In this ‘Chamber Spotlight’ blog series, we take a look at the businesses that make eastern CT a great place to live, work, and play. This week, we get to know EZ-Occasions, a family-owned event design and rentals business founded by MBA and Certified Event Designer Karina Alvarez. Read on to learn more.
Physical Address: 20 Louise Street, Waterford CT 06385
Phone Number: (860) 271-5099
What are your hours? Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tell us about EZ-Occasions.
EZ-Occasions is a family-owned Event Design and Rentals business. We offer rentals and luxury event design services for weddings, corporate and social events in New England. My team specializes in ceiling draping, backdrops, wall liners, tent draping, table styling, stage draping and much more. Our rentals range from elegant tents to tables, chairs, china, glassware, linen and more.
Why did you start this business? If it was to fill a gap or address a challenge, tell us a little bit about it.
After four years of working for a multinational insurance company, I decided to follow my passion for event design and decided to start my own business. I knew that I needed to further my education in order to follow my passion; therefore, I obtained a master’s degree in business administration and a certification as an event designer. After completing my MBA in Barcelona, Spain, I returned to the United States in January, 2016 and in July of the same year, I launched EZ-Occasions. It has been a challenging journey but my perseverance, dedication, and optimism have helped me achieve what I call “ a dream come true.”
What aspect of managing EZ-Occasions are you passionate about? Can you provide us with any specific examples?
I’m passionate about the planning process of every event. My MBA concentration was project management which provided me with the skills needed to excel in that area of the event. From drafting a preliminary design to witnessing the final outcome of the event, every single step involved provided me with the satisfaction and assurance that the final step was going to be worth all the hard work.
Did you introduce any new services recently? What are they?
Yes, we recently expanded our services to include event design. The business initially started with just event rental services and in November, 2016, I became certified as an event designer with a specialization in fabric draping.
We currently offer ceiling draping, canopy draping, backdrops, tent liners, wall draping and table styling services.
How would your clients describe your business?
I believe my clients would describe my business as innovative, fun and professional.
Why should new people check out EZ-Occasions?
People should come to our business not only because we provide innovative designs and high-quality rentals at competitive prices, but because my intuition and creative thought process will make me envision my client’s celebration and make it come through. Also, my credentials as a certified event designer and MBA professional assure you that I am an expert in the field and will provide you with excellent service.
Why do people return to your business?
People return to my business for my dynamic personality, personable experience, professionalism and unmatched customer service.
Is there something unique or unusual about EZ-Occasions that, when people first hear about it, they tend to say “Wow – I didn’t know that!”
I have visited twenty-two countries, lived in three, speak two languages, and have consulted with international event professionals to bring my clients the innovation and experience that they deserve.