New event space open

The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space recently moved downtown, but their former space at 711 S. 5th St. in Springfield is already home to a new business venture. Kelci Kuntzi and her mother, Robin Martin, have launched Venue 1929 to offer the distinctive space for rent.

“My father-in-law owns Jack Stoldt Auto Service Center,” said Kuntzi. “This is an adventure for us to open up a new venue.” She explained that both she and her sister were recently married, and visiting a number of potential venues as part of the wedding planning gave her ideas of what she could do with her own business.

“I also have friends who are event planners, they’ve been a big help when I’ve had questions,” she said. “We’ve checked out tons of places.”

The space at Venue 1929 can hold 110 people for a sit-down formal dinner or 150 people for a cocktail party. The name refers to the year that the vintage brick building was constructed.

“We’re just getting started, but we do have our first event booked for Dec. 5,” said Kuntzi.

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