By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Special Interest | Issue: May 2008
Suzie Mueller stands beside one of the eight-foot wooden storks she has available for rent.
Looking for a baby gift that’s really different? Or maybe something for the mother who has everything? Rent a stork and create a forever memory when mother and baby are cheerfully welcomed home from the hospital.
“You might forget flowers, but not an eight-foot stork in your front yard,” says Suzie Mueller, franchise owner of Stork News™. Suzie specializes in renting the big white bird with a pink or blue top hat.
New mothers arriving home are surprised and delighted when they see the stork has visited them again. The photo, video, website or scrapbook memories are endless. Everyone wants their moment in time to stand beside the towering stork.
Family, friends, neighbors, even groups are ordering storks. Suzie recently set one up as a gift from a Bunko club, and another from a group of teachers for a colleague from school. For new dads-to-be, here is a very special hint. Many new mothers have exclaimed, “How clever! If only my husband had thought of that!”
“The idea appeals to all types of people,” she says, “for different reasons.” Young moderns like to rent storks to break away from traditional gifts. Grandparents like to rent storks for each grandchild to establish a new family tradition. One thing they agree on– they all like the lasting memories when they look at pictures months later and smile.
This warm reception was one of the reasons Suzie chose her Stork News™ business. The former social worker was looking for a home-based business that would allow her to spend more time with her three young children. Stork News™ has been announcing babies for 30 years and has a presence in nearly every state. When the Oklahoma franchise became available last fall, she knew this was the right thing for her. “It’s a fun business,” she says. “It’s very positive. The stork always makes people happy.”
Mirroring real life, nothing can stop the stork from arriving. Suzie recalls an order to set up a stork on December 9, the day of the worst ice storm in state history. It took her a little longer than the usual 20 minutes to set up, but the stork was there to announce the baby’s arrival.
Suzie delivers and sets up the wooden storks in the Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Claremore, Owasso and Skiatook areas. She picks them up after five or seven days. Each stork holds a special keepsake bundle that is personalized with the baby’s first and middle name, birth weight and date of birth. The personalized bundle is a souvenir to hang in the baby’s room. A brochure with “The Legend of the Stork” is also left to include in a scrapbook. Condo or apartment dwellers who don’t have yards can get just the keepsake bundle.
There are several ways to schedule a visit from the stork. For people in the local area, the quickest method is to call Suzie Mueller directly at 406-4498. Only 24 hours notice is needed when you place a direct order.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.