Candy Tables in Five Easy Steps

Welcome to our first Do It Yourself blog post. Our topic this week is Candy tables. Candy tables are a great way to add a little fun to your event! All your guests, both young and old, can appreciate a sweet treat. Our 5 easy steps to create the perfect candy table will help take the stress out of this fun DIY. 

So here we go…

Step 1: Decide on your colour and theme.

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Think about the theme of your party. Is it a wedding, baby shower, wedding shower, or birthday? Candy is colourful so don’t be afraid to have some fun with colours and patterns. In our opinion the brighter the linen, the better.     

Step 2: Pick your candy.

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There are three main types of candy to choose from; bulk/loose candy, packaged candy, and designer candy. Bulk candy can be found in stores like the Bulk Barn. Packaged candy can be found in specialty candy stores in many varieties. Designer candies can be made at many locations in Toronto.  If you are looking for something really cool, head on over to www.mymms.com where you can get your face printed on M&M’s candy.

Step 3: Pick your Container.

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Now that you have your candy, you can pick your container. Packaged candies can be laid out on flat surfaces to display the type, while bulk candies can be put in glass containers to show off the vibrant colours. We rent the above containers at www.gervaisrentals.com  .  

Step 4: How much candy do you need?

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When planning for your event, make sure you have enough candy. Try buying about 6-10 oz. per guest. Mason jars and mini paper bags can be used by your guests to carry their candy. If you choose paper bags, check out Michaels craft store for ink stamps to make your bags uniquely yours.

Step 5: Give your table a Pop

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Your candy is already going to be the star of the show but don’t forget to give the table a little love too. Try adding cute little signs or tall centerpieces. It will help make the table more visually pleasing.

Thanks for your time, See you next Friday!

All pictures provide by Birch Tree Photography and https://www.flickr.com/.
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Where to Rent a Tent for a Party

Outdoor events are always a great hit: there’s fresh air, sunshine, a light breeze, a natural setting, and wide-open space. But what happens when guests want a break from the blazing sun, or when you want to gather everyone together in the same spot? Tents can ensure the success of any outdoor event, and tent rentals are ideal because you get the benefit of protection for your event without the expense of having to invest in pricey equipment. And when you need to know where to rent a tent for a party, the answer is simple: Gervais Party & Tent Rentals, of course!

Finding the Best Equipment: Where to Rent a Tent for a Party

Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has everything you need for a successful party, and tent rentals mean you can host your dream party anywhere you like. Perhaps you’ve had a location in mind for an outdoor wedding but you don’t want bad weather to ruin your big day.

Or maybe you’ve got a plan for a corporate camping retreat but need a place where everyone can gather. Whether you’ve got the perfect outdoor location in mind, want to save money on an event space rental, or just want to host the perfect outdoor gathering, we have everything you could need to put together the perfect celebration or event.

A Full Selection of Tent Styles and Accessories

No two parties are alike, and things like occupancy, space, style, decorations, and location all play into the types of rental items you’ll need for your event. When it comes to tents, we have multiple sizes and a variety of styles and accessories to suit your needs, including:

  • Frame tents
  • High top tents
  • Pole tents
  • Tent flooring
  • Lighting

Do You Really Need a Tent for Your Event?

Tents are ideal for providing shade for guests when you’re throwing a party or celebration outside, but they do so much more than that as well.  Some consider a tent Party insurance, you’ll be able to put on your invitation “Rain or Shine”

On a more practical level, tents also give you something to decorate and a place to hang lights, which isn’t as easy if you’re in an open field with no structures. Finally, a tent rental is an affordable and easy way to give guests somewhere to gather, and helps provide a boundary for your event.

Tent Rentals Are Ideal for a Variety of Occasions

Tents aren’t just for the circus, and there are numerous types of events for which a host may want to rent a tent. Weddings are among the most common reason for tent rentals, but other events include outdoor birthdays, graduations and graduation celebrations, christenings, anniversaries, reunions, corporate events and getaways, and more.

