It would take a little while for Shuki Moran’s friends and clients to believe that he had somehow lost his golden touch for event planning or, worse, had completely lost his mind.
Moran certainly knows the event planning industry, having been involved in fashion design and major event planning for Hollywood stars and other Los Angeles area clients for approximately 20 years.
But his closest friends thought he was crazy to put all his cards on the table and try to succeed with his reception hall on the south side of Batavia.
Event planner Shuki Moran, who organized Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy’s 2014 wedding in St. Charles, is opening Revelry 675, a banquet hall in a renovated building in Batavia.” width=”300″ style=”max-width:100%;width:100%;” class=”lazyImg”/>
Event planner Shuki Moran, who organized Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy’s 2014 wedding in St. Charles, is opening Revelry 675, a banquet hall in a renovated building in Batavia.
– Courtesy of Shuki Moran
As Moran saw it, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.
Coming to the Chicago area about 10 years ago looking for places to pursue his profession as an event planner, Moran finally offered his services from his new home base in Geneva.
More recently, he attempted to land on a site along Route 31 in St. Charles to open his own banquet hall. That plan never got off the ground, but he spotted the old VFW banquet site while driving around Batavia and dreamed up something special.
Although the building wasn’t in great shape, he liked the large parking lot, over 5,000 square feet inside and 2,000 square feet outside near the bike path and the Fox River. In addition, he could repair anything that ailed the building.
Event planner Shuki Moran is transforming the empty building next to VFW Hall in Batavia into Revelry 675, his new banquet hall.
– Courtesy of Shuki Moran
In just over two years, he has made good progress in transforming the empty building next to VFW Hall into Revelry 675, his new banquet hall at 675 S. River St. in Batavia.
“People told me I was crazy and the building wasn’t going to be good, but I liked the site,” Moran said. “Now I have a lot of people who thought I was crazy, but now they see it, and they’re surprised at how nice it is.”
event venue, Revelry 675, officially opens on Sunday, May 1, with a grand opening gala scheduled for Friday, May 6. It already has events booked in the summer and fall, as well as some in 2023.” width=”600″ style=”max-width:100%;width:100%;” class=”lazyImg”/>
Owner Shuki Moran’s new Batavia event venue, Revelry 675, officially opens on Sunday, May 1, with a grand opening gala scheduled for Friday, May 6. It already has events booked in the summer and fall, as well as some in 2023.
– Courtesy of Shuki Moran
Even though the area around Revelry 675 is mostly industrial, Moran is confident that his facility will stand out as sleek, chic and worthy of memorable events.
“There’s a great view at this site. It’s a big building and a huge parking lot,” he added. “So every dream you want is here.”
Bored with life in the big cities of Los Angeles, Moran’s desire to bring a level of elegance and a wow factor to small town event planning brought him to the Tri-Cities area. He and his husband live in Geneva.
The opportunity to plan the spectacular St. Charles wedding for her friends Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy in 2014 cemented her love of the area.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and eventually moving to Los Angeles in 1990, Moran built an impressive client list while rubbing shoulders with Will and Jada Smith, David and Victoria Beckham, and Brooke Burns and Gavin O’Connor.
Even though the area around Revelry 675 is mostly industrial, owner Shuki Moran is confident his establishment will stand out as sleek, chic and worthy of memorable events.
– Courtesy of Shuki Moran
McCarthy lists Moran as her “go-to guy” for party planning on her website.
Locally, he befriended Michael Knuth, the owner of the EvenFlow nightclub in Geneva and the Comedy Vault club at 18 E. Wilson St. in Batavia, not far from Moran’s banquet hall.
“We should be able to support each other,” Moran noted. “I couldn’t believe it when he told me he owned the Comedy Vault.” He added that a group could attend a comedy show the day before a wedding or other event and then “have the reception here at Revelry 675 and have even more fun.”
event location will open soon at 675 S. River St. in Batavia. "There is a nice view on this site, it’s a big building and a huge parking lot," said owner Shuki Moran.” width=”600″ style=”max-width:100%;width:100%;” class=”lazyImg”/>
The Revelry 675 event location will open soon at 675 S. River St. in Batavia. “There’s a great view at this site, it’s a big building and a huge parking lot,” owner Shuki Moran said.
