MANSFIELD – Two longtime Mansfield residents have high hopes for their event center at 417 Orange St.

Party planners and co-owners of SC Parties LLC., Sonya Francis and Carmen Armstrong celebrated the relocation their event planning business and venue at the end of April.

“We were in a building downtown, and it was a great place to be, but it wasn’t quite working for us,” Francis said.

While they liked the location, they needed more space. The Orange Street venue can seat up to 250 and includes a kitchen, where they intend to offer catering services.

“I think this is a good area to be,” Armstrong said. “It gets a bad rap sometimes, but the space is just beautiful.”

People are often awestruck as they walk in, she explained. The venue features a built-in bar, large dance floor and more.

“We want people to realize you don’t have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars for a reception to have a great event, We’re hoping we can be a more affordable option in town,” Francis said. “We want it to be a one-stop. You can have it all done here. You can have your DJ here. We can even cater your food. All, but the cake.”

Her husband found the venue and booked a visit as a surprise. When Francis saw the inside, she was sold, and fortunately, her business partner was, too.

“He and I came down, and I talked to Carmen,” Francis said. “I said, ‘Matt wants to do this, what do you think?’”

Armstrong was interested.

“I grew up here, so to move on the avenues, it’s taken me back home,” she said.

SC Parties LLC formed in 2015. The co-owners were on a girls’ trip when they came up with the idea. Both had planned numerous weddings for their own families.

“On the way back, it was ‘Are we going to do this or what?’” Armstrong recalled. “That was in September 2014. By January 2015, we had our LLC and hit the ground running.”

The business moved to Orange Street in February, and they have already held several events in the new space.

The owners believe the building was built in 1940 as a grocery store. It later became a rental hall.

For more information about SC Parties, visit its Facebook page or call 419-545-5048.