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Meet Dr. Alice Clark Harris of Kandy Specialty Party Supplies and Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Alice Clark Harris.

Kandy Specialty Party Supplies and Services is a family owned business that was founded on April 1, 2015, by Dr. Alice Clark Harris and her two children, Lewis Deon Clark & Aqueta B. Clark. Additionally, we are fortunate to have my brother Robert Willis work with us, cleaning the rental equipment and making deliveries. We started our business from my residence (Mom-Alice), using storage rentals and our homes to store our rental equipment and supplies. Since, my brother, daughter, and son work full-time as well, Alice oversees the business as the Executive and Financial Officer. My son Lewis is the Operations Scheduling Office, my daughter Aqueta is the Technology Officer, and my brother Robert Willis is the Maintenance Officer for our business.

The objective of starting our business came from a simple idea: to help bring happiness and enjoyment to people’s lives by providing fun, excitement, and lasting memories for their special events through our party rental business. The development of Kandy Specialty came about two years ago through casual conversations with the family on starting a business and has since expanded to a brick and mortar facility in July 2016. The business facility is called Kandy Specialty Center, located at 1145 E. Dominguez Street, Unit J, Carson, CA. Kandy Specialty’s mission is to efficiently provide leading-edge party supplies and services that sets us apart from the competition. Our vision is to be one of the top high-quality party supplies and services and go-to company for all party and special events.

The Clark Harris Family is aware of the many challenges party rental businesses face with planning, organizing, and implementing these types of services, so we continually strive to improve our services to meet our customers’ needs and wants. We work hard to provide clean, reliable, and quality products to our customers. As parents ourselves, we want to provide our customers with the same high-quality party supplies and services that we expect. We are excited, enthusiastic, focused, and motivated about what our business has to offer, so we look forward to providing our customers with efficient, effective, and exceptional service. As we enter our 3rd year, our focus is to continue working to expand our business venture to meet and satisfy our customers by providing special functions, such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, meetings, and other events within our center/facility.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We have had some challenges to work through with starting our business, such as finances because we used our own capital to start the business. We also had some challenges with scheduling functions because my brother and two children work full-time and have families as well, so their working hours are normally on weekends and holidays. Therefore, this year we are looking forward to expanding our staff to include temporary help to assist with cleaning and deliveries, and expanding our business to includes functions at our facility.

Kandy Specialty Party Supplies and Services – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our company is known for quality customer services, providing timely delivery of rental products, maintaining quality products, and providing clean sanitary supplies and equipment to our customers. Working hard to continue maintaining these type of services has helped set us apart from our competitors within our area.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of our business career so far is moving from doing business out of our Mother’s residence and using a rental storage to a storefront business where our rental equipment is located at one location and where we can receive customers. Being able to open the doors to our very own shop.

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