Zena Burns and Richard Jackson, owners of Dowagiac's first airbnb, the 1870 House, will host the return of the Chamber's Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 20.
"After a year's absence, we are excited to gather Chamber members for an evening of great conversation and networking, while also gathering in great style, as Zena and Richard graciously open 1870 House to us," said Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce program director.
Relocating to Dowagiac from Illinois, Zena and Richard have been quick to become part of the community, as they purchased their Division Street home and then the historic property across the street at 306 W. Division, turning it into an airbnb, which opened this spring.
Zena and her husband, a retired chef, have hosted guests from Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit and beyond, each of whom receive a welcome basket that includes treats from local businesses.
"The Dowagiac community is incredible," Zena said. "Our guests have had a great time exploring all the area has to offer."
1870 House is a spacious short-term, whole-home vacation rental that combines the best of both worlds, as old-world grandeur meets today’s conveniences. Built in 1870, this gorgeous historic home features five bedrooms and sleeps up to 10.
The airbnb has a welcoming enclosed side porch complete with swing, multiple first-floor living areas, and a stunning, formal dining room. Two of the five bedrooms are located in the Derby Wing, which can be closed off from the rest of the house. It provides desks to accommodate remote work or schooling.
The living room features a shuffleboard table and a selection of board games to entertain guests, when they're not watching one of the two smart TVs in the house.
During the July 20 Business After Hours, which runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Chamber will also hold a Ribbon-tying Ceremony to officially welcome Zena and Richard, and their business to the community.
1870s House offers special rates for friends and family of Chamber members. Business owners who would like to learn more about having their information included in guest welcome baskets are encouraged to contact Zena.