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Ammon funeral home owner opens new event center in January

Brian Wood hopes the Brickyard Event Center will be up and running in January. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

AMMON – Brian Wood has noticed that fewer people are affiliated with a particular church.

As the owner of Wood Funeral Home in Ammon, he helps people organize funerals for their loved ones every day. Many families wish to celebrate life, but the funeral home chapel is a more formal place than usual.

“We are going to walk in the chapel and there are these beautiful benches and a nice podium in the front with beautiful stained glass windows. It may not resonate with them because they are not a chapel type family and want to do something non-traditional, ”Wood told EastIdahoNews.com.

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This growing trend was the inspiration for a new construction project next to the funeral home – an over 10,000 square foot event center at 1025 South Ammon Road. It’s called The Brickyard Event Center, and Wood and Wind River Construction kicked off the project in May. Wood hopes it will be up and running by January.

Although it is available for funerals, the space can also be used for weddings, business meetings, birthdays, family reunions, and other occasions. When completed, the building will be fully equipped with a catering kitchen, main meeting room, bridal bedroom, mezzanine and covered back patio. See part of the interior in the video player above.

“Any type of event that people want to host will,” says Wood.

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A construction worker working in the main meeting room. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

Even before the event center was designed, Wood said he was seeing more and more families coming to the Hilton Garden Inn and other places with similar amenities to host their celebration of life.

“We are the professionals who can help these families, and now we leave it to the staff at Hilton to find out, and they might not have the skills,” Wood recalls thinking at the time. .

As it weighed heavily on his mind, the property next to the funeral home was put up for sale. The developer called him and asked him if Wood was interested in buying it before putting it on the market.

The property has been zoned into three commercial lots. Wood and his wife, Kayla, bought two of them – one in 2018 and one in 2019 – and rezoned them as a commercial lot for the event center project. After the Woods paid off the property and held it for free, they contacted Wind River Construction, which had built the funeral home’s cremation center in 2018.

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“We just hit the ground running. We hired an architect, engineers and a general contractor, and we worked hard, ”says Wood.

photo of the brickyard event center
The soon to be completed Brickyard Event Center in Ammon. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

Quinn Webb, president of Wind River Construction, said the event center will be the first of its kind in eastern Idaho and that they are excited to be working on the project.

“We are really excited to be working on this project with Brian. The Wood family has always provided our community with exceptional care and service, and with this new venue, will be able to reach a whole new realm of events, ”said Webb. “It will truly be a comprehensive facility with an upscale, yet comfortable feel. There is nothing like it in our region.

Wood says many people have asked about the orange-colored paint on the stucco as they walked past the building. He says it’s not the permanent color, but a waterproof basecoat for the exterior. It will eventually be painted gray to match the brick on the outside.

With names like “Wood” and “Brick” now part of the brands of both companies, he jokingly adds that he eventually needs to have a facility with the word “stone” to complete the set.

The cost of renting the space has not yet been finalized. Wood says he’s still working on a pricing structure. He can’t wait to see the project completed and hear people’s reactions.

BITS BIZ

New cafe opens in downtown Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS – Terri Ireland, owner of the Healing Hands metaphysical store in downtown Idaho Falls, has just opened another business in downtown Idaho. A cafe called The Egyptian, opened on Tuesday October 26 with limited hours at 475 Park Avenue. From November 1, it will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ireland describes the store as “the only internet cafe style cafe open late”. It offers a variety of menu options including coffee, soup, ice cream, Italian soda, and psychedelic water, which is a canned drink made from soda water, fruit juice. and herbs like Kava Kava and Damiana.

“It’s a trend all over social media. It’s for people who don’t like to drink but still like to chill out and relax. Its effects are similar to those of a glass of wine, but without alcohol. I also wear it in Healing Hands, ”Ireland told EastIdahoNews.com.

A more in-depth story will be posted on EastIdahoNews.com soon.

Famous outdoor sports equipment retailer opens in Jackson

JACKSON, Wyoming – Outdoor sports equipment retailer REI will be opening a store in Jackson next week.

Store manager Jason Priest told EastIdahoNews.com that the 10,000-square-foot building is at 974 West Broadway, inside the former Lucky’s Market grocery store. The grand opening will take place on November 5 and there will be a specialty bike, ski and snowboard store staffed with certified mechanics to tune or repair the equipment.

EastIdahoNews.com will publish a more in-depth story soon.

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