The Balloon Saloon began with my husband's birthday. I wanted to send him some bright rainbow colored balloons to both delight and surprise him and also amuse my then 1 and 3 year old kids. Balloon delivery proved hard to get. I was finding it impossible to locate a company that delivered. That was 34 years ago! What started out with my husband saying "let's get a gross of balloons and a tank of helium" has grown into a company that in addition to delivering hundreds of thousands of balloons for the Macy's Day Parade has also gratefully delivered newborn balloon bouquets to the kids I knew who are having their own kids.
My husband and I alternated weeks, (at the time considered outrageous). It worked out great because at least one of us could be with the kids. This served as an interesting arrangement since we could then be fresh for each endeavor. We attended balloon seminars and learned fabulous decorating skills. I have since become a " Certified Balloon Artist" recognized in the trade. From the operation in our living room, we've grown into a well respected and successful business.
Balloon Saloon was a pioneer in Tribeca and now we're an institution. We've been immortalized in the Movie Unfaithful starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. We have appeared many times on the Apprentice and featured as " The Most Fun Store in New York City" on the TV show Cool In The Code. We have had the privilege working for The Mayor's Office For Special Events gracing City Hall and decorating for the parade in the Canyon of Heroes for the Yankees. A personal favorite is the Israel Day Parade and the Polish Parade too, watching all the balloon archways instantly transforming the grey streets into a colorful street party, it's an amazing site.
Then there's the balloon drops of ten thousand balloons cascaded over the audience in Madison Square Garden for the LCD Sound System band. Broadway performances include Nathan Lane's November, Cirque De Soleille's Banana Shpeel,The Adam's Family and Chicago. Just a few of the shows over the years that we have had the privilege to be a part of providing fabulous balloons.
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I can't help but smile every single time when someone comes into our Tribeca store and says " Wow this store is fantastic!". The retro vintage toys make everyone happy. The store is packed with so many balloons, fun gags and gifts for both adults and kids that you don't know where to look first. Remember your first Silly Putty? In a world filled with such turbulence it's extremely gratifying to know that I can still make so many people happy for so long. My best gift for my life's work is having my children growing up with me and now having Tiffany and Sean working side by side with me all these years.
I am the luckiest person in the whole world. I make people happy and the world a more beautiful place.