You want your event to go off without a hitch, and a tent rental can help ensure that unforeseen circumstances don’t ruin all your planning and your beautiful day. No matter what kind of occasion you’re celebrating or event you’re planning, Gervais Party & Tent Rentals is your one-stop party rental shop, and we have everything you need from tents to chairs and so much more. Get going on your planning today by visiting www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals, or by calling us at 416-288-1846.

8 Best Wedding Ideas

No matter who you are or in which era you get married, a wedding is always a special event dedicated to two loving people. And when it comes to making the day special for those two people, there are lots of great wedding ideas out there for décor, food, clothes, style, and more. Classic, modern, and whimsical are three of the overall style choices that people often opt for, and here are eight best wedding ideas for those styles.

Classic Wedding Ideas

  1. The Tiered Cake

The multi-layer cake is one of the most recognizable symbols of a wedding, and you’ll be happy to know these cakes are just as in style as they ever were. For a more modern twist, consider decorating the cake with real flowers or having each tier a different flavour.

  1. Hanging Décor

You can have any type of traditional décor you want at a classic wedding, but why not make it a little more unique by hanging it? Options include hanging photos or pictures, bunting, floral arrangements, and hanging elements that form parts of the centerpieces.

Modern Wedding Inspirations

  1. Draped Fabric for a More Intimate wedding

Large weddings that take place in large open rooms can leave you feeling like you’re at a museum rather than celebrating a special and personal day, but you can use draped fabric to make the room feel smaller, warmer, and more welcoming.

  1. Projections and Image Mapping

Did you wish you could have had a destination wedding but also wanted your entire family and all your friends to be able to make it? With image mapping, you can have the best of both worlds, because projections can make you feel like you’re anywhere in the world, or give you any type of intricate décor you’re looking for.

  1. Break the Flower Mold

Long gone are the days when you had to walk down the aisle with roses and have generic centerpieces. The modern wedding is much more open to exotic flowers and eccentric arrangements, including long-stemmed calla lilies for the tables, orchids for the bouquet, finding different ways to display flowers, or even using fruit on the tables instead.

  1. Soft Lighting

Lanterns and uplighting are great ways to make a wedding more romantic, especially if you’re going with a modern loft-style wedding, a rustic barn wedding, or a classy outdoor wedding.

Whimsical Wedding Possibilities

  1. Opt for a Themed Wedding

Did you and your honey meet at a Comic-Con convention and share a passion for cosplay? Then why not incorporate that into your wedding! Many couples these days are opting for themed weddings, such as a Harry Potter, Disney, or fairy tale theme. Want a great idea for a fairy themed wedding? Use clear ghost chairs to give your wedding an ethereal look.

  1. Choose Your Designs Based on a Decade

There’s something nostalgic and classic about the 1920s and 30s, and you can incorporate elements from these eras into your wedding, including with Art Deco décor, a vintage dress and suit, and even a classic car for photo ops.

The best part about your big day is that you can customize it any way you like, and whether you want a classic, modern, or whimsical style, these eight best wedding ideas will give you some inspiration. Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has everything you need to throw the ideal wedding, from accessories to décor to furnishings and more. Get a head start on your planning by visiting www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals, or by calling us today at 416-288-1846!

12 Best Wedding Table Decoration Ideas

While it’s important for many couples to be fashionable, they also don’t want to be so trendy that the wedding will seem dated when they look back at photos. With that in mind, here are some of today’s best wedding table decoration ideas that are both classic and chic, and that will have family and friends talking about what a lovely wedding it was for years to come.

1. Embracing Colour

When picking flowers for the table, think about bold shades of orange, vivid fuchsias, or even a rainbow centerpiece. For an ultra-stunning look, try all-white tablecloths and place settings paired with colourful vases and vibrant flowers.

2. Going Pastel

When you want to embrace colour but are looking for a more muted effect, pastel flowers, table cloths, and place settings add an elegant splash of colour.

3. Incorporating Desert Elements

Succulents are becoming an extremely popular choice for table decorations, and you can either go full-on desert with cactus centerpieces, or you can combine succulents with other flowers.

