A familiar face is bringing a new business to Cayce.

State & Frink is the second venture for Ashley Hunter, owner and CEO of public relations and digital consulting firm MPA Strategies.

Located at 2025 State Street in the Cayce River Arts District, State & Frink will be an event venue featuring works by members of the Cayce Arts Guild.

"Launching a new business feels intimidating and thrilling all at the same time,” Hunter said. “As our state reopens, there is a need for spaces that feel safe while also being versatile and affordable so that businesses, nonprofits, organizations and families can begin to come together once again.”

State & Frink will open June 3. The centrally-located venue offers a full catering area, corporate workspaces, a private conference room and a large open art gallery that can be configured in a variety of ways for social gatherings, corporate retreats, workshops and classes, business meetings, family celebrations and private dinners.

Hunter said fate played a hand in her decision to open a business at this location.

"While promoting the Cayce River Arts District, I learned that the space was becoming available, and I jumped at the opportunity,” she said. “This beautiful building in the heart of historic Cayce is adorned with a striped mural design and is located in an area ripe with revitalized buildings and green spaces. The building is surrounded by a hub of art, murals and creative businesses. We are located between Piecewise Coffee Company and Steel Hands Brewing; and the Cayce Riverwalk entry is just outside of our doors. After six months of upfitting and planning, I couldn’t be prouder of the new space!”

In order to promote other local local businesses, Hunter has established the State & Frink Preferred Vendors List. Renters utilizing a preferred vendor will get a discount on their rental fee.Those interested in becoming preferred vendors can apply online.

“We are so thrilled to have this beautiful gallery space at State & Frink,” said Renea Eshleman, President of the Cayce Arts Guild. “The current exhibit includes 41 pieces of art created by 20 members of the Guild. We look forward to hosting workshops where attendees will be able to see, create and learn about all forms of art.”

The public is invited to view the new venue on June 3 at 10 a.m. Light refreshments from local vendors will be served. Artists from the Cayce Arts Guild will be on hand for those interested in purchasing art. The event space can accommodate up to 75 people and Hunter said plans are in the works for an added outdoor space that she hopes will open in early fall.

More information is available at stateandfrink.com.

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