TAMPA — Bellhops, a business that provides moving services, blossomed out of an Auburn University dorm room.
Co-founders Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos built the company to alleviate a problem — parents hated moving kids' suitcases.
This is especially true for Florida students when moving day falls on the hottest days of summer.
"It started out as campus bellhops and ran on the Auburn campus," said communications director David Martin.
Since their start in 2011, Bellhops has taken their services from the Auburn campus to the rest of the country, with a presence in now 90 markets.
"Not just parents, everyone hates moving, so we started offering services off-campus," Martin said.
Now their services have extended from typical moving day needs to loading and driving moving vehicles, helping Realtors stage houses and assisting customers with holiday setups.
Though their services have grown off campus, the bellhops themselves are still in college, which is the main requirement when hiring.
"It's like an Uber for moving," Martin said. "We operate bellhops in a similar manner. There's an app where people go on, or the website, or call in and book. Then, all of our Tampa bellhops will be notified of a new job and if it works with their school schedule, monetary and social they can claim it."
Right now there are about 70 bellhops in Tampa.
For more information, call (813) 515-2237 or visit getbellhops.com.
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