A Take 5, a big reveal, and community growth (6 photos)Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by: Connie Carello
Last evening at the newly renovated Comfort Suites and Conference Centre hosted a Take 5 Chamber of Commerce Event to showcase the hotel’s big reveal.
Hotel Manager Tricia Ruscio could not have been more pleased for the opportunity to list the several ways in which the building has been revamped to meet the needs of visitors passing through as well as local patrons.
“We converted the guest rooms into suites, included additions to the pool which included the conversion to a salt water pool, a conference centre that is the largest in all of Northern Ontario, included courtyard space for outdoor events including weddings,” Ruscio said.
The opportunity to host a Take 5 Event in the newly upgraded space, complete with hors d’oeuvres in Quattro, highlighted the areas in which the hotel underwent incredible change to reflect a more modern ambiance.
Brother to Tricia Ruscio and partner in development, Joe Ruscio, commented on the renovation as a means to return an important building in the community back to life.
“It was amazing to see an old property be renovated to the extent the Comfort Suites has. To bring the building back to the community is exciting," he said.
"I used to attend weddings here, and then for the past 10 to 15 years, not so much. Now I receive invitations for weddings at this location and I think that it is a wonderful venue for these types of events," he continued. "With the changes in the restaurant, Quattro’s design was meant to not only appeal to out of town guests but to cater to the locals as well. Our Executive Chef Paul Chiappetta has been a major part in creating our own unique identity.”
Those that have not had an opportunity to see the changes the hotel underwent were able to as they socialized and networked with other guests.
For Christina Bruno, community service coordinator for the local Red Cross, the opportunity was used to speak with business-owners about courses available in CPR training.
In addition, Nella LeBreux, a retired teacher from St. Francis Elementary, showcased several tables in the conference centre as a means to promote her new Event Décor business.
Ruscio added: “By hosting the Take 5 event in the new space we are able to reach out to so many people in the business community, but not only to them, but to the community in general.”
As guests were offered the opportunity to build a rapport with others in the newly renovated space, the event served to highlight the economic growth that continues to surface in the local community.