Nestled on the grounds of the former founders of the Nylint Toy Company, the Mulford Complex stands as a unique venue that has become popular for hosting a variety of events, from joyous celebrations to moments of reflection.
Established in March 2023 by Devin Ruthstrom, a financial advisor, and his partner, Andy Alvarez, a digital marketing manager, the Mulford Complex has quickly become a sought-after space for gatherings in Rockford.
The Mulford Complex specializes in accommodating mid-sized groups ranging from 10 to 25 individuals. The venue's primary focus is on pulling in Rockford visitors in need of larger spaces for diverse occasions. From weddings and family reunions to college sports teams and spiritual retreats, the Mulford Complex prides itself on being a hub where memories are made.
According to Ruthstrom, the venue provides an environment that fosters connection.
"As a young adult, I thought slumber parties would no longer be a part of life. However, I soon found travels in shared spaces with friends to provide an environment primed for unlocking connection – and we love being able to provide that opportunity to Rockford visitors."
Together, Ruthstrom and Alvarez transformed the Mulford Complex into a private estate with lush, peaceful gardens situated near the Aldeen Golf Course.
While the Mulford Complex might appear a work in progress to some, Ruthstrom and Alvarez have a vision that goes beyond physical aesthetics. They believe in creating a space where diverse groups can gather, fostering a sense of community and connection.
Their decision to become a member of the Greater Rockford Chamber of Commerce reflects their desire to ensure local businesses are growing and prosperous. They frequently offer tips to event venue owners and hospitality professionals to help create a positive hospitality experience for all who visit the Greater Rockford Region.
“Build strong relationships with your neighbors,” Ruthstrom said. “Our community matters, and our relationships with each other will directly impact the success of your business.”
In a city that has worked tirelessly to create a thriving culture, the Mulford Complex has aided that work by offering a home for groups to gather. This not only provides a unique experience for visitors but also amplifies local spending across retail, food services, and home maintenance services.
As a member of the Chamber, Mulford Complex is a great example of how businesses further the success of our local ecosystem and the Greater Rockford business community.
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