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Customer minded
A family business evolves into tent and party rental,
keeping customer needs top-of-mind.
by Maura Keller

A Classic Party Rental
www.aclassicpartyrental.com
Indianapolis, Ind.
Year founded: 1989
Employs: 100
Primary business: Party and tent rental
PROUD MEMBER

Tent Rental
Division

ABOVE: This clearspan tent installed by
A Classic Party Rental at the Historic Ambassador
House in Fishers, Ind., featured open sidewalls
for guests to move freely throughout the event.
Photo by Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography.
RIGHT: A Classic Party Rental installed a
40-by-100-foot clearspan tent at the Historic
Ambassador House for a wedding planned by
Tara Nicole Weddings. Floral arrangements by
Isibeal Studio. Photo by Chloe Luka Photography.

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dec 2019-jan 2020

amily businesses have long been a
staple of the American economy. And
A Classic Party Rental in Indianapolis,
Ind., founded in 1989 by members of the
Hawkins and Bayt family, is the quintessential family affair. Like many family businesses, A Classic Party Rental evolved over
time-with its original focus being a small
fruit stand founded at the Indianapolis City
Market by Jack Hawkins Jr.'s mother and
aunts, and eventually morphing into the
restaurant business and ϐinally a party and
event rental company.
Today, Hawkins, general manager and
managing partner at "A Classic," says the
family has always been intertwined with the
food and service industry, so it was no surprise when they ventured into event rental.
"The story of A Classic begins with a
humble start on Virginia Avenue, in a

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small space, less than 10,000 square feet,
with ϐive employees, all of whom, we are
proud to say, are still a part of the A Classic
family today," Hawkins says.

Exceeding expectations
The company soon expanded into a 30,000square-foot building in Indianapolis's
Nora Plaza shopping center. At the time,
the owners never dreamed of being able
to ϐill that warehouse and thought it was
probably much too big.
"Once again, A Classic swelled and
exceeded our own expectations," Hawkins
says. "After 20 years, we outgrew our
longtime home in Nora. We are thrilled to
say, after 30 years of service, we expanded
our footprint to a 106,000-square-foot
building with over 100 employees and are
proud of our new home."


http://www.aclassicpartyrental.com

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