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Portable bars are one of the hottest items on the market and it is not really that hard to see why. Whether you are a party venue looking for the right fixtures, a caterer looking to expand your offerings, or even a private citizen, there are many reasons that a portable bar will add to your space. The top three reasons are the functions, the forms, and the fact that you can either rent or own them.

Many and Varied Uses

Portable bars are generally storage units for beverages that can be moved from one place to another. Most will have a bin for ice and a built-in cutting board as well as shelves and drawers for drinks, dishes, and utensils. But you don’t have to use your bar just for alcoholic beverages or even for drinks at all. For instance, if you like to perform magic tricks at local fairs, a portable bar will give you storage space for all of your props as well as a surface to work your illusions on. A portable bar can be turned into a homework or craft station, or have a dozen other uses. Of course, you can also use it as a beverage cart for indoor or outdoor parties and serve anything from alcohol to juice boxes from it. You can even set it up as a snack station for your home theater. The uses that your portable bars can have are only limited by your imagination and some companies will even use them as booths for trade shows.

Style Options

If you run an internet search for portable bars you will find that there are almost as many different style options as there are uses for these items. You can find big and sleek units that come apart to be portable, or you can find small and boxy units on casters that can be closed up and wheeled around. You can find all kinds of different shapes, colors, and styles of portable bar as well as companies who will help you design custom ones. You can get models that have removable front panels that you can have decorated with your logo, theme, or just a plain color and then switch them out as desired. No matter your aesthetic taste or the style of your space, you can find a portable bar option that is right for your needs.

Renting or Owning

There are companies who will sell you portable bars and there are companies that will allow you to rent as many as you need for your next function. One of the benefits of renting a bar is that many companies will also include a bartender per bar and will generally stock the bar for an additional cost. This can save you from having to mix your own drinks and from having to research what your bar will need to be stocked with. That isn’t to say that there are no benefits to owning a portable bar, however, and many people will find that having one around the house is a good idea. If you own a portable bar you will be able to move the bar to where the party is, lock it up when not in use, and if you move you can take it with you.

Mobile Bar Cart For BusinessAre you looking for a new way to add fun and spontaneity to your business? A mobile bar cart may be the thing your business needs in order to bring it to the next level. If you do not have a business, you can get one for your home to make parties at your place unforgettable. A mobile bar cart is a serving station on casters that is designed to move around and bring drinks to your guests rather than have them come to the bar for drinks. This mobile serving station is the ultimate in customer or guest service and will keep customers and friends coming back time after time.

There are so many reasons why you should invest in a mobile bar cart:

  1. This kind of cart is extremely practical and functional. When you are not moving it around to serve your guests, it can be used as a mobile storage station for glasses and bottles.
  2. You can find a bar cart that will match your personal design style preference. Bar carts come in a variety of styles from wood to stainless steel. You can also get one that comes with a granite counter top which is great for serving wine tastings.
  3. Mobile bar carts can hold more than just alcohol. You can store ice and food in these carts to go along with the drinks you will be serving. You can even store things like glasses and towels which will cover anything that can happen as you move your drink serving station around the room.
  4. A mobile bar cart will set you apart. On a night out, wasting time waiting at the bar can be a hassle for many patrons. With the use of a mobile bar cart, your customers or guests can spend more time socializing and less time waiting at a crowded bar for a drink. This will enhance the overall experience of your guests and keep them coming back for more.
  5. A bar cart is easy to clean and maintain. Because you can move it around, this serving station is easy to keep clean from all angles. Your guests and customers will appreciate a clean serving station that is pushed up to their table to give them the drinks they want.

Not only can you choose the finish of your bar cart, you can also choose the shape. You can get ones that are square and rectangular, as well as carts that are round. This will add to the aesthetic appeal of the cart and may also be a safer option. Round carts do not have corners that customers can bump into and hurt themselves on during nights where your home or establishment is crowded. As we all know, the more people drink the less they pay attention to their surroundings, so a rounded serving station may prove to be beneficial.

You can use a mobile bar station both indoors and outdoors. One with a natural stone top will withstand the elements outdoors while serving your guests from a beautiful cart. This mobile option will allow you to move it indoors to the kitchen to get refills and serve the guests without them having to get up. If you own a restaurant or bar, you can have multiple serving stations moving around to meet your customer’s needs on busier nights. This serving station may also be beneficial in an office to have coffee and tea service readily available for important conferences and meetings.

No matter what your business or personal party needs are, a mobile serving station is a great option for everyone. Check out the variety of carts on the market and imagine how one of these mobile serving stations can bring your business or parties to the next level.

