Meet Kim: Your Go-To Resource for Special Event Reservations

Meet Kim Brawn, our Special Events Sales Manager

At Don’s Johns we always say, “Our People Make the Difference.”  Kim Brawn, Special Events Sales Manager, makes a difference for our customers and her colleagues. We recently spoke with Kim to get her take on portable restroom reservations and working at Don’s Johns.

 

 

What is your role at Don’s Johns and how long have you worked here?

I have been the Special Events Sales Manager at Don’s Johns for two years, although in total I’ve worked here for six years. I’m responsible for handling our high-end clients such as the Redskins, Preakness and Quicken Loans National. I’m mostly involved with the larger events that need hundreds of restroom units, rather than smaller scale events.

Can you walk us through the reservation process?

First there is initial contact with the customer – either they reach out to us or we reach out to them. The goal is to make their event successful so we try to obtain important information such as length of the event, how many units are required, where units can be set up, etc. right from the beginning.   We try to give some guidance based on our experience when needed and will use that experience to make sure that all of the details are covered. For example, with larger events, the suggestion of a VIP area with high end products may be something the planner would like to offer the customer and that is a detail that may not have occurred to the planner.

Once we have all the event information and finalize the number of restroom units, a contract is prepared and sent to the customer. After the sale has been processed, a project manager (something that is unique to Don’s Johns) will coordinate the event and plan exactly what the customer needs. This includes conducting walk throughs, supervising load ins and being on site to staff the event. Large special events are usually staffed by at least 2 employees, the project manager and myself.

How early before an event should portable restrooms be reserved?

It depends on the size of the event. For large special events, customers should reach out 3-6 months beforehand.  For events requiring less than 25 units, a couple of weeks before the event is okay. However, reservations that take place during our busy season should happen as soon as possible! We are extremely busy from April 1 to October 31, so customers need to take that into consideration when planning their event to ensure that the specialty products they desire are available.

What are some common frequently asked questions?

We get a lot of questions about timing of delivery. For example, some events only have a one-day permit, so the units need to be delivered and picked up on the same day. While we can accommodate these short delivery/pickup windows, we would prefer to have a larger window. I think most people don’t realize there’s a lot of team work between us and the customers, so giving us as all the information about the event is very important!

What’s the deal with getting a permit?

A lot of people also call and ask about permits. We do not handle any type of permitting, so customers need to get the permits from the specific venues, county, etc. The reason we stay out of the permit discussion is because there are a variety of permits required by different counties, so we ask that the customer determine what permits are required by their county. Sometimes the contract between Don’s Johns and the customer is required to get the permit, so in that case we help them by providing that.

Are there questions customers ask too late?

Customers make last minute changes all the time and assume we can accommodate them. We do our best to work with the customer to make sure they are satisfied, but it is better for both parties to be prepared ahead of time.   For example, unit placement at venues is a huge issue that needs to be addressed beforehand because it’s something that isn’t easy to change. Determining unit location beforehand makes the delivery process much smoother and will cause less stress for the event planner who normally has multiple vendors to work with on load in day.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Don’s Johns?

It’s twofold — working with customers is enjoyable and it’s very satisfying to see events, especially brand new events, pulled off from start to finish. Also, the Dons’ Johns’ team is a great team and I appreciate working with them every day. From operations to every aspect of the process, we all have to work together and everyone is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

Can we give you a call if we have any additional questions?

For more information about special event reservations or to personally ask Kim a question, email her at kbrawn@donsjohns.com.

Planning a wedding this summer? Consider these do’s and don’ts before you say “I Do”…

With all of the snow the area has gotten recently, it’s hard to think about warmer weather and sunny days. As anyone planning a wedding will tell you, though, those days will be here sooner than you think. So while you’re getting ready to say “I do,” keep in mind these wedding planning do’s and don’ts.

