Founded in 2021 by Jamie Nite, Good Nites on the Square is a charming event center located in the heart of the Claude community. Jami has worked hard to create a space that feels inviting and like an extension of your own home.
The historic building on the square offers a quaint feel combined with modern amenities makes it the perfect canvas for any event theme or style. Jami’s venue is the perfect place for a wide range of special occasions whether you’re planning a birthday celebration, corporate event, baby shower, Christmas party, or any other memorable gathering.
Jami came to America’s SBDC at WTAMU in May of 2021 for assistance with a business plan to add an outdoor space to the venue. She worked closely with the SBDC to create a business plan and financial projections to apply for funding from the Claude Economic Development Corporation.
Read more to meet Jami and learn about Good Nites!
What is business and how do you serve your customers?
Good Nites on the Square is an event venue in Claude, Texas. It’s a place that people in our community can rent for different events, whether that’s bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, junior high dance, family get-to-gethers, or Thanksgiving meals.
Why did you decide to start your business?
Claude really needed something like this, and I love to entertain. Some of my friend had this building for sale and I thought “well I might would like to do something like that” and make an event space for people to have those kinds of things!
What’s a favorite memory in the business?
Over Christmas we had Santa in the building, which was so much fun! We had free hot chocolate and a local photographer was on hand to take children's photos with Santa in a beautifully staged area. We also had Valentine’s Day and date night which was such a special night to be able to provide a new experience for couples and the building was full!
What’s the most rewarding part about owning a business?
Being involved with the community and able to have a place for people to go. More recently, we’ve had a couple of families that lost loved ones, and I feel very fortunate to be able to open up my space and have funeral meals for them.
What is a tip you have for other small business owners?
I think my best tip if you’re just staring out, is go to your local economic development corporation. I was very blessed and I went to them and said “can you help me out with some funding to be able to do that outdoor space.” That was an extra expense that I didn’t know would be so costly. So, they were very helpful, and of course the the SBDC helped me greatly do my paperwork to the economic development committee.
If you had to choose one favorite meal to eat forever, what would it be?
Nachos! I love chips and dip and all the things you can put on them!