Breese Brockman (pictured at right) knew she had made the right decision to operate The Boxley Inn when she hosted two weddings for local families in her first 12 months.
“That was when I knew we could have a great place for our community to gather,” she said.
The inn, located on Ellisville Drive in the town of Louisa, opened in November 2008 as a bed and breakfast and wedding and special events venue. It was a natural transition for Brockman to manage the business, since she had been self-employed for a number of years.
One of her favorite events is the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Event at the Inn in December. The guest count is often up to 120 people.
“It’s a very fun crowd, and a big part of the success of our community.” Brockman said.
One of the challenges she sometimes runs into is how to accommodate multiple people who call on short notice to make reservations. It can be hard to predict what times of year that will happen. The staff strive to handle these logistics in stride and to “still be at our best,” she said.
Brockman advised aspiring entrepreneurs to be prepared for a slow first year.
“Then prepare for the business to catch on ... and that is when you need to be ready to grow and change pretty quickly,” she said. “Every guest’s experience must be fantastic, because when you can make that happen, you make a customer for life.”