After laying dormant for over four years, Oakdale’s Almond Pavilion is looking to make a revival with new ownership, management, and an interior renovation to bring it back to a premiere wedding, banquet, events, conference, and meeting venue in the city.
The center was recently purchased when it was in a bank foreclosure by longtime peach and almond farmer Gino Masellis, forming Masellis Properties, LLC.
“It was a good investment as I move to do something else besides farming,” said Masellis. “I’ve put a lot of money into it with contractors and materials.”
The center will be managed by Tammy Blevins-Golding who will basically be on site to provide personal service since she owns London Fox Clothing right next door on South Sierra Avenue.
Blevins-Golding, a lifelong Oakdale resident, has years of experience in wedding and event planning.
“We already had a wedding here last week,” said Blevins-Golding. “It went very smooth and I received lots of compliments.”
Blevins-Golding said the 9,500-square foot facility can seat 200 to 250 persons with space still available for a dance floor and bars. It’s been remodeled with new flooring and interior décor.
“The kitchen has been completely gutted and replaced with new furnishings and appliances,” Blevins-Golding said. “For the main area we’re using dark woods for a vintage Victorian class to it.”
The facility also has been adorned with Chiavari chairs, the ultimate in Italian design, for its banquet area to add to its elegance.
In addition to running the daily operations of her store, Blevins-Golding has been active throughout town soliciting preferred vendors for flowers, catering, photographers, audio-visual and other services available at the pavilion.
As word gets out about the Almond Pavilion being back in business and its availability, social affairs have been gradually booked. Blevins-Golding hopes with the establishment of a Facebook page and website, business will continue to increase.
“I’m looking forward to the holiday season,” Blevins-Golding said. “We’re planning a Christmas boutique hosted with local vendors and merchants with proceeds going to local children’s charities.”
The Almond Pavilion will be hosting its Grand Opening to the public on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served with $100 off rental prices for events booked during the open house.
For more information about the Almond Pavilion, contact Tammy Blevins-Golding at (209) 969-0287.