Tell us a little about your business – what does the company do and who are your customers?
The Place has been in business for 15 years. We are a full service banquet venue. We host all types of parties, banquets, receptions, corporate meetings, and special events, as well as off-site catering. Because we are strictly in the food and beverage business, it allows us to provide superb food and bar services as well as outstanding customer service. We are in a safe, family friendly area located in the West End of Richmond. Once inside The Place you will find four individual rooms which can be combined and expanded to accommodate an event’s particular needs. Weather permitting, we have a beautiful patio are complete with gazebo and waterfall.
Tell us why and how you became involved the business.
My husband Ross and I recently purchased The Place at Innsbrook a year ago July 1 but have been in the food and beverage industry for over a decade. Ross and I were both employees of the previous owner, Ken Thers. We met while working at The Place and were married shortly thereafter. We were lucky to keep the experienced staff that previously worked under Ken Thers, who remains a great friend and adviser to us.
What’s your favorite part of a typical day?
I am very lucky to be able to work from home a few days a week. I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I would say my favorite part of a typical day is being able to spend time with her and being able to work as well.
Who gives you the best advice about your work?
I would say my husband Ross gives the best advice about my work. We also continue to get advice from Ken, the previous owner.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of marrying a wonderful man and becoming a mother. Ross has done an amazing job taking over The Place and becoming a business owner. I am so proud of him! we couldn’t have done any of it without the help of our amazing staff that stayed with us through the transition of ownership. We have been very blessed!
What part of your job would you gladly give up?
I have given up working full time to be able to care for my child, I wouldn’t want to give up anything else. We love what we do and we have no complaints.
What do you do to relax/unwind?
We enjoy going to the beach in North Carolina, where our family shares a beach house. I also enjoy a nice long jog to clear my mind.
What is your favorite thing about Richmond?
Richmond is the perfect blend of old and new. We have so many fun things to do around town. We have so many museums, restaurants, parks and some of the best shopping, not to mention the James River. We are so close to the beach and the mountains, we get the best of everything in Richmond. I am so glad to have been born in Richmond and I am so excited to raise my family here as well.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
Ross and I met working together at The Place at Innsbrook about 10 years ago. We began dating and then we got married. The Place catered our wedding in 2006. Now we own “The Place” where we met!
Thank you Sarah for telling us more about your family and The Place at Innsbrook. To learn more about Sarah and The Place, visit her page on RichmondWeddings.com or go to http://www.theplaceatinnsbrook.com/.