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Re: “Montage Interior Design Studio

The Montage is a beautiful space, BUT the owner (Helen) ain't so pretty....

I went for a birthday party for a friend in 2009 and wanted to use this venue for a family/friend holiday gathering in 2010. I have a large family, and a few years ago my great grand mother's house (where we all got together for the holidays) had to be sold since my grandmother retired and had to cut costs and also take care of my great mother. So we all could not get together on the holidays because no one has a big enough home for so many people. We were able to have the party at the Montage, but throughout the process the owner was very rude. She does not like young people... I arrived at the venue 3 days before the event to complete the payment. She was on the phone with someone, and I did not want to be rude, so I waited until she completed her call. She then asked if I was the person using the venue, and I said, "Yes." She then said she thought I looked young and she expected my mother to walk through the door after me.... I was 22 with my own place and was paying hundreds of dollars for the venue myself (I'm 23 now with the same statistics)... Then at the party, while I was organizing everything, the party started congregating in the back room (we had use of both front and back rooms on one side), she came up to me in front of everyone and asks "What did you think I meant when I said you can use this side for your event?" I paused and thought for a minute "Uh Oh, were we only able to use one room (to myself)" She then asked again "WHAT DID YOU THINK I MEANT?!" I said "The full side?" She then said "Then why is everyone back here?" I then said "I don't know they are just here because I am back here setting up" and most of them were helping...

My family loved the space last year, and I cringed when they asked if I could get it again this year. The owner tells me in September that we can use the venue, but has not returned my messages... All in all, she is very selective about whom she lets use the space, even though it was/is a family/friend Holiday gathering and not some club party. She is also an ageist and does not want your business if you are 40 or under unless she knows your family... I'm so offended and disappointed (to tell my family we can't do this this year) that I might go ahead and report this through the proper channels possible for a complaint. So at least the owner has some recognition that her actions and attitudes are not justified.

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Posted by MissW1988 on 11/15/2011 at 11:10 AM

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