535 Dr. M. L. King Jr Street North, a beautiful 2-story brick and clay block building, was originally built in 1920 as one of St. Petersburg’s first Five & Dime Stores, called “Slap Happy’s”. It housed many businesses and stories over the years, from a pharmacy with lunch counter to St. Vincent’s De Paul, to being closed for a while to finally Pet Planet of which I was a customer back in 2004. My dogs Maxwell and Malcolm, were not always thrilled to be getting their hair cut, however they always looked fabulous afterwards. So as I was searching for a building to house my Art Lounge concept: Art Gallery meets Lounge meets Event Space, the more time I spend inside of 535 the more I began to fall in love with her.
So fast forward to now, October 2015, and here’s the skinny: I purchased 535 in September 2005, hey that makes it 10 years, Happy Anniversary 535! Then we spent 3 years and $3,000,000 meticulously renovating and updating and evolving the entire property, including the large private brick and bamboo courtyard, into arguably the prettiest and most unique venue in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Then the real hard work began.
See having a gorgeous building and running a world class venue, where you are providing 5-Star service to brides and clients and their guests, night after night after night is a whole other ballgame. That’s why we created a continuous improvement process called The NOVA Way. Here’s our pitch describing it:
Hi it’s Michael, founder of NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, voted Best Place to Get Married! We custom create each wedding, corporate party, commitment ceremony, film shoot – just the way YOU want – and run them The NOVA Way. That’s why our clients LOVE NOVA and is just one of the many reasons NOVA 535 is the #1 rated venue in Tampa Bay.
And if anyone you know is looking to book a wedding, holiday party, film shoot, VIP cocktail party or such, here is the three easy steps to booking and event at venue NOVA 535:
1 Check out the beautiful photos. 2 Make sure that NOVA is within your budget via NOVA 535 Pricing Menu. 3 Get started with your event at NOVA, afterwhich you will receive an email describing several ways you can visit NOVA 535 for yourself. For immediate questions use email salesATnova535.com or just call or text 949- 873-6682.
Just like with NOVA, here at DowntownStPete.com we’ve built a beautiful venue, thanks webmaster Chris Jenkins! Now it’s up to us to encourage and invite and create a fun, welcoming engaging online community, showcasing the best of what Downtown St. Pete has to offer. Please CREATE YOUR PROFILE on DowntownStpete.com and join our community conversations.