4. A Taste of the Tropics

Just because you didn’t slip away for a destination wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have a tropical paradise wedding. Consider using tropical flowers, sea shells, ferns, Polynesian elements, and even tropical fruit like pineapples on the tables.

5. Planning Your Wedding to a Tea

Vintage tea tins on the table are an excellent way to customize your wedding and give your day a classic feel, but you can also incorporate teapots into the décor by using them as vases.

6. Hanging Elements

Hanging centerpieces, including fabric, flowers, and potted plants, are becoming extremely popular, and you could even hang terra cotta pots above the tables using macramé holders.

7. Going Garland

There are several ways you can include garland in your décor, such as garland table runners, hanging garland (or bunting) from the roof or tent, or garland and pillar candles on the tables.

8. Try a Table Runner

You can also use table runners for long tables to make guests feel more connected. And if you want to get creative, consider burlap runners for a rustic wedding, grass runners for a green or outdoor wedding, or monogrammed runners for the head table.

9. Getting Wild with Flowers

Wedding flowers are no longer limited to roses and other traditional blooms, and couples these days are choosing anything from wildflowers to lemons to decorate their matrimonial tables.

10. Aim High

There’s nothing new about tall centerpieces, but the ones that are popular today are so tall that they’re both stunning and they don’t block guests’ views. For a more rustic look, have tall centerpieces wrapped with ivy.

11. Vintage and Elegant

Vintage is always in when it comes to weddings, and here are a few ideas for your table: all-white centerpieces, antique wine glasses, and floral arrangements that include ferns, roses, and jasmine.

12. Rustic and Natural Centerpieces

Some of the best wedding table decoration ideas for a rustic, outdoor, green, or natural feel include incorporating berries, antlers, lots of greenery, lanterns, pinecones, and feathers into your centerpieces. And while you’re at it, you can even use birch logs in place of vases.

With these best wedding table decoration ideas, you’re guaranteed to have a classically stylish wedding that will be both beautiful and memorable. At Gervais Party & Tent Rentals, we have all the accessory and item rentals you need to put together an unforgettable wedding. You can start planning today at www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals or by calling us at 416-288-1846.

Where to Rent Chairs for Parties

One of the most common questions that party planners face—whether you’re planning anything from a small dinner gathering to an enormous wedding—is where will everybody sit? And unless you’re planning a small and intimate party with just a few people, often the next question that gets asked is where to rent chairs for parties? The good news is that the answer to both of these questions is simple: your guests will sit on comfortable rental chairs from Gervais Party & Tent Rentals.

Types of Events that Require Chair Rentals

Any gathering or celebration means you’ll need to provide seating for guests, and if you’re hosting any sort of large gathering, you probably don’t have enough of your own chairs to provide seats for everybody. There are lots of celebrations and events that people rent chairs for, including personal and work events, such as:

  • Birthdays
  • Celebrations
  • Graduations
  • Baby showers
  • Weddings and anniversaries
  • Reunions
  • Parties and barbecues
  • Work meetings
  • Corporate events and conferences

Are Chair Rentals Really Necessary?

Part of throwing a party or planning an event is taking the comfort of guests into consideration, and seating is a large part of that. Seating is necessary during a wedding ceremony and dinner, at business and corporate meetings, at any event where a meal will be served, and generally at any event where people might want to sit (which is really any event, celebration, or party at all!)

The best thing about chair rentals is that you get to provide clean, comfortable, and modern seating options for your guests without having to increase your budget to buy them outright, and you’re not stuck with hundreds of chairs afterward that you have no use for.

Where to Rent Chairs for Parties

Gervais Party & Tent Rentals is a one-stop shop for all things party and event related, and that means chair rentals galore! But more than that, we also have tents, decorations, serving ware, flooring products, and so much more. With our full-service chair and party rentals, you’ll be set to have a party, meeting, gathering, or celebration anytime and anywhere you choose.

