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Company Christmas parties on the rise again

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By Jay Michaels

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT) During the last few years, many company parties were either cut back or eliminated altogether, thanks to the economic slump we experienced.

The 360 Main Event Center at 348 Fourth Avenue South in Twin Falls has seen plenty of business in the last two years it's been open. On the outside, it's your typical brick building. But inside it's been cleaned up and painted, and it can hold 400 people seated or more than 600 people standing in its surprisingly open urban loft style space.

Edward Sabia, owner of the 360 Event Center, says, "We've booked a lot of Christmas parties and and weddings here. But for Christmas parties for businesses, it's up."

Way over on the other end of town, the Upscale Canyon Crest Event Center is also hosting its share of company Christmas parties. But in some cases, business owners are scaling back on their celebrations, and substituting Christmas luncheons instead of dinners.

Renee Clawson, Event Center Manager at Canyon Crest, says, "They're not having the traditional DJ and the traditional bar that you do at a Christmas party, they're celebrating by doing company luncheons. Still providing the Christmas tree and having Christmas gifts and awards that they're having to honor their employees."

Clawson says Canyon Crest has been open for three and a half years, and she has reservation for holiday parties into January.

Back across town, Sabia says he's already booked every weekend through June. Overall, he says he's gotten a great response from the people who live here.

Sabia says, "Twin Falls is a great community, and we're doing well for our economic times. To be completely honest with you, to be in business right now is a blessing. We appreciate that, and it's always going to get better."

Dec. 12, 2011.


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