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As I write this blog I am relaxing…why? Well, Fry Fabrications has just completed and shipped one of our most complex items every! No, not a bottle service set, not a portable bar, drink cart, table, or kiosk. This was a Rickshaw cart for Bombay Sapphire bound to be displayed in New York’s JFK airport. What did this cart entail? Wooden wheels, bamboo weaving, bamboo shoots, custom handles with jewels, canopy, real bamboo countertop, shelving, locking door and yards of print media. Photos can be seen at www.facebook.com/fryfab. All of this was made in about 2 weeks! It was a stressful 2 weeks for sure, but we’re very happy with the results and can rest easy that this will deliver.

portable barsIn other news we’ve been making a few custom bars for Diaego in Canada, a bowling alley in Michigan, and a local club here in Tempe, AZ called Fat Tuesdays. Also on deck are some pistol shaped bottle service sets for a Las Vegas club called “Revolver” as well as some custom bottle service trays for a new club in Hollywood, California called “Agency.” A custom folding bar was also created for Sobieski Vodka and a custom kisok with locking doors was made for “The Interior Shop” in Phoenix, AZ – this kiosk turned out extra special as the customer added some hot rod style pinstriping to the bar and it looks amazing. We have a few more projects potentially in the works as we begin to wind down 2011. Also in the coming weeks it’ll be time to prepare once again for the Nightclub and Bar Expo in Las Vegas where Fry Fabrications will be displaying our coolest products to date.

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portable barsHere at Fry Fabrications, its been busy, yet productive since our last blog posting. We’ve produced and shipped some trade show pedestals that hold assorted electronic devices, we’ve done some bottle service pieces for Tequila Ambhar which have the most intricate laser work we’ve done to date – we’ve done lots of retail work for assorted outlets. With all of this, it seems that many of the jobs that we’ve been requested – bottle service, drink carts, tables, portable bars, custom work have all been with tight deadlines. I certainly can understand deadlines and why they’re there – yet they can also be scary (afterall it is Halloween today). If all the pieces of the puzzle don’t align perfectly, the deadline can easily be compromised. For example: We must first have the design in place, then the CAD drawings created, then the steel must be cut, fabrication labor performed (without any delay). Then there’s the finish sanding, powder coating, accessories, boxing/packaging, and finally shipping. One hiccup on any of these elements and those promises that were made go down the tubes. The deadlines also continue to get shorter and shorter adding more pressure…yet there are the times where I have to say “no” when our capabilities even at 150% cannot make that deadline possible. Experience has certainly played the most important role when it comes to giving the customer that promise of making that deadline – and knowing when to say we cannot comes from experience. Furthermore, even if a project is profitable, when a very tight deadline is given the potential for that profit is certainly at risk. Honesty is always the best policy.

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portable barsFry Fabrications closed the summer out with some excited projects. First a custom 360 degreen octagonal shaped branded bench was delivered to the ADT corporate headquarters. Next some custom stool and table sets for both Mountain Dew and the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team. Next up we received the order for 25-100 “Blink” electric car charging station pedestals designed to be in electric car dealerships all over the country. We also received an order for very unique bottle service sets for Tequila Ambhar which have some of the most intricate laser work we’ve ever worked with – can’t wait to see how these come out. Next, we received an order just shy of 1000 pieces from Patron/Ultimat for their National Accounts. Very interested to see these pieces go into motion as they have a slightly different look than the orders we’ve done with them of the past. Lastly, we’ve received several retail orders from our friends at Industrial Ride Shop for various racks, shelving units, and even a fitting room.

In addition to all the great business we’ve been receiving, we aquired a new CNC break press machine. This machine has an adjustable back-stop and also has different speeds and settings to further expand the way that metal can be bent and formed to not only give the piece a unique look, but and also be performed quicker.

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portable barsWhen we’re shipping our bottle service sets, portable bars, ipad kiosks and everything else that comes out of this shop we’re closing one door and opening up a new one. Once it leaves our dock, our job definately not over. First of all, freight is such a competitive industry – there are several carriers that we work with and all offer discounted prices yet once you receive your freight invoices you’ll find re-classes (density + size = classification which can drastically change the cost of shipping produt), re-weight audits, special services that were never requested, and then thorn in my side – damages. Each week several different freight reps stop in to see us and they all claim to offer the best rates and best services, yet it’s all really just a game with me and a war with each other. It seems that when customers order product getting good solid rates along with great service and peace of mind that damages won’t occur doesn’t exist. Furthermore, they all have their best foot forward in the start, but gradually things tend to fall apart. It’s imperative to us that we can offer our customers excellent rates that we can pass on, plus timely transit in a secure manner yet it never is quite what it seems. When the customer receives the product, if there are damages, or late deliveries, or additional hidden costs that is all a direct reflection of us as a business. Freight is a tough industry to manage and can be frustrating on our end when we place our product in their hands. I’m currently in process of training a co-worker here with the tasks, responsibilities, and this is certainly not a 1 day lesson. Technically, it’s not trailing, but more of how to play the game.