A Wide Range of Chair Styles to Suit All Your Needs

On top of having a full selection of chair colours to match your décor styles and themes, we also have a complete catalogue of chair styles to suit the needs of any type of party or event. For instance, we have folding chairs for both children and adults that are suitable for any type of indoor or outdoor event, stacking chairs that are easy to transport and rearrange, booster seats and high chairs to accommodate younger guests, and a wide range of chair styles, including:

  • Bistro chairs
  • Harvest dining chairs
  • Ghost chairs
  • Barstools
  • King and queen chairs
  • Park benches

Your party can only be a success if you have all the furnishings, décor, and equipment you need, and Gervais Party & Tent Rentals can provide it all. Our full selection of chair and party rentals guarantees your guests will be happy and comfortable during your event, so give us a call today at 416-288-1846 to get started on your planning, or visit us at www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals.

Our Top 20 Wedding Songs

Welcome! 

Here at Gervais, we truly believe in teamwork so for today’s blog, we recruited some of our team members to help us out. We asked them to come up with their Top 20 Wedding Songs. Below is the list they came up with. Our staff believe you will get all your guests up, dancing and grooving with these 20 classic hits.

  1. Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

2. The Jackson 5 – ABC

3. Chubby Checker – The Twist

4. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two

5. The Isley Brothers – Shout

6. Kool and The Gang – Jungle Boogie

7 – Bob Seger – Old Time Rock n Roll

8. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

9. Boyz II Men – Motownphilly

10. RUN-DMC – It’s Tricky

11. Thurston Harris – Little Bitty Pretty One

12. Bee Gees – Staying Alive

13. Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling

14. Anything by Michael Jackson !

15 – Billy Idol – Mony Mony

16. Train – Marry Me

17. Nat King Cole – Unforgettable

18. UB40 – Falling In Love With Your

19. Micheal Bolton – When a Man Loves a Woman

20. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

Thanks for reading our blog today, we hope you enjoyed our music selections! Stay tuned for next week’s blog, and have a great weekend! ”

Remember at Gervais Party & Tent Rentals we have everything you need to rent (from accessories to décor) for a memorable corporate event.  You can start planning at https://www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals or call us at 416-288-1846 today!

9 Hot Wedding Trends of 2017

A wedding is one of the most special days of a couple’s life together, so it’s no surprise that most couples are very particular about what they want. These days, most brides and grooms want a mix of traditional, modern, and unique elements, and while they do want something individual, they don’t want anything overly trendy. That being said, many couples want to incorporate some fashionable ideas, so here are the hot wedding trends of 2017 that you can mix and match to plan your perfect day.

1. Return to a Natural and Rustic Feel

If you can’t have an outdoor wedding under the trees or a rustic marriage in a barn, then bring in some natural elements with potted plants and non-flowering greenery, and create the rustic feel with stick arrangements, mason jars, hanging décor, and plenty of candles and lanterns.

2. Not Your Mom’s Invitations

Wedding invitations have always been a big deal, but today the name of the game is creativity, excitement, and experimentation. Here are a few ideas:

  • Handcrafted or artisan-made
  • Foil stamping
  • Custom illustrations
  • Multiple patterns
  • Textured paper
  • Bold envelopes

3. Definitely Not Gramma’s Gift

It has long been acceptable to request cash or ask for specific gifts through a registry, but couples today are thinking outside the gift box. These days, you can have a honeymoon registry, request experiences as gifts, have a gift-free charity registry, or request specific non-traditional gifts.

4. Getting Creative with Food

These days, couples want their meals and snacks served with more flair, so creative presentations and deconstructed versions of classic fare are becoming extremely popular. For that matter, local food traditions are increasingly being incorporated into wedding meals, such as a Montreal wedding that serves poutine.

5. A New Twist on a Classic Cake

One of the hot wedding trends of 2017 is the move back to the classic, high, tiered cake, but with modern accents. For instance, having a cake table with multiple flavours, nearly nude cakes that have minimal icing, and edible flowers as decorations.

6. Food and Drink Pairings

Another food-themed trend for 2017 is pairing food, and especially hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, with special drinks (think tiny tacos paired with mini margaritas). Many couples are even opting to have a signature drink for their special day.

