Tyrone is welcoming a fresh and charming place for hosting private or business events at the spruced up blue building at 857 Washington Ave.

A front sign for the Tyrone Gathering Place was placed in recent weeks, catching the eyes of passersby who have continued to inquire when the doors will officially be open.

“We are planning to host open houses every Tuesday throughout October from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 6 -8 p.m. We are currently booking for November and beyond,” said co-owner/operator Julia Reed.

An open house event on Wednesday was sponsored by Gary McGovern of Thrivent Financial, Tyrone, to welcome the public into the space, enjoying refreshments and speaking with the owners, Julia and Matt Reed.

The couple purchased the building in June 2018 as an investment. “The more we utilized the downstairs, the more we realized that it would make a great party venue and meeting space,” explained Julia.

Boasting the phrase, “Our Place, Your Party” on its signs and brochures, the 2,500 square-foot mostly-open space is reservable for customers to make their own while they host a birthday party, shower, or meeting. The event space is ADA accessible, with the necessary tables and seating for up to 64 people, and a sound system that can be utilized by Bluetooth or plugging in a device. A projector with projection screen is available for meetings, and colored lighting is even available for use for dance parties.

The space also offers two restrooms, a sitting room, a coffee bar, and complimentary WiFi. Customers are welcome to bring their own food and decorations for events and general cleanup will be taken care of by the owners.

“Neither of us grew up in Tyrone, but we have called it home for the last 12 years. It’s great to work in a community where you also live, because you can be a part of positive change,” the Reeds said. “Our location on Washington Avenue is perfect because it is very much a part of the lifeblood of the downtown, but we are removed just enough to offer our own parking lot.”

The 14-vehicle parking lot with an ADA van space can be entered from Ninth Street and South Lincoln Avenue.

Phase one of renovations has been complete, opening up the downstairs area and cleaning up the outside, and phase two will involve repairs and renovations to a second-floor apartment, “so that the entire building can be better utilized in the future,” said Julia.

“This project was not big by commercial standards, but with typically only the two of us working on it for the past year and a half, it felt like a huge undertaking,” the Reeds commented. “We are fortunate to have so many friends that came alongside us to help in their own areas of expertise. We never would have finished the project without them.”

Matt Reed is a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens College with a degree in welding and metal fabrication. He moved to the area to help with the startup of Diamondback Truck Covers in 2003. He has also run Reed Defining Taxidermy in Tyrone. Julia is a graduate of Penn State with a bachelor of landscape architecture. She worked with Pennsylvania State Parks for eight years until leaving to begin work on Tyrone Gathering Place.

Reservable hours are between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a week. The Tyrone Gathering Place can be reached at 814-682-4034 or tyronegatheringplace@gmail.com.

Adeena Harbst can be reached at aharbst@thedailyherald.net.

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