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78th Street Studios: Artistic Inspiration for Your Special Day... BY BREANNE GEORGE 78th Street Studios, Cleveland’s mecca for local artists, offers three distinct wedding venues and expert event planning services. Transform your wedding day from a blank canvas to a work of art at 78th Street Studios. Located within a historic warehouse in the vibrant Gordon Square Arts District, 78th Street Studios is an arts complex and incu- bator for 60-plus local artists and business- es. With artwork lining the building’s vast hallways and eclectic studios, the rehabbed warehouse is a labyrinth of art, design and culture. This one-of-a-kind venue offers three distinct spaces for wedding cere- monies and receptions, along with expert event planning services. “We love catering to local northeast Ohio couples,” says Hilary Gent, owner of HEDGE Planning Services and HEDGE Gallery at 78th Street Studios. “We also work with out-of-town couples who reside across the country. This Cleveland-centric venue is the perfect opportunity to show off our city’s amazing art and culture to family and friends.” History in the making With a rich history dating back to 1905, the building was originally home to Baker Motor Vehicle Company before becoming the headquarters of American Greetings’ Creative Studios for many years. In fact, the greeting card company’s vintage signage still resides on the building’s exterior. “There was a lot of creative energy here – and today there is even more,” Gent says. “Now, the warehouse is a bustling hub of artists coming together to create art and share their work with the local community.” 78th Street Studios features brick walls, pine wood floors, steel fire doors and exposed ductwork – one-of-a-kind architec- ture that can’t be found in newer venues. When repurposing the warehouse, Gent says they were mindful to preserve the historic nature of the space. A smart wedding venue The premier wedding space, smARTspace at 78th, can seat up to 300 guests for cere- monies and receptions. A blank canvas for events, smARTspace offers the flexibility and square footage to host a large number of guests. Industrial-style windows provide plenty of natural light, while steel ductwork creates a dramatic contrast to flowy fabric or lush greenery. From romantic and dreamy to simple and rustic, this space caters to any theme imaginable. Located on what is known as the artisan studio floor, the hall- way leading up to smARTspace is a show- room for local artists. “I recommend smARTspace because it’s open, flexible and the best space for large weddings,” Gent says. “Not to mention, it’s such a beautiful place to be. When the sun sets, the venue glows, giving you the sense of being outside while indoors.” Gallery gathering Couples have the opportunity to say “I do” in an intimate gallery featuring ever- changing exhibits by local artists. HEDGE Gallery is an intimate wedding space for cer- emonies of up to 200 guests or receptions of up to 120 guests. Smaller ceremonies often take place against the gallery’s gorgeous brick wall, which can be accented with a light curtain or    104 § AKRONCANTONWEDDINGS.COM | WEDDINGS IN OHIO   5    5 CHI-CHI ARI JASON CROCKER PHOTOGRAPHY LIZZIE SCHLAFER PHOTOGRAPHY JASON CROCKER PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 

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