ANDERSON — Lisa Singleton-Roberts grew up in the city and said it was a natural decision for her to move back and open a business in her hometown.
“I’m living my dream at age 48,” Singleton-Roberts said.
That dream was to open Toscana Event Centre, 1314 Broadway, and offer a unique venue for parties in Anderson.
Singleton-Roberts, a certified wedding and event planner for about 10 years, said she was working in Noblesville when she decided to open her business.
“Like a lot of people, I lost my job,” Singleton-Roberts said.
That crucial moment in her life spurred the idea of opening the Centre. She said within the next six months she plans to expand her business and open a bistro.
“I think if you have something of value in Anderson, people will come to it,” Singleton-Roberts said.
In a way, that is already happening for Singleton-Roberts. On Sunday, the Centre will host a free Breaking Bad event that is open to the public. Singleton-Roberts said baldmove.com, a podcasting company out of the greater Indianapolis area, contacted her in September about holding a season finale event for the television program.
She said she is looking forward to Sunday’s event, when more people will be able to see the renovations that have been made.
Singleton-Roberts said the architecture of her building creates a “homey” feeling and she has capitalized on that atmosphere with an Italian flair that has been well received. Singleton-Roberts admits she has never visited Toscana, but her family is planning to take her there for her 50th birthday.
“It has a neutral outdoorsy feeling,” Singleton-Roberts said. “It doesn’t feel commercial and bland. I want people to feel like they are hosting a party from their home. It doesn’t feel sterile.”