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Bham Venues: BridgeStreet Gallery and Loft

bridgestreet gallery and loft


When planning life’s big celebrations — wedding receptions, for instance, or major birthday blowouts — we like the idea of hosting them within our day-to-day landscape. If you have a grand old home, you could consider self-hosting, of course. But for many of us, we’ll have to go with the next best option: a venue that represents our chosen neighborhoods. With our new venues series, we’ll be looking at local hosting options our neighborhoods offer and the ways they express a community’s distinct personality.

We’ll start with BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft. Located at 213 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard South, it’s technically outside the Loft District. But with its adjacent location and loft styling, we’re calling it a Loft District experience.

The two-story building is a broad, flexible space that adapts easily to different event concepts. Prefer sleek and modern? The open floor plan and limited color palette — a combination of wood tones and pure white — plays well with clean lines and pops of bold color. Envisioning something more rustic or reclaimed industrial? Play up the original wood and exposed brick with warm tones and salvaged accessories.

Like its multipurpose space plan, this venue offers a range of services suited to multiple budgets. Veteran event planner Jennifer Gowers and her GoPro Event Solutions firm own and manage the venue, which means they offer packages including the basic rentals (stylish chairs, tables, and linens) you’re going to need anyway. You can also hire them to help plan or manage your event in a venue they know intimately.

Then there are the photo ops to consider. Besides the loft look of the venue itself, you’ll be a block and a half away from the Rainbow Viaduct. That means sweeping views of the loft district, plus the railroad tracks (another useful accessory to a rustic/industrial look). Come April, you’ll also be passing over the neighborhood’s newest addition, the Rotary Trail. For neighborhood residents, in other words, your photos will represent your day-to-day scenery, which makes for extra personal memories on your most special days.

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