  • Do start planning now: Often times it’s easy to focus on the “fun” planning activities such as buying a wedding dress and ordering invitations, but don’t forget about the logistics of planning for guests, including their restroom needs. By calling us early in your planning process, you will get one major to-do out of the way that is hugely important. Haven’t started planning yet? The SCTimes has some great tips to help you start planning your wedding, including prioritizing and being realistic.
  • Don’t settle for standard restrooms: Don’s Johns offers quality portable restroom resources that aren’t your typical porta potty experience. Our award-winning luxury trailers are just what you need to impress guests and give your outdoor summer or fall wedding a touch of elegance.
  • Do provide us with as many details as possible: Have you found the perfect outdoor venue but there’s one drawback—no outdoor restrooms? The Washington, D.C. metro area is full of beautiful outdoor wedding spaces that will benefit from extra restroom units. This is especially true if you have a large number of guests or alcohol will be served. Our event planning guide will help you estimate how many units will be needed based on attendance, event duration, alcohol served and more.
  • Don’t ignore these common wedding mistakes: Planning a wedding is so much fun but often couples jump in too quickly and become overwhelmed. Little items like photographers and favors are just as important as budget and venue. We like Glamour’s wedding section to help with planning, especially their tips on avoiding major planning mistakes.
  • Do have fun while planning: This is a great time for you and your significant other! You’re getting ready to start a new journey together, so it takes both of you to plan your wedding. Even if there are snags along the way, just keep thinking like these men who secretly love wedding planning and you’re guaranteed to have the perfect wedding day.

Our main goal is to help make your wedding planning not only easy, but enjoyable. If you’re looking to bring luxury and comfort to your outdoor wedding, call Don’s Johns and start planning with us today!

Looking for a little luxury at your fall outdoor wedding? Find out how to plan for when nature calls.

Fall is one of the most popular times to have an outdoor wedding because of the cooler weather and beautiful colors in nature. But planning an outdoor fall wedding can be tricky – between knowing the right number of restroom facilities needed to keeping your guests warm – things can get complicated. With 50+ years of experience in the industry, we have some insider tips to help ensure all your guests’ needs are met and your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

1. Proper Restroom Facilities

Many outdoor wedding venues don’t offer a sufficient amount of restroom facilities for your guests, which forces guests to wait in long lines or walk a long way to the bathrooms. When guests are provided with adequate restroom facilities, they stay longer and have a better time. If you are planning on serving alcohol at your reception, it’s important that you increase the number of restrooms by 20%. If you know there are going to be a higher percentage of women in attendance (beyond 50%), increase the number of units by 25-50%. Additionally, it’s important always include at least one wheelchair accessible unit! For more guidance on choosing the correct number of restroom facilities check out our Event Planning Guide.

2. Upgrading from Standard to Luxurious

Almost as important as providing an adequate number of restroom facilities, is providing your guests with luxurious restroom trailers instead of standard units. Weddings should feel anything but standard and this simple switch is an easy way to wow your guests. The Don’s Johns’ luxury trailers come with amenities such as granite countertops, marble walls, shelving and climate-controlled heat and air. The trailers include a dual audio system that not only plays soothing music for visiting guests, but also ensures those waiting to use the restroom don’t miss any moments from your big day with three flat screen televisions. These trailers always give guests something to talk about!

3. Bathroom Décor

If you really want to get your guests talking, we suggest including a few subtle extras in the trailers such as, a bathroom essentials basket, monogrammed towels, fresh flowers or luxe soaps. Remembering small details like these create the finishing touches on a luxurious fall wedding. Guests will think they have transported from an outdoor venue to a five-star hotel!

Now that you know the industry tips to creating a luxurious outdoor wedding this fall, contact a Don’s Johns representative today for a free luxury restroom trailer quote. Let us help you with your special day!

How to Choose the Best Porta Potties for Your Outdoor Event

Event Rental: Porta Potties in DC, VA, & MD

Outdoor events are very popular in the DC, VA & MD areas. No matter what season, there is always a reason to have a celebration outdoors. Having porta potties for your guests is important, especially for events where participants are drinking, eating, and socializing. You need to make sure you plan accordingly, so all your guests are comfortable.

