Local student launches balloon business | Local News

Local student Chloe McQueen recently started her own business – and it’s all about balloons.

In addition to his balloon business and school, McQueen also has two other jobs. Balloon Bar Indy, his company, is a full-service balloon decorating company.

McQueen says she’s always been the one to plan the family parties. She initially thought she wanted to get into wedding planning, but once she realized she was interested in the decorating aspect of it all, her ideas changed.

“I saw balloons and fell in love with balloons,” McQueen said. “They are the ultimate symbol of a celebration and they are timeless.”

Months before launching Balloon Bar Indy, McQueen spent countless hours practicing balloon inflation techniques and also researching the different types of balloons.

“It was a long time coming when I finally launched,” she said.

McQueen creates custom balloon walls, garlands and balloon bouquets – and these aren’t like the balloons you buy at party stores, they’re professional quality. She also has an extensive collection of backdrops for rent as well as floral elements.

“All the balloons I buy are professional grade latex and 100% biodegradable,” McQueen said. “There are a lot of reasons why I offer this to my clients simply because it’s higher quality.”

McQueen said she also needs to do a lot of research on her pricing, and that might be more than some people want to spend.

“Pricing is obviously very difficult,” she said. “…I’ve done a lot of research with other balloon artists and people who do things like that to really gauge things. A lot of people don’t understand what’s really going on because they see that you can buy a kit on Amazon for $15 but when you look at them it’s not the same and there’s a reason for that.

She said her average reservation price was around $350, but it could fluctuate depending on what was ordered.

The launch of his company in March is not due to chance. McQueen said starting in March it would be open in time for graduation party and event season.

“I did it on purpose because the slowest months are the winter months,” she said. “There are still parties, but not as many. I deliberately tried to pitch when I would do more events and gain more credibility and get more photos and stuff like that.

In the future, McQueen hopes to work full-time on Balloon Bar Indy.

To see its various facility packages and balloon rentals, visit the website at theballoonbarindy.com. McQueen said the sooner people reached out, the better.