Local boutique gets into balloon biz

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

If you find yourself looking for different helium, foil or latex balloon arrangements, local boutique Grateful Heart can help out.
“We’ve been in the balloon business for probably about a year now,” says Grateful Heart manager Nicole Properzi. “We started off small with arrangements for birthdays and then people started to come in with pictures from Pinterest and asking if we could recreate them. I thought ‘yeah I could!’”
Since then, Properzi and staff have hit the ground running to learn the ins and outs of balloons.
“We recently went down to Chicago for a balloon conference and participated in the 2017 pride parade,” says Properzi. “We wanted to expand our knowledge and at the conference we learnt all there is to know about balloons. We also attended a hands-on workshop where we helped out other balloon professionals blow up over 4,000 balloons in preparation for the Chicago Pride parade.”
Properzi says aside from the Chicago conference, Grateful Heart has taken various webinars and courses focusing on balloons.
“We now know more about ‘décor’ balloons so we want to expand and take on more clients,” she says. “We also educate our customers on the best sort of environment for the balloon.”
Right conditions for balloons? The Leader found this to be a bit perplexing, but Properzi says having the balloons in a too hot or too cold area really does affect the quality.
“It’s important for us to make sure our clients know this so they can have the best possible float time,” she says. “I encourage people that are interested to come into the store to have a consultation with me so we can build a plan and price it out.”
Grateful Heart is located at 109 Main St. NE in Slave Lake and is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Nicole Properzi with creations made at the Chicago Balloon Conference.


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