by Dani Vanderboegh

Perhaps you have been to Kress Terrace. If not, maybe you have seen them on Facebook. Still not familiar? Well, you should check it out and Suite 300’s page as well. With her newest venture’s grand opening looming in the near future. Owner Karen Willette has been dropping hints all over Facebook about Suite 300, which is just a few floors below Kress Terrace.

The new venue will have its grand opening party on March 27. Much like Kress Terrace, Willette has handpicked every aspect of the venue, from lighting fixtures down to the flooring. Although Willette doesn’t have a design background, her venue is a work of interior design art.

Willette has owned her Visions Catering for years. They do 90 percent weddings. Kress Terrace, which opened in August after four weeks of renovations using 22 contractors, was her opportunity to branch out. “I’ve been known for weddings for years and years and years and years,” Willette said. “So this venue (Kress Terrace) gave me the opportunity to change the predictable cycle that a lot of us are in with venues and hotel banquet halls.”

She wanted to push the boundary with Kress Terrace and open it for more than just wedding receptions “” she opened it for community events as well. “I give a really hefty 501(c) discount and do really good packages, things like that,” she said. “My husband and I do a lot of stuff like that and at this point in our life we like to be involved in that. So with this one (Suite 300), I’m pushing for even more community events.”

That’s not to say that wedding parties won’t use the venue as well. There will be a billiards room at Suite 300 as well as a bride’s and a groom’s room on opposite sides of the floor.

There will also be a custom dance floor and a custom bar, which was designed by Willette. Eventually this summer, they will install a custom 6x2x2 ft. saltwater aquarium.

Willette is having her grand opening on March 27 at 7 p.m. She is bringing her best by having both Kress Terrace and Suite 300 open and with catering and bar service, which will be free throughout the evening. It’s open to the public, but she just asks that you bring your best in the form of formal attire. This is her next special event venue, not a local bar. !



The Suite 300 grand opening is Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m.; remember that the event is open to the public, but it’s not a bar, and it’s formal attire only. Suite 300 is located at 212 S. Elm St., Greensboro.