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Waypoint 4180 Shows Its Range at Grand Opening

CANFIELD, Ohio – Open only a few weeks, the full gamut of what’s available at Waypoint 4180 was on full display Tuesday night at the conference center’s grand opening celebration. 

Hosted in the main ballroom of the space, attached to the Courtyard Marriott Youngstown-Canfield in Westford Commons, the celebration was the culmination of about 18 months of work. On either side of the room – which can be broken into six smaller rooms for conferences – were stations showing off the full scope of the menu prepared by executive chef Angus O’Hara, as well as a full bar on each side. Along the rear of the 26,000-square-foot center is a balcony overlooking the Kennsington Golf Club.

“It’s more than I imagined. It came out fantastic. It was a vision many years ago when we first started this development and now it’s another big piece of this puzzle,” said Chuck Whitman, founder of CTW Development. “We have the golf course, so we can host outings and have them come over here. It ties into the hotel for weddings and other events. It’s a key part of it all.”

But with the grand opening, work isn’t done yet, said Nancy Sullivan, Waypoint’s executive director of sales and marketing. In the coming months, the center will open its lower level, featuring five breakout rooms and golf simulators.

“We’ll also have a huge club bar and can create a menu based on each room. It’ll be great for businesses to do their teambuilding down there,” she said. “In 2020, watch out. We’re going to be growing pretty large downstairs.”

The golf simulators, Whitman adds, should be open by January and will have a small lounge to accompany them.

For event planning, O’Hara said, nothing is off the menu. The freedom he’s been afforded by Whitman in coming up with dishes is something he’s “been training for all my life. I just didn’t know it.”

At the grand opening celebration were a table of cheeses from around the world, several racks of prime rib and a seafood table, complete with a wide range of hot sauces and cocktail sauces. And that was just for the hors d’oeuvres, he said.

“We have a core menu to get the ball rolling. Oftentimes, though, that’s an indictment of what you can not do as opposed to what you can do,” he said. “If we can ask a bride to envision what she wants to see on her perfect day, then let’s do that. This is a field of all possibilities.”

Pictured: At the grand opening of Waypoint 4180 conference center, CTW Development founder Chuck Whitman joined the center’s executive director of sales and marketing Nancy Sullivan and executive chef Angus O’Hara.

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