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Balloon biz booms for Whitestone family

Whitestone's Devon O'Connor sports one of the Dial-A-Balloon items: a gigantic red balloon. Photo courtesy Dial-A-Balloon
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Business has been blowing up at Whitestone’s Dial-A-Balloon delivery and decorating service, but its success did not come out of thin air.

Whitestone’s own Devon O’Connor has already collected a lengthy résumé of community activism, but did not hesitate when his father passed the business he started 32 years ago onto him. When he is not hitting the streets in the name of his own Welcome to Whitestone civic organization, the northeast Queens native can also be seen escorting enormous displays of colorful balloon arrangements to some of the borough’s hottest events.

He assembles and delivers the colorful arrangements himself and takes custom orders for any event. Most recently, Dial-A-Balloon assembled its own custom baby bottle made entirely out of blue, white and clear balloons.

O’Connor said he takes any chance he can to get the business’ name out there because a little bit of extra color could go a long way. He has also hosted some of his own events like face-painting parties and family days to remain active in the northeast Queens community.

Dial-A-Balloon has been adding color to countless events throughout the borough, from birthday parties and seasonal get-togethers to political functions and public forums.

Some of the Dial-A-Balloon appearances of late included a red, white and blue display in the backdrop of a political forum at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in the weeks leading up to the September primary.

Their work has been prominently displayed on the Dial-A-Balloon Facebook page, with sweeping balloon banners lining the walls and ceilings of northeast Queens. With the fall season in full gear, O’Connor said he has most recently been assembling black and orange balloon displays at area schools and Halloween parties.

Whether it is a towering balloon arch or simple arrangements for tabletops, O’Connor said it was Dial-A-Balloon’s vision to be the unsung hero at any event by adding that colorful touch.

But the balloon business was not the only business venture to come with the family name. Logan O’Connor, Devon’s brother, recently started a business of his own with Logan’s Cafe in the family’s hometown of Whitestone.

The business opened up near the expansive housing complex at Lehavre on the Water in February and has been dishing out a unique array of fresh menu items such as eggplant burgers and chicken wraps. It was the latest entrepreneurial chapter for the active O’Connors and has taken on the same community-first approach, the family said.

Dial-A-Balloon is in Whitestone at 15-29 149th St. with a fully-equipped showroom an can be reached by phone at 718-BALLOON or online at ballooncorp.com. The website offers its own color display chart for anyone looking to purchase their own late balloon arrangements as well as various ideas that suit any given function.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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Devon O'Connor from Whitestone says:
Thank you Phil Corso and the TimesLedger for writing this article about my business, Dial-A-Balloon. If you have ordered balloons from my company in the past, please leave your comments here on this page.
Oct. 30, 2013, 3:05 pm
Steve from Whitestone says:
Devon is a class act, an entrepreneur and a true leader. Whitestone is proud to call him a member of our community!
Oct. 30, 2013, 3:05 pm
Gregg P Sullivan from Bayside / Whitestone says:
Devon is force of nature and a great contribution to the community , and of all the things we've gotten to know about thanks to Devon, now I know where to go to get my balloons :-)
I'll have to post this on the Http://Facebook.com/BaysideLiveTV page for you Devon. You're great ;-)
Oct. 30, 2013, 3:21 pm
Jamie Roberts from Beechhurst says:
They do beautiful arrangements and are so pleasant to work with! Best of luck to them!!
Oct. 30, 2013, 3:22 pm
Vee from Whitestone says:
Devon has great talent! He has been doing my balloon arrangements for many years now at every occasion. A pleasure to work with, honest, reliable and very reasonable in price!
I highly recommend giving him a call!
Oct. 30, 2013, 3:58 pm
Devons Mom from Whitestone says:
Not only do I agree with what everyone has written about Devon on a professional level, but on a personal level he is one of the most kind, caring and generous people I know. I am honored to call him my son. I love you Devon!
Oct. 30, 2013, 4:23 pm
Dan says:
Devon has been an invaluable asset to the community his work with my office has been a great benefit to the community. May the gods look favorably upon his venture.
Nov. 1, 2013, 6:34 am
Barbara says:
Dan with all you're going thru right now federal indictment and all you are speaking up for his fake and his bogus survey
We will not forget how he tried to help you screw our community with the Whitehouse deal.

Don't think he wants your endorsement but thanks for reminding the people.
Nov. 2, 2013, 12:02 pm
Charles Appellian says:
Devon will be a great asset to the Vallone agenda.
Nov. 9, 2013, 1:39 pm

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