Laura Helm was first introduced to Lakeland through a summer college internship at Cypress Gardens. After completing her education in public relations and business, she ended up moving back to Lakeland in the summer of 2009. She first worked in corporate events for an insurance company, where she quickly realized a desire to pursue a creativity-driven career. Her passion for storytelling and intentionality in life transpired into the creation of Ashton Events in 2010. The company slowly morphed to include planning, design, and florals. After six years in Lakeland’s event industry, she witnessed a void in our city for a large-scale venue. Lakeland CRA’s Mass Market project provided the perfect opportunity, and she opened Haus 820 in 2017.