Event planner, caterer now open in Woodstock

The Town of Woodstock welcomed a new Main Street business with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning. Happenings Event Planning, located at 121 S. Main St. and owned by valley native Heather Silvious, will be able to accommodate as many as 40 for events and get-togethers and will also offer on-premises and off-site catering.

“I really want to be doing more special event type stuff – Mardi Gras parties, sports viewing, Saint Patrick’s Day celebration-type things,” Silvious said. “If I’d been open for the JMU game we would have done something for that. Maybe an 80s night, just whatever is around that would bring a couple people in to take advantage of some wine or a cheese plate.”

Silvious comes from a long tradition of business ownership in the valley. Her grandfather Stanley Frazier opened the Leggett department store in 1964 and her grandmother opened a beauty shop in 1966. Her father Garth Frazier started a tobacco shop in 1977 that later became the Smokehaus. Silvious decided it was time to throw her hat into the Woodstock entrepreneurial ring.

She said she prides herself on the individual care given to all of her event and catering endeavors.

“It’s whatever the customer wants,” she said. “My whole thing has been is that trying to make every event ‘you-nique’ so it gives the impression that every event is personalized. It’s not (following) a template for event planning.”

Silvious has done event planning part time for the past few years but didn’t have her own business. She’s open for business now and has already held a bridal shower, a birthday party and a Valentine’s Day-themed painting night.

Silvious held an open house with continental breakfast options available following the ribbon cutting. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, of which Silvious is a member, was present to welcome the business to town.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com