Shindigz has been making waves in the party industry since 1999 as an online retailer, but their roots date back to 1926, in South Whitley, when they started as Stumps Party.
Shindigz owner, Shep Moyle, and Social Media Coordinator, Kristen Baumert, give us an overview of the small, family-owned-business gone number-one-place for party supplies online, which continues to operate right in our own backyard.
Once Stumps Party realized that they had become a leader in prom supplies, selling to over 70 percent of the nation’s high schools, the owners realized that they had gained the footing and support to branch out into the consumer party space. “We knew that we could bring our unique blend of personalization and unique party items, combined with great value, to a much larger market,” says Moyle. “Wendy [Moyle’s wife] came up with the name Shindigz, in an ideation session. We knew it was a winner from the start.”
It was with a “relentless focus on [the] customer” that Shindigz grew from a small family business into one of the United States’ largest dealers in party supplies. “We believe in delighting our customers and bringing a smile to their face when they open a box from Shindigz. We create unique and interesting products that make life more fun. We offer the world’s largest selection of personalized party supplies and we support it all with world class technology and operations.” And that’s certainly something to smile – or rather, party – about!
A Personal Touch
Adding a name or photo to just about any party piece ensures that your celebration will be memorable in a totally unparalleled way. “A name or picture can be added, in most cases, to standees, tableware, banners, party favors, and so much more,” Baumert shares. “The look on your child’s face when they see their own picture and name on their birthday party supplies is priceless. We create these moments that will last you a lifetime.”
Overwhelmed by the incredible variety offered on the website and not sure where to start? Fear not! Shindigz provides plenty of themed party ideas on their website in addition to instructional how-to videos on their YouTube channel.
What further sets Shindigz apart from other party suppliers is the fact that, even though they’ve gone ‘viral’ and ship party necessities to customers across the nation, they keep it local by remaining a huge advocate of supporting our communities right here in Northeast Indiana and investing in their people. “Over the past forty years of ownership by the Moyle family, Shindigz has been very active in the area. This ranges from the title sponsorship of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, bringing the best of college soccer to the area, to the Three Rivers Parade, to the Mad Ants and Tincaps,” says Moyle. “We are most proud of our Journey Program [which] engages all of our party hosts in giving back to the community in many ways – from random acts of kindness to community service.” Adds Baumert, “We support local charities that help out some of our employees like BABE of Whitley County and the South Whitley Food Bank. Additionally, we work with Junior Achievement in Whitley County and have several of our employees spend time in the local schools, teaching about what we do.”
A Giving Heart
On top of being exceptionally generous to the community in which they operate, Shindigz is equally giving to their fans. “We run contests and giveaways every week on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram,” says Baumert. “’Like,’ ‘Follow,’ and ‘Pin’ us to see how we make life more fun! We have a weekly contest called ‘Party of the Week’ on Facebook. You just submit your party pictures to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate every Friday!” You can also join Shindigz’s e-mail list in order to receive special offers weekly.
The Bottom Line
With the endless options for personalized supplies and the above-and-beyond customer service that Shindigz has to offer, your next party is sure to be so much more special and memorable in bringing them along for the ride!
WIN A $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO SHINDIGZ
If you’re anything like us – you’re totally in the mood to throw a party after learning about this unique, fun, and generous locally-based party store! We’re so excited to announce that you could win a $100 gift certificate right here at Living Fort Wayne!
How to Enter:
Post a photo of one of the best parties you’ve ever hosted OR give us a description of the next theme party you’ve been dreaming of throwing, and we’ll randomly select a winner to receive a $100 gift certificate to Shindigz! Simply comment right here on the blog or over on our Facebook page by showing (or telling) us how you #MakeLifeMoreFun! Contest entry deadline: Friday, July 18, 2014 at NOON.