Columbia Event Space: Open House Celebration

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Decades (and decades) ago, the second floor of the Porter-Walker Building in Historic Downtown Columbia, Tenn., was used as a showroom for farm equipment: think tractors, and lots of ‘em.

Fast-forward to Feb. 6, 2014—and that space looks a whole lot different than John Deere green. Over the last year Puckett’s has transformed the 7,500 square-foot space into a romantic, raw event space… aptly named Columbia Event Space!

Last Thursday, our team held an open house party to celebrate those community members who’ve helped us along the way. Here’s a behind-the-scene look at how the bash looked:

Image a big open room of exposed brick and rough wooden beams. Now picture that area spotted with old antiques—like a giant Cadillac billboard plucked from an old Tennessee field—carefully curated by local picker William Powell.

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To really spice up the space, we brought high-back white leather furniture, which Event Designer Laurie DeAnne Hardman says allowed for comfort and easy conversation. Silver and moss green linens accented long tables and cross-back chairs; whiskey barrels acted as silver tops with high back-bar stools.

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Guests were entertained by live music from the Ham family band, and dug into the catered Puckett’s spread: think the Southern food we’re known for, alongside elevated dishes that our chefs are just as skilled at whipping up.

To start off, folks nibbled on passed Hors d’oeuvres the likes of fried pimento cheese with moonshine pepper jelly; country ham and buttermilk cornbread; bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp. Later, they dined at our chef-attended grits station that was a smorgasbord of pick-your-own stone-ground grits, asiago cream sauce, creole sauce, mushrooms, pimentos, catfish, sausage and oh so much more!

And we can’t forget the biscuit bar–people were surrounding that table all night long! Puckett’s southern style and sweet potato biscuits could be paired with fresh apple butter, peach preserves tomato jam, bacon jam strawberry preserves, marshmallow cream, candied pecans, and house-made chocolate sauce! Yep, we were certainly “jammin!”

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All in all, it was one rockin’ night that portrayed what Columbia Event Space is all about—a raw space that you can make your own, in a laid-back and historical setting.

Scroll to the bottom to see more photos from the night. If you’re interested in booking the space, call (931) 490-4550 for further questions

The details:

Holds: Seats 250 for a seated dinner; 350 for a reception-style, mixed seating.

Great For: weddings, corporate gatherings, graduation and birthday parties, and music events.

Preferred Planner: Laurie DeAnne Hardman of Laurie DeAnne Events

*SPECIAL* Book an event for the month of February, March or April, and receive $500 off a weekday rental and $1,000 off a Saturday rental (offer good through the end of April).

Thank you to those vendors who helped us make it one great night: 

Event Designer

Laurie DeAnne Hardman of Laurie DeAnne Events


Puckett’s Events and Catering 




Southern Event Rental 


Ham Family

Custom Lighting

105 Design Studio


Johnathon Campbell Photography


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