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THE NEW GOVERNORS' HALL

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Northern Michigan’s largest meeting and event space just got a brand-new look. The 19,000-square-foot venue, renowned for twice hosting the National Governors Association Conference, has a 32-year history of welcoming groups of up to 2,500 into its halls. Now, with updates to technology, décor, and a newly built meeting planner office, Governors' Hall is ready to celebrate another three decades of outstanding meetings. Cumberledge Design Group (Saltsburg, PA) designed the new look, while Bouma Corporation (Traverse City, MI) served as the renovation general contractor.


Transformed from the Inside Out

Updates to Governors' Hall include:

  • State-of-the-art Crestron® sound system for best-in-class audio performance
  • 100-square-foot private office for meeting planners and event staff
  • A vibrant "lake effect" design theme with new carpet, lighting, wall treatments, and décor
  • Linen-less tables and Michigan-made chairs
  • All-new digital signage providing custom messaging and vivid displays
  • All-new air walls for improved sound absorption and event privacy
  • LED lighting for improved ambience and energy savings

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Request for Proposal
19,320 sq ft
Floor plan
Room Dimension Square
Feet
Ceiling
Height
Theater
Room
Class-
room
U-shape Banquet Exhibits Hollow
Square
Rec
Style
Conf
Style
Governors' Hall 168' x 115' 19,320 20' 2,250 1,200 66 1,500 140   2,500  
Governors' A, C or E 56' x 48' 2,688 20' 280 160 990 210 20 90 400 52
Governors' B, D or F 56' x 72' 4,032 20' 450 240 108 300 24 114 500 70
Governors' AB, CD or EF 56' x 113' 6,720 20' 750 400   550 47 132 1,000 112
Governors' Prefunction 168' x 30' 5,376 20'         22   500  

Holding an event at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa really is grand. It's a high-end venue, which makes our event more high-end. Governors' Hall is the only space in the Grand Traverse region where we can have most of our exhibitors in one room, and the team at the Resort is very creative and easy to work with.

Executive Officer, Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, Inc. Judy Vajda

Governors' Hall is a great room because of the large space and limitless ways in which it can be used. I have been with MASA for many years, so have seen this room set up in many different configurations. The flexibility of the room makes it great to use.

Conference Planner at Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators Diane Dick

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Instant Gratification

HydraFacial delivers results on first treatment

By Cymbre Foster

When Spa Grand Traverse cosmetologist Sandra Umstead received her first HydraFacial, the results were so amazing that she knew it was something she wanted her clients to experience as well.  
HydraFacial is a patented technology that marries a deeply cleansing facial treatment with relaxation.
“After just one visit, this medical-grade procedure leaves the skin with improved clarity, texture, and tone,” Umstead says.
I admit I needed convincing that it could be that good when I arrived at the spa for my first HydraFacial. Truth be told, I’d rather spend my money on a new pair of shoes than skin care, and I didn’t think she would be able to do that much with my neglected, sun-damaged, slightly saggy, middle-aged skin.
Was I ever wrong.

Instant Results
A HydraFacial is a three-part treatment that begins with cleansing that removes dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to break up any dirt and oil that's clogging pores. Then the HydraPeel Tip is used to painlessly suction out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.
“No more manual extractions that may leave the skin blotchy and inflamed,” Umstead says. “The powerful serums break it all down, allowing the vacuum to pull it all up.”  
The best part is that after just one HydraFacial, you will see immediate results. I certainly did.
“This treatment satisfies our need for instant gratification, so clients can’t wait for the next treatment,” Umstead says.
Corrine Olson is one of those clients.
“My favorite facial at the spa is the HydraFacial,” she says. “It’s the first time I can say that I noticed results.”
Each treatment starts with before and after photos.
“We have the ability to compare them side by side after your treatment,” Umstead explains. “This allows us to better track your progress every time you come in.”
For many clients, seeing those results is motivation not just to come back, but also to continue better skin-care regimens at home.
Umstead pulled up my pictures, and, to my surprise, I had fewer lines on my face and my skin was truly hydrated — literally glowing, in fact.

Part of a Skin-Care Routine
Since Umstead has consistently treated herself to HydraFacials, she no longer needs to wear makeup. Her skin did look flawless.
For long-term benefits and correction purposes, Umstead recommends treatments every six weeks. For maintenance, she suggests having one each season.
“This treatment is fairly active, and I like to think of it as waking up the skin,” she says.
“It’s invigorating and satisfying in many ways, which keeps clients coming back for more.”
When a friend commented on how nice my skin looked the day after my HydraFacial, I had to agree.
“You will leave with your skin glowing, looking healthy, hydrated, and with overall better skin tone,” Olson says. “I plan on keeping this as part of my skin-care routine.”