Some days Kimberly Daley works with chocolate, which she loves. Other days she gets a workout moving tables and chairs, which also has an upside.
“Uh yeah, my biceps are showing," said Daley, who owns The Table Guys and The Chocolate Fountain with her husband, Scott.
The couple tossed around a number of ideas for a small business after Kimberly Daley was laid off from her marketing job at Cessna Aircraft, where her husband still works. They came up with The Table Guys, a business that caters to people holding garage sales.
“The most popular thing we do is our basic, which is two tables, a clothing rack, 100 hangers and a cash box," Daley said. “We deliver on Monday or Tuesday and pick up on Sunday. The response has been tremendous."
After getting requests from people who wanted to rent large numbers of tables and chairs for events, they added quite a few of both to their inventory.
“We looked around and there were only two large party rental businesses in the area," Daley said. “We decided there was probably room for another one."
Then they started getting requests for table linens, chair covers and more party accessories. They referred people to The Chocolate Fountain on East Central, which rents many of those items along with seven sizes of chocolate fountains.
“I was in there one day and the owner said, ‘Hey, I’m going to sell my business,’ ” Daley said. “All the way home I kept thinking, we need to buy that business."
They did, taking over this summer.
Daley said she had to “learn a lot about chocolate," which was not too painful. The combination of the two businesses “is a great fit," Daley said.
“It’s an easy up-sell for the women, honestly. Instead of just tables and chairs, we can add linens and whatever else they want for their party."
For now, the Daleys store their tables and chairs on property they own in Derby, while Kimberly works out of the space on East Central. Eventually, they would like to consolidate everything under one roof.
The businesses keep the couple busiest delivering and picking up rentals on the weekends. On Monday, everything that’s rented is cleaned.
Daley said the couple are just at the point where they will have to add employees to avoid sacrificing customer service. Their children, ranging from preteen to college age, occasionally help.
"My 12-year-old, she wants to run the business, but she’s the hanger sorter right now," Daley said.