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The Pillsbury A-Mill was once the largest working mill in the world, and our building was an integral part of its success. State of the art, modern equipment was produced and repaired within these walls. Reopened in 2016, this historic machinery shop has been carefully restored with the specific needs of a high-end private event space in mind, keeping the original 1916 architectural details intact, while introducing modern luxury in this industrial space for all types of events. Just as the Pillsbury machine shop was an important player in establishing Minneapolis, Historic Machine Shop is a cornerstone for the city of Minneapolis, as a host of extraordinary and glamorous events.

Our Staff

Sarah Johnson
Executive Director

champagne enthusiast // social butterfly // charcuterie devotee

Sarah should have known the event industry was in her future when she insisted on seating guests and passing out programs at her uncle’s wedding at the ripe old age of 3. She has been involved in some area of hospitality since high school and is excited every day to be able to lead everyone that comes to make magic at Machine Shop. Sarah is also passionate about being connected with others in the industry. As a former president of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Chapter of the International Live Events Association and a steering committee member of the Minnesota Events Coalition – the relationships she has built within events are some of the greatest takeaways of her career so far.

Sheridan Wagner
Sales Manager

passionate about burritos // bubbly // baths

Sheridan has been with Machine Shop since its opening in 2016 and over the years has worked on more than 200 weddings in the space! She is passionate about Machine Shop always looking its best and is a perfectionist when it comes to all the little details that go into planning and executing any event. As our Sales Manager, she loves to connect with potential clients when touring them through the space. In her freetime you will find her with friends checking out the local brewery scene or up north at her family cabin on the White Fish Chain.

Lauren Bohm
Event Manager

dog lover // dance mover // donut connoisseur

With a love for production, community, and design Lauren found her place in the event industry. Lauren’s past roles in operations and experiential design brought her to the historic Machine Shop. Bringing client visions (big and small) to life and fostering an environment for life long memories is what she loves most about working with every Machine Shop client.

Sara Peterson
Event Manager

dancing queen // boy band fanatic // margarita aficionado

As a Minnesota native and University of Minnesota alumni, Sara has a passion for the Minneapolis community and managing events that bring people here together. She has a diverse background in events, ranging from festivals to weddings and loves being able to give people an unforgettable experience in our space at Machine Shop.

Tiffany Gerber
Bar Manager

caffeine connoisseur // fur momma // nap maestro

Tiffany joined the service industry at the ripe age of 15 and has been serving, bartending, and managing ever since. She came to Machine Shop for the first event as a bartender and immediately fell in love with the space and the amazing team working here. Tiffany became the first assistant bar manager as events grew and is now loving her Bar Manager position at one of the most beautiful venues in town.

Ryan Kelley
Facilities & Operations Manager

karaoke king // competitive bags champ // chipotle superfan

As a criminal justice student, Ryan has worked in the private security industry for over 7 years. With a wide variety of experience under his belt, Ryan enjoys bringing his expertise with putting on safe and successful events to the Machine Shop every day. He also loves working with a fun-loving team!

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