photo: Rick Erwin, Jackson Hughes, Velda Hughes, and Price Cameron partnered to open Avenue.
Hughes Commercial Properties and local restaurateur Rick Erwin have partnered to open Avenue, a new indoor-outdoor event space with panoramic views of the city on the rooftop of 110 E. Court St., in April.
“We already have 30 events booked, and we’re still under construction,” said Velda Hughes, owner of the Hughes Agency, who has been integral to the planning and design of the venue.
The inaugural event will be a cocktail party held April 26 for the Clemson Men of Color National Summit.
The 7,200-square-foot venue was designed by Atlanta architect Keith Summerour to accommodate a wide range of events from small corporate meetings to sit-down dinners for 200 guests to wedding receptions for 400 guests. Summerour designed a similar venue space in Atlanta, Summerour Studio, which was used as Avenue’s aesthetic inspiration.
The indoor space features a full catering kitchen to be used solely by Rick Erwin’s Events, a new arm of the Rick Erwin Dining Group, along with a stage, dance floor, event hall, and reception area. A folding glass wall will separate the reception area, while the covered outdoor terrace will be flanked by planters and greenery and an uncovered synthetic lawn, much like an urban garden.
“To have the opportunity to partner on this event space is just a dream come true,” Erwin said.
Jackson Hughes, founder of Hughes Commercial Properties, said the interior aesthetic will include hardwood flooring with hand-painted stenciling, shiplap walls, and 150-year-old cypress wood ceiling panels.
“It will be very cosmopolitan,” Velda Hughes said.
Parking for Avenue will be available at the adjacent parking garage, including private valet service after business hours.
Venue rental fees start at $2,500 for a 10-hour event Sunday-Thursday and $3,000 for 10 hours Friday-Saturday.