The Heirloom owner returns to her roots

Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 19, 2023

An exciting new venue opened its doors in Georgiana Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a catered lunch for all community members. The Heirloom, a “Luxury for less” event center, has found its new home in the renovated Dollar General building on Alabama Highway 106. 

Owner Fannie Chisholm, a Georgiana native who resides in Birmingham, opened the venue in a return to her roots aimed at giving back to her girlhood community. She purchased her old family home for when she makes the journey to help at the The Heirloom, as she is currently the owner and director of a day care center in Birmingham. 

“It’s a lot different than the old days in Georgiana when you would see a lot of people and stuff going on around here,” Chisholm said. “That’s why I wanted to do something that would better the community. My family has always done personal events, and I have a daycare where we often host occasions. The community needs a local space for events so our young people are not traveling on the highway after dances or ceremonies, and possibly drinking and driving.”

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Chisholm’s daughter Nikki Machokoto will aid her mother in this endeavor, and said that her and her family are happy to be back and reestablishing roots in Georgiana. She explained that being in the home that her grandparents, Dorothy and Franklin Washington, built with their own hands means so much to her and her family. 

“I spent a lot of Christmases and summer vacations here,” Machokoto said. “We have been reestablishing in Georgiana but it never left our hearts. We hope to add some revenue to the city of Georgiana because we know it needs it. We know how much Georgiana has meant to us in our lives and how much it has blessed us, so we’re very happy to be back.”

The Heirloom is an ideal facility to host receptions, parties, events, showers, reunions, celebrations and more. There are multiple event packages to choose from that offer varying time slots for events and costs. The clients will be responsible for providing the caterer, decorator, event coordinator and the photographer. 

The venue provides tables and seating, plating and table decor, room decorations, speakers, a dance floor, throne chairs, a 70-inch television, a kitchen area, dressing room and an on site attendant. 

Andre Norris will be the main consultant at The Heirloom, and he can be contacted to set up an appointment for any event needs. Chisholm asks that the community please make an appointment before coming into the center so the staff can be adequately prepared for all the client’s needs. 

For inquiries contact Chisholm at thegeorgianaheirloom@gmail.com or call (205) 623-7197. The Heirloom is located at 119 State Highway 106 in Georgiana.