• Venue Spotlight: Tin Can Alley Tacoma

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

    An award-winning event décor designer opens an event venue. 

  • Venue Spotlight: Tin Can Alley Tacoma

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

    An award-winning event décor designer opens an event venue. 

  • Venue Spotlight: Tin Can Alley Tacoma

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

    An award-winning event décor designer opens an event venue. 

Tin Can Alley Tacoma has been an event venue for less than a year, but it’s already earned a reputation as a versatile space. It’s hosted everything from magazine photo shoots and award ceremonies to banquets, concerts and seminars— even a music video. Located in the Dome District of Tacoma, Washington, Tin Can Alley was constructed in 1919 as a state-of-the-art tin can factory.

“The event spaces are close to 6,000 square feet and can host 300 people seated and up to 500 standing,” says owner P.J. Hummel, who also owns the event design and décor firm, PJ Hummel & Company. “We have 250 designer Chiavari chairs in-house, along with 30 60-inch round tables. We have several past partnerships with local caterers, though the beauty of Tin Can Alley is how customizable the experience is.”

The building itself totals 27,000 square feet and is the only warehouse in the world where you will find Hummel’s world-renowned event décor collection. One of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, it includes a life-size gold elephant, as well as other elegant pieces from around the world.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Hummel’s plans for the venue continue to evolve. “My concept is to turn our greenbelt property into a rain garden and park,” she says. “I’ve received a $6,000 grant to clean up the neighborhood and develop the vacated roads under the Tacoma Dome.”

In the early 1990s, Washington communities and activists had a vision of maintaining green wilderness and creating space where people could embrace the outdoors near urban cities like Seattle. “We’re all better and healthier when we’re connected to nature,” says Caroline Villanova, community and partnerships manager at Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

 

Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.