2020 brings brand new design and concept to King Street’s The Spoke Club

Upon serving members for more than 14 years, The Spoke Club will temporarily close on January 1st, 2020 for a full venue renovation. Driven by industry-leading entrepreneurs Fernando Mammoliti, and Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano of INK Entertainment, luxurious service, delicious dining, sophisticated design and innovation are at the heart of the new Spoke Club iteration.

“We partnered with INK Entertainment earlier this year to revitalize the distinguished Club with new art, entertainment and culinary offerings,” says Fernando Mammoliti, owner, The Spoke Club. “While maintaining the private member legacy, we will continue this mandate by bringing something entirely new and progressive to North America’s private member club scene.”

“Elevated and sophisticated design with incomparable experiences are crucial to the new club,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “The membership offering will evolve too. Our focus is not solely on what you do or what industry you are part of, but who you are and what you yearn for.”

With designs by award-winning Toronto-based firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, the extensive renovations will encompass all floors and introduce a to-be-announced dining concept by INK Entertainment. A new and robust membership will also be available to future and existing members once the club reopens in the late spring 2020. For one final night, members and the public are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve and send off the iconic club. A semi-formal affair, tickets for guests can be purchased via Eventbrite and inquiries for table packages can be directed to concierge@thespokeclub.com or by calling 647-338-5915.

Certified Cool: Charles Khabouth on Forbes’ list of “Coolest Boutique Hotel Owners”

Forbes just released their list of the World’s Top Ten Coolest Boutique Hotel Owners and INK Entertainment‘s own Charles Khabouth is given the official cool certification thanks to Bisha Hotel & Residences.

The article discusses the complexity and significance of brand collaboration or multi-concept branding in boutique hospitality and how artistically inclined brands find the hospitality space uncertain but prosperous when expanding into the field.

In regards to Khabouth, Writer Frances Kiradijan, Founder and CEO, Boutique and Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), states: “Nightclub developer Charles Khabouth saw a market for hotels that combine “cool” hotel experiences with luxury service, a notion that he brought to Bisha, his hotel collaboration with musical icon Lenny Kravitz. The undeniably “cool” location has earned a spot in Conde Nast’s 15 Best Hotels in Toronto, with suites designed by Kravitz.”

To see which hoteliers and owners made the list and more information on the boutique side of hospitality, read the Forbes article here.

INK Entertainment announces new partnership with The Spoke Club

INK Entertainment CEO Charles Khabouth and President Danny Soberano are pleased to announce a brand new partnership with The Spoke Club. Joining new owner Fernando Mammoliti, the trio will be revitalizing Spoke Club with new art, entertainment and culinary offerings while respecting and maintaining the private member legacy. To launch INK’s involvement, current members can anticipate a refreshed rooftop patio for Summer 2019 and a new curated art collection to revive the venue’s interior.

“The Spoke Club’s longstanding history as an exclusive, private member club is something we respect tremendously,” says Charles Khabouth. “Premium products and experiences are fundamental to our business, and we look forward to offering our expertise in hospitality to this establishment’s well-respected community.”

Working with the award-winning Toronto-based design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, The Spoke Club will begin floor-by-floor renovations starting in 2020.

Charles Khabouth reveals secrets to sartorial success in Forbes interview

Following his EY Entrepreneur of the Year win in the Entertainment and Hospitality sector, CEO and Founder Charles Khabouth sat down with Forbes to discuss INK Entertainment and its properties, his legacy in Toronto’s hospitality industry and all things fashion. 

To read more about Charles, his favourite designers and the success of INK properties, head to the full interview here.

Photo by Jesse Milns for Forbes.

Charles Khabouth wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Entertainment & Hospitality

Congratulations to INK Entertainment’s CEO and Founder Charles Khabouth on winning Ernst & Young (EY)’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Entertainment & Hospitality sector for the Ontario region. 

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario awards program honours the visionaries who dare to think differently to pioneer new solutions, combinations and possibilities. This year, 46 finalists across nine categories were recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit, unyielding high standards and commitment to purpose-driven leadership. The awards took place on Thursday, October 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with many of Ontario’s successful entrepreneurs and business owners in attendance. 

“Creating experiences is my passion and seeing guests enjoy themselves at our venues is the ultimate motivator,” says Khabouth. “I extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists at last night’s gala. To work in this industry and be recognized by EY is an incredible honour. I can assure you INK Entertainment has much more to come.”

Leading the entertainment and hospitality scene since the early 1980’s, Khabouth is known and respected for his risky out of the box ideas. From Toronto’s ground-breaking Club Z and nightclub Stilife, award-winning restaurants, luxury boutique hotel brand Bisha and a recent venture into the art world, Khabouth’s 30-plus year career has been nothing short of inspiring.

Charles Khabouth speaks at Globe and Mail’s Small Business Summit

INK Entertainment CEO and Founder, Charles Khabouth, joined the Globe and Mail‘s third annual Small Business Summit today. As a panelist sharing key lessons from leading entrepreneurs, the group dove deep into complex matters including employee retention, establishing a thriving workplace culture, trials and tribulations, and work-life balance.

 

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Charles Khabouth speaks at Global Industry Day 2018 in Toronto, Canada

INK Entertainment‘s CEO was part of a panel at the Global Meetings Industry Day 2018 speaking to local and international event planners and producers. Some topics they covered included: the hotel industry, wow factors that make certain venues and/or events stand out, the importance of AV, lighting, etc. in creating great events and what’s one piece of advice you would give event planners.

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