This is another in an occasional series of stories on people with odd jobs — editor.
LUMBERTON — Around Frederick Quick’s house, he is the king of his castle. In fact, he’s the king of 12 different castles — all of them bouncy.
Quick owns S.B.S. Bouncers, a party equipment rental business that specializes in inflatable bouncy castles for children’s parties. “S.B.S.” stands for “Snoop, Baby Shamik.” “Snoop,” being Quick’s nickname, and “Baby Shamik” referring to the queen of Quick’s kingdom and the person for whom he credits as his inspiration, 5-year-old Shamik Brunson.
“It all started with that little one,” Quick said, gesturing to Shamik, who was playing nearby. “I have raised her since she was 6 months old … She was my brother’s daughter who I have pretty much adopted. [When she was 3] we had passed by one of these huge bounce castles, and she got so excited. She wanted it and I saw that it was for sale. I turned my car around and bought it and she just fell in love with it.”
Shortly after the purchase, Quick, who had been struggling financially following reduced hours at his day job working with children at a mental health facility, began receiving calls from people who had seen his daughter’s bounce castle and wanted to rent it for parties.
Having majored in Business and Marketing at Methodist University, Quick quickly determined that he had tapped into a potential market.
A Rowland native, Quick invested in a commercial bounce castle, which he said almost immediately paid for itself through rentals, which he then invested in the purchase of a third bounce castle. Quick has repeated the pattern of purchasing and investing for the past three years, and says that he isn’t done yet.
Currently Quick has 12 bounce castles for rent, all of which represent a different theme, from Westerns to space ships, as well as five inflatable water slides, which he says have helped him expand his customer base to adults and teenagers.
“I did a couple of high school graduations with the water slides. People really love them,” Quick said. “And man, in the summertime I can’t get a break. It isn’t a bad problem to have, but I am constantly getting calls. Obviously it slows down during the winter months, like December and January. Just means I have to put some money aside for those months.”
Much of Quick’s business has been generated by word-of-mouth, but Quick says that the positive attention has brought with it attention from people he would rather not notice him.
In February Quick’s East 15th Street home, which also serves as his business office, was broken into while he was out. According to police, a 55-inch flat-screen television was stolen, valued at $700, as well as $30 in cash.
Quick says that it was the most recent of numerous attempted and successful break-ins since he started his business three years ago, and that he is currently getting ready to move his business’ office over concerns for Shamik’s well being.
“I am trying to find an office now to get this stuff away from my private life,” Quick said. “It has happened several times now. People have even stolen bouncy houses.”
As for Shamik, Quick says she has enjoyed being a part of Quick’s business venture, though she has finally found something she enjoys more than bouncing.
“I really like going down the water slide,” Shamik said.
Recently Quick has expanded his business to be able to rent out tents for weddings and other events, as well as a snow-cone machine. Those interested in renting from Quick can find more information on his Facebook page, which is listed as “Snoop Q,” or call 910-258-9530.