Jennifer Klassen & Crystal Bryant

Owners, Gather in Downtown McKinney

Gather in Downtown McKinney has become the premier event venue in McKinney, winning McKinney Best Wedding Venue the past three years. Gather is available for all private events, including corporate & personal events for any reason. It is also open to the public for Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gather is a BYOB establishment.

Business address: 207 E. Virginia St., McKinney

Year opened: 2011

Number of employees: 10

Website/Phone:; 972-548-8882

What does your business offer that is unique compared to similar businesses?

Located in Historic Downtown McKinney and its original internal exposed brick, wood flooring, and tin ceiling along with the addition of crystal chandeliers, Gather provides a unique environment not found at other venues.  Gather’s “all-inclusive” experience provides the venue, in-house catering and event manager all at one location.  We are certain to create an occasion your guests will always remember. Let’s not forget the BYOB savings for any event budget. Another unique aspect is we welcome large party Sunday Brunch reservations for any family GATHER-ings.

What is the most important part of your job on a daily basis?

Exceeding client expectations during event planning and overall event experience. We are privileged to be a part of life events and Sunday brunch shared with our guests’ family and friends.

What are your keys to success?

Family ownership and guest experience are our keys to success.  Our clients at Gather become a part of our family, and we become a part of theirs. It’s important to us that we have that connection when planning such special events. We love it when we hear “a friend told me about your place.” Word of mouth and of course Facebook reviews support the high-quality culinary experience and personalized experience provided by the entire Gather staff not just for event hosts but also their guests.

What surprises you most about your job?

Having experienced over 350 private events in just four short years, we are continuously amazed at how unique each event ends up being. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate, or a family get together; our guests bring their personal touches to every “GATHER-ing.”

Tell us something most people wouldn't know about your company.

We laugh a lot here at Gather.  The combination of a husband-wife-daughters ownership plus to that the industry antics that come with event planning makes for a successful business that rarely feels like work. If it’s not posted on Facebook or blogged about, there’s a reason you don’t know about it.

To be featured in Five on Three, contact Chris Beattie at or 972-398-4296.

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