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This day in age businesses have to be willing to evolve with what customers want. For Crown Rental, the party business has grown over the last several years so owner Doug Haas decided to expand that part of his operation.

"We've always had backyard stuff and party has grown for us, so we decided to expand," said Haas.

On March 7 Haas opened Crown Party Store in Rosemount next to his Crown Rental location. The store specializes in party planning and event rental.

Crown Party offers just about everything one can think of for party rental including games, a photo booth, lighting, tables and chairs, tents, canopies, heaters and air conditioners, concessions and food service, stages, karaoke and audio visual, floor, china, glassware and linens.

"We've got just about everything and if we don't we can get it," Haas said.

The one area they don't offer is casino games or bingo equipment. Haas said even renting those items requires a gambling licenses and he just doesn't want to mess with it.

Crown will continue to do all its other rental. It has just added heavily to the party side.

The party business is different than the heavy equipment Crown handles on the other side of its business, so Haas has two employees dedicated to working the party business.

"The service aspect of this is different. It will take a lot for one on one time," said Haas.

Brittany Haas and Julie Meincke are certified rental professionals. The two women will work customers to make their special events picture perfect. Meincke said helping people plan their events is enjoyable.

"It's a lot of fun planning stuff people are going to have fun doing," said Meincke.

So far business has gone well. Haas said they are setting up for a busy summer and recommended anyone looking for items for a graduation party should act now.

"June is our busiest month of the year," said Haas.

Haas has owned Crown Rental in Rosemount for 23 years. He said Crown is truly a family business as three of his four children have worked at the store.

Haas will hold a grand opening for Crown Party Store from 8 a.m. to noon April 2.

For more information visit or call 952-388-6400. Crown Party Store is located at 15213 Canada Ave. W. The store is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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