• Renovations Complete at Jackson’s Commonwealth Commerce Center

    New Event Space: Jackson center looks to reinvent its service offerings.

    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE

Repurposed from a former engineering facility into a 400,000-square-foot, five-story commerce and event space in 1991, Jackson’s Commonwealth Commerce Center recently completed a major renovation.

Adding to its already expansive options, the facility now offers an 8,500-squarefoot banquet space known as the City View Ballroom, which can accommodate more than 450 guests for any size event, from a corporate meeting to an extravagant wedding.

The new ballroom features glass windows surrounding the event space, decorative lighting, sunset views and four big-screen TVs. The first event hosted in the ballroom was last March and although the renovation is complete, the facility continues to develop and evolve its event space.

The center also is working on reinventing its services for 2019. Some of those include a personal hairdresser, a wedding dress and tuxedo boutique, a nail salon, and personalized bartenders and caterers. Nearby hotels also work with the venue to find event space for their guests. The center offers its own licensed vendors to ensure quality customer service.

“There are so many companies that don’t do customer service anymore. We’re truly a one-stop-shop for all of your event needs,” says Jennifer Lindahl, banquet corporate manager.

“We want to be different than anybody else in Jackson and surrounding areas in Michigan,” says Donald Finelli, Commonwealth Commerce Center president. “There is no substitute for experience. Working with one over-arching source for all aspects of an event ensures high-quality customer service and makes the event experience memorable and effortless.”

Commonwealth Commerce Center offers 15 meeting spaces and three large ballrooms. The Grand Ballroom features 7,000 square feet of space and can accommodate more than 450 guests, while the Atrium Ballroom is ideal for smaller events of up to 175 guests and features a connected outdoor patio.

Each of the three ballrooms include LCD projectors, sound and A/V capabilities, a bar and designated dining area, and a dance floor. Planners can choose to rent one of the various spaces, or for larger events, a full buyout is an option.

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