I love people. I love listening to their stories and hearing about the goings on of their lives. It was always my dream to create a place that would nurture the beautiful sense of creativity and community that we have come to expect from our little town. I picked the space for Ivy’s Place long before it was ever available for purchase— a historic building on the corner of main and third with all sorts of charming details. It was perfect and when it eventually went on the market, I made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Our grand opening featured live music, comedy acts, and drink specials no one could refuse. It’s a small community and word traveled quickly— the atmosphere was simultaneously sophisticated and comfortable…and the drinks were elegant and unique. Guests chatted casually at the bar, while groups of friends sat in the various lounge areas on two different levels. Small crowds gathered in the back garden. The opening had been a huge success, but not just because of the drinks and comfy couches.
Ivy’s Place is more than just a corner watering hole. It is a place where dreams come true. From the day our doors opened, we have fostered a culture of community collaboration— where everyone comes out a winner. Local artists rotate monthly and create a constantly changing gallery of amazing talent. Local bands play to sold out crowds every weekend. Laughter can be heard down the block during Wednesday night stand-up comedy nights. Get a peppermint mochatini on a Martini Monday— a recipe suggested by a local resident that has become so popular it is available year round. Enjoy music from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s on Throwback Thursdays. Tuesdays feature a regular rotation of awesome food truck options from tacos to cubanos and fried chicken that is to die for. Open mic nights, slam poetry readings and guided painting nights allow anyone interested to tap into their creative mojo.
At the end of a 12-hour shift on a Saturday, I stand behind the long antique bar exhausted, but with a grin sprawled across my face. Dreams really do come true here!