Connellsville couple start bounce house rental business
By Nancy Henry
Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Hip Hop Hooray Rentals LLC is a new business that Tom and Adrienne Murphy of Connellsville have started. They have bounce houses for rent for summer fun, parties year-round and special occasions, like block parties and backyard carnivals.
“We rented a bounce house for our son Luka's birthday last year and got interested in it,” Tom Murphy said. “We did research and decided to start the bounce house rentals. He said they deliver, set up and take down the bounce houses.
“At setup, we go over the instructions with the renter. The one thing that we focus on is the safety aspect. Adrienne and myself have both gone through safety training, which not a lot of people do, and we're proud of that. We are both registered with Pennsylvania for completing training,” he said.
The bounce houses are good for children ages 2 and up and adults up to 200 pounds. The Murphys go over all of those instructions at setup, advising the renter on ages and numbers of kids that should be in it at a time, weight and weather.
The bounce houses are for at-home birthday parties and functions of all kinds. Connellsville City Council has approved Hip Hop Hooray Rentals LLC for any city-owned properties including East Park, Yough River Park, playgrounds and parking lots.
The Murphys currently own four bounce houses: A 13x13-foot for indoor parties, two 15x15-foot and a 20x20-foot, which is the largest one commercially available. Rates are competitive at $125 a day for the 13x13-foot and 15x15-foot and $175 a day for the 20x20-foot. The rates include delivery, setup, instructions and take-down.
“In our research, we found that people who rent a bounce house don't care as much about design as they do about function,” Tom Murphy said. “We have one castle design, and the others are bright and colorful. They are popular for birthday parties and celebrations of all sizes.”
More than one bounce house can be rented at a time for festivals and special events. Discounted rates are available for nonprofit organizations, such as volunteer fire companies and churches.
At Connellsville Recreation Board's first East Park Movie Night, the Murphys donated the use of a bounce house for everyone to enjoy and to help get the word out about their new business.
“We have taken care of all the necessary things, like getting our rides registered with the state amusement bureau. I took a course and passed a test to become an inflatable inspector in the state of Pennsylvania, so I'm a pharmacist/safety inspector,” Tom Murphy said.
Tom Murphy is a pharmacist for Target Corporation. His wife Adrienne is a teacher at Dunbar Township Elementary. Both have child-safety clearances, have researched the inflatables and stress safety features that will result in an enjoyable experience.
This will be a year-round business, he said. Hip Hop Hooray is fully insured and registered with the Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards.
The company is on Facebook, and the Murphys are having a web page developed. To contact Hip Hop Hooray, call 724-963-6882.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.
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