BRANDON — Ben Cordoba's business is hopping.
This year, Cordoba bought a bounce house that he rented out just to make a little money. He liked the work so much that a few weeks ago he bought five more inflatables, quit his job and started devoting his efforts full-time to his new business, A & B Bounce Houses.
He's based in Brandon — no storefront, just a cellphone, a website and the garage at his home where he stores the bounce houses — but he'll deliver his colorful inflatables anywhere in Hillsborough County.
His first house was a simple "bouncer," just an inflatable enclosure in which kids could safely jump and tumble.
His new inventory includes fancier equipment, with slides and rock climbs that can be used wet or dry.
He also has a popcorn machine and a cotton candy machine for customers who want a little something extra.
Cordoba said he can sometimes take orders for bounce houses the same day as the event, of course availability is less certain. Once he arrives at an event, he can get his bounce houses ready for use in about 15 minutes.
Prospective customers can get a look at the company's sides and bounce houses, along with a price list, at abbouncehouses.com. Call (813) 458-1241 for further information.
The company's name, incidentally, comes from the initials of Cordoba's two daughters, 6-year-old Amia and 9-year-old Brianna.
Captain Electrix offers countywide rescue
PLANT CITY — For 18 years, Jim Harden was co-owner of United Electrical Systems. He had a lot of employees and a lot of headaches.
He and his partner closed up shops last year. Harden's back with a new company, Captain Electrix. It's a smaller company, just a one-man-shop, but after 35 years as an electrician, that's the way he likes it.
"It's pretty much just me," he said. "I had 18 employees in my previous company. I just don't want that stress anymore."
With his previous company, Harden could take on just about any job, from simple household repair work to major construction projects. Now that he has coined himself Captain Electrix, he's concentrating on service and repairs for residential and commercial customers. That can be anything from repairing circuit breakers and installing lighting and ceiling fans to rewiring homes or hooking up electricity to house additions.
Captain Electrix is based in Plant City but services all of Hillsborough and Polk counties. Call (813) 470-8078 or visit the Captain Electrix Facebook page.
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