By Marisa Patwa

Downtown Boonville is now the home to a brand-new events center.

Funxion Events, an industrial-chic venue, just had its ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 25. The next night, there was a fashion show, with food truck vendors, Dawgs on the Ohio and Cheese Queen Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck, serving up some tasty meals.

Although the Neff family, who owns the event center, had already hosted a few weddings, birthday parties, a baby shower and even a daddy-daughter dance before that successful celebratory weekend.

The building is located at 112 E. Main St. in Boonville and boasts a rich history in the town, first being built in 1935.

"It was Boonville Natural Gas at one point and they held court over here another time," said co-owner and manager Nicole Neff. "And we recycled some of what was here and repurposed it because it all has character."

Nicole and Tyler Neff originally purchased the property in 2018. And after a year of renovating the buildings, they are officially open for business. Their space includes brick, ductwork and exposed rafters for that industrial-chic feel, which is incredibly popular on the wedding circuit lately.

"It hadn't been loved in some time," Nicole Neff said. "When we first ventured off to buy it, people looked at us like we were crazy. And there were some times I thought we weren't going to get this done, but we stuck it through."

The building also has 8,000 square feet to house up to 375 guests for party and play-time purposes.

"And each rental includes handmade farmhouse tables, chairs, a prep kitchen and audio-visual equipment," Nicole Neff said.

As a wedding photographer for seven years, Nicole Neff said she is in the perfect position to help host those special days for Warrick families.

"We wanted this raw, industrial atmosphere that was natural," she said. "But also beautiful enough to bring in different textures, colors and designs."

And although Funxion Events is the perfect place to hold weddings, it is so much more than that.

"We can have business meetings in here and our space is big enough to where we could divide up areas," Nicole Neff said. "And starting in January, we will be hosting a monthly women's speaker series."

The first female on the docket? None other than Sharon Elementary School principal Ashlee Bruggenschmidt, who helped pioneer HB 1200, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

"Everyone is welcome," Nicole Neff said. "But we are having these topics on female empowerment and how we can make a difference in our communities."

To schedule a personal tour of Funxion Events, please contact them by calling 812-202-6258 and or check out their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Nicole Neff said she and her family are proud to be able to help add to the revitalization and momentum of downtown Boonville with Funxion Events.

"We took a vacant building in Boonville and poured our blood, sweat and tears into (it)," she said. "... making it a unique space where people can come together to celebrate all of life's occasions."

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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