J. Powers is the culmination of 37 years in the industry into one facility that focuses on the finest service, culinary skills, and attention to detail.
When looking for an exceptional space for your wedding, here’s a tip: it helps when the venue has decades of experience behind its brand. That is exactly the case of J. Powers, the newest brand in the Powers Ventures portfolio. We sat down with Chris Hesby, the Chief Operating Officer, to find out more about this space located in the heart of downtown Rochester, MN, and all it has to offer.
J. POWERS: A BRAND WITH HISTORY
“J. Powers is the culmination of 37 years in the industry into one facility that focuses on the finest service, culinary skills, and attention to detail. With breathtaking city views, the finest china, glassware, and silverware, as well as state-of-the-art A/V, we provide everything you need, all located in Rochester’s most luxurious hotel,” says Hesby. “We are Rochester’s premier luxury event venue and catered experience that delivers exception service and exquisite cuisine.”
PUTTING THE CLIENT FIRST
Along with a storied history, the company prides itself on putting the client’s happiness at the forefront of every event, and treating the customer like family., “Our entire team is here for the client. Regardless of whether you are getting married at J.Powers, the Mayowood Stone Barn, Rochester Event Center, or having us cater your wedding at any venue in the area, we all know this is one of the most important days of your life and will do whatever it takes to ensure everything is perfect,” says Hesby. “You will see the owner of our company at your event, our management team have all been with us for many years, some over 20 years so this is what we do, and take great pride in creating memories to last a lifetime.”
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS AT J. POWERS
When you want a city wedding, there are usually many options, so how do you sort them all out? In taking a closer look at J. Powers, you’ll see special details that take the space from ordinary to extraordinary, “Our attention to detail is unmatched from your first tour, capped off with a champagne toast to the final dance of your magical day,” says Hesby. “Our staff is here to make sure it is one you will cherish forever.”
Besides the service, the actual facility has luxurious details that take this venue up a notch, “Each ballroom has 19-foot ceilings with beautiful textured walls and carpet, unmatched elegant touches, and finishes throughout the facility,” describes Hesby. “Our 4th floor Doctors Mayo Ballroom is perched 80 feet into the downtown skyline with floor to ceiling windows. Guests will be astounded by the magical atmosphere, sophisticated drinks, and superb dining experience as you dance the night away with the glow of the city in the background.”
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
Another aspect of J. Powers expertise will appeal to foodies. Led by Executive Chef Chris Hodapp, embraces local ingredients to give guests exceptional cuisine. “Our Executive Chef Chris Hodapp has worked at numerous final establishments throughout the United States. Chef Chris was able to really enhance our Rochester Event Center facility with his culinary flair culminating in being named Best Local Chef by Rochester Magazine for two years in a row. Chef Chris does a fantastic job using local ingredients and making them into exquisite entrees that have both the look and taste to make your wedding day meal one to remember.”
STAYING RELEVANT IN A TURBULENT TIME
With the current climate, we asked Hesby how the Power Ventures brand has survived through rapidly changing environments in the event industry. “Our success is a nod to our President and CEO Joe Powers. He has the ability to continue to be positive through this tremendously difficult time period throughout our industry. It is important to remain positive, even if it is just one thing each day or each week, remain positive.”
“Faith is very important to all of us, so that has also helped us stay the path. The advice I always like to give is you have the heart to do what you do. If you aren’t 100% committed to your job or the company, then it is truly a tough endeavor to push on. Rely on faith, stay committed and brighter days are ahead.”
You can check out J. Powers for yourself on February 7th from 12-3 pm because it’s the host of UNVEILED Rochester! Find vendors, wedding inspiration and more at our show that is sure to be equally informative and fun.
All Photos Courtesy of J. Powers