Thanks guys!! The good news is I have two locations lined up that would work great (scoped them both out this afternoon), and I'm just waiting on a pricing quote from one of them. We should have a location locked up TOMORROW!!
Also, fun fact: looking for "conference rooms" is, on average, about $1k cheaper than "event spaces." When the helpful young lady told me they really wanted to get me into the $3200 "event space," I choked back peals of hysterical laughter, thanked her for her time, and realized I should probably alter the parameters of my search... Which I duly did. :P
Don't these people know that's Stax money?? ;)