NANTICOKE — Nanticoke as a destination location?
That’s what Bernie Norieka, owner of the new 4U2Rent Events Center, 400 Middle Road, said about the city. It’s why Norieka chose the city to play host to his new brainchild: a new appointment-only events center, with different types of flooring and accessories to accommodate all types of events.
In the two months since its opening, 4U2Rent Events Center has seen several birthday parties, a Sweet 16 party, a craft show (which utilized the entire building) and a bridal shower, among others. The business’s Facebook page boasts several five star reviews.
The center has four rooms, which can be rented separately or together. One room has a rubberized floor, “perfect for cheerleading,” Norieka said. The smallest room, with tiled floor, can fit up to 70 comfortably. An arcade and a ready-to-use, if you provide the snacks, snack bar are also available. Two rooms contain TouchTunes Digital Jukebox players.
The arcade currently has a pinball machine, pool and air hockey tables.
“We will update (the arcade) as we get customer feedback,” Norekia said. “The biggest thing we saw was kids sitting along the wall waiting for their turn to play.”
The place also has three bounce houses: a small, medium and large, for events to add on, if desired.
“We didn’t want to just be a bounce place; we wanted to be destination location,” Norekia said.
Norieka doesn’t want the business to be known as just a birthday party place; he wants to help start-up businesses, such as karate, yoga and other local instructors as well as host events for corporate meetings.
Recently, installation of a 108-inch screen was completed. The screen has a computer hook up, “perfect for PowerPoint presentations,” according to Norieka.
He wants to use the screen to host community parties, as well. Norieka suggested something like a “parents night out,” which could make use of the building and utilize the “certifed and vetted babysitters” from Big Daddy’s Daycare, located next door to the center.
“Or maybe something for the Super Bowl,” he said.
Rental rates start at $30 an hour plus $1 per person. Discounts are also offered for those who do multiple bookings.
“The biggest complaint we heard (when looking into how to run the new center) was the food,” Norieka said, which is why, he said, renters supply their own food and drinks.
For more information, call the center at 570-262-8397, reach it on Facebook or log onto 4u2rentevents.com.
Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko