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  • Venue Spotlight: Welcome to PAIKKA

    An old mattress factory is reimagined as a cool, industrial event space.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
     

Located in a renovated mattress factory in St. Paul at 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 165, PAIKKA—Finnish for “place”—is both industrial and welcoming. “Our goal in interior design was to make it a comfortable, elegant space that feels collected and warm,” says coowner Angie Trygg. 

PAIKKA’s look is very simple, elegant and industrial. Every element of the space was handpicked by co-owners Trygg and Marlo Munch—who met while doing visual display at Anthropologie. However, they are extremely flexible with clients who want to bring in their own furniture or decorations. 

The duo worked in event planning and décor on the side before committing full-time in 2014, when they starting to look for an event space. The 5,600-square-foot PAIKKA can accommodate 200 people for a seated reception and 275 people for a cocktail hour. It consists of two rooms; the larger one is 3,200 square feet and can be adapted for a variety of events. Additionally, the spaces have access to a courtyard that clients can request to book. PAIKKA has hosted a variety of events including weddings, art galleries, theater events, nonprofit conferences and corporate events.

Though the venue has been booking events since January, its official opening was May 21. Those interested in booking the space can fill out the inquiry portion on the website, and then get an idea of pricing as well as a one-onone tour. 

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

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Associations North, the association for associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, infused excitement, creativity and innovation into its one-day Meeting Planners Symposium on Nov. 9 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with its open layout, new room sets, quick 30-minute sessions, hub groups and more. Keynote speaker Tamara G. Kleinberg disrupted the status quo with her “Think Sideways” presentation that introduced new tools to and generate inventive ideas.