No Lack of Choices

 No Lack of Choices

Tristate Meeting and Event Planner Guide 2020 – Unique meeting and event venues give events planners plenty of optionsMenna Elarman BOOST has a rooftop deck that can be used during events.

Planning an event can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re on a budget or not, or choosing between a typical or an outside-the-box venue, the Tristate has the meeting or event space that will work best for you.


If you’re looking for a venue to host a corporate offsite business meeting, BrainStorm at 815 Main St., may be a place worth considering.

According to Hazel Bloomfield, owner of BrainStorm, what makes the venue unique is its quality customer service and attention to details. “We take care of everything else for you so it’s seamless and easy,” she says.

BrainStorm also has a unique location—it is located in a 120-year-old building. “We have the original hardwood floor, exposed brick, we kind of combine the old with the new so it’s a clean modern feel with the original architecture and the old floors and exposed brick wall,” says Bloomfield.

As a boutique venue, BrainStorm can host up to 100 people at a time. It also offers multiple amenities such as a house sound system, whiteboards, teleconferencing, flip charts, Wi-Fi, breakout rooms and more.

Since it first opened in 2014, BrainStorm has hosted about 20 events a month and has opened a second location in Mason at the end of 2018.

According to Bloomfield, the company’s goal is “to not meet our clients’ expectations, but to exceed them.

“We have done things like order a birthday cake to be delivered if we hear there is a birthday at a meeting or get medicine for a sick client.”


Known for its natural light atmosphere, exposed bricks and hardwood floors, BOOST is located on 538 Reading Road in Over-the-Rhine. BOOST only hosts corporate meetings for a maximum of 80 people.

“I started it for a couple of reasons but the main reason is to provide a meeting space that really fostered collaboration and productivity,” says Jenny White, owner of BOOST.

BOOST is known for its privacy and hospitality as it’s only rented to one group at a time to eliminate distraction. “It is almost like you are coming to my house, I’m having you to my house for you to have your meeting so it’s private,” says White. “There is a hospitality provider on-site with the group all day long.”

Those who choose BOOST have access to the main meeting room, a separate dining area, a conference room and a rooftop deck, as well as amenities like a webcam, color laser printer and more. “You’re not just stuck in a room with four walls, you get an entire space all to yourself,” adds White.

BOOST host 15 events a month, and White credits the business’ success to its clients. “They know our environment is going to put their attendees in the positive mindset that they need to be in order to have a productive meeting,” says White.

BB Riverboats

Since 1979, BB Riverboats has been hosting all types of events, including corporate gatherings.

“Our location offers an experience and scenery that is unmatched by anyone in the city,” says Captain Ben Bernstein, chief financial officer for BB Riverboats. “We offer an unrivaled setting that overlooks the beautiful Cincinnati skyline on the Ohio River.”

BB Riverboats is a family-owned business that has over 40 years of experience. The family opened the Mike Fink Restaurant in 1977, a floating fine-dining restaurant. “After opening the restaurant, we had many customers come down and inquire about when the next cruise was leaving the dock,” says Bernstein. “We decided the natural thing was to buy a riverboat.”

After celebrating its 40th anniversary last year, BB Riverboats is still going strong and is able to host up to 1,000 passengers. “We have a world-class executive chef, Jesus Picazo, who leads the charge on approximately 1,500 events between the riverboats and catering,” Bernstein says.

“We have something for every event,” he adds. “We offer exquisite cuisine, exceptional service and we can handle any detail to make your event special.”