New SE location, opening in response to customer demand, offers more space and new features
PORTLAND, ORE. – (November 11, 2013) – Five years, to the day, after first introducing Asian-style, private suite karaoke to Portland, Voicebox will open its second entertainment venue in Southeast Portland’s Lower Morrison (LOMO).
After experiencing record growth in 2012, making weekend reservations a requirement, Voicebox surveyed customers and learned demand was high for a SE location. Its new location at 734 SE 6th Ave, is smack dab in the middle of Portland’s flourishing SE Morrison neighborhood.
“I’m thrilled to see how Portlanders have adopted the same love for this kind of karaoke that I first experienced in Seoul, South Korea,” said Voicebox Founder Scott Simon. “Gathering with friends in a private karaoke suite encourages deeper connections through song. We want our guests to leave with great memories they’ll treasure for years.”
In Asia, a karaoke box/private suite is the most popular type of karaoke venue, but is still relatively rare in the U.S. Private suites move guests away from the intimidating spotlight toward an intimate, positive group experience. Simon has seen so much interest that, in addition to adding a second location, he recently began leasing his Voicebox software system to other social entertainment venues in Portland and beyond. Simon and his partners plan to grow their technology business throughout the U.S. with a new venture titled Voicebox Industries.
Founder, Scott Simon, proudly sits atop a wall in Voicebox’s new Southeast location featuring aesthetically-thoughtful architecture with curved walls and an open beam ceiling.
What’s new at the SE location?
- Larger space (4,000 sq. ft.) and 8 suites, including a larger premier suite that fits up to 40 guests.
- Full-wall murals by Souther Salazar, a nationally acclaimed artist and recent Portland transplant.
- Two screens in every room – one on either side, allowing singing guests to better interact.
- A full bar that adds hard alcohol drinks to their acclaimed signature house-infused saké cocktails and local brews.
- An enlarged bar and dining area open to the public for those wanting to take a break, or who simply want to taste some saké and catch up with friends.
Salazar’s artwork transports the viewer into a vibrant and endless world of overlapping narratives and dreamscapes— half-remembered, half-imagined places where stories can develop and take on a life of their own.
Features imported from the first location at 2112 NW Hoyt will continue to give guests smartphone control of their suites and allow guests to manage their song queues, alter lighting effects and build their playlist in advance. Simon’s focus at both locations is to create comfortable settings for exceptional group experiences, combining superior service with a comfortable environment customized to harness the enjoyment of collective song.
Voicebox is now taking reservations for its new Southeast location. Guests can reserve the suite of their choice online at www.voiceboxpdx.com or over the phone by calling 503.303.8220.
Voicebox is a box-style karaoke lounge with a location in Portland’s NW neighborhood and a new one opening on Portland’s close-in, Southeast side. As Portland’s first all private-suite karaoke lounge, it has inspired nationwide growth in Asian-style karaoke and now leases its proprietary technology to other social entertainment venues. Voicebox designed its locations to provide the perfect karaoke experience with multiple private suites to choose from, each equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including two mics, light dimmers, pitch adjustment, and other fun gadgets like the 18th century musical innovation known as the tambourine. Voicebox’s stellar reviews on Yelp have helped to make Voicebox the place to go for bachelorette and birthday parties. Voicebox’s suites surround a central bar offering fantastic food and drink to create a uniquely authentic experience. For more information visit voiceboxpdx.com.
Scott Lennartz, Voicebox
VP of Marketing