Tulsa business owners get creative to keep their businesses open during pandemic

A Tulsa photo booth company shares how it had to be creative to stay open during the pandemic.

The owners of Cocoa Events and Marketing say when the pandemic started they lost all of their stuff – so they had to come up with something new to make sure they could stay open.

Erica and Thomas Perrier have run a photo booth company, Cocoa Events and Marketing, part-time for five years, and in March 2020, Erica decided to quit her full-time job to focus on the business.

“We’re going to go full time, it was in 2020, I thought it was our year,” she said.

But a few weeks later, all major events were called off and the couple lost most of their belongings.

“We were trying to find a way to make the business work because we were doing photo booths and then there were no more photo booths, no more business,” Thomas said.

So, Thomas says Erica came up with something new and started hosting small, intimate events, using pallets to create picnics for celebrations, like birthdays and anniversaries.

“Here we are today, with all that we have achieved and with success, his ideas and his research have shown us that we can still survive during this pandemic,” Thomas said.

The couple say they have been very successful and it has taught them not to give up and encourages them to keep thinking about different ideas to make their business successful.

“It was one of those things, it really taught us to dig really deep and not to panic, and just go ahead and go ahead,” Erica said.

They say their next goal is to open an event space to host different events.

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