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Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Award Winning. Artistic. Urban. Romantic. Explore Solar Arts by Chowgirls in Northeast Minneapolis.
711 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-203-0786
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4.6
17 Reviews
Maddie
7/30/16
Categories: Venues
4.8
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 5.0
WOW! We cannot say enough positive things about Solar Arts and the wonderful Chowgirls staff. Our July 2016 wedding was absolutely perfect. The space itself is amazing, with so much character, significance, and ability for customization. It's a large space, but has a very intimate feel. We were so at ease knowing what good hands we were in with our coordinators Lauren Carbonneau and Eleni Beloy. We are definitely the planning type, and we loved how much interaction we had with Lauren and Eleni prior to the big day. We knew exactly what to expect - the food, drinks, and space all over-exceeded our expectations. We are so happy we had our wedding at Solar Arts. The whole experience and wedding day was a total dream come true!
Solar Arts by Chowgirls responded with the following comments:
Maddie, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! Your wedding was a gorgeous affair, from the chandeliers to the gold/soft pinks color scheme, it really made our space come alive. And we couldn't have loved your horah dance any more - such a fun moment, and a first for us!! We wish you and John nothing but the best in marriage and life!
Angie
6/25/16
Categories: Venues
4.5
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.0
Absolutely stunning space, big enough for a large group and the food was fantastic! We felt like we didn't need to do much with centerpieces, flowers, lights and decor because the space looks so great. We started out having a hard time getting a response back to our questions but once they passed us onto Lauren and Eleni, they were very prompt. The wedding got more expensive than we planned so be sure to view a full estimate of everything and not just the food.
Solar Arts by Chowgirls responded with the following comments:
Angie, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We really enjoyed working with you & John, and loved how you made the wedding your own with details like the ceremony backdrop! We wish you nothing but happiness in your new life together, and hope we have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
Katie
6/24/16
Categories: Cakes, Catering, Event Rentals & Photobooths, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
OH MY GOSH. My husband and I just got married at the Solar Arts Building. The space itself is incredibly beautiful and perfect for a wedding, but what put the icing on the cake was the customer service. We worked with two women, Eleni and Lauren. They were exceptional during the planning process. Always answering emails right away and helping us figure out anything and everything. I had only been involved in one wedding beforehand and was totally new to all things planning and they were both always ready to answer questions. One example is when we found our there was an event in the space when we were supposed to have our rehearsal. My mom and I had a quick freak out but their team was able to get us in the 2nd floor to practice and even sneak us upstairs before the event to do a quick run through. When the day came, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Everything was PERFECT. Sometime during the reception, another woman on the team, Nathanya, took over and she came up to introduce herself and complimented me on the wedding. It made me feel really taken care of. My mom and I developed friendships with our planners and it was a much more personal experience than I expected which made it all the more wonderful. The space is not only beautiful, but the art studios on the 2nd floor make a perfect spot for the cocktail hour. We loved this because no one had to leave the venue at any time! Chowgirls is also the most amazing caterer. I got endless compliments on the food and desserts. I was nervous about having a buffet, but everything came out piping hot, and the staff just dismissed the tables one by one and it went off without a hitch! I would recommend this venue to anyone. It's beautiful and the staff truly cares about making the day special!
Solar Arts by Chowgirls responded with the following comments:
Thank you, Katie! Working with you and Zach was such a pleasure, and we couldn't be happier that you were pleased with your experience. It was so amazing watching you and your guests celebrate all night long. Hopefully we'll have the chance to work with you again in the future!
Mike
6/18/16
Categories: Catering, Venues
4.6
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We just had our wedding ceremony and reception at Solar Arts and we can’t thank them enough for helping to make our wedding day a huge success! All of our guests were crazy about the space and how beautiful everything looked. The bridal suite was great to have for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in and having the second floor available for cocktail hour was really great! All of the staff we amazing to work with and so helpful! I wanted to give an example of how helpful the staff were. The day before the wedding the elevator broke. With the space being up on the third floor we were quite nervous at first. But when they called us to let us know about the issue they already had a plan in place to help with this inconvenience. They had plenty of extra hands on deck to help our vendors bring things up and also to help those guests that really needed the elevator. To be honest we didn’t even notice a difference because of how hard they worked! The food was outstanding from Chowgirls and the bar staff was exceptional! Everything they did helped us have an amazing wedding and reception! I have to add one last comment. We had one guest that seemed to party a little too hard and the security and bar staff did an amazing job helping him out and most of our guests didn’t even notice. Their professionalism and courtesy toward our guests was outstanding. Thank you to all of Chowgirls and the Solar Arts crew!
Solar Arts by Chowgirls responded with the following comments:
Mike, Thank you so much for such a glowing review! It means a lot to us that you would take the time to share your thoughts. You & Ashlyn were such a joy to work with! The cute DIY boards and Buffalo Wild Wings for a late night snack were such great personal touches. We are beyond glad that your experience with us met your expectations. We wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope to work with you again in the future!
Kelsey
2/29/16
Categories: Venues
0.5
Quality of Service: 0.5
Responsiveness: 0.5
Professionalism: 0.5
Value: 0.5
Flexibility: 0.5
My husband and I recently got married at the Solar Arts building. While the history and beauty of the venue were great, the customer service was absolutely horrendous. We originally started speaking with someone named Jack, signed the contract and went through our tasting with him. After not being able to reach him for approximately a month after the tasting, I received an automated email saying that he was no longer with the company. No one called or tried contacting us regarding the wedding what-so-ever. I emailed the contact person, Eleni, and received an apologetic response shortly after. This email was the one and only email I received promptly. She is almost impossible to get in touch with. If you choose to go with this vendor, be prepared to not get your invoices until TWO WEEKS before the event despite empty promises to get them months sooner. Also be prepared to send multiple emails and make numerous calls before receiving a response. I would never recommend this venue or catering company to anyone else planning a wedding or event of any size. There are other similar venues and catering companies in the area that would be more worth your time and effort. This was the most stressful part of the wedding planning process and I honestly didn't know if I could even expect someone to be there on the day of the wedding. The person who was there wasn't even Eleni - she pushed us off to her assistant who we only spoke with briefly in the week or two leading up to the event. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY if you want peace of mind and minimal stress. Wedding planning is stressful enough as it is - no one should be subjected to this treatment by a company regardless of the size or date of their event.
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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Loft
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Set Up
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
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