WOODSTOCK – Javier Wong said he understands the importance of working for something as well as providing service to his community.
So he decided to kill two birds with one stone with Woodstar Events, a new event center he and his family opened at 766 S. Main St. in Woodstock.
The event center, which can accommodate anything from weddings to family game nights, could possibly one day be a larger restaurant to serve as an extension to his family’s restaurant next door, Mary’s Botanitas.
“We wanted to have a full-size restaurant, and we looked at this place right next to us,” Wong said following a ribbon cut with the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. “The initial investment for a restaurant is very high, so my sister came up with the idea of making this place a place until I had enough money to make a full-size restaurant.”
Wong’s mother, Mary Ferreira, owns and cooks at the restaurant next door, and Wong and her sister, Jessica, will continue to help with both businesses.
The space will accommodate 150 people, Wong said, and it will be able to provide tables and chairs as well as decorations and catering.
“We want people to have a beautiful open space so that they can celebrate their special occasions,” Wong said.
Wong said they would host family game nights open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to allow the community to enjoy the space. It’s also a way to help young minds develop, he said.
“People can come here and play with their kids and friends with board games, puzzles and different activities,” he said. “It’s a way to socialize on a more real level than playing video games or something like that. We want people to socialize. Playing board games helps children develop problem-solving skills. I play board games a lot with my nephews, and that’s a very positive thing for them.
Wong and his family moved to the Woodstock area in 2001. He said his grandfather worked in apple picking and chicken factories in the area. Since 2001, Wong said his family has worked hard to keep the family business strong and grow it.
“We love Woodstock. We really appreciate the kindness of the people here. We want to stay here, ”he said. “A lot of people think that working with family makes things difficult, but we grew up together and we just know what to do to get things done.”
If you would like to reserve the space, Woodstar Events can be found on Facebook and Google. Those interested can also call 540-481-5628.