• New Venue Spotlight: Harriet Place is a Gathering Space for Events

    East Lake Harriet’s newest meeting space offers a homey neighborhood spot for all types of events.

     
    POSTED November 5, 2019
     

While Minnesota’s 2019 winter season was brutal for many, members of the Harriet Place team were excited to get their space up and running amid the polar vortex.   Harriet Place has cultivated an intimate gathering space for events ranging from business to social events like bridal parties. Throughout the 1,800-square-foot space, the design aesthetic has a modern, colorful vibe that complements the sunlight that pours in. 

Located just east of Lake Harriet, Harriet Place is mindful of its location regarding the aesthetic and the connection to the neighborhood. “Many of our clients have been neighborhood residents who watched the building being renovated,” says Susan Lacek, owner. “As a small, local business, it was important to us to support other local businesses nearby.”  

In the space, Lacek advises events for 10-40 people for business groups and 50-60 for social/mingling events. Harriet Place is equipped with two parking lots, a lounge area, bar, galley kitchen, multipurpose room, Wi-Fi and a Sonos music system.  

Clients have said the best parts of the space are its intimate, homey feel and the fact that they have the entire space to themselves. Additionally, there is no required catering or food/beverage minimum to be met.

In keeping with its intimate neighborhood feel, Lacek says her hopes for the future include continuing to serve Harriet Place’s community. “We are always open to new ideas from friends and neighbors.” 

Napa Valley’s Meritage Resort & Spa recently debuted a new program designed to help groups gathering at the resort achieve more “Mindful Meetings.” The program, offered in partnership with Bare Health, can be custom tailored for groups and includes the following wellness-focused activities: meditation, yoga in the vineyard, sound healing, and the creation of juices, smoothies and morning elixirs at the resort’s brand-new Food & Wine Center.

 

After continually hearing that meeting planners were looking to infuse more health, wellness and sustainability into their agendas, Hilton Hotels & Resorts created Meet with Purpose in 2015. As it has evolved, the turnkey program—and its focus on Mindful Eating, Mindful Meeting and Mindful Being—has been increasingly customized to reflect each hotel and each meeting.

 

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