NOAH'S ARK ANIMAL WORKSHOP

A business now operating in Houston presents new options to people in the surrounding area who either have or deal with children.

Longtime Houston resident Lauren Floyd recently began Floyd Fluffs, a mobile business that offers a service similar to the popular Build-A-Bear. Floyd’s firm is a franchise of Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop, a national company that offers 25 different “furry friends” ready to be stuffed by kids at birthdays, daycare, church functions or any other form of gathering.

“They have birth certificates, and you name them and dress them and everything,” Floyd said. “It’s a great way to give kids something to do at corporate parties or any other time you need someone to occupy the kids.”

A graduate of Houston High School, Floyd is married to Daniel Floyd and has two young daughters. In addition to offering the Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop goods, she said she also has the ability to put on an entire party.

“My mom is a photographer and a family friend does cakes, so I could do a whole party package,” Floyd said. “Even invitations.”

When she has a function, Floyd brings along a life-size mascot, Mojo Monkey. She said her range isn’t limited, and she can travel when adequately compensated. She can also offer a “party in a box.”

“That way people can take advantage of what we offer, but conduct a party themselves,” Floyd said.

On March 29, Floyd will host an event at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds that will include a “Bunny Bash Brunch” sponsored by Floyd Fluffs, as well as a Spring Expo featuring booths and displays set up by numerous community businesses and vendors.

Floyd said she plans to contribute to charity every time she works.

“I have decided to donate one animal for every 10 sold or donated to the Houston Volunteer Fire Department to help with victim relief for children in accidents, home fires and any other emergency to help them cope,” she said. “This will be for the event and for the life of my business.”

For more information about opportunities, packages and other services offered by Floyd Fluffs, or to find out more about the March 29 event at the fairgrounds, call Floyd at 417-217-0227 or email her at fun@floydfluffs.com. Floyd’s web address is www.floydfluffs.com.

“There isn’t much to do around here with birthday parties or things like that,” Floyd said, “and we don’t have a Chuck E. Cheese’s or a place where you can take your kids for a party. This way, we come to you and you don’t even have to worry about renting a place to do it.”

There isn’t much to do around here with birthday parties or things like that, and we don’t have a Chuck E. Cheese’s or a place where you can take your kids for a party. This way, we come to you and you don’t even have to worry about renting a place to do it.”

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