“We have people calling us from all over the place,” she said. CC Slumber Party offers individual, decorated tents for indoor sleepovers, and Tetrault said parents are drawn to the fact that children can sleep in their own space.
“They are not on top of each other,” she said. “They don’t roll. They love to have their space. They love to be in their own little tent with their own blanket, their own pillow. “
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Cindy Ocampo, the other owner of CC Slumber Party, said the company used to book big sleepovers – but that changed with the pandemic. The change opened up new clientele.
“Instead of the big class parties in the past, it’s now like the football team or the boy scout group or just the cousins together,” she said.
Carolyn Cucci, from St. James, booked a birthday party for her daughter through CC Slumber Party.
“They had a wonderful time celebrating together safely in a small group,” she said. “But it still gave them that experience that they were normal again. They were having a normal celebration. “
Chris Catanese, who calls himself Bubble Dad, used to do in-person bubble shows for the holidays. When COVID hit, it switched to virtual parties and now books parties around the world.
“One of my first birthday parties was a 9-year-old girl in East Texas,” he said.
Catanese has filmed from his apartment in Astoria and plans to buy a small studio so that he can continue to offer virtual shows in addition to his in-person appearances.
He said he is also considering contacting children’s hospitals to do virtual shows for pediatric patients who may have high-risk health issues and cannot be exposed to many people.
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The pandemic has also prompted some people in the restaurant business to buy food trucks.
Karen Davis, for example, started food truck The Waffle Chic after COVID threatened to destroy her restaurant business.
Davis said her food truck sales are going so well that she is considering purchasing another truck.
She said people recently booked her food truck for a lot of different occasions.
“It brings me so much joy because people have had graduation parties, birthdays, weddings,” she said. “We did Bar Mitzvahs. “
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