"Sophisticated, yet playful" is how Jenny White describes BOOST!
, her new meeting space in Over-the-Rhine.
The 4,600-square-foot space on the third-floor of 538 Reading Road is part of the Metaphor Flats project, a former warehouse restored by Urban Sites Properties
After working in meeting planning within the corporate realm for the last 13 years, White finally decided "it's now or never" and took the plunge to create something unique to Cincinnati - and not at all like the office.
"BOOST!" signifies energy, an upward move. Another level.
Natural sunlight, hardwood floors, exposed beams and an open, flexible layout makes White's project more home-like, and more energizing.
"The big draw is the environment," White said. "The feel of the space, the uniqueness of the architecture - it awakens your senses."
An $80 per person, all-inclusive rental rate provides meeting organizers with everything they could possibly need: Complete audio and video capabilities, phones, office equipment and supplies, even refreshments.
And to feed the inner child, BOOST! has a custom-made cornhole set, Nintendo Wii and a karaoke machine.
White also says that, by April, clients will be able to unwind on a rooftop deck, and that a future "phase" may include some green retrofitting, such as solar panels.
Outside of corporate meetings, White has had inquiries about using the space for wedding receptions and parties. She also plans to use BOOST! for community workshops to help groups in need throughout the neighborhood.
"I feel like I'm part of a community now," White said. "And I like the fact that I can tell clients about restaurants and things to do in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine."
BOOST! officially opens on February 12 with an open house from 11 AM to 8 PM.
Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Jenny White, BOOST!Photos courtesy of BOOST!