Until Holly and Nathan Stitt of Stitt Barony purchased the building, it had sat vacant for five years. They’ve undertaken a major renovation of a total of 30,000 square feet.
They started with 10,000 square feet.
“We wanted a space downtown and this neighborhood is an area that’s growing so we wanted to be part of developing something here,” said Holly.
Her partner in developing the space is Quinten Rice, who serves as president. A musician himself, he owns The SPACE, a musicians rehearsal space on Southwest Boulevard. He also owns Q Entertainment, which provides hospitality and production for various clients.
Avenue HQ, is a large, loft-like 5,000 square foot space, which includes two break out rooms, a kitchen and the star attraction is a 3,000 square foot event space that oozes character. One wall is made of the rock foundation from 623 originally Dix Apartments built in 1915, and the other the original, multicolor brick wall of 619.
“We have had a lot of interest from photographers, painters, theater groups and musicians,” said Rice. “The space includes performance and work areas for all-in-one positive working artistic environment. Eventually we envision an entire complex that’s supportive of an artistic community in the Capital City.”
Many talented guitar players/vocalists checked out the space.