Each hall includes a dance floor. The south end’s is in an alcove, which, on the north end of the symmetrical building, is elevated into a stage with a dance floor directly below.
“I tell potential clients they can run the Rolling Stones off the power we get here,” Trine said as he tapped the power outlets on the north hall’s stage, which has dressing rooms on opposite sides.
In lieu of dressing rooms on the south end, guests have a private restroom.
There is also a rear entrance on that side of the building, which the Trines plan to build upon in the spring.
Trine pointed out a patch of grass directly next to the rear entrance where he plans to install a cigar bar.
At the other end of the parking lot, he wants to convert an unpaved patch to a green area with plants and bird feeders.
One of the largest investments in the building is probably one of the most obscure, the women’s restroom next to the front foyer.
Trine boasted that it should be the nicest restroom in Kokomo after the amount of work that went in.
“We went over budget by just a few thousand dollars, and it was all in here,” he said.
The effort resulted from having to convert the 1960s-era decor, which included aqua-blue tiles, to something more contemporary. Once the owners jack-hammered the tiles off the walls and replaced them, they had to replace the sinks, counters, toilet dividers and mirror framing.
At the front of the building, the original cloak room remains. Guests can also use the room for valet services.
Remaining work Trine mentioned targeted next spring for its completion.
He also plans to set up partnerships in which Elite will refer clients to DJs, florists and other event vendors in the Kokomo area.
• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.