Thousands of people came together for the 1926 grand opening ceremony of the Masonic Temple; years later, the iconic building continues to stand as an invaluable piece of Detroit’s history. Complex, elegant and a story of its own, the 96-year-old building has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, expected to be complete by the end of the year. Stunning bronze metal elevator doors, a new floor medallion and an upgraded front entry space are just a few of the Main Lobby renovations guests can expect to be greeted with upon arrival.

“A building as complex as this one, with its various uses and layers of historic fabric, is in a constant state of active preservation,” says project manager Dawn Bilobran. The 550,000-square-foot building proudly offers groups of any size a variety of creative and effective venues for concerts, corporate meet- ings, plays, movies and photo productions, conferences, seminars, and parties.

One of the building’s most iconic facilities, the Crystal Ballroom, underwent updates to its wood flooring and décor. As Michigan’s largest ballroom, the elegant space can accommodate up to 550 people for weddings, banquets and meetings of all kinds. Food service, music, and customizable sound and lighting allow guests an unmatched opportunity to bring their event visions to life.

After years of unforgettable concerts, the Masonic Temple Theatre stage underwent resurfacing, with  additional  renovations to a number of the 4,650 seating options. The 54,000-square-foot theater stands as the largest in Michigan, and continues to carry out its reputation as a world-renowned destination for showcasing talent.


At just 16, Jack Schripsema had already set a long-standing hospitality career in motion with his first job washing dishes at the local Holiday Inn.


Lansing isn't just the capital of Michigan, but it’s also the central hub for the entire state—literally; it’s located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, making it both eventful and accessible for groups located throughout the state.


Max’s South Seas Hideaway—a passion project for owners Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat, Martin Cate and Gecko, a renowned Hawaii-based Tiki and Polynesian artist—opened in October 2019. “Max’s [is] the largest-scale Tiki restaurant to open anywhere in the world in decades, and will put Grand Rapids on the map for ‘Tiki tourists’ and fans around the world,” says Cate.