Event Rental: Determine How Many Guests Will Attend

After planning your invitation count, you can reserve the proper amount of porta potties for your guests. As the week of the event nears, and you have your final RSVP count, you can make adjustments from there. Don’s Johns has an excellent planning guide for your use. You can also give us a call and you’ll have an event planning specialist working closely with you. Our specialists are available to assist you in planning how many porta potties you should have for your outdoor event.

Help Set the Tone for Your Event

Don’s Johns have many different styles of porta potties available for your use. If you are hosting an elite event, the Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer has marble and granite interiors, is a climate-controlled environment, features beautiful well-lit mirrors, 4 private stalls for women, 2 private stalls for men, and contains a dual audio system that plays soft elegant music.

For a more casual atmosphere, you may want to consider our DJ3000 Restroom Trailer. It is comfortable, well lit, and has plenty of accessories stored for an eventful day.

Make Sure Your Event Accommodates the Disabled

Many of your outdoor events would probably have the need for ADA compliant porta potties. This could be for those who need wheelchair accessibility, seniors who would want to grip the handrails to walk up, or just the spacing needed for families to access. The Luxury Restroom Trailer w/ADA Room is perfect. It’s beautiful and features stunning Corian counters and hardwood flooring design. Its climate controlled and fully stocked as well. The ADA Compliant Suite is 8’ x 6’so families needing to take a break can do so.

Event Rental: You Want To Have All the Luxurious Amenities

Finally, make sure you have all the luxurious amenities needed. Upscale events will definitely need valet service to keep the porta potties well stocked with tissue, soap, and paper towels. They can ensure it stays fresh in there as well. If you are promoting a cause, ask our specialists about the custom restroom wraps available.

With Don’s Johns and over 50 years of experience, we are here to help you every step of the way. You can also visit Don’s Johns today to find the perfect porta potty that’s fits your needs. Contact us today for a free quote or call us today at 888-331-6323.

Do I Really Need More than One Porta Potty?

Planning Porta Potty Rentals At Your Event

If you have an upcoming event, it’s imperative to start planning early on. Knowing exactly the food you want to serve, the quantities needed, music selection, location, and seating requirements are all necessary early on. If you’ve already made the decision to have a porta potty rental on site, it’s a pretty wise decision as your guests will surely appreciate it and use the facility. However, just how many porta potty rentals do you need? Is it really necessary to have more than one? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to find out.

How Many Patrons Will Attend the Event?

First, consider how many attendants will be present. As you can naturally assume guests sitting down at a dinner function will sip on their drinks often, you’d still be amazed at how much a person can drink at a social gathering. Consuming so many drinks means frequent trips to the porta potty. You don’t want your guests waiting for a long time in lengthy lines. They want to relieve themselves as soon as possible.

How Long Is the Event?

For events lasting longer than two hours, it’s definitely important to have numerous porta potty rentals on site. Having a few quality restrooms makes guests feel comfortable compared to using a standard blue porta potty.

Will There Be a Lot of Women Present?

If you are expecting many women, having numerous porta potty rentals is essential. Women use the restroom often, they also want to fix their hair and makeup while inside. Don’s Jon’s has luxury porta potty rentals complemented with gorgeously designed vanities.

Are Kids Attending The Event?

Having children at the event also dictates the number of porta potty rentals you need. For one, family restrooms are a popular choice since they have spacious seating areas for children to rest up. They also come with baby changing stations, making it easy for parents to change their children. The entire family can stay together in a family restroom.

You do want to have a separate porta potty rental from your family suite as well. Not everyone wants to use the restroom facility with an uncomfortable child just next door. Also, some conversations may not be appropriate for little ears to hear.

Don’s Johns staff are great at helping you plan and organize for your event needs. Contact us today at 888-331-6323, so we can walk you through arranging the correct number of porta potty rentals.

Portable Toilet Rental on the Moon?

While reading our daily news, we found out that there is in fact, a portable toilet sitting on the moon.

