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momentum {mamas in business}

alisa lewis

event design & the attic


hrough thick beams of wood a stream of sunlight trickles in and falls on a long wooden table with benches to match. On the table, translucent blue mason jars filled with aromatic lavender line the center of the table. On the benches, guests of all ages gather with a smile apexed at the beautiful and elegant decorations on the table in celebration of a recent wedding. Everyone is having a fantastic time. So much that they don’t really seem to notice the beautiful and simple centerpieces. But that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. Ambiance isn’t always noticed, but it is always felt. Alisa Lewis, owner of a design and rental company specializing in vintage and custom rental items for events, weddings, photo shoots, and product shoots understands this perfectly. You need a stack of antique trunks for a photoshoot? Lewis is your mama.

NWM How did you start your business? AL I built my businesses from the ground up. I started from nothing and worked every day to make it something bigger. I had experience with event design and coordination and started my own company from scratch. I built a reputation and clientele which now supports Alisa Lewis Event Design. For the Attic | A Vintage Rental Company I started with a handful of antiques and unique vintage pieces and started renting them out. I used social media and built a website to help promote my business to our area. I am constantly expanding my collection of vintage, antique, and custom pieces. NWM Why did you start your business? AL I have been involved in the wedding & event industry for about 4 years and saw a need for a rental company offering unique and custom items to brides, photographers, and event planners. I wanted to offer beautiful pieces that weren’t your typical event rental items. As an event designer and stylist, I also saw a need for a company that could put all of the pieces of an event together in a beautiful and stylish way to make it one of a kind. NWM What kind of service do your businesses provide? AL Alisa Lewis Event Design provides full service planning, coordination, and design services. We also offer styled engagement, family, maternity, baby, and product photo shoots. The Attic provides vintage rentals, tables, chairs, large & small props. We also create custom pieces for clients such as free standing church doors or farm tables.


NWM Do you fill a void of some kind? AL I feel like my businesses fills the gap in our area for unique and custom design services and beautiful repurposed tables, chairs, and antiques to make an event really pop! NWM How hard was it to perfect your skill set? AL My skill set was something I developed on my own by trial and error. I had a business background and was raised in a family of small business owners. From a young age, I have had a knack for hosting events and designing beautiful things from gardens, to food, to furniture, to celebrations. These skills have always come naturally to me. NWM Tell me about some of the events you have planned? AL I focus mainly on weddings and celebrations. Some of my favorite events have been those in which the client can envision and think “outside of the box.” I love to transform unconventional spaces into magical venues to host weddings or events. I love to not only plan the events from the ground up but also focus a majority of my time on the design and layout of the event using unique props and furniture from my collection to make it a magical affair! NWM What makes an event really sing? AL I think using furniture, props, and having an eye for design makes an event sing. Any way to make the event unique, beautiful, and handmade will make your guests feel special and make the event unforgettable.

Northwest Mama Magazine - PREMIERE ISSUE - April 2012  

The Northwest's premiere monthly magazine dedicated to Mamas of all ages, races, ethnicities and cultures. Explore relevant matters, enjoy...

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