Grau has recently launched SPACE PORT in Paterson, NJ bringing jobs back to the depressed downtown area. As featured on the cover of The Record Newspaper of the Employment section and quoted "the economic engine of Paterson & part of the revival". This entrepreneur, mother of two & two step-kids, wife and philanthropist is working with the Mayor of Paterson and with area schools to bring fun to an area that has seen its share of despair and hopelessness. Grau believes that SPACE PORT will help to resurrect a city by breathing in new life and creating a venue that all can enjoy.
Grau’s first venue, SPACE ODYSSEY USA was created by transforming an old dingy warehouse in 2005. It features a galaxy of fun for people of all ages. From laser tag and bowling to the latest in arcades. SPACE ODYSSEY USA also hosts some of the biggest and most outrageous celebrity events, birthday parties and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations. With her husband, Emmy award winning television producer Jim by her side, Grau turned her extensive career in marketing and public relations into an innovative concept and business that continues to grow particularly during these difficult times. Grau has faced many challenges in her life.
A Russian/Jewish nine year old girl emigrating to US with her parents, grandparents and an older brother from the Ukraine, she mastered a new land and learned English while growing up in Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. She went on to pursue a career in Advertising Sales, Marketing & PR. Grau handled Fortune 500 clients such Met Life, AT&T and MCI. But Grau has found more excitement outside of the corporate world. Running her own company allows her to feed both her entrepreneurial side and her philanthropic side. In addition to the economic lift she is giving downtown Paterson, Grau hosts an annual Halloween Party at SPACE ODYSSEY USA. Proceeds from the event go to a designated charity. Elvira Grau truly enjoys her work!!! She makes her client's fantasies come alive and helps celebrate their milestones!
Elvira and Jim Grau work and live in Bergen County, New Jersey with their four children and family dog.
About Space Port
Space Port located in Center City Mall in Paterson, New Jersey is a state of the art, "Members only" Entertainment Venue. Created by the founders of Space Odyssey USA in Englewood New Jersey, Space Port takes family entertaining to a whole new level! The spectacular 2-level, 32,000 sq. ft. space is pure energy & excitement!
Attractions include an indoor 3-level playground, train ride, spaceship, basketball court, glow in the dark bowling alleys, paintless paint ball, laser tag, large arcade, all POSH VIP rooms - 2 suites with access to an outside patio and 3 penthouses available for private parties. Space Port - Family Entertainment Venue offers the best games & attractions and is designed for those who expect the very best! For more information or to become a member log on to www.spaceportnj.com or call 888-81-space located at 301 Main Street, Paterson New Jersey.