When I first heard about Summer Skye and her mom, Tonya, I knew I had to include their story in my project. Summer is the six year old behind Balloonz, a party store and event space in Raleigh that specializes in the most amazing balloons you’ve ever seen.
Tonya, mom to three young children, is an entrepreneur herself, and has been an event and party planner for sometime. While Tonya was planning amazing parties and corporate events, Summer would be alongside her mom. Thinking about how she could help make parties more exciting, she came up with the idea of selling amazing balloons. And so, Balloonz was born.
Balloonz may specialize in, well, balloons, but there is a whole lot more to be had. They are more than a party store, but a party mecca. They have a beautiful party space (where our entire shoot was done) and sell a range of party supplies. If you’re looking to add some amazing detail to your next event, look no further.
Summer is very much front and center when it comes to the store. Not only does she help run the business, but she hosts events and is very much behind the decisions and the direction of Balloonz (with her mom’s help, of course). She’s developed an amazingly successful idea.
Summer was a joy to photograph. She was enthusiastic about everything, from helping me choose her dresses to posing as professionally as a seasoned model. I so enjoyed working with her, and she was as fun and bubbly as you would expect a girl with a balloon dream to be. Along with Balloonz, Summer goes to school, dances, and is now beginning to enter pageants. She’s definitely making waves, and, I suspect, we’re going to continue to hear more about Summer. She is one of those people who will not only succeed, but thrive in anything she pursues.
And of course, she couldn’t do it without the support of her amazing mom. Tonya has supported Summer and her vision while also pursuing her own business interests, and Balloonz is the perfect mix of their dreams. As a mother and daughter team, they’re a powerhouse. Tonya has also become very passionate about helping other children build up their businesses and entrepreneurial dreams.
To learn more about Balloonz, visit their website, Facebook, or Instagram. If you’re looking for party supplies, an event space, or, really, anything party or event related, look no further and contact Summer and Tonya!