HASKINS — Head down Main Street on a weekend and you might see strings of Edison lights twinkling through the large windows of the Venue at Painted Clovers. The second floor event hall is above Shaun McQuitty’s boutique store that features repurposed and reclaimed furniture.
“It’s an open-space concept event hall, with a kind of industrial chic,” McQuitty said.
To get to the red brick building, follow the new sidewalk, off Main Street, and it’s in the old Odd Fellows Hall, with a separate entrance on the side of the building.
“I wanted it to look like stuff had been here for a while. I had this vision when I started, so to see it come all this way, to look like it looked in my head, is just wonderful,” McQuitty said.
Rental dates are filling up quickly.
A month ago, the Venue had a grand opening with an open house celebration. Last weekend was the first private rental event.
In addition to small weddings and wedding receptions, there are retirement parties, graduations and anniversaries already booked. McQuitty is thrilled, because she just reopened Painted Clovers on Jan. 22, less than a year ago.
“Definitely intimate weddings, bridal parties and family reunions. There isn’t another place like this in Wood County,” McQuitty said. “People are also coming in with new ideas, like a pop-up art gallery and photographers are lining up to use it for graduation and wedding photos.”
There’s a lot of natural light, from the large windows, with the classic original woodwork and old red brick. Even during the day there is a warm romantic glow from the modern, yet old fashioned, Edison lights strung along the length of the ceiling.
The 1,500-square-foot second floor will be rented out for events with a maximum of about 50 people.
Transforming the building has not been easy, said McQuitty, who has spent the last year cleaning it up.
The Venue has that old industrial look, with exposed red brick, modern ceiling fans and lighting — that look like they were manufactured a hundred years ago. The wide wooden staircase has antiqued lacy stenciling that continues with a stenciled aisle runner down the center of the vintage hardwood floor.
“I think it’s just perfect for intimate weddings. The bride can walk down the center with the lights floating like lightning bugs in the air,” McQuitty said.
When she bought the building, there was all the old Odd Fellow stuff on the second floor. The group had closed down in 1945, after using the 1891 building for about 25 years.
The original windows were still there, but practically falling out. Those were replaced. She has found original trim and used her furniture building skills on the building. She hates wasting anything, especially vintage wood and fixtures.
“I didn’t want to rip it up, but I also don’t waste things. Even the bathroom doors are the original screens from the front of the building,” McQuitty said.
She’s modest, because they have been repurposed, with modern parts, to look like they have stained glass.
McQuitty rebuilt sections of the floor, and added a ceiling, with insulation.
They built a bathroom, that really is more of a powder room. There was a toilet and plumbing, but now there’s a real room that is so cute she can’t keep furniture in it. She’s sold a number of the pieces that were functional decoration, like a love seat and antique shelving.
McQuitty said that she keeps her prices low and affordable, with rentals starting at three hours, or up to a full day. She has options that include rentals of tables, chairs and linens.
Catering would need to be supplied.
It’s not yet handicap accessible, but she is working on that.
“There’s still some tweaking that needs to be done, but it’s getting there,” McQuitty said.
She already has the new separate, accessible, side entrance and large bathroom, but the stair lift has not yet been installed.
McQuitty reminds fans of the original Painted Clovers, that was based in Bowling Green, that the furniture store is on the first floor, but expanded. In addition to the repurposed, rebuilt and revitalized furniture, she now also has 10 vendors to complete the boutique feel, with soaps, jewelry, wall hangings and other small decorations for the home.
Can be contacted at 419-494-8388 and is located at 103 W. Main St. in Haskins. Both Painted Clovers and the Venue have social media pages.