Now, your favorite Seattle locavore couple can get married ‘neath the Melrose Market. A mystery “lecture hall” project that we first reported on in June is ready to debut in the hyper-successful, hyperlocal development between Pike and Pine.
Melrose Market Studios, a 5,000 square-foot event venue underneath the market is booking its first events and ready to host your wedding or fashion show or big-time product launch after a $75,000 build-out.
“The space is designed by events planners and caterers and is made to host incredible events,” Michel Girard tells CHS. “We have really kept it an urban, raw, hip space with douglas fir beams and exposed brick walls.
The first event at the Studios is already booked — a fashion show at the end of the month, Girard says — and the facility is ready for you to plan your own Melrose Market happening. The ballpark price tag for the 250-person venue? $2,500 for a weekend, $750 on weekdays with partial day rates also available.
Here’s what you get:
Melrose Market Studios is a creative and flexible event venue on the west edge of Capitol Hill. Just a few blocks east of downtown, our space is perfect for almost any event, including but not limited to weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, cultural events, fundraisers, and parties.
The venue is over 5,000 square feet located in historic Melrose Market, which was built in 1927 and renovated in 2010. The space, which reflects the history of the Northwest and Capitol Hill, has exposed red brick walls, huge Douglas fir beams, high ceilings, and polished concrete floor. It has great lighting, plenty of power, a central sound system, and forced-air heating and air conditioning.
The venue was designed by event planners and caterers to create the ideal space for the guest as well as the caterer and other vendors. The hall can accommodate 250 people standing and approximately 220 people sitting. There are four bays that can be used together or split up in one or more sections to allow for pre-functions or break-out groups. The back-of-the house prep area is optimally designed to allow the caterer to assemble and serve their exquisite creations. Other amenities include three multi-fixture restrooms, wireless internet, plug-and-go sound and video system, and dimmable lighting.
Girard’s background includes a catering company he sold after a career at Microsoft. He is joined at Studios by venue manager Stacy Kvam. They two will partner with preferred event providers and caterers — including a big Capitol Hill name they can’t share yet — to put the new space into motion. Current providers listed on their site include Kaspars, Lisa Dupar Catering, and Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes.
The Melrose Market project opened in 2010 to rave reviews and has, for the most part, cultured a successful cluster of restaurants and shops. It hasn’t worked out for everybody, however. Fashion boutique Velouria and Sonic Boom Records couldn’t make their spaces in the market work. Since, Taylor Shellfish replaced Velouria while the Sonic Boom space is apparently still looking for a taker. Last week, restaurant Terra Plata opened after a dramatic two years of planning, legal fights and construction.
The property management team for the Market has long sought an appropriate business for the subterranean square footage in the bottom level of the market. At one point, we speculated about a company like Facebook choosing the location for Seattle office space. With Melrose Market Studios, it seems like a pretty solid marriage.
For more information on Melrose Market Studios, pictures and booking details, check out melrosemarketstudios.com.