Planning a child’s birthday party can be totally and utterly overwhelming. With the development of Pinterest, it seems like everyone is held to a high standard and it can cause unneeded stress that takes away from the fun of celebrating the fact that you child is one year older (and you survived another year of parenting). Thankfully Jessica Roubitchek of Purple Monkey Playroom is a party planning extraordinaire who can throw a creative and unique party for your child at her engaging and popular play space.
Jessica is so well versed in throwing amazing parties and creating a play space that that builds a sense of community in the Bucktown/Logan Square area because she is a mom herself and has a strong background in business. She earned a marketing MBA and attained extensive experience with non-profit organizations including the Girl Scouts before opening up Purple Monkey in February of 2013 after noticing a great opportunity for a business in November of the previous year.
As a motivated woman with an entrepreneurial spirit, Jessica always knew that she wanted to have her own business but had no clear idea on what she wanted it to be. Her need for balance and more control of her hours led her to take a giant leap and create a play space in the area after a favorite play room closed.
Through knowing the market and the area, her transition into a business owner was a success right from the start. Purple Monkey is geared towards children from 6 months to 6 years old, and is filled with developmentally appropriate toys and areas so that learning is always at the forefront, no matter the child’s age. My personal favorite aspect is the free coffee, and at the play space your children will be having so much fun that you will actually be able to slowly sip and savor it (such a rarity for us parents, eh?). It is a great place for caregivers and families in the area to come together and bond over sleepless nights, talk about local classes in the area, and just simply get to know each other.
Being a play space owner fits Jessica’s needs as a mom very well, and she no longer feels detached because of her daughter’s schedule. Since she has well trained employees, Jessica can also rely on them to open and close the play space a few times a week, which leaves Jessica more time to be with her number one priority: her family. Her daughter comes to Purple Monkey Playroom about three days a week to play and have lunch, which is a great perk for both of them to have some special together time in one of the most imaginative spaces to play in all of Chicagoland.
When talking about advice for moms who are thinking about starting their own business, Jessica has some great insight that I have found true on my business journey as well. Creating boundaries between work and family time is key so you don’t feel pressure that you aren’t being a good enough mom or a good enough business owner. She warns that you shouldn’t anticipate completing substantial work when your kids are around because they, naturally, will want your attention and you don’t want to deal with any of the “Mommy guilt” associated with it. Trust us on this one.
Another great tip Jessica has for other mompreneurs is to network. Partnerships are so incredibly key to being successful and finding support in the business world. Jessica praises the Chicago Moms in Business group for helping her talk through issues, brainstorm business ideas, and simply lend encouragement on those days when a working mom just simply needs a break (I can’t be the only one, right?). Purple Monkey Playroom collaborates with Totus Lingua for language classes (our favorite in the city), as well as Bucktown Music for musical storytime for birthday parties and monthly play room entertainment.
Now that you know Jessica’s business story, be sure to reach out to her for your party planning needs. After all, Purple Monkey will plan, coordinate, set up, and clean up while you celebrate your little one. I can’t think of a better type of party!