As I pull into a sliver of a parking lot nuzzled between Penthouse Club and Sangria Lounge, I’m curious why I’ve never used Butler rents – even though I lived across the park for over a year. Sitting in a modest showroom at 4455 E Virginia Ave, Barbara Bown-Wyatt slides a 1980’s newspaper article across the table on “hottest new colors for events for the 80s”. Barbara begins to explain how “earth tones and black” that are highlighted in the 80’s article is the same palate that has been showing in the latest design tabloids this year. She continues that this has prompted a $100,000 new linens capacity. “Just because”, Barbara explains, “earth tones and black were in vogue 25 years ago, doesn’t mean you can just reuse those styles, patterns an linens today.” It’s not just the color, but the shades and… texture and… a number of other intricacies of linen that would make a wedding planner swoon. As I look around the showroom, I see the rainbow of linens along one wall and (being the entrepreneur I am) start to calculate how much each linen must cost to cover a $100,000 linen inventory and equipment expense.
I’m snapped back from my mental calculations by the concept of “Event Row” in Glendale. Running a small business marketing firm – I can tell that “Event Row” has a marketable ring to it. The cooperative between Target now selling liquor and adding a new 24 hour top to bottom catering program within walking distance from Butler Rents, Barbara details that, “if you need an extra 200 glasses and 50 chairs… we have you covered here under one roof”. Between these two, you can have an event catered with simplicity and virtually no time commitment. Seeing about 50 chairs and 200 glasses in the showroom, I realize there is much more to Butler Rents than meets the eye.
When Barbara jumps up and says, “Well, lets take a look”, I follow her through a door at the back of the showroom and encounter an operation that would make the Pepsi Center proud. With over 50,000 square feet of indoor space (yes that’s 7 rugby fields laid end to end with a little extra room for fans) the door at the back of their office leads to where the real magic happens. I first encounter dishes being hand washed. Barbara explains how they used to pack all the glasses in cardboard, but spending $50,000/year in cardboard seemed to be a horrible waste (and as good citizens) they had no choice but to upgrade to renewable plastic containers for shipment of their glasses and dishware. Viewing crate after crate of renewable plastic packaging – I realize that doing the right thing is not always an inexpensive gesture. Butler Rents continual development doesn’t stop at linens and shipping crates. They also just purchased new tent washing system that allows for 66% of the water used on each wash to be recycled. When you consider this is a 600 gallon tent washing system, this is quite a bit of water saved on each wash.
Unless you want to brave the backstreets of an industrial park, there’s no other place to find everything under one roof for graduations, mitzvahs, quinceaneras, weddings or any high quality affordable event. There are two well known (and celebrated) characteristics that describe Glendale, CO. We’re a village oasis inside a metropolis and Glendale knows how to party. Perhaps the largest real estate owners, besides the municipality itself, is Butler Rents. Why, you may ask, does a event supply company need that much space. You will know as soon as you get a glance at this extravagant operation. When you hire a planner, where do you think they go to gather the options they bring to you? They go to Butler. If you want the style guidance that a planner brings – they know of Butler Rents, but if just need to select from the options that are available, save a step in the process & set up an appointment with Butler Rents to see, touch & feel the difference for yourself.
Be sure to get a free sneak peak during the Glendale Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday, April 4th from 5-7pm. There’s no chamber like the Glendale Chamber.