What does Cannon Falls need?
That’s the question that Bruce and Bria Ohmann asked themselves last year.
As residents of the area for the last 35 years, it’s important to have areas where people can gather together and celebrate.
Whether that be a wedding, bridal shower, or family reunion, the Ohmanns want to make sure there’s a space to celebrate, especially as more vaccinations are administered and COVID-19 cases continue to fall.
That’s why the Ohmanns are opening The Grand O2 Event Center in Cannon Falls on Sept. 1.
Bruce and Bria began renting the space in January. They’ll have a lot of work ahead of them as they start renovating the former Midwest CBK office space, likely starting with the 1980s installed carpet.
They’ll take down walls, install a full kitchen and bar, and need to endure hours of plumbing and electrical work from now until their opening date.
The Ohmann’s remember Grandpa’s Garage, which is now inhabited by the Artisan Plaza, and wanted to bring a space similar to that to town.
With it’s close proximity to the GrandStay Hotel, Bria said people who use their facility won’t have to stray too far to find a place to stay.
“When you go to a wedding, one of the things you look for is a place to sleep,” Bria Ohmann said. “So we were thinking, ‘well, GrandStay is right there.’”
Ideally, they’ll have a maximum occupancy between 300-400 people. In the guest area alone, they’ll have 8,000 square feet for people to visit or dance, if they so choose.
One of the exciting parts of the venture will be the upgrades to the backside of the building.
Along with a new back door, they’ll also renovate an outdoor area for wedding ceremonies. Already with an irrigation system underneath, Bruce Ohmann said some tender love and care is all the space needs to be good as new.
Since announcing their new venture, the Ohmann’s have been flooded with well wishes and kind notes. Bruce and Bria thank everyone for their support during this time.
For more information, visit the Grand O2 Event Center website.