CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - With no parties and large gatherings for the foreseeable future, balloon businesses thought their days were numbered.
"When it first started I thought I was out of business," said Paulette Elstner, owner of Balloons by Paulette. "I do a lot of work for the nursing homes. It's just heartbreaking you know."
"I actually told my landlord I had to give up my apartment because I couldn't afford to stay there," said Karen Ford, owner of BalloonWorks.
Turns out, it wasn't the case. They say, unexpectedly, demand for balloon displays at home has been inflated.
"I'm used to dealing with corporate, nonprofits, and schools. Maybe a dozen to 15 events per week. And now I'm dealing with 50 to 60 new customers each and every week," Karen said.
"It is just blown out of the water. Everybody's calling to celebrate," Paulette said.
"We probably have done 400 deliveries in the last two months," Karen said.
You've probably seen them in your neighborhood or on social media. It's a new way to celebrate, as we're in a new normal.
"Happy. Everybody's happy when I see balloons," Paulette said.
And both say they think they've developed a whole new, and permanent, customer base.
"I think it's going to be a thing for me to do small events like this. I hope it continues I think it's a great trend," Karen said.