Top 10 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I book my event at Headquarters? Our event center is very unique! The space was originally constructed as Minges Hardware Store, built in 1886 (Melody Manor Dog Grooming from 1974-2014). Owner Mike Smith spent over two years historically remodeling the building. The space features exposed brick, original hardwood floors, original 12 foot tall tin ceilings, features the perfect blend of historic, modern, and industrial architecture, and it gives our guests a stunning backdrop for their event! The space has been featured in several tours, photo/video shoots, and won the 2018 Newport Business of the Year Award as well as the 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Best Commercial Historic Restoration. Our Headquarters family prides itself in providing a clean, reasonably priced, beautiful, simple event experience. Our goal is to leave our guests with the peace of mind that their event will go smoothly and will be a memorable experience for their family and friends.
What types of events can I host at Headquarters? You name it, we will host it. Headquarters is the perfect event space for just about every type of event. To date we have hosted birthday parties, graduation parties, anniversary parties, rehearsal dinners, small weddings, awards ceremonies, art shows, photo galleries, class reunions, retirement parties, networking events, video shoots and many, many more! We are always looking for new and creative types of events!
What is your pricing? Our Standard Event Rate is $100 per hour with a 4 hour minimum (3 hour event + 1 hour setup/cleanup). (Example: 1 Hour of Morning Setup, 1 Hour Arrival Prior to Event Start, 3 Hour Event, 1 Hour After to Cover Guest Overstay and Cleanup = 6 Hours = $600). Non-Profit Pricing Available Upon Request.
How many people can Headquarters hold? Our maximum occupancy limit is 200 standing or 100 seated guests. These are strict limits put in place by the City of Newport Fire Marshall and are non-negotiable.
Can I schedule a time to come and see the event space before I book? Yes, we encourage it! Please contact Headquarters Booking Support on our Contact page to schedule a walkthrough to come and see the venue in person.
Does Headquarters provide any tables and chairs for my event? Yes. Headquarters has tables and chairs for up to 70 Total Seated Guests, provided free of charge. If you wish to have more than 70 Seated Guests, please contact Headquarters Booking Support to discuss options for up to 100 Total Seated Guests (venue limit). Our tables are 6 foot long rectangular plastic event tables, covered with a cotton off white tablecloths and white butcher paper. Our chairs are an assortment of mismatched historic wooden chairs. We also offer 16 rolling office style chairs for corporate meetings or events. If the style of table or chair offered is not to your liking, please contact Headquarters Booking Support for more options for table and chair rental.
Do you require full payment at time of booking? Yes. Due to high demand, Headquarters requires 100% payment up front at the time of booking. This policy helps reduce the amount of cancellations and unfilled booking slots. Please contact Headquarters Booking Support for more information.
Is there a way to play music from a phone during my event? Yes. We have an AUX cord and PA System on site for playing music from your phone during your event.
Can we supply our own alcohol? Yes, for Private Events Only. Guests are more than welcome to bring, serve, and consume their own beer/wine/spirits at their event, as long as the event is not open to the public and alcohol is not for sale during your event.
Is there WIFI available for guests? Yes. The WIFI network is “Headquarters Event Center”. Headquarters Booking Support will provide the WIFI password upon request during the day of your event.