Adding Elegance to Wedding Restroom Service

Branching into providing portable restrooms for weddings led Sherry Rodriguez to start a new event business 

Adding Elegance to Wedding Restroom Service

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Take A Break Portables in Hayesville, North Carolina, created its niche and grew its business in the construction sector, but owner Sherry Rodriguez soon began getting calls to service weddings.

“As a result, I always keep a certain number of restrooms just for weddings … so (the units) are immaculate,” she says. 

Soon, however, that made her think about expanding her reach even further. The growth of Take A Break Portables organically led her to start another business about five years ago — Mountain Elegance, a wedding event-planning company that rents portable restrooms, a VIP trailer, tables, chairs, tents, decoration, linens and other elegant accessories. She started with only 20 tables and 200 chairs. 

“It was simple, really,” Rodriguez says, noting she financed the wedding business with funds from Take A Break Portables. “It’s a huge investment, but I was able to set up terms (with a supplier).

“I just never dreamed it would take off the way it has. No one in this area does rentals. … Little by little, I just started adding to our inventory.”

That inventory includes her first restroom trailer, a 16-foot, two-stall trailer made by Forest River, which she purchased about a year ago. All of her restrooms are from Satellite Industries, and her trucks are built out by Best Enterprises and utilize Conde (Westmoor Ltd.) pumps. 

Now, Rodriguez divides her time between the two businesses under her corporate umbrella, overseeing seven employees — and two warehouses of inventory — for Mountain Elegance. “It is a balancing act,” she admits, “but I love being busy. I don’t like downtime.”

While she was able to parlay her wedding restroom service into her event business, not everyone can. Rodriguez admits that part of it may be due to being a female-owned business.

“Most men — well, many men — have no desire to talk to a bride or a (wedding) venue. I don’t think it’s something they think about.” Rodriguez, who previously worked in marketing, was used to having corporate events and parties at her house, so she simply expanded that expertise.

“I was accustomed to doing that kind of stuff. I think there was a comfort level there for sure. I know it is for me,” she says. “I think that women can relate to women.”

Read the full profile on Take A Break Portables in the December issue of PRO.


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