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Event space to open above Hart’s Grocers

A new event venue is slated to open in the city’s East End this month.

Agathi Georgiou is launching the Arbor Loft, a 5,400-square-foot space above Hart’s Local Grocers on Pitkin Street.

The venue, which can seat more than 300 guests for a sit-down meal, will open in mid- to late June, she said.

The space will have a rustic, classic charm with white walls, wooden floors, golden chandeliers, large windows and exposed beams, Georgiou said. She believes the space’s ambiance and the service her business can provide will help the venue succeed.

“It’s different from anything else out there,” she said.

Georgiou owns Agathi & Co., an event planning and fashion consulting company on Elton Street. Her experience includes work on the Lilac Festival, Fringe Festival and Greentopia’s Dinner on the Bridge events.

It was at the last Dinner on the Bridge event when she met Glenn Kellogg, Harts’ owner, and the two began talking about the unused space above his grocery.

The 20,000-square-foot building previously housed Craig Autometrics Inc. Kellogg purchased the building and opened Hart’s in 2014.

“I thought it was a great next step for me,” she said of developing the upper-level space.

The site already has booked some 25 events through 2017. There are more dates available.

Those interested in the space range from brides-to-be to large corporations, health organizations and universities.

Georgiou said she believes the size of the facility and its ability to accommodate larger groups, along with nearby parking, is a draw.

The space can be divided and can accommodate full-day events such as conferences. She is working with Creative Caterers, Hart’s and Restaurant 2 Vine on food options.

The cost to rent the venue will vary, but the renter fee will be waived for events that have more than 100 guests.

As business grows, Georgiou expects to add up to 30 workers.

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corp., said Arbor Loft fills a niche when it comes to event offerings downtown.

“It’s a great venue from a creative organization,” Zimmer-Meyer said. “It’s exciting to see downtown.”

The 31-year-old Georgiou is proud of the progress she has made on the venue and her 5-year-old business, noting networking and hard work helped, as did the support of her family.

She is further excited about development downtown. That includes the Inner Loop East transformation project on the eastern border of the city’s Central Business District and the development of housing options in the city, which Georgiou believes will help drive growth.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the East End (development),” she said.

6/10/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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