Under strings of lights in the industrial warehouse of Backside Brewing Co., couples can say “I do,” nonprofits can raise money for their causes and companies can celebrate, all using the rented tables and chairs from Party Time Event Rentals.
This is the vision of KC and Savannah McKillip, owners of Backside Brewing Co., who recently purchased Party Time Rentals & Accessories for $60,000 and moved it from its previous location on Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg to the Backside warehouse at 1640 SE Odell Ave., Roseburg.
The business, now called Party Time Event Rentals, reopened Nov. 1 to offer the tables, chairs, tents and other items needed for throwing parties, weddings and fundraisers.
“We want to offer more to customers,” KC McKillip said, adding they plan to add more tables and chairs to the inventory and upgrade some of the equipment. Customers can call ahead to place orders or simply walk in for service, and they can pick up the rental items themselves or have them delivered.
Party Time has been busy renting out furniture for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties at retirement centers and company holiday parties.
The warehouse at Backside Brewing has already hosted a wedding and a fundraiser for the Lookingglass Elementary School, and the McKillips plan to expand it as an event venue.
“We’re growing it more and more, but Party Time will help grow it the most,” Savannah McKillip said. She added one of the incentives for buying the rental company was to have the tables and chairs available for both casual and fine dining events at Backside, while continuing to rent them out.
In the future, the McKillips also plan to move the brewery equipment from the back of Backside Brewing into the warehouse to make more space for additional restaurant seating.
The couple, along with Roseburg Professional Firefighters Local 1110, plans to host a cornhole tournament and fundraiser starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the warehouse, featuring live music and the release of a new beer, the Burn Out Rye IPA. The fundraiser is meant to benefit Toys for Tots, the Mercy Foundation, Douglas County Cancer Services, Muscular Dystrophy Association and local scholarships and sports teams through the Local 1110 Community Assistance Fund.
Party Time will no longer be selling the streamers, balloons, costumes and other accessories the business used to provide.
The previous owners Marnie Bryant of Winston and Phyllis Navarro of Roseburg thought it was time for a change after all their kids graduated, so they decided to sell the business to the McKillips.
“Phyllis and Marnie have worked really hard at this business for 20 years,” Savannah McKillip said. “They’re great to work with.”
The two will continue to operate their linen rental business, Linen Express. Bryant said they plan to work with the McKillips for coordinating linen rentals to go with rentals from Party Time.
“I would love to thank all our customers and send them to KC and Savannah,” Bryant said. “I think they’re going to do great with the business; they’re young and have lots of energy.”
Bryant and Navarro are currently putting on a moving sale at the previous Party Time location. The two have been leasing the space on Jackson Street, and Bryant said she’s unaware of what the building owner has planned for the future.