From the funky to the extravagant, new event venues are opening up in the Columbus area

The Vitria on the Square event space opens in the Ohio State University development at 15th and Main Streets.

Just in time for graduation and wedding season, several new event venues are opening in Central Ohio, offering options from the upscale to the funky.

The events industry has emerged from the COVID pandemic, which has largely shut down weddings, corporate events and social gatherings for most of 2020.

“The industry has fully recovered in Central Ohio,” said John Brooks, managing partner of BTTS Holdings, which operates several central Ohio event venues, including the newly expanded Cove at WatersEdge in Hilliard. “We are back and exceeding 2019 levels and bookings for the entire event industry.”

Brooks said that while wedding and family events have returned quickly after the lifting of COVID restrictions, corporate and social events are now leading in demand.

“Even before the announcement of Intel and Honda Battery Factory and things like that, we saw a real need in the market for corporate retreats, especially for small and medium-sized corporate events,” Brooks said.

Taylor Kane, left, and Karima Crawford opened event space Genesis Downtown this week, the culmination of an idea that began shortly after COVID derailed the event industry in 2020.

Crema Crawford and Taylor Kane, who have a background in event planning, began looking for a venue opening downtown in the summer of 2020, in the days of the coronavirus outbreak. This week, they’re opening Genesis Downtown and are thrilled with the interest they’re seeing.

“A lot of nonprofits and public events are looking for space,” Taylor said.

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