DECATUR, Ga. (CBS46) – A local mother claims she put money for her daughter’s birthday party just for a place in Decatur to close – without warning.
Holly Bentley attended a party at the Jack N ‘Elle Playhouse in August and thought it would be the perfect venue to celebrate her daughter’s third birthday.
âWe didn’t have a birthday party last year because of COVID,â Bentley said. “So she never really had a birthday party and we really wanted to do something special for her.”
Bentley made a $ 160 down payment for the party that would take place in November. She sent out the invitations on Monday and had a few follow-up questions for the owner. She said she contacted the owner by phone and email, but did not receive and respond.
So she walked past the Vista Grove Plaza shopping center business, and it was completely empty. The owner and the business appeared to have disappeared.
âAt first it was panic,â said Bentley. âMy daughter is going to be devastated. I invited all these 2 and 3 year olds. What am I going to do? And then the second thought was I hope the owners are doing well.
State business license records show that the registered owner of Jack N ‘Elle Playhouse is Romana M. Sullivan. She registered the company in 2017 and is currently listed as âactive / compliantâ. CBS46 contacted Sullivan on several occasions. The phone went straight to voicemail on our last attempt.
Bentley said she hates to see a business falter, especially after the pandemic, but said leaving paying customers in the dark is no way of doing business. She just wants to get her deposit back.
“I just hope they will fix things,” she added. “We have a great community and I just don’t want anyone else to fall victim to it.”
Another business owner heard about Bentley’s dilemma on Thursday and donated his space for his daughter’s birthday party in November.
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