7. Wedding Entertainment

Gone are the days when a wedding band or DJ is expected to entertain guests all night, and it’s popular today to have live entertainment—such as performers or dancers—or make-your-own entertainment offerings like outdoor games.

8. Décor of the Future

Image mapping uses projectors to bathe walls with pictures, images, and scenery. Imagine, for instance, an indoor winter wedding that uses image mapping to make it look like a tropical destination wedding.

9. More Exotic Floral Choices

Although there are certain flowers that are still included in almost every wedding arrangement, couples are looking for more striking blooms, including dahlias, sugarbushes, buttercups, and especially peonies.

The ideas you can use to put together a unique, interesting, and completely personalized wedding are endless, but some things work better than others, and those tend to become the popular trends. When it comes to hot wedding trends of 2017, the theme seems to be a return to the traditional, but with obligatory modern touches.

In terms of colours, décor, food, and themes, you can’t go wrong with traditional, vintage, rustic, or natural these days, and there are plenty of ways that you can personalize these elements to customize your special day.

Whether a year away or in a rush to rent, Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has all you need for planning your dream wedding!  Get started at https://www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals or call us at 416-288-1846 now!

7 Best Corporate Event Ideas

Your employees and your team work hard for you all year round, and you want to do something special to say thank you. So you plan a traditional corporate event that you’re excited about, but everybody else seems, well, underwhelmed. Sound familiar?

Here’s the thing: corporate events are supposed to be fun, engaging, and out-of-the-office events that help coworkers bond and get to know each other, so the same old thing isn’t going to be exciting or rewarding. Instead, why not try one of these seven best corporate event ideas that’ll have your employees counting down the days until the next one?

1. Take It into the Kitchen

Take over a restaurant or professional kitchen, provide all the ingredients necessary, divide the employees into teams, and have yourselves a good ole fashioned cook off. The best part is that when all the cooking is finished, you can sit down together and have a delicious meal.

2. Get Philanthropic

Volunteering is a great way to bring your employees together, and they’re not the only ones who will benefit from this type of event. You can spend the day at a local food bank, soup kitchen, animal shelter, homeless shelter, library (to read to kids), or anywhere else that’s in need of volunteer hands.

3. Solve Puzzles and Mysteries

There are so many different ways you can incorporate fun and mystery into your corporate events, and these are great bonding opportunities. A few ideas are:

  • Escape rooms
  • Mystery dinners
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Board game tournaments
  • Murder mystery parties

4. Get Wild

Adventure excursions aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, but if you have a group of employees who love excitement, then these types of corporate events are ideal. You could go white water rafting, play laser tag, go on a canoeing or kayaking adventure, take a spin at a go kart track, bounce off some energy at a trampoline park, or even go camping.

5. Play Ball!

There are two routes you can go here: you can either get active with your team and play sports together, or you can take them out to watch a professional sports game. Good games to play together include baseball, volleyball, or even something like capture the flag. There are also some companies out there that have giant versions of popular games. So, you can play a live, interactive, and human-sized version of Pac Man, Angry Birds, or even foosball.

6. Indulge with a Winery Tour

If you live anywhere near wine country, then a winery tour is a great way to reward employees for a job well done. These tours show you the vineyards, the casks, the fermentation vessels, and much more, and you’ll come away with some fascinating stories.

7. Adult Camp

Plenty of people went to camp as kids and had such a great time that they wonder why it had to end. And that’s where the idea for adult camps came from. Imagine getting to play silly games during the day, spend time at the beach, and cap the day off roasting marshmallows around the campfire again.

These are some of the best corporate event ideas out there right now, and as long as you stick to the list (or get creative with your own ideas), you’ll never again put together another boring, cliched, or corny corporate event. Not only will your employees be grateful, but they’ll also have a blast, they’ll learn a lot, and they’ll come away from the event refreshed, revived, and feeling appreciated.

At Gervais Party & Tent Rentals we have everything you need to rent (from accessories to décor) for a memorable corporate event.  You can start planning at https://www.gervaisrentals.com/rentals or call us at 416-288-1846 today!

