Vail Valley Bizwatch: Charmian Place offers party rentals
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Business name: Charmian Place LLC.
Date opened: May 2014
Owner: Katie Rivera.
What goods or services do you provide? We are a party rental company.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We are unique because as well as providing great party rental supplies and equipment for an affordable price, we provide employment opportunities to local adults with special needs. The job training and job duties are customized so the employee is successful independently.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We are a great option for people looking to have an affordable event. Weddings, birthday parties, family reunions — you name it, our prices are the best. We are an LLC, but the business is charitable in nature; we just don’t have to raise all of our funding. Instead, we are able to make money by providing the valley a great service and at the same time proving much-needed employment opportunities to local adults who need a little customized job training. Most of our employees grew up right here in the valley and really enjoy being a member of our workforce.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? We are eager for all the work we can get. We also have a 10 percent referral discount program, so if you are referred our way by a friend, then please make sure to mention their name for the discount. If you use Charmian Place LLC for your party rental needs, you can expect exceptional service for a great price and know your money is going to make our community a better place.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I am a special education teacher here in the valley. Currently, I am working as a sign language professional for Eagle County Schools Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. I also spent three seasons as the adaptive coordinator for the Beaver Creek Ski School.
In both of these jobs I was able to see that there is a need for more job opportunities for adults with special needs. The party supply company was the perfect business to embrace this unique business plan. I wanted to start a program of some sort originally, but when it came down to it, becoming a small business owner and opening up jobs to this specific group was just a better way to make an improvement.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? My first order of tables and chairs came by truck and I had no idea that it was going to be a couple tons of equipment on big pallets. I don’t know what I was expecting.
I was six months pregnant at the time and the truck driver got out of the truck, looked at me and asked if I could call a few people to help him unload. I was more prepared with help available for the next delivery!
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