Continuing to build her Nevada business empire, local entrepreneur Evie Peterson, 37, recently open her newest business — Farm Pond Inn.
The one-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot, full-service apartment — that sits not far from her own home on nine in-town acres along E Avenue in west Nevada, purchased from Ken Huffaker — overlooks the property’s beautiful pond. It was recently added to the website, Airbnb, as a vacation rental, where those who stay can enjoy peace and quiet, Nevada’s bike trail (which runs along the property), the small-town atmosphere, the pond and more, Evie said.
Farm Pond Inn is the fourth offshoot of Peterson’s company, Farmhouse Catering, which spearheaded the opening of the sophisticated party/reception hall, Gatherings, on Sixth Street in 2014. Gatherings was, in 2016, joined by Peterson’s lunch business called The Lunch Box, which eventually grew into Farm Grounds, a coffee, bakery, cafe business located in the building next to Gatherings on main street.
The purchase of the property along E Avenue, just north of Indian Creek, where Peterson and her husband, Seth (a commercial builder), live with their children in the house, had the perfect additional building for the main offices of Farmhouse Catering on the main floor, and the Farm Pond Inn apartment on the upper floor. The building also includes a huge room with vaulted ceiling on its main level that the Petersons are renovating into a rec room and a groom’s room for the wedding parties that rent out the Farm Pond Inn as a place for their brides to get ready.
“Farm Pond Inn complements Gatherings with our weddings,” Evie said, noting that she does at least 50 weddings a year at Gatherings. Now, with Farm Pond Inn, she said, “our brides are renting it to stay in the night before with all their bridesmaids and friends. They’re using it to get ready for the wedding on the day of the event. They’re often having pictures taken on the property; and some are even using it as the place to stay in with their husbands on the night of their wedding.”
Peterson said she offered the bed and breakfast space to some of her clients to test it out, before she officially registered it and opened it to the public as an inn. “People have liked the decor and the smell,” she said, laughing a little that the smell must mean some of the new potpourris in it are being enjoyed.
Farmhouse Catering’s own staff designer, Tracy Waltz of Boone, prepared the Farm Pond Inn’s interior look. “We wanted it to feel like a vacation place, with a farmhouse feel and water, pond elements,” Evie said. The apartment is decorated in grey, white and muted tones to give it that peaceful feeling, and has many of the same decorative details that can be noticed in Evie’s other properties.
The lower floor of the building by the pond houses the much-needed main offices for Farmhouse Catering, where on many days you can find Evie, her general manager, Stephanie Badger, and her wedding/event coordinator, Courtney Luke, all hard at work. “This has really allowed us some needed space as our company continues to expand,” Evie said. She also said her other newer venture, Farm Grounds, has been doing such a good business that she recently was able to hire a full-time manager for that business, Sarah Kingsbury, who has 15 years of service experience. She’s happy to have Sarah on board, as she admits, “I was exhausted” trying to keep up with it all.
It seems every time the newspaper interviews Evie, she hints that there’s something new coming soon, so we had to ask if there were any other business ideas on the horizon. For now, Evie said, no. She’s content with where her company is at this point in time, and excited about how the existing businesses within her company continue to grow and serve the public.