Mike and D'Andra Davidson

D'Andra and Mike Davidson constructed The Orchard Event Venue and opened it in 2011, with their first event being a wedding. They ran the business for the last 11 years before making the decision to sell.

Mike and D’Andra Davidson thought a lot about what they wanted to do with their 10-acre property on the west side of Azle over a decade ago.

While looking at wedding venues with their daughter, picturing what the perfect event space would look like, that’s when inspiration struck.

The Davidsons opened the Orchard Event Venue and Retreat in 2011. It has seen hundreds of weddings, fundraisers, appreciation banquets and more over the years. Now, it is time for them to say goodbye to the place they built.

“It’s bittersweet, but it was time,” D’Andra said.

As of the end of June, The Orchard is under new ownership through a company called Unity Ventures Azle Fund, LLC out of Ohio. The owners are a married couple, Vamsi Kora and Suneeta Maddipati.

“(The new owner) said, ‘I want to leave it just as it is,’” D’Andra said. “So we were happy about that.”

The new owner has plans to make changes that the Davidsons “had wanted to do for a long time,” including enclosing the open-air pavilion so it can be used more.

Even though the new owners are not local, the Davidsons are confident that they will keep operations going the same direction that they did. The current staff at The Orchard will remain and handle the day-to-day operations of the venue.

“The proof’s in the pudding,” Mike said. “We’ll see what happens when it actually comes about, but I think they will (keep things the same).”

Lacey Davis will remain as the general manager for The Orchard.

“We are actually very excited about this new change,” Davis said.

“We have all loved working for Mike and D’Andra these past years and are excited to take their company to the next level. We’re all just looking forward to the future and hope we can continue (their) legacy with a fresh take.”

 Other staff members will be staying on under the new owners as well, including Kevin Case, event manager, Shaina Davis, planning coordinator, Enrique Velasquez, maintenance manager, Renee Vernon, housekeeping manager, and Angel Rodriguez, maintenance. They are joined by newcomers Maria Gonzalez as a venue representative and Sarah Johnson in housekeeping, both who joined this week.

New changes have already begun at the venue.

“We have recently redecorated our Bridal Suite and Groom’s Cabin with some exciting new amenities,” said Davis.

“We also plan on enclosing our outdoor pavilion to be better suited for year-round events.”

The Orchard played a big role as a host venue for many of the nonprofit organizations serving Azle. Davis said that the new owners plan to carry on with that role because they have “established many relationships throughout our community and we don’t plan on ending those.”

Mike will stay busy with his construction business, ProBuild, and said that they are “ready for some more things.”

“Yeah, we’re going to refill (that time) now,” D’Andra said. The couple wants to include travel plans in the future, as well as plenty of time spent with their kids and grandkids.

The Davidsons are sad to say goodbye to the venue but are thankful for the community that helped it grow.

“We would like to thank the entire community of Azle for all their support and guidance,” Mike said. “We kept all of our business locally. … Everybody has been so helpful, and it’s been a great relationship for sure.”

The Davidsons are also thankful to Tina Hearn Realtors for helping to make the sale and transition of ownership of The Orchard go smoothly.

She did such a great job and handled everything,” said D’Andra. “She really went above and beyond.”

For more information about The Orchard Event Venue and Retreat, visit www.theorchardtx.com, or call 817-270-4555.