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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Signature Banquets, Lowell

2013-10-19T11:02:00Z SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Signature Banquets, LowellDiane Poulton Times Correspondent
October 19, 2013 11:02 am  • 

LOWELL | Hope Brownewell, a Lowell resident for 38 years, is excited about the new Signature Banquets hall.

Brownewell experienced the hall first-hand at one of its first events, a baby shower for about 100 people. She loved everything about it from the beautiful landscaping and elegant atmosphere to the great service and food, she said.

“It is nice and new and the carpet is beautiful,” Brownewell said. “When you walk in, it is just like ‘wow.’ Lowell has needed something like this forever.”

Brownewell described the hall as bright and cheerful.

“I just think that the people of Lowell will have a wonderful place to celebrate family events, wedding receptions, graduations, baby showers and wedding showers,” Brownewell said. “We have a classy place to have it now. It’s a good addition to the community.”

Within one week of its July opening, Signature Banquets had an event booked for every weekend through the year’s end and already has weddings scheduled next year, co-owner Johnny Kouimanis said.

Located at 1908 E. Commercial Ave., the banquet facility provides an setting for weddings and other important occasions, which can accommodate up to 300 guests, Kouimanis said. It can be divided into two smaller rooms, seating 100 on one side and 200 on the other. An elegant and spacious 9,000 square feet, Signature Banquets has access to well-manicured outdoor patio areas, providing the ideal location for a cocktail party, he said. Newly installed fountains offer the perfect backdrop for special occasion photos.

Signature Banquets caters breakfast, lunch or dinner for any occasion from graduation parties to corporate events.

“Everything is cooked on site and we have full bar service,” Kouimanis said. “We want our service and our food to be exceptional. We are putting all our heart into this facility – making it as functional as possible. Now we are focusing on service and the food speaks for itself. When they walk in they will be wowed.”

The Kouimanis family has been in business for 30 years as owners of George’s Family Restaurant. Kouimanis said he has watched Lowell grow.

“Everybody needed to go north for an event or reception,” he said. “We wanted them to have an option to keep it closer to their homes.”

“We’ve seen it grow and we wanted to give back to the community with this business and make it happen,” Koulmanis said. “Lowell is a small town that wants to get bigger. We love that everybody knows each other.”

Kouimanis likes Lowell’s central location but noted it is away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

His family is involved with the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and helps the schools with their fundraising events.

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