Remodeling is nearing completion, the bar is being stocked and the Valley Events Center in Gering is ready to host about any kind of party.
Owners Yolanda and Lupe Guerrero, along with their two children, have spent the past two months readying the new facility at 2540 North 10th Street, the former Moose Lodge building.
“We started out as a partnership because our partners knew it was always our dream to open either a bar or a hall where we could hold parties,” Yolanda said. “Things didn’t come together like we planned, so we ended up with the building.”
Yolanda said she and her husband were nervous at first to take on such a large project, but the bank was very positive about the situation. “Lupe now has his bar and I have my reception center, all in one.”
Yolanda said she had always hosted parties at the facility when it was the Moose Lodge and liked the way the building was set up with separate areas for children, main hall and the bar area.
“It’s a building we’ve loved to hold our own receptions,” she said. “The ownership change happened so fact, it’s still hard to believe the building is ours.”
The hall has officially passed inspection and the bar is being stocked this week. Although Yolanda and Lupe can open now, they’re waiting to finish all the “detail work” before holding a “practice” party for family and friends before making an official opening announcement.
The center already has a wedding anniversary scheduled, graduations and birthday parties. They’ve also been contacted for several school and family reunion events.
Because the building can be sectioned off, both large and small parties of any kind can be accommodated. Although they don’t offer catering services, a kitchen is available for party organizers.
“We can handle just about any kind of event,” Yolanda said. “We’re both still working our other jobs, but at some point in the future, this might become a full time endeavor for us.”
Persons interested in scheduling the Valley Events Center for a party or reception can call 632-1600 and leave a message.
“This has been a really fun project, even though it’s tiring at times,” Yolanda said. “People who have walked in to take a look have been impressed.”