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Two Event Centers Open to Serve Elkhart County

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October 12, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

New Center Six One Five event facility

Two new event centers, the Center Six One Five and The Omega Event Center, have opened their doors offering two key venues for hosting Elkhart County business and social gatherings.

The Center Six One Five, located at County Road 6 and County Road 15 in Elkhart, opened this June behind the vision of Kim and Gary Price. The two formerly owned Superior Space on County Road 113 where they rented storage for RVs, motorhomes and boats.

“When Gary got cancer, we sold Superior Space and started construction on this building,” said Kim Price, noting they owned the Center Six One Five site and had rented it to smaller RV manufacturers for display during Elkhart RV Open House. “There was no building there at that time. We also let Bennington Marine use our old location to do their photography for their brochures every year because they didn’t have space. So, this building is an event center, and it is also a photography studio for boats and RVs.”

Gary Price, along with Rob Dunlop, co-owner of Wagner Construction, designed and built the new facility. “Wagner has always built our buildings,” Kim said. “The plan for the 25,000-square-foot event center was to have business events such as RV dealer, car, lawn & garden and trade shows along with business meetings and corporate events.”

Center Six One Five hosted Winnebago at Open House

Gary passed away the first of April before the building was done. “We continued with his vision and moved in about mid-June,” said Price. “Winnebago was already booked. Gary met with them last year during the RV Open House and they wanted to be the first to try it out. They loved it and want to come back next year so we are making plans for that.”

The Center Six One Five features a full catering kitchen, three commercial coolers, two warmers, a commercial icemaker, cabinetry and storage. There is a concession area with a window passing from the catering kitchen that opens out onto a patio that has an overhang for food and drink service to the outside area.

Kim Price said 5,000 square feet of the facility is finished, including two brick walls and a barn wood wall for a warm and inviting space. That area can be sectioned off with 5,000 square feet of stained concrete floor, special lighting, and sound system.

“We are gearing it towards business at this time,” said Price. “We have a couple of weddings going on that are personal, but I prefer to work with the business community.”

Omega Event Center

The Omega Event Center, located at 2130 Middlebury Street in Elkhart, is also open for business.

“The events services we would like to offer at the center will be business-related trade shows, RV trade shows with outdoor space of 15 acres, large business meetings, training events, and holiday parties,” said Louanne Eaton, manager of the new Omega Event Center. “The property is located in the heart of the RV industry. Our center will also host, personal parties, anniversaries, weddings, receptions, class reunions, funerals and family reunions.”

She said the facility, the former S. Ray Miller Auto Museum before it was used as a church, features a full commercial kitchen and large rooms off of the banquet room for catering services. “There is also a large outdoor area with a beautiful old barn that can be used for outdoor weddings and large business summertime picnics. Inside the barn is a reception hall perfect for weddings. The facility has a full parking lot and sits on 20 acres with two ponds.” 

“It used to be a full church and has a capacity of 300 – 350 people,” added Eaton. “Bill Zimmerman bought it a month and a half ago and is the new owner. It’s been redone and was the Omega Ministries where we got the name. There are 400 fabric-cushioned chairs – it looks like a movie theater now.”   

 

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