Midway Development Update

On Wednesday, September 13th, RK Midway’s Rick Birdoff, Owner of the MN United Dr. Bill McGuire and a Representative of Mortenson Construction met with the tenants of the Midway shopping center to give an updated timeline for the upcoming development as well as how the impact will affect the surrounding businesses.

Mr. Birdoff started the meeting by ensuring the tenants that “we (our section of the Midway Center) will be staying for an extended period of time and that (he) wants to help us all continue to be successful”. Birdoff confirmed that the portion of the Midway Shopping Center that will be torn down will be the section that houses Rainbow Foods, Midway Pro Bowl, Walgreens and Home Choice. It was specifically stated that our portion of the building would not be torn down for some time, if ever. He informed everyone that the redevelopment around the soccer stadium will begin along Snelling Avenue, assuring that it will likely affect our businesses positively.

While the construction creates challenges for us, we are optimistic about the resulting stadium and the redevelopment surrounding it. Midpointe Event Center and Dancers Studio should look forward to having an updated parking lot surrounded by beautiful landscaping and gorgeous trees. As Dr. McGuire eloquently stated, they will attempt to “get rid of the ugly”.

Listed below is information and updates about the future construction that will affect our businesses including guests visiting Midpointe Event Center and Dancers Studio.

Currently, the corner of St. Anthony and Pascal is closed due to work being done by the City of St. Paul. They are anticipating the corner to be closed for one to two more weeks from today, September 18th.

On September 25th, Mortenson will begin redoing our parking lot. This should last three to four days as they remove the center sidewalk, mill, patch, overlay, and stripe. During this week, we will have 26 parking spots along the west fence.

On November 1st, Mortenson construction officially gains access to the portion of the Midway Shopping Center that will be torn down. They anticipate the teardown to begin mid-November along with the Family Dollar store wall. At this time the alley behind the shopping mall will also be closed off.

Construction of the stadium will continue during the winter months and into spring and summer of 2018. By fall of 2018, there will be a new road called Central Avenue leading into an additional parking space on the corner of St. Anthony and Pascal. The soccer stadium plans to open spring of 2019.

Thank you for your patience during this process.

Marcy McHenry

Marcy McHenry | President and CEO
Midpointe Event Center & Dancers Studio

Small Business Of The Year Awarded To Midpointe Event Center

Midpointe Event Center receives the small business of the year award from the MIdway Chamber Of Commerce.

Midpointe Event Center receives the small business of the year award from the MIdway Chamber Of Commerce.

On February 18th 2017, Midpointe Event Center attended The Midway Chamber Of Commerce Annual Celebration and Leadership Awards With Other Local Community Members and Leaders at The Intercontinental in downtown Saint Paul.

The annual Gala, themed "Jazz, Jeans & Jewels", is the Chamber's largest event of the year with over 300 guests in attendance.  The night kicked off with a social hour with a myriad of silent auction items provided by many local businesses in the Midway area.

Music entertainment was provided by Doug Haining & the Twin Cities Seven & Walker West Music Academy.  Additional dance entertainment was provided by Midpoitne's sister business Dancers Studio.  Dinner and drinks were provided by The InterContinental Hotel.

The Small Business of the Year Award is to recognize a business with outstanding business practices in the Midway community.  This award is given to a business of 19 employees or less.  Nominations and selections are made by multiple people/organizations within the Midway Chamber.  This year, the Midway Chamber of Commerce graciously awarded MIdpointe with the award under the following criteria:

Midpointe Event Center
-Excellent facilities that is "center stage" for facilitating discussion on the MN    United Soccer stadium
-Advocate of local neighborhood & gracious host of Chamber events
-Partners with local organizations


Marcy McHenry Owner & CEO of Midpointe Event Center states "This is a very big honor and we couldn't have done it without our outstanding team.  I believe a company’s success is driven by teamwork, not just by individuals! Thank you all for your hard work, loyalty and amazing talents and skills! "

About Midway Chamber Of Commerce: The Midway Chamber of Commerce represents businesses and organizations that are dedicated to Building a Stronger Midway by providing programs and services that help members grow and thrive.  For more information please visit: http://www.midwaychamber.com


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The Top 7 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Venue Before Booking

The world of event venues doesn’t have to be confusing. When you’ve got your budget ready and a few places you’re interested in, head over for a tour and collect as much information as you can! Use the following seven questions to set yourself and your event up for success with any venue!

