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Otmj Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Grand openning

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By Emily Williams The new Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain

Brook is not just a place to stay or host events; it’s designed to be a cultural experience in and of itself. The hotel, which is preparing for its grand opening in Lane Park on Oct. 23, includes an art gallery, cooking school, wine-blending service and spa in addition to the traditional event venues, restaurant and bar, which, in this case, aren’t traditional at all. Offerings at the hotel, The Kessler

‘This property has all of the bells and whistles. We have the cooking school, wine blending and the spa. We have all of the toys to play with and we are very proud of that.’ Thomas Hoffman, General Manager Grand Bohemian Hotel

Collection’s newest property, have a decidedly local flair, said hotel General Manager Thomas Hoffman. “Food, art and music are three really important components for each property,” Hoffman said. “Each property has an art gallery. We have the biggest one in our collection. We display art, we sell art, we talk about art and you will see art throughout the hotel.” The hotel’s art gallery will house works by international artists as well as local and regional artists.

See grand bohemian, page 18


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Style and Substance Mountain Brook designer using custom clothes to change lives fashion Page 27 high notes Vestavia Hills celebrates new city hall grand opening news Page 14

Fashions for the Foundation Grand Bohemian Hotel The Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation will host its annual fashion show Nov. 9 beginning at 11 a.m. Administrators, teachers and parents from each of the Mountain Brook City Schools will walk the runway wearing clothing provided by local merchants. Individual tickets are $100 and tables of eight can be purchased for $800. To purchase tickets, visit www. or call 414-0042. See story page 43.

Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.

The New Grand Bohemian Hotel Caters to the Community

Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Gala Grand Bohemian Hotel The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which has awarded over $1 million in college scholarships to veterans and children, will host a gala from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will serve as keynote speaker. The event will also include a presentation by Brigadier General John “J.T.” Thomson, Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The evening will include cocktails, dinner and a live auction. Tickets are $250 each. For more information, visit www.johnnymac. org.

Journal photo by Emily Williams

Local Style

The Grand Bohemian Hotel has already booked several highprofile events.