Go to Columbia’s model new Welcome Middle opens for enterprise

The renovated neon signal of the now demolished Polk Motel illuminates the inside of the Welcome Middle in Columbia, Tenn., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

Along with having its personal web site devoted to the weekly goings on in Columbia, town’s tourism division has now opened the doorways of its long-awaited Welcome Middle.

The brand new facility, which is housed at 713 N. Primary St. subsequent to the Columbia Police Division, is a challenge lengthy within the making, which started with renovations to the previous “Jack & Jill” constructing, which was overseen by George Nuber of Nuber Structure.

The construction is without doubt one of the metropolis’s oldest buildings relationship again to 1870. The $700,000 restoration included stabilizing the growing older construction, in addition to updating its outside façade.

“The creation of this Welcome Middle took place due to a Columbia Metropolis Council strategic plan initiative a number of years in the past,” Kellye Murphy, Go to Columbia’s Tourism & Advertising and marketing Director, mentioned in a press launch. “Their imaginative and prescient for Columbia’s tourism development is what led to my place being created greater than 4 years in the past and now the opening of this lovely new facility.”

Visit Columbia's Tourism & Marketing Director Kellye Murphy stands inside the city's new Welcome Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

Go to Columbia’s Tourism & Advertising and marketing Director Kellye Murphy stands inside town’s new Welcome Middle on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

The brand new data heart will function from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday and midday to three p.m. Sunday. The idea is to supply a central downtown hub for tourism, details about native companies and neighborhood occasions, in addition to retail.

“I had a imaginative and prescient and knew what I wished to do in right here so far as leaving open house for occasions like First Fridays,” Murphy mentioned. “We’d even have stay music right here on some days. Making this very accommodating for the neighborhood was crucial, and I really like that we are actually formally a part of the downtown household.”

The middle additionally options many historic shows and displays, akin to a Columbia-themed historic timeline, picture galleries and artwork curated by native artists. The power’s centerpiece options the enduring neon Polk Motel signal, which was fastidiously restored by Columbia Neon.

Having opened simply in time for the vacation buying season, the welcome heart gives a wide range of presents and locally-sourced objects, akin to shirts, espresso mugs and vacation ornaments.

For the youngsters, the Welcome Middle can even be partnering with the Constructing Block Faculty for the Arts and Watershed Public Theatre throughout December to host story time, beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday.

“We’ll be doing Storytime over the following 4 Saturdays, which may have totally different characters are available and browse to the youngsters,” Murphy mentioned. “They will even be out strolling round downtown for a few hours and work together with customers and guests.”

Located in downtown, Columbia's Welcome's Center, 713 N. Main Street, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Positioned in downtown, Columbia’s Welcome’s Middle, 713 N. Primary Avenue, is open Monday by Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to three p.m. and 12 to three p.m. on Sunday.

For out-of-town guests, the Welcome Middle supplies numerous facilities, together with tourism brochures and guides, in addition to merchandise and different Mule City souvenirs.

“The objective of the Welcome Middle is to supply an area for vacationers and for locals to be taught extra concerning the space and encourage all to discover our native historical past, outside adventures, institutions to eat and drink, occasions, the humanities and locations to buy, in addition to promote tourism within the space as a complete,” Murphy mentioned.

For extra details about the Welcome Middle, in addition to upcoming occasions and extra tourism alternatives, go to www.VisitColumbiaTN.com.

This text initially appeared on The Every day Herald: Go to Columbia’s model new Welcome Middle opens for enterprise

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