned by Susan Missy Gillespie. Monday was her first day of business, and following the ribbon cutting, she catered a dinner at the location.
She said she is excited to offer people in the area another place to hold events.
“I also own Missy’s Café at 257 N. Coit St.,” she said.
She has been in the restaurant/catering business for approximately 16 years.
“I’ve been catering so much lately and having to travel to other places that I thought it was time to have my own place,” Gillespie said.
She said now her customers can rent the space, and she can provide the catering or the customer can bring it in.
Gillespie said she can provide space and catering for wedding receptions, office parties, anniversaries and other types of events. She also provides table decorations.
“I want to cater dinner parties,” she said.
She said she wants to be able to provide a nice place for the events with elegant table decorations.
Originally from Mullins, Gillespie lives in Darlington. She said her family will be helping her with the business.
Gillespie said she hadn’t joined the chamber before and thought this would be a good time to do so. She hopes to be an active member.
To contact Gillespie for rental of The Venue or for catering, call 843-304-1866.
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