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Hidden Gems: Meet Ariell Harrison of Speakeasy on State Wedding and Event Venue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariell Harrison.

Hi Ariell, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m a Redlands local and have a love for the city and its history. My husband and I both saw a need for a unique space to host weddings and parties. The search began and we were brought to a beautiful building that was just finishing up restorations. We knew right away that our hopes and prayers had been answered. I’m Ariell Harrison and I’m the owner of Speakeasy on State. This venue is run by myself and my amazing Speakeasy on State team. My husband Chris is behind the scenes on doing maintenance around the venue when he’s not busy with working as a Fire fighter. I’m a mother to a wonderful little girl and she definitely keeps me and my husband on our toes. On my spare time, I love traveling, making itineraries and always love finding the local places to eat at. I’m a foodie at heart, so I’m always on the hunt for the best restaurants and coffee shops around. I love working with each of my clients and the personable communication is one that sets us apart from any other venue. I personally love talking on the phone with our clients and check in to make sure wedding or party planning is going great and am always there to answer any questions for each client. I would love to meet you and hear your story! So come on by, let’s chat, and let us show you why Speakeasy on State is such a special and unique place.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely learned a lot during our first few events when we opened in April of 2016. I’d definitely say having vendors that we work with all the time make every event go smoothly and that is one of the reasons we have a curated list of vendors we love working with. We are constantly learning and evolving from each event and we tweak things here and there to make sure each client is taken care of for their special day.

We’ve been impressed with Speakeasy on State Wedding and Event Venue, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Speakeasy on State was finished in 1899. Which was known as the Columbia building, it was the last building built on the first block of E. State Street and has been utilized for gatherings both large and small. Located on Redland’s iconic State Street, this historic gem has been closed for use since 1948. Speakeasy on State offers 4000 square feet of elegance, mixed with beautiful hardwoods, raw exposed brick, and the finest period specific details – found nowhere else in town. Proudly representing the heartbeat of downtown Redlands, Speakeasy on State boasts two large gathering rooms, each with their own distinct feel, a bridal suite, restrooms, and a preparation kitchen. Opposite the entrance, Speakeasy on State lets out into the charming City of Redlands Alley Park, perfect for outdoor socializing.


  • Weekday hourly for 5 hours or less is $500 an hour, $600 Friday and Sunday, $700 an hour Saturday
  • 8 hour rental Monday-Thursday $2,500
  • 8 hour rental Friday and Sunday $3,800
  • 8 hour rental Saturday is $4,500
  • All Inclusive packages starting at $12K

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Image Credits:

Chasie Conway Photography Louis G Weiner Photography Michelle Dudley photography Hollow and Grace photography Joey Reger Photography ColeenK Photography

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