Jul 7, 2017
Straight Up Ballers
For Episode 4 we have one of the creative minds behind London’s crazy, visually stunning, ball-pit cocktail bar – Ballie Ballerson!
The show features the effervescent Wenny Armstrong. For aspiring entrepreneurs and promotors, there are some absolute gems in her story.
Wenny gives us a small glimpse into her creative, entrepreneurial mind; discussing past events, licencing restrictions, making the most of dead stock and going viral!
We also hear about the plans for the future, as well as some hilarious anecdotes on ball hygiene and things to do in London.
Always doing things her way, Wenny is a Straight Up Baller!
0:45 What the guys learned from last week's episode with Paul Barham from Flight Club
02:55 What happened last weekend, cool venues visited, what's was good and what wasn't.
10:55 This week’s theme
11:28 Wenny Armstrong joins the guys in studio
11:45 Wenny's talks about her job, before running her own business
14:05 The first event Wenny put on: Django Bango.
How she saw the opportunity to take over an airsoft range, that was closed at the weekend. The licensing issues and PR to grow the attention.
18:10 Why Django finished
18:45 The next two nights Wenny ran in Vauxhall
20:00 What is Ballie Ballerson? Finding the venue was first!
20:12 Why make a Ballpit cocktail bar?
21:19 The importance of ‘hero shots’
22:19 The difference between balls and the ‘squidge’ test.
23:30 Waiting for press.
25:50 Capacities and how it works
26:50 Biggest challenges
27:35 The ball pit cleaning machine!
28:36 Lost property in over 250,000 balls
29:45 Biggest success and the reason for the longevity (expecting 3 months, to now already over 10)
32:15 The new site at Box Park in Shoreditch
32:45 Going viral (over 60 million views)
34:00 More on Boxpark and why that was such a good business decision for them
35:42 Costs and dates
36:25 The night owls
37:36 Something to announce: a brand new venue with 1,000,000 balls!!!
39:20 Who entertains the entertainers – What Wenny and her friends do in their free time
42:30 Stuart gets a lesson in how the tide works
43:50 How to catch up with Ballie Ballerson on social media
45:00 Ben and Stuart say goodbye to Wenny and recap the conversation
46:20 The weekly Shout! What’s on this weekend!
48:07 This week’s thank you list
48:40 A new Zombie experience coming to London
50:22 A banging outro tune
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