-John Stark | Personal photographer
Moran said he was able to avoid the setback of COVID restrictions by spending the worst times of the pandemic getting plans in order and getting needed supplies.
Revelry 675 officially opens on Sunday, May 1, with a grand opening gala scheduled for Friday, May 6. He already has events booked in the summer and fall and some in 2023 — all before he opens his business.
“As soon as we officially open, reservations will pick up and there will be a lot of publicity,” Moran said.
“Little by little, we will always attract more businessmen here because they will see the city of Batavia and its potential,” he said. “I love it here, and when I look at the back of my building, it’s just an amazing place.”
Develop that distant feeling
The concept of 25N Coworking in Geneva was perfect more than ten years ago, when people started working remotely more often as freelancers or entrepreneurs or even as part of a company that rented small office spaces. office for its employees.
The pandemic has even stifled these remote community workspaces, but the concept is coming back behind the strength of vaccinations, masks and other COVID safety rules when needed.
It fueled the growth of 25N Coworking, located in the courtyard at 25 N. River Lane in Geneva. The company recently renovated its site and expanded into a space that one of its clients had previously used, as this client moved all of its employees to the upper part of 25N Coworking.
“We have come through the pandemic and have now seen an increase in our business,” said Erin Maresko, director of marketing at 25N Coworking.
“We kind of see the flex-office market now as a real advantage because so many businesses have moved away during the pandemic,” Maresko added. “They realize they don’t need a giant lease and all the employees in one place because it makes economic sense and the employees are happier (to be in smaller environments). “
25N Coworking in Geneva is housed in one of the brick buildings that make up the European-style courtyard that features many floral displays and interesting architecture. It is one of the most picturesque places in the city center.
“We love this place, so close to the Fox River,” Maresko said.
25N Coworking also has offices in Arlington Heights, and the company is developing one in Rolling Meadows. It expanded into Texas with two locations and operated two in Virginia under a different brand name.
“We definitely aim to have at least 10-15 locations, focusing on the Chicago area, where we specialize,” Maresko noted.
Worms, insects come
Cold and wet this week aside, worms and bugs generally make big inroads here as spring heats things up.
But few of us know exactly why our driveways and sidewalks are suddenly covered in worms one morning when there was no sign of them the day before.
No one can say for sure if there’s a specific reason the worms decide to leave the ground and appear in our driveways in large numbers after a rainy night, but there are a few theories, said naturalist Pam Otto. of the district of St. Charles Park.
“The worms need to stay moist, and as the ground thaws, that moisture seeps into the ground and they can sense the temperature changing,” Otto said. “One theory is that they just want to move, and they move to do that, because it’s easier to move on the ground than to cross it.”
Another theory says that the worms react to vibrations from the rain hitting the ground, which attracts them, Otto added.
Worms aren’t the only creatures that come out in large numbers when the weather warms up.
Anyone strolling along the Fox River about a week ago may have fallen victim to the swarms of small insects that suddenly appear. You never know for sure what day they might enter a swarm of insects.
“We call them ‘midges,’ and they’re about the size of mosquitoes, but they don’t bite,” said Otto, who admitted to making the mistake of having his mouth open near a swarm. of these so-called “river bugs”. ” last week and I got a few in my throat.
The swarms result from what has been going on in the water for months as the insects evolve, Otto added. “They all come out at the same time, and the males try to find females in those swarms, and the females go back to the river and lay their eggs.”
The swarms tend to gather around a prominent point, such as a building or a tree branch or “sometimes it’s your head,” Otto noted.
His advice is quite simple for those dealing with insect swarms. “Tell people to keep their mouths shut,” she said.