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You can say it with balloons too

Happy anniversary!

IF CHOCOLATES, flowers, and gifts don't please your girlfriend any more, try the bouquets made by Umita Melwani and Neha Melwani. But what makes their bouquets different from the usual flower bouquets?

Well, they are made of just balloons. The bouquets made by Ms. Umita and Ms. Neha, under the brand name Just Balloons, have the most beautiful balloons, customised for all occasions.

Just Balloons was born when, Ms. Umita and Ms. Neha, married to two of the Melwani brothers of Kids Kemp, noticed balloon bouquets on a trip to America. They were impressed by the idea, decided to import high quality latex balloons and introduce balloon bouquets here. Says Ms. Umita: "It was my penchant for gift wrapping that got me interested in these bouquets. And so, these bouquets, already popular in places like Singapore and Dubai, are now available in Bangalore too."

Creatively styled, the bouquets are individually crafted by them. They have a small workshop at their home, and between the two of them, they churn out at least 20 bouquets a week. Most of their clients come to them by word of mouth and they have never gone all out to advertise their product. The duo has offered their creative services to corporates such as the Raheja Group and BPL too, besides doing an odd wedding party for someone.

Ms. Umita insists that theirs is a truly unique concept. She says: "We know that some of the bouquets are sent with balloons in them. But those are the regular ones you would get at Cubbon Park, whereas the quality of our balloons is very different. What makes the balloons of Just Balloons superior is the quality of latex, with a finish that is really classy. Besides, the material is environment-friendly and biodegradable."

Priced Rs. 350 upwards, the balloon bouquets are customised to individual requirements. One could have an "I love you" Valentine's bouquet, complete with a teddy bear, or a birthday bouquet with a perfume bottle, or anniversary bouquets made around a wine/champagne bottle.

An all-blue arrangement.

Ms. Umita adds: "In India, balloons are generally associated with children, and we have introduced in the concept of using balloons to wish adults." One finds special balloons with message such as "It's a girl!" for the birth of a baby, balloons in the shape of flowers, a baby's bottle, or a star. The duo is often asked to do personalised messages. And personalised bouquets are, in fact, their USP.

Just Balloons bouquets start at 1.5 ft. and can go up to 7 ft. in height. The balloons come in different shapes, sizes, colours, textures, and prints. Fancy ribbons and bows go into each arrangement, and sometimes, even lace hearts, artificial flowers and Japanese rise paper items are fitted into the bouquets. The bouquets are delivered through their delivery van around Bangalore. Ms. Umita regrets that they are not able to deliver to other cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, places from where they have been getting requests.

Ms. Umita and Ms. Neha hope to open their own store very soon. You can call them on 98450-70915 or 98450-25688.


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