With the Clarion Inn demolished and the Elks Lodge closed, the list of available venues for large parties and weddings shrunk in North Iowa.
Scott and Gwen Bultje decided to help fill a growing need by opening Diamond Oak Events in Clear Lake.
“I was looking for an employment opportunity. I came from the corporate world after 25 years and I was looking to do something a little more positive,” Scott said. “We came up with this idea.”
The Bultje’s have owned the land for 10 years. When two of their children were married recently, they became aware of the lack of venues and the amount of planning that goes into putting on a large event.
“We realized that it’s an awful lot of work for parents and it’s very difficult to find private outdoor venues,” Gwen said.
In order to provide an all-inclusive type experience, Diamond Oak provides items like tables, chairs, linens and chair covers, among other items.