There’s a new event and venue space coming to town this year! Click to learn more and a peek into the concept.
Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Mojave East!
Christina Elsass, Owner of Mojave East: Mojave East is a unique new wedding and event venue in the Cincinnati area. We are transforming an 11,000-square-foot industrial warehouse built in the 1950s, into a stylishly contemporary gathering space. We are located only 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati on route 32, in charming Newtown Village.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Mojave East?
Elsass: We met in southern California, and have been inspired by the airy tranquility of the California desert, west coast style and design, and the glam of mid-century Palm Springs. We wanted to create a space that felt like you were being transported to another geography. We’re also blending a lot of urban and natural elements, to provide a harmonious indoor/outdoor experience for guests.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the venue?
Elsass: We are Ben and Christina Elsass, a husband and wife team that had a vision to bring a unique gathering place to life based on our own experiences, and our love of hosting celebrations and memorable events. Ben has been in the wedding industry for over 10 years, and runs two successful businesses – Ben Elsass Photography and Photosphere (a gif photo booth). I (Christina) have 15 years of brand marketing and advertising behind me. We have blended our business and creative minds to develop an experiential space that we hope give you and your guests a wow experience.
Cincy Chic: What types of events will you host?
Elsass: We plan to host many types of events! The concept was built around hosting weddings, but it’s also a great open space for corporate parties or a variety of social gatherings. We also plan to open it up during the week for things like classes, retreats, and workshops. We designed it so that it would be ready to utilize as is, or it could be transformed and personalized completely. We want it to instigate inspiration for our clients but not deter them from making it their own.
Cincy Chic: What makes this event venue unique?
Elsass: The inspiration and style of the space is not common in the area and we hope that creates a refreshing excitement! We’ll have both indoor and outdoor spaces available that we can open up for those beautiful weather days. We will also incorporate art and design in various formats for photo (or selfie!) opportunities throughout. Lastly, but certainly not least, we want to provide a personal level of customer service to our clients, so that their event is THE event and we can help bring it to life.
Cincy Chic: When will Mojave East officially open?
Elsass: We plan to have a soft opening this fall, and open to larger events starting in late 2019 as the holidays roll around. We will soon be offering tours of the site and begin booking!
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Elsass: The best place to follow our progress would be Instagram where we will be posting daily updates on both the construction build and any fun announcements. We also have a Facebook page that will be updated regularly. Lastly, in the next few weeks, our website will feature 3D renderings, accommodations and services that we will offer, as well as booking and contact information to schedule a tour.