New event center to open in Christiansburg
A new event center in Christiansburg plans to open its doors this weekend in hopes of providing an evening entertainment option for young people in the New River Valley.
The Star Center on North Franklin Street is set to celebrate its grand opening Friday evening with a costume and karaoke party from 8 p.m. to midnight for students ages 12 to 18.
Owner Melody Black said there is a $10 cover charge, which will include a slice of pizza and cup of nonalcoholic “welcome punch.” She also plans to award $25 Best Buy gift cards to each of the costumes judged to be the scariest, funniest and most original.
The center plans to hold similar events for students each Friday and Saturday night, while also offering a study lounge for students on weeknights from 5 to 8 p.m. Black said she hopes the center will provide a much needed recreational venue for students.
“They have nowhere to go on the weekends,” she said. “I think they should be rewarded. Let’s have some fun.”
Originally, Black intended to name the venue the “Club 7 Teen Lounge,” which would have included a dance floor, but Christiansburg’s town code does not permit dance halls within 200 feet of a residential property, which this property, located at the corner of North Franklin and Sara streets, does.
Assistant Town Manager Randy Wingfield said such a dance hall would require a conditional use permit, as would a private club.
By changing the name of the venue and shifting its focus to events rather than dance, Wingfield said the Star Center would be allowed to hold events such as Friday’s opening-night celebration, provided the attendance stays under the 2,200-square-foot building’s maximum occupancy of 50 persons.
Despite the change in name, Black believes her vision of providing a quality and safe place for students to spend free time is still firmly intact.
Black said the center will soon include arcade-style video games, as well as a computer and two iPads for students to use, and will be equipped with WiFi Internet access.
Black added that to ensure safety, the center will maintain two security guards from the company Securitas during the hours it is open to students. There will be a $10 cover charge each evening.
While student-aged customers are her focus, Black believes they are not the only ones who will benefit from the center.
She plans to make it available for a variety of private bookings including birthday parties, bridal showers and product host parties, such as Scentsy, Sabika and Thirty-One gifts.
Black said a variety of services could also be included in such events, including custom-made invitations and access to a limousine ride to and from the party.
“I want it to be safe. I want it to be fun. I want it to be known as the Star Center of the New River Valley,” Black said.
The Roanoke Times | 381-1643
No Comments »
No comments yet.