Curiosity is building over a higher profile new business set to open in September along West River Road in Brooklyn Park.
The wedding and event center called Leopold's Mississippi Gardens is a dream of Jamie Leopold and her husband, NHL player Jordan Leopold.
"I wanted something that my husband and I could do together," said Jamie Leopold. "My
parents own their own business together, they've always worked together,
and once he [Jordan] was done with hockey, we knew we had to start anew."
The Leopolds, both Robbinsdale Armstrong High School graduates, returned to Minnesota last spring after Jordan signed to play with the Minnesota Wild.
The 11,000-square-foot wedding and event center represents a new chapter for the Leopolds but also for the Brooklyn Park area where the facility is located. Over the years, the site at West River Road and Highway 610 was a string of different bars and nightclubs that many neighbors considered a nuisance.
"They've had a lot of businesses here that have kind of abused the neighborhood," said Jamie Leopold. Project is a lifetime investment
For Jordan Leopold, now in the hockey offseason, his work at the new business is a chance to prepare for his next career after hockey as owner and facilities manager at Mississippi Gardens.
"It's been a dream over the years [for Jamie & me]," said Jordan. "It's a great plan for me when I get to the end of my career, 'What do you do next?' That's always a question."
With four kids under age 11, the Leopolds see their wedding and event center as truly a family business.
"You will see my wife, myself on site, so you will get first hand care," said Jordan Leopold.
The premiere spot in the new facility is a 5,500-square-foot ballroom with chandeliers and windows that showcase the Mississippi River view.
"I wanted a place that was kind of like princess in the woods," said Jamie Leopold of the facility's architecture and feel.
On the front door entrance of the new facility, decorative hockey sticks greet guests. It's an idea Jamie came up with as a nod to the Leopold family's past as this new business represents their future.
"This is a lifetime investment for ourselves, our kids," said Jordan Leopold.
A ribbon cutting and open house will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Leopold's Mississippi Gardens
. The first wedding will take place at the end of September.
Alexandra Renslo email@example.com
August 31, 2015