SV building transforming into Five Wynds event center


A stage is being built in the former restaurant supply store building. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

The Five Wynds Event Center is under renovation and construction and will open by the beginning of June. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY
SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

Matt and Cheyanne Kolling are in the process of transforming a former restaurant supply sales building at Spring Valley’s north entrance into an event center to be called Five Wynds, a name with a nod to the history of its neighbor.

The building just off Highways 16 and 63 next to Rack’s Bar & Grill officially belongs to K5 Properties, LLC, run by the Spring Valley couple. The concrete Quonset building had served the community in several incarnations, including as a roller skating rink and as a café, among others. Its recent history as a restaurant supply store that wasn’t often visited left it in need of a façade upgrade. 

“The timing was just right for George Grubb, the old owner, when Matt had stopped in one day and inquired about the ‘for sale’ sign,” said Cheyanne. “It was such an eyesore for the town, especially being one of the first things you see coming in.  We enjoy looking past the rundown appearance and seeing the actual structure and potential of buildings and properties, and we started working on it this past January.” 

What is now Rack’s used to be the Four Winds Café, which closed in the early 1980s, and the Kollings took that into consideration as they decided to convert the restaurant supply store building into an event center with the name of Five Wynds.

“We had heard suggestions from several people once we bought the building to make it an event center.  We, as a community, are lucky to have the community center, but it is often booked solid,” said Cheyanne.  “Five Wynds will also be able to offer a bit of a more upscale feel specifically for weddings and events that the community center is not able to offer.  We really had no idea what we were going to do with it, just that we thought it had character and potential.”

Cheyanne has witnessed the building’s transformation over the past few months, and she’s impressed by what could be done with a place that was essentially used for years as storage. 

“The building was filled top to bottom with old restaurant equipment and there was a small path to make your way from front to back,” she said. “The old owners removed all their equipment, leading up to the final closing day, allowing us to truly see the space and potential of the building.  The old tin ceiling tile could be appreciated.  Unfortunately, the old hardwood floor from the building’s days as a roller rink were long gone, but the concrete was in really good shape.” 

Once the initial assessment of potential was made, the Kollings took on designing their future event center. 

“Having a blank slate is always fun.  We also own Valley Home Improvement, which allows us to have access to many different items and ideas to use in the space,” she said. 

Matt focused on the structural concepts such as adding walls where needed for the bathrooms and laying out the floor plan, and both of them have been working on the interior touches. 

“It will have a rustic feel with some modern touches,” said Cheyanne. “We hope to offer a multipurpose space that can be used for many things.  We dressed up the interior to accommodate wedding receptions, but also left it open to any sort of gathering — graduations, class reunions, baby and wedding showers have already been reserved, just to name a few.” 

The challenge in renovating the building lay in finding the time to do so since the couple has three children, they both work at the lumber yard and they are involved in many community groups and activities. 

“We like to be hands-on as much as we can — we have used many local contractors and done a lot of the work ourselves,” said Cheyanne. “Our kids have become experts at site cleanup and even learned how to build barn doors and apply stone panels to walls.  There is great reward in taking on an aspect of the remodel together, and with our kids’ help and seeing the result even better than anticipated.  I’ve enjoyed seeing just how quick the progress takes place.  If you miss stopping in even a day or two, it completely changes every day lately.”

The center is slated to be finished by early June, as the couple already has a rental for a graduation celebration on the calendar.

The event center will offer seating for up to 199 guests, a private dressing area and a caterer prep area. No food may be prepared onsite so service will have to be brought in by a licensed caterer with proper liquor licensing and insurance. When working with potential clients, the Kollings will be offering some preferred vendors, all local, who can use the refrigeration and stainless steel tables and shelves at the site.

The center will also have men’s and women’s ADA-compliant bathrooms, a bar area, a stage area for a band or deejay with a dance floor and lighting, ample parking that will be added to the north of the building, and eventually — once the weather cooperates — an attached outdoor patio.

Five Wynds partner Cheyanne pointed out that she and Matt hope to make the event center an option for people seeking a place to hold their special celebrations. 

“We hope to be available for groups that want a great space for their events.  We hope to offer a medium ground for people with budgets not quite able to swing, say, Four Daughters Winery, but desire a little more than the community center has to offer,” said Cheyanne. “We are not here to take business away from the community center.  We are hoping to add just another option for the people of Spring Valley needing space to host events.”

For more information, contact Matt or Cheyanne Kolling at kfive.management@gmail.com

 

Comments

My father owned racks restaurant when was then call the Four winds I can remember having my 8th Birthday party there and I'm going to be 70 in September.

My first job was as a waitress at the Four Winds Cafe during the summer of 1977.  Always busy with truck drivers!  Great first job!