When it comes to booking meeting space, the hottest theme these days appears to be, well, themes.


Be it decor, the menu or the very building itself, crafty meeting-space providers are looking to distinguish themselves from the wide array of choices that seemingly threaten to swamp the desks of harried meeting planners and office managers.

Themed sites are one way to bring fresh variety to a company meeting, and the Tristate is full of opportunities. From an event at The Syndicate in Newport, a restaurant/night club themed to the 1940s, to a meeting beneath the giant industry-themed mosaics in Cincinnati Museum Center's rotunda, to an evening cavorting with the sharks at Newport Aquarium, there are plenty of options.


Take the Savannah Center at Chappell Crossing in West Chester, which "evokes thoughts of vacationing in the South and a time gone by," according to director Pam Shrout. By theming it to the South, Shrout hopes the comfort and charm of the surroundings will promote creativity and productivity. "Along with the charm and country club setting, along with the four-acre lake and gazebo, a spectacular solarium that overlooks the lawn area for up to 350, and perennial gardens, we will still be high-tech and state-of-the-art for all executive needs up to 1,200 people. The break away from the norm and the comfort evoked by a themed center can inspire both the corporate planner as well as the socialite looking for something different in the Tristate."

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