Photo by Katie Turpen.
Park crest events
Events Coordinator Kelli Beard stands in the Park Crest Gardens, a picturesque setting for outdoor weddings.
Many Hoover residents may know the building nestled at the top of Little Valley Road as the former Grammas’ Restaurant. Today, the facility, which includes the converted restaurant and a picturesque garden, is known as Park Crest Events.
Tucked out of sight next to an apartment complex, the facility is a hidden Hoover gem.
“People still come by thinking that it’s the restaurant,” Events Coordinator Kelli Beard said. “We really want people to know that we are here and have something special to offer people in this community.”
The converted restaurant, known as Park Crest Place, offers an indoor venue for any kind of party or rehearsal dinner. The facility includes a lobby, dining area, bar and lounge, dance floor and two patios. Other amenities include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, a grand piano and a wine bar.
Directly beside Park Crest Place is the outdoor space known as Park Crest Gardens. This area features a pavilion, bar and a stage, which is a convenient spot for wedding receptions with live music. However, the unique and most visually appealing feature of the gardens is the beautiful view of Shades Mountain. A walkway that runs past a trickling fountain leads up to the space with the view and provides just the right setting for a bride to make her grand entrance.
For couples who are looking to tie the knot with the backdrop of the outdoors who also want an indoor venue close by, Park Crest Events has the best of both worlds.
Beard says she loves being part of the event planning business and enjoys getting to meet new people. She is able to witness people in their happiest moments whether they are uniting in marriage, celebrating an anniversary or enjoying a special milestone in their lives.
“It’s a fun and also a happy business to be in,” Beard said.
For weddings, the facility offers in-house event coordinating, catering, floral, photography and other services for convenience. Couples getting married at Park Crest can create an online profile for their wedding guests that includes pictures, videos, dates, guest book, RSVP information and more. Park Crest Events also offers classic cars with makes such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Cadillac for couples looking for a fun getaway for their wedding.
In addition to weddings, the facility hosts bridal showers, anniversary celebrations, corporate Christmas parties, sorority formals and more.
“We really try to offer a wide range of things,” Beard said.
Beard hopes that more people will discover the facility, fall in love with its views and amenities, and use the area for their wedding or next event.