Here We Grow Again!
This week's blog, as told by our seasoned tent and linen specialist, Steve Bruenner, introduces you to our new showroom and warehouse. We hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane to where Linens by the Sea and our parent company, US Tent, are now.
Steve recalls, "U.S. Tent Rental started out as a small tent maker with a handful of people in the 1960’s located in Sarasota, Florida, which was named USA Tent. Working out of a small warehouse with a sewing machine and some vinyl and canvas, USA Tent manufactured their own tents of all different sizes, shapes and colors. They even sold tents or rented them throughout the Florida coast as well as out of state. In September of 2015 U.S.Tent just relocated into their new facility of over 80,000 square feet with over 70 employees."
U.S. Tent Rental and Linen by the Sea's new headquarters located at 7600 Matoaka Road in Sarasota is a state of the art facility. When you first enter, there is a 900 square foot showroom with different table set ups from square to round, feasting tables and high top bar tables all adorned with different fabrics and colorful linens. With over 15 styles of chairs to choose from, customers can set up their own table style with the look and colors they want for their event so that they know what to expect on their big day. There are over six different china patterns displayed in the showroom along with different styles of flatware and chargers that can be added to the table set up for your special look. Alongside the showroom are multiple work stations and offices equipped with knowledgeable staff that can assist with your event. A large conference room sits next to the showroom with plenty of seating for larger groups and a large flat screen television on the wall that can display CAD tent layouts/floorplans, tent photos and a copy of your invoice so it can be changed during the meeting. As you walk out the showroom doors to a massive 80,000 square ft. warehouse, there is a sea of linen from Linens by the Sea (get it?), thousands of chairs cleaned and ready for delivery, hundreds of tables, along with a large tent and dish department. A tour through the warehouse is a must when visiting us! We'd love to show you around!
In 2001 USA Tent or now known as U.S Tent Rental was purchased by the Boyle family which is owned and operated by Brian, Tim and Cliff Boyle. The Boyles, who inherited a pile of dilapidated tent tops, parts and pieces and some beat up tables and chairs, have grown the business into what it is today. In 2006 after a few years of working out of a 2000 square foot facility, it was time to expand and they broke ground on a brand new 24,000 square foot building with five offices and plenty of warehouse room for the future. Well who would have known then that the future is now and that this original larger facility from 2006 outgrew its capacity in a matter of no time so that we moved to where we are now. Exciting!
Over the years U.S. Tent Rental and Linens by the Sea has increased inventory of tables, chairs, tents, linen, furniture, dish-ware you name it and they carry it, minus the food and the flowers, but somehow you can still never have enough product. With the wedding and event industry growing leaps and bounds, supply and demand becomes greater. Thereroe, we've grown into our new facility that can accommodate that demand with even more space to run efficiently, more product and of course more great people to get the job done. It doesn't seem that the wedding and special event industry is ever slowing down by any means. Boys and girls grow up and tie the knot, fundraisers become much more elaborate to raise funds the cause and gay marriage is legal in many states now so same sex couples are planning terrific weddings.
The special event industry has come a long way over the years with much more elaborate functions. Air conditioned tents have white pleated fabric ceilings with chandeliers, wood floors and, glass walls. Lounge and event furniture is always popular. LED lighting is more advanced with gobos in the ceiling and colors changing continuously during the event. Linen fabrics and colors are always on the move following the latest fashion tresns with more and higher end fabrics being used for events. Sailcloth tents are very popular with a different look that shows the light through the ceiling and have all wood center poles and side legs. Last but not least, clear top tents are very popular for weddings and events today becuase people want to see the stars under a crystal clear tent ceiling while dining and dancing the night away!
Steve says, "With season in full swing and all the events going on each and every day, it's a welcomed sight to see U.S. Tent and Linens by the Sea expanding into a new facility to keep up with the growing industry. Here we grow again!"