Jessica Roubitchek–Purple Monkey Playroom

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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Comments

  1. Kita says

    This would be great for a babies birthday and I love the collaboration that she does with other businesses. That’s one of the things I stress to people you have to work together so that everyone wins.

  2. Kiwi says

    I am all for women and entreprenuership! Especially if they are mothers…because people believe when a women has a child(ren) that she just needs to be domesticated and do not continue to pursue a career. No you make money and ideas off your children and build an empire and I am glad Jessica has found a smart way to do that!

  3. Dogvills says

    She is definitely an inspiration. I admire women who ventures into business and at the same time taking care of her family. The Purple Monkey playroom looks like a fun place.

    • amandasimkin says

      It is great to come across moms who are successful both at home and in the real world, isn’t it?

  4. miriam says

    What a great business idea for a mom entrepreneur. It looks like it’s a great success too! I love the beautiful painted murals on the walls, it really adds to the cheeriness of the playroom.

    • amandasimkin says

      It is a bright and cheery place to spend a rainy day, like today. Come on, sun! Come out come out, wherever you are!

  5. Brea says

    I love it! I so wish we had something similar down here! I’m going to share this in my local mom’s group and see if someone gets inspired! I love the bright colors. But I think my favorite thing about this is her advice to other momprenuers-it rings so, so true!

    • amandasimkin says

      I love when other moms are able to share their thoughts and support each other, especially when it comes to the business world.

  6. Kristen says

    I am always looking for indoor places for the kiddos to play during the winter. I will totally be taking my kiddos here!

  7. Amanda @ Adorkablii says

    This looks like a great place for the little ones! In the winter its so hard to find something to do sometimes and it gets boring. I was always trying to find something to do as a kid and when my son was a bit younger I would try and keep him entertained but it gets hard! Thank you for sharing!!

    • amandasimkin says

      It is also a really great spot for having parties in the winter when you just don’t want to host or can’t host at your house!

  8. Rena McDaniel says

    What a neat idea! My kids are grown, but my daughter recently (8 months ago) had twins a boy and a girl so to have a safe place like this to be able for her to take a breath and relax for a few minutes would be invaluable. I wish we had something like this close by to us!

  9. Yona Williams says

    Jessica sounds like she has such a fun job – to be in charge of making birthday dreams come true! I absolutely love the treehouse mural featured in that play space. The Elmo balloon ‘statue’ is too cute for words.

  10. Briton says

    This looks like such a fun space for kids to have a ball! I also love that it has so much to do the parents can get a bit of down time and relax a little 🙂 I’m always looking for indoor play spaces for winter months and rainy summer days and this would be awesome!

  11. Tami says

    This looks like a wonderful place for both little guy and mom to frequent. Unfortunately, it’s not in my area. Sob, sob. I will have to see if there is something similar or get busy trying to get one placed here.

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