Hello! I’m Mallory,
the Founder of The Clyde Venue
“The Clyde is not just a venue to me. It is a dream, and I want everyone that walks through these doors to feel the same.”
In March of 2018, I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina working as a sales manager and wedding coordinator. Even though I was there with my best friend, I couldn’t help but feel like I left everyone I loved back in Georgia. Being far away, meant I was missing out on major milestones in the lives of the people I cared about most and it really began to bother me.
I prayed the same prayer for months: God show me the way you want me to go, and for a long time, there was no clear answer. No circle on the map saying go here, no email from God saying what to do in step-by-step form, no phone call from the CEO of making all your dreams come true saying here’s your plan. Nothing. But God was working on me.
One day, Don, the president of Kelly Tours in Savannah called me. He offered me an awesome opportunity to start up a small café in this little space he had in the Historic District. It wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned but it felt like steps in the right direction.
When I went to check out the space where I would be working, I noticed that it was a small part of a larger, empty warehouse. My wheels began to turn, and I imagined the space becoming a venue. While planning my sister’s and best friend’s weddings, I realized the need for a large indoor event space that could hold more than a hundred people in the Historic District, and I believed this space had the potential to do just that. I decided to mention the idea to Don, and he agreed that it could work. However, there was already a tenant that was scheduled to occupy the space for the next ten years. As great as the idea felt, it seemed that the timing was not right.
Then, a few weeks later, something amazing happened. A little divine intervention I like to call it. The tenant backed out of their 10-year contract, making the space available! I went to Don and pitched the idea again. I sought advice from local experts in the industry and made sure that they too thought a new venue was a valid need for Savannah. You know that saying when one door closes another door opens? Well, I was that open door! After several meetings, consultations, and positive feedback, The Clyde Venue was a go.
I’d always dreamed of creating a venue but I pictured it happening a lot later in life. Yet, God had given me this opportunity now. Any new business venture can easily become overwhelming, and here I was embarking on a journey to renovate an old empty warehouse into Savannah’s next best venue. It took a little motivation from one of my biggest inspirations, Joanna Gaines, to settle me. She said, “Whatever season you’re in, whatever life may throw at you, whether it feels like success or like failure, expected or unexpected, you have been made ready.” This empowered me. God answered my prayer and not only made me ready to handle every aspect of this season in my life but to also handle it well.
I chose to embrace the opportunity for everything that it is. I owned up to not knowing everything and opened my mind to learning anything. I’ve enjoyed the process and opportunity of creating The Clyde Venue from the ground up, and I’m excited to welcome you and your guests into this incredible space. The Clyde is not just a venue to me. It is a dream, and I want everyone that walks through these doors to feel the same.