One of the few local success stories during the Great Recession is coming to an end.
Constance Manor, an event venue that once hosted Georgia’s top elected officials and was the setting for many a wedded couple’s first kiss, is closing in two months.
“It will close at the end of May after the last wedding,” said owner Lee Perkins in an interview last week. “May and October are our busiest months, and before fall kicked up, it was just time.”
The closing will be four years after the manor’s May 2010 opening in an extensively renovated, century-old mansion.
Perkins acknowledges it was a risky decision to open a new business in the middle of a protracted national economic downturn, but bookings increased steadily until the business finally made a profit last year.
“We went through all the growing pains,” she said. “2013 ended on the books in the black and not in the red; so we did not have to put any more money over here.”
However, the events-oriented business absorbed her weekends and required her constant attention. In the end, she and her husband, John, decided the sacrifices were not worth it.
For the full story, see the March 12 issue of the Barrow Journal.
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