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Shopping column: Coliseum creates planning space

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You can brainstorm special events in its Innovation Studio.

Friday, September 21, 2012 12:01 am
When it comes to entertaining — or just about anything, really — “you can't do things the way you did it a year ago,” says Memorial Coliseum General Manager Randy Brown.Recognizing this, the coliseum has established an Innovation Studio, a special room where people can plan a special event, be it a meeting for five or a banquet for 5,000.

It's even got a real bulletin board for pinning up ideas. “Everybody is Pinterest obsessed,” said Beth Noland, director of business development for the coliseum. She said that's where many clients' ideas come from these days.

The Innovation Studio provides a space where the client and the coliseum's caterers, event planners and stylists can come together to plan events such as a wedding and/or reception, conference, fundraiser, cocktail party or even a product launch in one of the venue's 18 spaces. The coliseum even rents decor.

If you're shopping for a venue and want to dazzle your guests with fancy food, coliseum Executive Chef Chris Zimmerman can whip up gourmet cuisine for many tastes. On Wednesday, he showcased his talent with samples of oysters on the half shell, braised short rib sandwiches topped with an apple jalapeno slaw, hoisin chicken legs, udon noodle bowls and more.Several weeks ago, I reported on a buy-sell-trade store in Coldwater Crossing, Super Mega Replay. Well, it never got off the ground, but another store, Disc Replay, is moving into the space and should be open today. Disc Replay is being renamed Mega Replay, and it will buy and sell DVDs, video games and electronics. Disc Replay was located in Jo-Ann Plaza on Coldwater Road. The phone number is 480-0200.•A new eyeglass and contact lens store, Stanton Optical, is going in at the corner of Coldwater Road and Coliseum Boulevard next to Bobick's Golf.

•A Good Feet store is opening in Jo-Ann Plaza. The store sells arch supports. Its website says it's a retail establishment and not a medical provider; it doesn't diagnose or fill prescriptions.


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