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Newlywed couple renovates Armory and opens event center in Elsberry

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

Mikal and Brennan Lagemann preparing for their first event n the former Armory building in Elsberry.
Submitted photo.

Holding a shower, graduation party, an educational seminar or any kind of event?  Look no further than the newest business in Elsberry owned by Brennan and Mikal Lagemann.

The Lagemann’s have purchased what is known as the Armory from the First Baptist Church in Elsberry. The building didn’t sit vacant for long after the church put it up for sale in January, as Lagemann LLC closed on the purchase in late February.

After taking ownership, the project became a family affair to prepare the building for clients to use.  Both Brennan and Mikal come from close knit families, and everyone jumped in to help.  The building contains a stage area, table and chair seating, kitchen, play room, office, restrooms, with everything being handicapped accessible.  In addition, the venue offers stage lighting, speakers, two projectors, and a sound system.

The couple is looking forward to their first event scheduled for May 16 when Cherished Beginnings will hold their preschool graduation.

With the inside of the hall all set for now, they would like to turn their attention to the outside of the building.  They look forward to giving the old brick a face lift, provided finances and time allow them to proceed in the near future.   

This building has been a staple in the Elsberry community for a long time and has had many occupants. The building began as a Kroger store, turned into IGA, then Dollar General, followed by Hauser Hall and finally the Armory.   

Ironic to the situation is that Brennan’s mom, Katie, worked at the Dollar General when she was pregnant with him- in the very same building he is now the proud owner of.

You may be asking yourself why a newlywed couple would want to invest in such a business in the town of Elsberry.

That is easy for Brennan who commented, “I want to invest back into a community that has invested in me.”

Brennan grew up in this community, graduated, served two terms in the military as a medic, went to college, purchased a home, has chosen to begin his family here and is now an entrepreneur in that same community that has supported him his entire life.

While he was serving in overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom and twice in Operation Enduring Freedom, he can distinctly remember receiving care packages and letters from residents in Elsberry, reassuring him that his effort was appreciated and that he was in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

The event center can accommodate approximately 140 people at tables and 200 in chairs.  Also available is kitchen facilities and accessories to go along with it.  For pricing and details give Brennan a call at 636-357-5098 or Mikal at 636-290-6372.

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