McKinney chamber, wedding vendors partner to help those affected by closure of Noah’s in Fairview

Avalon Legacy West is among the list of venues with which the McKinney chamber partners. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
Avalon Legacy West is among the list of venues with which the McKinney chamber partners. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Avalon Legacy West is among the list of venues with which the McKinney chamber partners. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce and several local venue owners are partnering to help couples affected by the sudden closure of a nearby event venue.

Noah’s, an event venue with multiple locations in Texas, including one in Fairview, abruptly closed last week after filing for bankruptcy.

This has left couples who had booked their weddings at Noah’s without a venue for their big days.

The recent closing has affected hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the McKinney area, according to a Feb. 13 press release from the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.

“We have many exceptional wedding venues in McKinney, and I know they will be able to offer the perfect space for the lifelong memories of someone’s special day,” chamber President and CEO Lisa Hermes said in the release. “We encourage those looking for a new space and/or other services to reach out to the chamber.”

McKinney is home to a variety of wedding-related businesses, including florists, bakeries, caterers, bridal shops and venues. The local wedding industry is so vast that Visit McKinney, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, even sought out the title of “Wedding Capital of North Texas” last year.

The chamber has shared a list of its member venues who may be able to help those effected by Noah’s' closure:

“I have never experienced an industry where so many competing vendors have come together under a single cause to ensure a negative situation does not stop one of life’s most exciting events from happening,” Gather co-owner Jennifer Klassensaid in the release.

Wedding planners, venues, florists, DJs, photographers and bakers, among other vendors, are using a shared Facebook page called Noah’s Event Venue Closure Support Group by Wedding Professionals as a place to offer services to those impacted, Klassen said.

“Over the last 13 years, Noah’s has hosted has hosted over 10,000 events, including hundreds of couples who, with short notice, had lost their event date at other venues,” Noah’s Corporation said on its website. “We were always willing and happy to assist these couples and feel confident that our community of vendors will do likewise.”

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include additional venues listed in an updated news release from the chamber.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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