Welcome

Welcome to our blog!

We are so excited to share our stories, tips, trade secrets and more with all of you! Some of you may know us and our history, but for those of you who don’t, here is a look at our journey as a company.

The Beginning 1949:

  • Gervais has always been family oriented. Our original owners, Al and Mary Gervais, founded Gervais in 1949. “We have been attending your parties and dancing to your tune” ever since. During this time, Al still kept up with his job at Canada post. Once the business outgrew the back of the hardware store they had been running it from, Al ran Gervais out of his house on Coldstream Ave in Toronto. Back in the day, you could see Al driving around in the family station wagon making his deliveries. Al closed down the rentals in 1975.

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                                        Alfred Gervais standing in front of the Embers.

The New Leaf – 1985:

  • For almost 9 years, Al’s company had been closed. During this time, Al kept the name registered in the hopes of reopening. Al found that hope in a young man named George Ogston. George had been a dedicated employee at Al’s restaurant, the Embers Restaurant and Banquet Halls. In 1985, Al decided to sign his shares of the company over to George Ogston and his son, Terry Gervais. George and Terry reopened the business and ran it out of the back of The Embers on Warden Ave.
  • Fun fact: George used to wash the rental dishes in the Embers dishwasher after the restaurant closed for the night!

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George with his truck licence.

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A Gervais original our big pink tent.

The Transition 1987:

  • With our inventory growing and our business expanding, it was time to transition into a bigger building. In 1987, Gervais moved into a new building on Howden Rd. This building marked an exciting new chapter for Gervais. We were growing both our customer base and our inventory. We started the journey further into the rental business by adding tents and show service equipment.
  • Fun fact:  Here at Gervais, family is very important to us. So important in fact, that many of our current employees actually started their careers at our Howden Rd location. In our office; Harrison, Darek, Laurie, and Sonia are still loyal employees. Our General Manager, Matthew and our Warehouse Manager, Jason, also started on Howden Rd. Our Drivers; Zia, Hussan, Najib, and Farid were with us from the start and are the same, kind faces that you see on your tent setups and other deliveries. Even the neighborhood Mr. Fix it, Winslow is still employed with us today. You may see him at the customer pick-up door.

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Who remembers the monkey?

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Our Harrison 25 years ago. 

The Advancement – 2004:

  • With our humble little building bursting at the seams, George and Terry, made the decision to look for a bigger building. In 2004, Gervais moved back to Warden Ave. This time, in the building beside the Embers Restaurant and Banquet Halls. Our location on Warden was a temporary move, while we waited for our new and bigger building on Milner Ave.

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Our ever growing inventory.

The Cultivation – 2006:

  • In 2006, Gervais made its biggest move ever, to 75 Milner Ave. Our new building is 65,000 square feet of new opportunities and big changes. Over the past 11 years here on Milner Avenue, Gervais has grown, advanced, and bettered itself to become one of the most reliable rental businesses in Toronto. We are proud of our friendly customer service and our attention to detail. Over the last 11 years, Gervais has changed its business model and advanced its customer relations. With many long hours and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, our team’s hard work and dedication to the customer experience has created a safe, friendly, and loving environment for both our staff and customers.
  • Fun Fact: Did you know Gervais has a solar roof? The entire top of our building is covered with giant solar tubes. We make enough renewable energy for all our companies needs and even have some left over. This helps us keep our carbon foot print at zero.

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Top View of our Building

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Our Solar Panels

The Expansion – 2017/2018:

  • Our home on 75 Milner is wonderful but because of all the hard work put in over the last 11 years, we are quickly running out of inventory space. Therefore we are happy to announce WE ARE EXPANDING. Gervais will be adding 35 000 square feet to our existing building, in order to serve our customers better. This new warehouse space will help us further grow our inventory so we can make sure all our customers find what they are looking for.

THANK YOU for reading our first blog post! Stay tuned for next week when Terry Gervais writes about his mother and fathers experiences starting up the rentals.