This week I spent the entire day in San Francisco! Fortunately for my husband, I was so jam packed with meetings that I had no time to shop
My day began at Bently Reserve. The only way to describe this venue is GRAND! I was given a tour which was absolutely breathtaking.
Bently Reserve is the Old Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Building which was the main headquarters building of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for nearly sixty years. The building has an Ionic colonnade while the upper building is in the new fashion of 1924. The Old Federal Reserve was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
It really took me back to my many years in Boston with all of the historic influences and history.
Next on my journey was Terra Gallery and Event Venue. What a different vibe from the first visit! This venue space is really a great alternative to “traditional” venues and has some real personality. The space can be as large or as intimate as you would like and a few cool features are on site pipe and drape which can otherwise be quite pricey and depending on the event, you can put a logo or monogram on the outside of the building in big bright lights for everyone to see!
Julene, the Event Manager showed me around the space and could not have been more lovely. This visit was a perfect mix of finding a phenomenal and cool venue but also having an opportunity to meet someone who knows a lot about the event industry in San Francisco and very happy to help and give advice. I learned so much from that one meeting and really hope I get a chance to work with her in the near future.
Onto the final venue of the day: Clift Hotel. My friend Jenn who works at The Knot told me in this place I would melt into the decor. She really knows my personality and was completely right on! This space was again, totally different from the other two venues I saw earlier. I mean, how many places do you see with huge chairs in the lobby a la Edith Ann and tables with hands coming out from underneath? It is a mix of irony and luxury which is a tough balance to strike but they do it well.
There are many rooms to choose from as well as their bar and restaurant. From weddings to birthday parties this is a great venue if you like luxury with a serious sense of humor!
Finally, my last meeting of the day was at Blu Bungalow. Blu Bungalow is an elite wedding planning studio. They are located on fabulous Union Street in Cow Hollow in the heart of San Francisco. They are a great resource for event planners and brides. They have close relationships with vendors of all sorts and provide space for vendors who are members to meet with clients. You can even have trials done for hair and make up right there which is great for saving people travel time in San Francisco!
I knew I was in a special place when I arrived and was immediately offered champagne!! These ladies know what they are doing and make you feel incredibly special.
In addition to getting the tour of the studio, I met with Owner, Hazel Bourget. Hazel is a wealth of information and I knew from the moment we met at a previous networking event that we would hit it off famously. We talked for 2 hours about the business and she gave me some amazing recommendations of who’s who and leads that I will surely be following. She is an excellent connection and will surely turn into an excellent friend!
All in all, it was a very productive day in San Francisco!