Bride has warning about Boise business
An area bride is out nearly $1,000 - and doesn't know where she'll have her reception. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
BOISE - An area bride and her mother have a warning about a downtown business.
A Boise bride says a downtown venue is taking checks from local brides - without having the permits to hold the events.
Like many brides, Alyssa Zamora has been planning her wedding reception for months - but then she heard some news she wasn’t expecting.
“I don’t think anybody really anticipates this happening,” Zamora said. “So we’re just very baffled at this place and we really don’t know where to go from this. [We’re] just very let down right now.”
Zamora and her mother were excited about Zamora’s September 2 reception at downtown’s Studio J event venue. They paid Studio J the full $775 site fee. They even spent a few hundred dollars printing invitations.
But when they went to a rental company to get their chair rentals – they found out other brides who had booked that site weren’t able to hold their receptions there.
They did some research and found out the event venue wasn’t up to code – and Studio J is not able to have events there until it has a certificate of occupancy.
Zamora’s mother Janie Cypret has tried contacting Studio J’s managers Jennifer Yager and Jeff Jerome but was not given indication that they would receive their money back. Zamora says she was referred to their attorney.
“Why are you promoting a venue that you cannot have receptions at or events at?” Cypret says she told Yager and Jerome. “You basically took my daughter’s money knowing you do not have a certificate of occupancy.”
“They’ve never mentioned we understand your concerns and we understand how you feel and we feel you deserve your money back. They never said one thing about that,” Cypret said.
A sign on the wall of Studio J says the building needs a certificate of occupancy. The sign, posted by the City of Boise building department, was dated June 1.
Studio J manager Jennifer Yager sent the following statement to Today’s 6: “We are working with the building owner to get the building compliant with city code. Thank you.”
But that doesn’t help Zamora, who’s wedding is just seven weeks away.
“My worst fear is that we don’t have a reception and that we don’t have those memories,” Zamora said.
Zamora and her mother say they’re working with attorneys and won’t stop until they get their money refunded.