By Heather Lusk
Hoping to open in three months, Jacqueline Bols is “full steam ahead” with her new event facility, Finley Creek Vineyards, set in the former location of Country Market on US 421.
“I was looking for the right place,” said Bols, who owns Jacquie’s Cafe and Gourmet Catering. “I wanted to make it sustainable. I wanted to have that feel to it but I wanted to have that sophisticated edge.”
Set on five acres on Michigan Road, Finley Creek Vineyards will aim to convey a feeling of being in a vineyard setting without being a winemaking facility.
“We do so many weddings, we feel it would be perfect to have a vineyard setting,” said Bols who caters more than 100 weddings each year.
“It’s completely on its own, she said. “Kind of like their own oasis.”
The name comes from a creek about half a mile south of the property. “I saw it and I knew it,” she said of selecting the name.
The exterior will allow for al fresco dining or tents seating 300 people with the interior currently allowing for 220 individuals.
“You wouldn’t recognize it now,” she said.
The exposed beams on the interior will be white with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Reclaimed wood will cover the walls halfway.
“Completely different from what it was,” she said.
She will utilize the kitchens at her cafe location rather than the new building.
Bols has been a caterer for 14 years and opened Jacquie’s Cafe and Gourmet Catering on Michigan Road approximately six years ago.
“We want to turn it eventually into something that is sustainable,” said Bols, hoping to eventually have chickens and a few animals on site.