From birthday parties to baby showers to business meetings, Next Generations Event Studio is the space to hold events that people hold dear.

The business is dedicated to allowing people a space to explore their visions, whether it’s business seminars, creative sessions or just a celebration.

The party space is located in Temple Hills, Md.

James Peteet, 27, and his partner Pria Carter, 27, said they believed this would be a great moment to turn empty office space in a Temple Hills, Md., office park into a meeting venue.

“She is more into the art stuff; she does arts and crafts and had the idea for the business,” Peteet told the Washington Informer.

The venue space is 1,700 square feet. It features a main area, kitchenette, yoga studio and smaller common area. There’s parking for 20 vehicles and the space can serve a maximum of 25 people, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I want clients to be able to teach and spread their craft,” says Peteet. “I like the idea of a blank space and watching someone create and project their visions onto it.”

The blank space also provides easy cleanup. Floors can be swept and mopped. The only counters are the podium in the main room and the kitchenette area. The light switches are also an area a cinch to clean.

“We only provide the space. Everything else the client brings,” said Peteet, who recently graduated from Delaware State University and is currently teaching elementary school.

The idea for the business came from his business partner and girlfriend Pria Carter.

“We got the keys on Dec.1. We did some renovations. Our first event was a surprise 30th birthday party on New Year’s,” Peteet said. Since the maiden event, the Next Gen, as they have dubbed the business, has been booked with a variety of events including birthday parties, speed dating, sip-and-paints and vision board parties.

“Every weekend in February is booked, as well as a couple dates in March,” says Peteet.

Peteet has received inquiries from clients for events featuring up to 100 people. Although the response has generated optimism, the pandemic poses a challenge to a business that is built on the gatherings of people.

“My biggest concern was if people would even want to be around others,” says Peteet. But so far, he said, the business has generated “enough clients to pay rent.”

While the business host events of all kinds, Peteet has a fondness for financial literacy seminars. The venue host financial literacy classes often and to all groups of people.

“I believe financial literacy is a skill everybody should have, especially black people.”

The name of the business is inspired by Peteet’s desire to help the next generation and grows out of his desire to extend his teaching career beyond the classroom.

The “youngest I teach is in the sixth grade,” he said. When you make learning fun, students are easily engaged, he said, noting, “if you make it fun, they can see what awaits them if they use their money effectively.”

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