Wally sits down with Michelle, Tyler’s Store Manager and corporate balloon expert, to gain her insights on the re-branding of one of the last three Card & Party Factory stores in the Wally’s chain of 27 stores.
You’ve been with Wally’s Party Factory for almost 15 years! You’ve got to be doing something right – what song would you say best describes your work ethic?
Eye of the Tiger – I decline the offer to sing it for you. : )
It’s a well-known fact throughout the Tyler market and the Wally’s Party Factory chain that you are the balloon expert and artist extraordinaire! What do you do to continue to expand on your knowledge and keep the creative juices flowing?
Such a statement to live up to! I attend the World Balloon Convention and participate in continued balloon education seminars. These programs keep me refreshed with new ways to create unique balloon art for our clients. My passion for balloons inspires me to motivate and to teach others.
Can you give an example of a fun and challenging event that you have designed and created balloon art for?
Sure! It excites me when I am hired to design something different – something that a customer has never seen before. Take designing balloon art for a few episodes of the television series Toddlers & Tiaras for example. For one episode I decorated the stage with life size cupcakes, lollipops, gum drops, and candy table centerpieces. I was honored when they asked me back once again to dazzle them with my designs! They definitely pushed my expertise to the next level – creating a treasure chest overflowing with jewels, gold, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and more!
Tell us something that we may not know about Wally’s Party Factory:
That’s easy! The Tyler community has asked so we are responding – we are opening a second location of Wally’s Party Factory at 4023 S. Broadway Avenue. The Grand Opening date has not been announced just yet, but it will be soon! We are so excited to be able to assist customers from both sides of town with balloons and all of their celebrations!
Working in retail and specifically party supply stores has to be fun! I know you are asked many off-the-cuff questions as there are so many different types of parties to be celebrated. We’ve come up with a few to keep you on your toes… Here goes!
A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Where is the “Frozen” section?”
If rabbits don’t lay eggs, then why does the Easter Bunny carry eggs?
The Easter Bunny is stealing them for himself to feed his ever growing herd.
As it’s the year of the superhero, we couldn’t leave them out of the fun. Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman and why?
Spiderman of course! He has “Spidey-sense” so he can preemptively escape Batman’s wrath!
Finally, when it comes to celebrations, Wally’s Party Factory is a savvy resource. What do we need to know about Wally’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration this Saturday, February 6th ?
Are you ready for some fun?! From 10 am – 2 pm we will have Tyler’s own Boogie Butt Productions along with Korn Pop the Klown entertaining the house! Sunny 106.5 will host a road show with prizes, and Small Cakes Cupcakery will help us celebrate by serving their scrumptious cupcakes! In addition, there will be freebies for the kids, free photos with Wally, and door prizes including an Apple Sport Watch! And, you don’t want to miss out on the four days of sales for the Grand Re-Opening celebration!