About us

Creative Distinctions LLC is celebrating seven years in operation. The balloon décor company, formerly called Balloons and Tunes, was started 16 years prior to Steve and Tim Mattson buying the business on February 01, 2007. In 2008, Balloons and Tunes changed its name to Creative Distinctions, LLC and expanded its focus to the corporate market. Everyone needs balloons, even during a depressed economy. With continued training, and attending various balloon conferences, which sparked innovative ideas in balloon décor, Creative Distinctions, LLC continued to thrive. In 2011, computer handheld devices like the iPad, and iPhone, were becoming the new tools for consumer shopping. To keep up with technology and our customer needs, we developed the Build-a-Bouquet to give our customers a shopping experience from the home or office, while at the same time, making our own business run more efficiently with deliveries, labor, and inventory cost.

About the owners

As brothers growing up near Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve and Tim Mattson had a lot of adventures together. They never imagined, though, that one day they would both be balloon artists, creating fantastic figures and décor from that familiar staple of kids’ birthday parties, balloons. The Mattson brothers are co-owners of Creative Distinctions, LLC, located in Columbus, Ohio. The business specializes in balloon décor for events and parties, as well as balloon sculptures, gift baskets and singing telegrams. Although Steve lives in Columbus and Tim resides near Augusta, Georgia, they work together (thanks to modern technology) to plan, organize and execute décor for all kinds of events, including corporate functions, birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, retirements, school dances, sporting events and other festive occasions.

There is a lot more to balloons than just inflating them and tying them to string. Symmetry, precision, creativity, an eye for balance, color and design all go into a successful project, and Steve’s background as a graphic designer and an elementary school teacher, and Tim’s experience as a chemical engineer have been invaluable as they have honed their balloon art skills. Steve, who puts in 50-60 hours of work each week, meets with clients, comes up with the ideas and builds out the designs. “Both of us are very artistic, very three-dimensional, so balloons are great for us,” Steve commented. “Tim is very technical, too. I am more of a people and idea person. When I have an elaborate idea, Tim is good at helping execute it. We really do complement each other’s skills.”

Steve and Tim participate in conventions, classes, conferences and competitions to learn new balloon techniques and improve their skills. The reason for developing the Build-a-Bouquet was to give our customers a shopping experience from the comforts of their home or office and to increase our revenues with our balloon deliveries. We have partnered with our balloon vendors to insure we can re-create any bouquet that a customer creates without stocking every balloon available. Since the publishing of the Build-a-Bouquet in early February, 2013, we have already noticed efficiency in gathering customer information, production cost, and inventory. We can offer every balloon available from our vendors, organize and gather information from our customers, and increase profits with our delivery service. Our customers like using the Build-a-Bouquet because it is user-friendly, they know exactly what is being delivered, and more importantly, the program is fun to use.

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