Because you’re never too pregnant to start a business.
Carrying a child and juggling a full-time job as a life insurance agent with part-time work as a restaurant server apparently wasn’t enough for first-time Medford mother Brianna Harmon. When opportunity knocked this spring to operate her own party rental company, she jumped at the chance.
The recent St. Joseph’s University, New York grad purchased Bohemia-based The Carts Co., and quickly made it her own. She doubled her inventory, adding a champagne cart, a champagne glass wall and other themed walls so that the business could cater to most any type of celebration.
“We help make bridal showers, baby showers, communions, grand openings, weddings and proposals stand out and be memorable,” Harmon, 26, said. “The first thing the guests see when they walk in is one of our flower walls, which greets them in a unique way that will get them even more excited than they already were on the way to the party.”
The goal, Harmon said, is to change the dynamic of the event.
“When you walk into an event and the first thing you’re greeted with is a champagne wall that’s eight feet high and eight feet wide, alongside a champagne cart filled with bottles and glasses, you feel important, excited and maybe even thrilled,” Harmon said.
The Carts Co. rents out eight-by-eight and eight-by-four feet walls covered in flowers, greenery or champagne glasses. The company delivers the giant boards to the party location, and then picks them up after the celebration is over.
A full menu of rental items, which includes event-themed signage and tables and chairs, is available on the company’s website.
Approaching eight months pregnant and due the second week of July, Harmon is busy every weekend at parties and celebrations across Suffolk and Nassau counties, brightening spirits with her enthusiasm and her festive rental pieces.
“Going through this pregnancy has opened my eyes to what’s really important in life, and that is to follow your passion and dreams no matter what anyone says to you,” said Harmon, who lived in Berkley, Michigan, until she was 5, and was a two-sport student-athlete at Patchogue-Medford High School.
“I decided to take that leap, not knowing where it would take me, and it is one of the greatest accomplishments in my life,” Harmon continued. “Knowing that I have a baby on the way, it made me realize that the advice I’ll one day tell him is the same advice I’m giving to myself now.”
With parties already booked for dates in 2023, Harmon said The Carts Co.’s early success under her ownership has convinced her that there’s never a wrong time to start a business.
“If you fully believe in what you are doing, there will never be a better time than now to start a business,” said Harmon, who earned a political science degree from St. Joseph’s in 2021. “I want to be able to come home to my family after work and be thrilled with the day I had helping others and making them extra excited for their events.”
“It makes me so happy to be able to make someone feel good on their special day, especially in a day and age where photos are so important to all of us.”
Party time with The Carts Co.
Photos courtesy of Brianna Harmon and The Carts Co.