Veteran-owned business, Coco Loco Party Center is owned by Maria Hernandez-Wilt and her husband. In this Q5 Maria talks about the new business and how it offers a variety of decorating possibilities.

Veteran-owned business, Coco Loco Party Center is owned by Maria Hernandez-Wilt and her husband. In this Q5 Maria talks about the new business and how it offers a variety of decorating possibilities.

Maria, what is the Coco Loco Party Center that has opened in Leavenworth at 1802 S. 4th St.? Why did you and your husband want to open a business of this type?
Coco Loco Party Center is a balloon and party supply store here in Leavenworth. We offer a full line of party supplies as well as create a wide variety of custom balloon décor for grand openings, birthdays, anniversaries, and Quinceañeras for both private and corporate events. I wanted to open up a business that would provide flexibility for our family, fill a need within the community, and allow us to work with various non-profit organizations. I chose this type of business because I enjoy it and it brings joy to our customers.

As a veteran-owned (MBE/WBE) business, do you find that you get a lot of support in the local military community, not only for your unique party supplies, but also for your service to our country?
I am very grateful for the veterans, all of our Armed Forces, and especially their families who sacrifice greatly to protect our wonderful country. We get a lot of support from the local military community as well as from the local leaders here in Leavenworth.  In turn, we work hard to support the service and educational activities throughout the community.
 
What will Coco Loco Party Center offer in the future?
In the future, we would like to offer a family friendly venue to our community that would offer event space for small parties and gatherings.
 
What is unique about hosting a birthday or other celebrations and special occasions in your party room? Is the room available for both kid’s and adult parties?
We will be offering a one-stop location to have a safe, family-friendly party for children, adults, or both.  What is unique to Coco Loco Party Center is that at our one location, the client can select from a full line of party supplies, coordinate balloon décor, and a venue space that is decorated for them and cleaned up afterwards. 
We’ve eliminated the need to run to multiple locations to get everything you desire.
 
What are some examples of your one-of-a-kind balloon creations? Do they create beautiful and lasting impressions for people?
We strive to offer the best custom made balloon décor available anywhere.
Not only do we create, but we deliver too.  We created custom pieces for Midwest Transplant Network, at Arrowhead Stadium, for the VFW, for the American Legion, and at multiple establishments here in Leavenworth. 
Our favorite events were a shipwrecked-themed Vacation Bible School event where we decorated the entire facility, the Women’s Aviation Week activities at Garmin, Int., and a New Year’s themed party and balloon drop at Merriam Park Elementary.  Many of these events are shown on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
— Rimsie McConiga