104 Poplar Event Venue is now open in Livermore as a space for events, gatherings and weddings.
Kraig and Beth Kassinger, owners of the venue, opened 104 Poplar in November 2020.
“We really liked the old building,” Kraig said. “A friend of mine owned it for 36 years and used it for storage, but then he retired so we bought the building from him. We always wanted it and thought we were going into it. do something the community could use.
The Kassingers said people have contacted them and said the venue is something that is needed in Livermore and McLean County.
“I think it provides a way for people to come together and build better relationships between the county and the community,” Beth said.
The venue is located in the former Old Chair Factory office building.
Kraig said when the site opened, business was slow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When we first opened it, I think people were afraid to come out,” he said. “We still had nearly 30 people come to our open day.
According to Beth, the first event they booked on the site was in February and it’s now booked every weekend through part of May.
“I think the biggest challenge we’ve had with COVID-19 was when we were remodeling and trying to get our materials in on time,” Beth said.
Kraig said they were aiming to open in July 2020, but due to hardware delays, the open house date had to be pushed back.