A mother-daughter duo open a Bronze Balloon business in Bronzeville, for example in an underserved area

CHICAGO (WLS) — A mother-daughter duo have opened Bronze Balloons in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with the goal of spreading happiness.

“We’ve been in such a rut for so long, we need something to help us smile,” said co-owner Andrea Stanton.

The business opened in 2021 at 35th and King Drive. During the pandemic, being creative for your own family has evolved into helping other South Side families with outdoor, COVID-free celebrations.

“Hey, we have this backyard space, let’s shine it with balloons and see how it goes,” Stanton recalled.

It went so well that Stanton and his daughter Christian Montgomery have turned those balloons into a business that offers careers in interior design and education to build something positive where Stanton grew up.

“Before we knew it, we were getting orders from people who wanted the same decor for their parties,” Montgomery said.

Using their savings and the help of family and friends, they built a corner storefront in Lake Meadows Mall, which had been vacant for a year.

And from this place, they saw a need.

“There are businesses that are north or downtown that don’t go past 22nd Street. That was a really huge problem that stood out,” Stanton said. “This location was ideal because it was in the perfect place to serve not only the community of Bronzeville, but also neighboring communities.”

“We hope the opening of Bronze Balloons will inspire others like us that it’s totally doable. It’s something you can do,” Montgomery said.

“We had people stop and say, ‘That’s exactly what I wanted to do,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, you can do it,'” Stanton added.

The two now live in neighboring communities, but they are determined to create something in the neighborhood that is so dear to them.

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