Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Maciag.
Dana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started as I was looking for ideas for my daughter’s 10th sleepover birthday party. Pinterest had all the cute ideas and that’s where I found the teepee party idea. I saw that there were rental companies already established in Australia and the UK, but nothing here in AZ. At that point I told my husband I was going to start a second business. He had mentioned my crazy idea to his co-worker Clayton who promptly stated he wanted in, so I immediately had a business partner. Together we built the idea for the company. He built the teepee frames, I used my creative crafting skills for the themes and decor, and my mother in law, Donna, is the seamstress behind the scenes. She makes all the teepee covers, pillows and faux fires.
We launched with two girls themes – Glitter and Glam and Desert/Boho. My Daughter Jaydan’s first major sleepover party consisted of 8 guests and the desert/boho theme. We consider it our signature theme due to the cactus. Once we started posting photos on social media of the sleepover, interest started picking up and before you know it we were booking parties!
After a couple months we had demand for boys themes too. So we decided to create a camo/hunting theme and a safari/jungle theme. These are perfect for boys, but to our surprise the girls like them too!
We literally take care of the whole party for you! No hassle for the parents, we just need the clean space to set up so your kids can have fun!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
So far yes, it has been a smooth road. Our concept is loved by so many and we hope to expand with various parties ideas and staff members soon!
AZ Sleepy Teepee – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
AZ Sleepy Teepee are your slumber party experts. We deliver, set up, take down, and do the laundry/disinfect for each sleepover. Each child gets an individual teepee with twin sized blow up mattress. Other decor included are lanterns, trays, sheets, decor pillows, mattress pads, blankets, faux fur rugs or grass, faux fire or candelabra, banners and lights.
We deliver to areas all over town. Our base is in Scottsdale, however we also have delivery available in the East Valley as well. Travel fees are added on 20 mi outside of the two zip codes of 85254 and 85021.
Clayton and I deliver the teepees to your house, set them up, come back the next morning, take them down, and do the laundry! Clayton has his Fiancé Tia usually helping him and Dana has either her daughter Jaydan or husband Ryan in tow. Dana is trying to teach Jaydan all the ins and outs of running a business, and some responsibility all at the same time while having fun.
AZ Sleepy Teepee has also teamed up with Girly-Girlz of Scottsdale to provide the ultimate glamping experience. Their “glam squad” come to the house and does each kids hair, makeup and nails. Then the kids get to take home, eye shadow, lip gloss, and nail polish as well.
We have big plans for expanding the business and hope to team up with the zoo, science museum and more to provide awesome sleepover experiences for kids in the valley!
We are the only company of our kind in the Phoenix area and are looking forward to growing the company and creating a brand for ourselves as a one of a kind sleepover experience.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The owner of Girly-Girlz had asked up to be on Your Life Arizona with them to showcase out new partnership. My daughter got to be the model, along with her friend Kate, and hung out in the teepees while the TV segment aired. She had a ton of fun and it was super exciting for us to see our growing business on TV! We really enjoyed the experience.
- Party of 5 is $285
- Additional Teepees are $5o per teepee
- Address: Scottsdale, AZ 85254
- Website: www.azsleepyteepee.com
- Phone: 480-241-3079
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instacgram.com/azsleepyteepee
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/azsleepyteepee
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/azsleepyteepee
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