Features

Costume shop in Halloween Capital of the World makes for fun times

After 33 years in the party business while calling the Halloween Capital of the World home, Mary Vander Laan can say she's seen just about everything. ... more »

Francesco Tijnagel, June 2016

Francesco TijnagelOwner, Louis Wittenburg Halloween & Party SuppliesAmsterdam, The NetherlandsPPR: How long have you been in business?The store was fo ... more »

Purchase of longtime party business brings family closer together at Shindigs & Celebrations

As the old saying goes, a family that works together stays together. Well, maybe that's not quite the adage, but quality, productive time spent with l ... more »


Kelley Vaught, Shindigs & Celebrations

Kelley VaughtEmployee, Shindigs & CelebrationsNashville, TennesseeQ: What drew you to this business?I attended the University of Tennessee at Chattano ... more »

Being a costume retailer near major college campus keeps things interesting at Party Heaven

There is rarely a dull moment at Party Heaven in Berkeley, California. The store is located on Bancroft Way, literally across the street from the Univ ... more »

Paula Federici, April 2016

Paula FedericiExecutive Buyer, Paper First AffiliatesBrookline, MassachusettsPaula Federici's time in retail dates back to college, when she started a ... more »

The Costume Shoppe

Minnesota store all about clowns and costumes Tricia Manuel is a clown-of-all-trades. Manuel started in the clown business as Pricilla Mooseburger, a ... more »

Melody Yesberg, Celebrations Unlimited

Melody YesbergCelebrations UnlimitedFestus, MissouriEven as a fresh college graduate, Melody Yesberg knew she wanted to be in business for herself. Af ... more »

Korynn Knight, March 2016

Korynn KnightManager, Party HeavenBerkeley, CaliforniaPPR: How long have you been at Party Heaven? I started working at Paper Heaven in 2007. The orig ... more »

Cindy Hayden, The Ballooney Bin

Cindy HaydenThe Ballooney BinJackson, MichiganCindy Hayden's creativity goes well beyond her balloon business. In addition to running the Ballooney Bi ... more »

Washington D.C.’s year-round Halloween store: Total Party – Party, Costumes & Novelties

Lorenzo Caltagirone's transition from haunted attraction enthusiast to costume and party storeowner has been a long one. The trek started 12 years ... more »

Megan Canny, February 2016

Megan CannyAssistant Manager, Party Papers and CostumesAnoka, MinnesotaQ: What is your retail background? I have worked in customer service/retail for ... more »

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