A new catering and event planning business is open off the Square … Rumor Has It.

A new catering and event planning business is open off the Square … Rumor Has It.

For a more elegant event, or a delightful lunch brought to your office, Rumor Has It is bringing a high-quality service to the Carthage area. Lee and Lilly Carlson, of Carthage, made a soft opening to the community Monday, Dec. 3 off the northeast side of the Carthage Square at 227 E. 3rd St.

“So far we have had a good response,” Lee said. “I think it should work out well … I hope with the initial visit, people will leave with a feeling that they will not have to worry about anything. And I think I do that.”

When planning a large and memorable event, such as a wedding, the Carlsons' goal is to provide an enjoyable experience while creating a beautiful setting. Other events Rumor Has It specializes in are: Christmas parties, family reunions, baby showers, bunko parties or nice lunches for the office.

Menu items for lunch catering include:  homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, salads, meatloaf, lasagna, turkey and dressing, or spaghetti. There are also side items such as: casseroles, homemade pies (for any type of gathering) coffee and an assortment of danishes and rolls.

“Just good home-cooked meals,” Lilly said.

Lee brings more than 20 years of experience in hotel event planning, but the Carthage community might know him from his seven years at the Broadview Country Club, or his current seating on the Carthage City Council. The Carlsons, along with their five children: Jessica (Carlson) Lane; Rebekah; Emily; Lydia and Clayton, have lived in Carthage for the past 12 years.

“We love Carthage,” Lee said. “This is our home. We love the schools, the people – everything.”

Rumor Has It will display some local photography ideas as well as art from local artist Koral Martin, and the Carlsons expect the location will be available for indoor dining at the beginning of February 2013.

Currently, Rumor Has It is offering professional gift wrapping services for the holidays. To book an appointment, or to inquire about Rumor Has It services, call 388-8388.

Continue reading The Carthage Press for further developments with Rumor Has It, located next door to the Star Lanes bowling alley.