Midpointe Event Center - The Grand Ballroom in the Majestic Hall

Midpointe Event Center - The Grand Ballroom in the Majestic Hall

1) What is included?   It may seem obvious, but many forget to ask. Venues are thrilled to explain all of the general benefits of their space, so dig deeper and ask specific follow-up questions to get the best results. Are all of the tables and chairs included? What about Kitchen access? Do those drapes come included? The more flexibility your venue can provide, the less you’ll spend with other vendors. It pays to ask!

Lancer Catering Hosts A Dinner Party For The National Association Of Catering & Events Twin Cities Chapter

Lancer Catering Hosts A Dinner Party For The National Association Of Catering & Events Twin Cities Chapter

2) Are there food and/or beverage minimums?   This crucial question can save you thousands. Many event centers are able to offer attractively low venue fees by requiring that a certain amount (usually between $5,000 and $15,000) is spent on food and beverage service. While this is not dishonest, it can make venue comparisons tricky. Be sure to ask before you put down your deposit. In addition, ask if tax and gratuity is included (it’s often not).

3) What is the alcohol policy? When it comes to alcohol service, different venues can have differences and restrictions in their policies regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol. Note whether the venue requires you to purchase their alcohol, or if you are given the option to bring your own. Find out the bar hours and any restrictions they have on service (e.g. a ‘no shots’ policy). In addition, ask about the difference between a hosted bar and a cash bar–your salesperson should be able to explain the difference.

Lisa's Catering Provides Catering Services At Midpointe Event Center In The Majestic Hall. 

Lisa's Catering Provides Catering Services At Midpointe Event Center In The Majestic Hall. 

4)  Who can Cater? This question is especially important for any event that desires specific cuisine, like cultural events, traditional weddings, or community programs. Many event centers are under contract with specific caterers, whom you must order your food from. These caterers are of the the most capable in the industry, but may not have the specific food you’re looking for at a price you like. Discuss this with your salesperson in conjunction with question number two. Venues that allow you to bring in outside caterers will likely ask them to provide proof of licensure, for liability purposes.

5) Where will we park? One of the most commonly overlooked considerations, parking can be a nightmare for your guests if not thought of beforehand. Street parking often gets congested and invites the risk of tickets, and parking in ramps can get quite expensive. Ask your salesperson what kind of parking the event center offers, as well as the parking’s capacity. Overnight parking may be an additional consideration, depending on your plans regarding question #3. The goal of every venue is to ensure that all of it’s guests make it home safely.

A Pink Themed Wedding Reception Setup In The Grand Ballroom. 

A Pink Themed Wedding Reception Setup In The Grand Ballroom. 

6) Will there be time for setup? Decorating a venue can take a surprising amount of time, especially for those who choose to handle all or part of the decoration themselves. Ask the venue how early you will be able to get in prior to your event in order to set up and get things ready. Times will vary, so be sure you ask. 

7) What would you recommend? Venues thrive on happy, successful events, and hosting hundreds per year gives the staff a unique perspective on what tends to work best. Your salesperson or coordinator will know all of the best (and most affordable) vendors for you to work with. They’ll also give you informed ideas about what the venue showcases best. Don’t hesitate to ask! 

Midpointe Event Center - The Sterling Hall

Midpointe Event Center - The Sterling Hall

At the end of the day, venues exist to serve you, our guests. Finding the right one for your event should be a part of the event experience, not a dreaded chore. There are, of course, hundreds of other questions you could ask, but these seven will set you up with a strong foundation of knowledge to use when making your venue decision.

If you have more questions, we're always here to help!  To get in touch for more details, just CLICK HERE >   Until next time, have a happy and eventful day!

-The Midpointe Event Center Team


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