The first time I stepped into PointBreezeway I knew it was a special little place; It was warm, homey and so very cozy. I met Lauren, her dad, Dennis and, of course, Riley the dog (we became fast friends!) and it all came together. I'm not certain that I've ever been to a place where the personalities of the owners matched the feel of their home, become event space, so well and I was sold.
So, I've said that this place is cozy but have I mentioned how cute it is?! Floor to ceiling windows makes it light and airy but the decor gives it a country cottage feel, I think they say it best with their slogan, "An Urban Barn in the 'Burgh." With seating capacity of 35-60, this space is perfect for your bridal shower or a small wedding.
A few words from Lauren herself.....
Tell us a little about yourself and how PointBreezeway came to be.
My name is Lauren and so far my 30s are great. I converted my childhood home into a venue, it’s been wild. I got married at PointBreezeway (before it was PointBreezeway) in 2013 and the lightbulb just went off. I thought to myself, ‘this little place needs to be something…again’. The history of my humble family home goes back to the 1880’s when it was a small utility barn. Eventually the barn was expanded and the building was a revolving door of businesses such as a tavern (then speakeasy), a tea room and confectionary. My dad, Dennis, and I lived in the middle sliver of the house starting in 1990. There was a family to our left and more businesses came and went to our right. Eventually my dad bought the whole building and started some initial renovations (all of those beautiful french doors!) with the hopes of turning the space into a community center of sorts. Long story short, that plan didn’t exactly happen. After great efforts, our home sat unfinished for years. When my dad was ready to part ways with the big old building a couple of years ago, that’s when I knew it was time. I really didn’t think too far ahead, that would have been a bit too scary. I had all of the essentials I needed to form a business in March and opened the doors in July of 2014. It’s the best thing I have ever done.
What is your role at PointBreezeway?
Owner, event host, janitor, dishwasher, daughter, lady boss. Preserving the history of this amazing place.
What brought PointBreezeway to the wedding world?
Knowing that I had an amazing little gem to share! I think the down to earth couples of Pittsburgh are starting to think that too.
What makes you different from other wedding venues?
Our history is pretty incredible. Also, we are very much involved in the events and hospitality, it's something we take great pride in. Most importantly, there’s nothing like PointBreezeway. Everyone walks in and mentions a place, person or memory that is brought to mind.
What are some PointBreezeway's best features?
You can literally do nothing to the space and still have a kick ass celebration with charm. Time, money and stress are all saved. It can’t get any better than that. Also, the flow of the space allows for a very homey night. Guests can mix, mingle, giggle and chat with ease.
What has been your favorite moment so far at Pointbreezeway?
I would have to classify this as a moment: when I get random hugs from guests and clients because they are having the best time in the world. I get this wonderful feeling that they understand and appreciate exactly why I do this.
Best piece of planning advice for brides & grooms?
Keep. It. Simple. In. Every. Way. (IMHO).
What 5 places in the world have you always wanted to visit?
Spain, Ireland, Austria, Italy ….Basically Europe!
Now that you've had a glimpse, go out and visit Lauren and Dennis to get the full effect of all the charm and magic this little place has!
Riley will be waiting for you........