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portable barOften a customer will come to us to design a table, portable bar, bottle service set, or even a DJ booth and they give us the idea and we’ll turn it into a design for them. Most inquries turn into orders; however sometimes whether it be price, lead time, or just lack of obtaining approvals through a conglomerate of red tape, the order will not transpire – yet the design element is there and it segways into a new idea for us to market. Every Monday, the team here at Fry Fabrications discuss the production details for the week ahead, and we also talk about what new products we can turn our craft of metal frabrication into. Some are successful, others are not, yet our portfolio continues to grow. Ipad kiosks haven’t quite taken off yet, however we’re jumping ahead and we have several designs in place. We’re also discussing several ways to implement stools into our current table designs in a single/solid piece. In our line of work it’s a triangle of three elements: 1) Design 2) Quality/durability 3) Price/Service. Luckily, we are able to maintain and target all three in our genre of items we create…which is why we’re successful and will continue to be!

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portable barsWe’re currently in a summertime sweet spot here at Fry Fabrications. We’re wrapping up some larger projects and working on nailing down orders for new ones. Finished up a larger table/stool order for UCF, final touches on a 300 piece Ketel One order for bottle service, a 150 order for Chivas, and also wrapping up those 12 Grey Goose carts. We also shipped a 48 table / 17 portable bar order for Monster Energy delivered to Mammoth Mountain Ski area, and in the shop we have a 4 custom bar order for Evan Williams Whiskey, as well as an order for the W Hotel in San Francisco. We also landed an order for Snowshoe POP displays for their manufacturer in both free-standing as well as table-top versions.

As busy as we are, the shop is become so good and quick at cranking out projects that I need to continue to be on the top of my game when it comes to sales in order to keep the shop busy. Customer service certainly is so important for us. Answering questions in a timely fashion and keeping promises of when the product will be delivered is the key for the success of any business and I have seen those customers continue to come back to Fry Fabrications to order product whenever in need as not only is the product quality exceeding their expectations, but the service that we provide to them matches the product. Every item we create we tack on a year warranty against any defects, and also keeping the channels of communication open we provide progress reports of a build as well as all the tracking information once the item(s) are shipped.

Lots on the horizon for us. Stay tuned.

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portable barsWith all the craziness with the shop over the past 5-6 months, we’ve actually hit a slow patch in the past week (sales-wise). The slow-down is contributed to summer vacations, events currently happening in full swing and not much time for customers to shop-around. With that being said, the shop is still busy cranking out an order for Skyy and 12 custom carts for Grey Goose st the Harrah’s resort in Atlantic City. Also, one of our larger clients Monster Energy put a large order in ink of 17 bars and 48 tables in production. So as I type this blog entry the shop is buzzing with energy – the welders are sizzling, the saws are cutting, and the hydraulic presses are crashing down into steel forming bends that can never be made with human hands.

Furthermore, its any day now that we’ll be getting the green light on a large (and quite detailed) project that I’ve been working on since November. After a lengthy process, the design is in place, and financials have been outlined, and paperwork has been completed and one Purchase Order on the fax machine will get this job in motion. Once that comes over I’ll fill you in…

So for now – I’m enjoying this time, this short winow to catch my breath before the motor is once again at full throttle…and this engine will be pushed harder than ever.

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Summer is swiftly approaching here at Fry Fabrications. The degrees have been consistently been above the century mark, the days are long, and there are many runs to the hallway to supervise the temperature control unit for the air conditioning. Despite the heat the contrast between this time now and a year ago (given that we were in our old shop at that time) is huge. The swamp-coolers in the shop are keeping the fabricators cool along with the cross-breeze that our new shop has with bay doors in each end of the building. Also, the fabricators can take their breaks and lunches in air conditioned comfort in their lounge area – which on the production end is much more efficent as the guys have more energy to product product rather than getting too hot, worn-out, and slow down as the heat of the day progesses.

Last week we had a local publication “AZ Metalworker” to a featured story on Fry Fabrications along with giving us the cover. We staged our showroom in a manner designed for photographs and the key players (myself – sales, Jim – president, Keith – designer, Dave – Operations Manager) posed for several photos in front of various product. We’re excited to see how both the photos and the article comes out and we will certainly share our findings in this blog.

portable barsSpeaking of production, we’re chugging along as usual and have acquired some rather large projects once again. Starting with an (8) bar build for various Bacardi product which will be featured on cruise ships, a (12) table/stool order for University of Florida, (300) order for Ketel One bottle service, (150) order for Chivas Scotch for bottle service, (121) order for Don Julio Bottle Service. Also, Redbull have ordered some DJ booths and bars for their on-premise accounts. Can’t forget a 10 table order for Jagermeister, bottle servioce for CIROC and Johnnie Walker, bar for Diet Coke, cube bottle service for Rivers Casino – all this plus several other projects.

On the design end – we’re continuing to put together additional designs for Ipad Kiosks, Tablet Kiosks, Portable Bars, and other cool stuff.

Until next time – stay cool!

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