It may still look like the old Lowe's building on the outside, but inside the Danville Convention Center is nearly ready for business.
Don Vizi, president of the center, said the first large event will be next Saturday, a banquet for 300 people. In the meantime he is opening the center up to the public 8:30 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We want to get the word out that we're here and we're open," Vizi said.
A 4,200-square-foot spa will open next, in early February. Vizi hopes to have an eight or 10 screen movie theater sign a lease by next week. After the theater signs, he believes that a 168-seat restaurant would soon follow suit.
The convention center has a catering kitchen. Vizi is still working on a liquor license. The city denied his application, saying that it didn't believe it could legally grant a convention center a license. A hearing will be held Jan. 8 in Frankfort with the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control Board.