For your next childâ€™s next birthday party, do you need a massive replica of Cinderellaâ€™s castle? Or perhaps a backdrop of the Emerald City? Or maybe you just need elegant tables, chairs and place settings for a corporate gathering. Or simply festive holiday centerpieces and dÃ©cor? Whatever your need, thereâ€™s one place that has you covered; itâ€™s right in the name. Events.
In 1989, Nancy Oâ€™Hearn was working for another event company when a series of circumstances led to her having to work on projects from her home. Knee-deep in work, Oâ€™Hearn needed a helping hand, which came from an unexpected assistant. â€œI just happened to have somebody remodeling my basement at the time, and he was kind enough to help make these big vintage carts for me,â€ she recounts of preparing for an event.
The carts were built but were too big to get up her basement stairs. Oâ€™Hearn and her newfound partner quickly had to break them down then rebuild them at the event space. â€œIt was hard, but we did it, and thatâ€™s how it all started.â€
Oâ€™Hearn officially started her company in 1989 and has been growing it ever since. Her first location, after her basement, was a building on Baxter Avenue. Originally, the company only occupied a single floor and the basement or â€œbat cave,â€ as they called their storage space. â€œThen we became so big that we were the bat cave and the office and the second floor, and then we were the bat cave, the office, the first floor and the attic,â€ she recalls with a laugh. â€œSo we were squished! We had to find something bigger.â€
That space came in the form of a building on Story Avenue, which the company began leasing in 2000. With enough storage and building space to suit their needs, theyâ€™ve been filling their showroom with the most whimsical decorations and stylish party needs one could ever dream of for the past 15 years.
Weddings and corporate events make up the bulk of Eventsâ€™ business, but the company also specializes in birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, holiday gatherings and galas. There are actually shopping centers in five different states that contract Events to do their annual Christmas dÃ©cor. â€œWe say, â€˜If you want it, weâ€™ll do it for you,â€ Oâ€™Hearn maintains. â€œWeâ€™ll make your dreams come true. We may not have the stuff today, but we make them in the back and weâ€™ll have them tomorrow!â€
Indeed, Oâ€™Hearn will work with any client to create exactly the event he or she wants with every set piece, linen and centerpiece necessary to make the clientâ€™s dream a reality. Whether the event is a 4-year-oldâ€™s backyard birthday party for 20 or a cosmopolitan Derby gala for 500, Oâ€™Hearn will ensure it is the absolute best it can be and do so while sticking to the clientâ€™s budget. â€œYou bring in an amount, and weâ€™ll fill it with everything we can to make that dream come true,â€ she asserts.
And what theyâ€™ll fill that budget with is anything and everything that will completely transform your event. â€œWe change atmospheres,â€ she asserts. â€œEven when you come into the store, you are in a different world, a different place when you walk in the door. And thatâ€™s what we do with the venue. We want you not to be in Uncle Bobâ€™s barn but somewhere fantastic and fanciful.â€
Oâ€™Hearn does indeed take great pride in her company and what itâ€™s able to accomplish for her clients, but more than anything, itâ€™s the happiness sheâ€™s able to create that really keeps her coming back every day. â€œIt gives me a satisfaction to please people,â€ she says with a smile. â€œSo when you walk in with your dream, itâ€™s very satisfying to put together something that you have dreamt.â€
So instead of balloons or tinsel for your next party, why not stop by Events and see what sort of grander offerings are available? Whatever your budget, thereâ€™s sure to be something they can do for you, something to make your event one that will both dazzle your guests and exceed your wildest dreams.
Events LLC is located at 1332 Story Ave., Louisville, KY 40206. For more information visit myeventsllc.com or call 502.583.5007.
Photos by CHRISÂ HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune