I first toured 1028 West Market Street in 2013 and fell in love. What an incredible development opportunity! Even before its renovation, you could see the property’s beauty and potential. At 140 years old, it was - and is - a stately reminder of Lima’s rich history. I knew I needed to be a part of the effort to help revitalize my hometown. Breathing new life into an old space felt like the perfect place to start.
I have often considered what is truly at the heart of this project for me. I realized that by reimagining this space, I hoped it would change perceptions about the safety and quality of homes in the city, promote the preservation and repurposing of Lima’s historic properties and provide an entirely unique experience for its visitors. It is humbling to be able to say with full confidence that I have accomplished exactly that.
It has been an honor to host hundreds of events on site over the last five years. Moreover, it has been a privilege to be a part of such special days in the lives of others. My staff and I have watched first dances, shared in the joy of anniversary and birthday parties, congratulated first-time mothers, listened to inspiring musicians and guest speakers, and so much more. We have treasured working with our clients and have carefully crafted each event with love and pride.
I developed this property at a time when our community truly needed an intimate and unique gathering space, and I was happy to satisfy that need through the creation of Jameson Manor. Today, there are several new and outstanding venues in the area with more in the works! Some have called Jameson Manor the catalyst for the “venue boom” in the Lima area, which is so flattering and validating. I think it’s wonderful and a testament to the fact that opportunities abound for entrepreneurs in small cities like ours. No doubt, if you’re in search of a private event venue, you’re in good hands with our local staples and the many emerging businesses that surround us.
While treating 1028 West Market Street as an event venue has been a success, I found myself wondering if continuing to treat it as such was the right strategic direction for the property long term. I asked myself, “Is there another need it could satisfy while upholding my original mission?” The answer to this question became clear when I learned that my favorite non-profit organization, the Lima Symphony Orchestra was in search of a new home. And so, as of November 1, 2019, the property will have a new tenant; one whose value, significance and exciting future make it a perfect match.
The Lima Symphony Orchestra has launched its 2019-2020 season, “Focus Forward," where each concert will be led by a different conductor being considered for the position of Music and Artistic Director - a truly impressive group narrowed down from 200+ applicants from all over the world. In addition, the LSO will continue serving the area with its Healing Through Music and Symphony Storytime initiatives. We are so very fortunate to have a professional symphony orchestra right here in our community.
I hope you’ll share in my excitement as usher in this property’s next great chapter with the Lima Symphony Orchestra calling it home.
What’s next for me, you ask? My husband, Andy, and I have other development opportunities up our sleeves that we’ll be excited to share with you at a later date. Projects will come and go, but what remains the same is my desire serve our community – and causes I believe in – with time, talent and treasure.
As for my incredible staff, Aspen Westerbeck will focus on growing her full-service event planning business, Aspen Jean Planning. Bev Steele will serve as Stage Manager of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and continue working in the Theater Department at Ohio State Lima. Amanda Weller accepted the position of AmeriCorps Vista Community Event Coordinator with the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties. Wynn Mayberry is pursuing a Master of Education in School Counseling at BGSU, is busy planning her October 2020 wedding, and will continue helping her brother at The Axe-Handle in Columbus Grove. Alyssa Thomason is enjoying life as a newlywed and will continue working at Milano Cafe. Working alongside this creative, committed and inspiring group of women is what I’ll miss most of all, but I know we’ll be cheering each other on as our careers unfold.
Owner, 1028 West Market