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Unique Settings Rentals (Unique Settings, LLC)

Submitted by: Colleen Munyan
State: Tennessee
City: Knoxville

Business Description

Unique Settings Rentals provides beautiful vintage mismatched china plates, vintage multi-colored glass goblets and other tabletop design pieces, all for rent for your wedding or special event.

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

Unique Settings Rentals is poised to succeed due to it's ability to provide not only beautifully timeless pieces for it's client's events, but also to provide a pre-packed business model to entrepreneurs who are looking to either expand their current event rental business to include this immensely popular and current rental segment of vintage items, or for old souls who have beautiful collections and are looking to make income with a structured business model that has been tested and proven to generate income in several markets.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

Unique Settings Rentals has provided rental items as donations to several community-based organizations such as East-Tennessee PBS for their premier of the show "Victoria", the annual Junior League fundraiser, church events such as Mother's Day teas.

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

Unique Settings would be able to purchase much needed operations items such as carts, bins, an ipad to use for credit card transactions, and marketing items such as custom signage, banners and sign holders. We would also be able to buy a printer and paper as well as ink cartridges.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

We just started working together but I am already loving the ability to talk with another woman who has been through this process and can share experiences with me that are just not available through traditional training methods like webinars or reading articles.

Have you had to overcome any obstacles along the way to build your business?

Yes! I have had to introduce the concept of "mismatched china" to the Knoxville, TN wedding market. Talk about a challenge! After years of networking, providing great customer service and building vendor relationships our concept has broke through the noise and become an elevated concept in the wedding market. We have also dealt with a business that has duplicated almost out exact name and concept, and uses negative words about us to other vendors, but that has only made us stronger and able to innovate our concept for 2017 by breaking our collections out into seperate colored collections for better marketability to designers and event & wedding planners, ultimately increasing our 2017 bookings.

How will you utilize the marketing video and national recognition of winning a SCORE Award to help take your business to the next level?

Unique Settings rentals would LOVE to be able to harness the exact moment the bride or mother & grandmother of a bride or party's person of honor SEE'S the china and way it impacts them by reminding them of close family memories that included grandma's china at family meals, or special events. The whimsical design aesthetic Unique Settings' mismatched china adds to for an event makes an almost fairytale-like quality for guests, bringing event guests closer together when they start discussing the patterns on the plates and who's mother or grandmother had these exact patterns. It is a very precious and dear moment to see as a business owner as I know from the bottom of my heart that something as simple a s china plate can ignite such emotion.
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