• A Former Candy Factory Transforms into a Brand-New Luxury Hotel

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

In 1898, Joseph B. Funke opened a candy company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It operated until 1933 when the doors were closed and no more candy shipped out. That is until this past September, when the building reopened with a new name and new idea. 

The site is now the home to The Charmant Hotel, after a $30 million renovation to the property that also keeps it in touch with its sweet history. The original bricks are still visible on the outside, while the maple flooring fills the venue; even advertisements from the Funke Candy Company stay at home in the 67 guest rooms. Corporate groups will enjoy the boardrooms holding anywhere from 12 to 40 guests, as well as a rooftop terrace and first-floor parlour.

The City of Bryan has announced that Jamie Cox will be the general manager of the Legends Event Center, a 122,300-square-foot indoor event facility scheduled to open in late 2022. Most recently, Cox served as general manager of the Publix Sports Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century.