RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you're planning a party for a child or a special occasion, you may not know where to find the caterer or the entertainment. PartyRVA is a new web business that wants to make it easy for you. And they'll show you local vendors that you may not know exist.
There's Richmond Bubble Soccer, where players wear human-size bubbles and bounce off each other, JumpStarz offering Double Dutch rope jumping, and the balloon artistry of RVA Balloons. If you're planning a party, you'll find all these services, plus 200 more, on one website: PartyRVA.com.
"The idea is to put them all in one place, where busy moms and busy dads could find them super easy," explained site founder Nate Marcus.
The site will even email invitations to your guests and collect their RSVP's. And it's not just for kids' parties. You can plan a bachelorette party with wine tastings, food tours on bikes, and scavenger hunts. And companies can plan team building challenges in escape rooms, with iron chefs, or on go-carts. You can even book volunteerism events.
Vendors say the site is boosting their business.
"We know people have found us through PartyRVA and every party we do, the girls get more referrals," said Tish Heflebower with Princess Parties RVA.
Adds Sam Anderson with Richmond Bubble Soccer: "The advantage for us is the exposure, and we love the type of clientele that Nate brings in."
Vendors pay PartyRVA for advertising and a finder's fee. But the site is free to customers. There's even a discount if you book vendors through the site.
"They just have to email them on the site." said Marcus. "It's totally free and people shouldn't have to pay full price on a party again."
The vendors say they expect the site to help them grow.
"I actually see hiring regular staff, because I have more and more jobs where I have to have a crew of eight to 10 people," said Deborah Fellman with RVA Balloons.
And PartyRVA is already growing, too. Said Marcus, "We've just started to launch PartyColumbus for Columbus, Ohio and we're hoping to be in mini-cities."
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