Event venue

Pop of Magic owner says event venue offers ‘blank canvas’ for patrons

When Sarah Merritt was fired from her job as an event planner in Houston at the start of the pandemic, she understood the circumstances.

“We had a lot of corporate events, and so because of the pandemic, business suffered and they didn’t need full-time employees,” the Deer Park resident said.

A mother of four with one on the way, Merritt and her husband, Chance, have hatched their own plan.

In December, their event planning company, pop of magic, opened in Deer Park. Located at 5010 Luella near the intersection of Spencer Highway, the 100 square foot space is open to people from Deer Park, Pasadena and La Porte to host or host parties for birthdays, retirements, engagements, showers wedding and baby and just about any special event within reason, said Sarah Merritt, 30.

“We were thinking about what people would want at a special event,” she said.

The plan was to make a living while the pandemic continued to pose challenges for employers and industries and at the same time give people a safe place to gather.

New event location

What: pop of magic

Address: 5010 Luella Avenue, Deer Park



Contact: 281-900-4574 or email [email protected]

Ready to host anything from a princess party and Disney’s “Encanto” gathering to a “Friends” themed experience, Pop of Magic will plan or help plan a party, do most of the work, or just will allow people to do their own thing. Merritt will also do home visits for offsite events in people’s homes.

“We wanted to give people something that’s almost like a blank canvas where they can do whatever they want with it,” Merritt said.

The venue/event welcomes gatherings of 50 people or less, acknowledging that many are still hesitant to go big, even for special occasions. Animations are organized to allow cleaning between each gathering.

“Not everyone wants to do Chuck E. Cheese, they want to be able to have a small, intimate party where they feel comfortable with the group that’s there and not have to worry about COVID and germs,” ​​said Merritt said.

Having worked in the event planning business for almost a decade, Sarah Merritt always has the opportunity to do what she loves, which is to focus on decorating and setting up. The business, she said, was filling a niche.

Although December and January were a little unpredictable due to the holiday wave (and the Omicron), February and March were busy.

“It’s been a little crazy,” she said.

Merritt, who still helps out at her old job, and her husband, who works in auto sales, waited to open.

“It was about a year where we didn’t know what was going to happen with COVID, and we didn’t want to take the leap too soon when we didn’t know if there would be more shutdowns,” he said. she declared. . “It was such a strange and unforeseen circumstance for so many people.”

Merritt said if it weren’t for the pandemic, she likely never would have opened her own business.

Merritt said she’s also noticed a change in how people come together since COVID.

“(The pandemic) gave me a whole new perspective,” she said. “I think people appreciate the opportunity to come together a lot more now. It’s something people didn’t really have two years ago.

“There was a lot of stress, and now people are just happy to be able to have their child’s first birthday party or baby shower with their group of family and friends and feel comfortable doing it. To do. It’s really nice for me.

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