In the winter of 2011, South Florida entrepreneurs Arron Rimpley and Gregg Whittecar purchased the iconic building that once housed the Graves Museum of Archeology and Natural History. Their vision was to revive the dilapidated museum and create an art gallery and event space where people from all over the world would gather to celebrate each other, build relationships and create lasting memories together.
The venue reopened in the fall of 2012 as the Gallery of Amazing Things, a cultural center for the arts and a space for hosting a wide variety of events — social and corporate. Since reopening, thousands of guests have passed through its doors during events ranging from trade shows and fundraisers to mitzvahs and weddings. Many of those guests have fond memories of visiting the original Graves Museum as young children. Today, the Gallery of Amazing Things is THE place in South Florida where people of all ages gather to create new ones.
Broward County’s first nature center, which opened in September 1978, comprises three vegetative communities found along and influenced by the New River: an inland freshwater cypress/maple wetland, a pond apple/mangrove community along the river, and, farther inland, a laurel oak hammock. The 57-acre site is now designated as an Urban Wilderness Area.
Rustic charm is abundant in this 2,175-square-foot hall, which has tongue-and-groove walls and a ceiling with exposed wooden beams. The room will comfortably seat 75 for a banquet. There is a fully equipped kitchen off the main room, and the adjacent 100-capacity open-air amphitheater measures 2,400 square feet. Wi-Fi is available.
For 30 years, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) has served the design community with the finest campus amenities and showrooms in the industry attracting world-class designers, architects, decorators, dealers and their clients. DCOTA is part of the Cohen Design Center quartet with sister locations in Manhattan (D & D Building) in West Hollywood, California (Pacific Design Center), and in Houston, Texas (Decorative Center Houston).