YES… REALLY! 😉

NASA recently released new images of the Moon, clearly showing a porta potty left by the famous astronauts, Buzz Aldroun and Neil Armstrong during their historic mission in 1969.  The recent picture from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), can be seen below:

We wonder if NASA made their own porta potty, or whether they bought a porta john for sale? If it were a portable toilet rental, that would be one expensive bill!  Now we’re sure that they didn’t have a luxury restroom trailer rental available back then, but If they did we’re sure they would have went with one of America’s Best Restroom Trailer rentals around and they may have even rented Restroom trailers in DC!

An Urban Legend is circulating around that a 5 year old company named Don’s Johns may or may not have played a hand in this special outdoor event when it came to the use of portable johns on the moon.  Rumor also has it that Don’s Johns wanted to service the area shortly after the astronauts left, but decided to leave it as a piece of human history.

Did Don’s Johns really provide the portable toilet that went to the moon?  I suppose that secret lies within the spirit of our founders, Thelma and Don Rainwater…

We may not have been on the moon, but if you’re looking for a portable toilet rental, restroom trailer rental, porta john for sale to be at your outdoor event, Don’s Johns is here to serve you where and when you need it. With the right selection and all the portable restroom rentals you could ever want, you can’t go wrong when it comes to one of Don’s Johns.  Call us today at 888-331-6323 or email sales@donsjohns.com for your portable toilet rental needs.

*This article is intended for entertainment purposes only.

 

Keep Your Customers Happy, Even During Business Remodeling

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Don’s Johns has been servicing the greater Washington, DC area for 50 years. As you may think of us as just a provider of portable restrooms for construction crews, concerts, weddings, and other special events, we also are here for our local businesses, even during remodeling.

If you’re working on a simple or complete remodeling project, you still have a business to run; you can’t just close your doors. Don’s Johns understands your pains of trying to keep happy customers, even during your business remodeling season. Here are three ways partnering with us helps you keep your customers happy during such a hectic and unorganized time.

Leaves the Impression Your Employees Practice Sanitary Habits

In most establishments, there are employee restrooms and separate customer restrooms. However, sometimes a place of business only has one. Your customers are going to notice the lack of restrooms for your staff, be it a food establishment or general retail store. Good hygiene and sanitary practices are expected nowadays. With germ spreading on the rise, a customer can’t help but notice and wonder if your employees are washing their hands throughout the day.

Help ease your customer’s mind and let them know that you have a clean restroom facility on site for your staff to use. This is also a great way to show the contractor and their crew you are looking out for their best interests as well. Don’s John’s restrooms each have hot and cold running water and ample amounts of soap. You’ll also find having a few hand sanitizers in your restaurant establishment for employees to use once they’ve left the restroom is comforting as well.

Don’t Lose Customers Because of a Lack of Restroom Facility

When your customers come out to shop and browse, they want to do so comfortably. However, having children with them could cut their trip short, if you are renovating the store and restroom area. Your customers may need to change their babies. Toddlers alert parents right then and there they have to use the restroom, not a moment sooner. Once your customer leaves your place of business, this opens the door for them to visit your competitor, with a clean restroom waiting for their use. The possibility of them walking back to pick up that item they were eyeing is drastically reduced.

Get the Portable Option to Meet the Needs of Your Customers

Make sure your customer needs are being met. Don’s Johns has a variety of standard portable restroom solutions as well as luxury restroom trailers that are ADA compliant. Each trailer is stocked with antibacterial soap to use with hot and cold running water, which is perfect to prevent the spread of germs during the cold season. The cool winter air prevents most from wanting to use a standard portable unit outdoors. However, our restroom trailers are a climate-controlled environment, for those side-walk sale shoppers to relieve themselves in comfort.

You can count on Don’s Johns to provide the portable restroom facilities your organization needs. We have plenty on hand and available for you to use for as long as you need.
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How to Choose Between a Restroom Trailer and a Portable Toilet for Your Event

How to Choose Between a Restroom Trailer and a Portable Toilet for Your Event

You may have already read about how many porta potty’s you should have for your event in our Porta Potty Event Planning Guide. However, how do you determine which is best for your event: a restroom trailer versus a portable restroom? Let’s examine the benefits of both and other considerations to factor into your decision.

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Benefits of Restroom Trailers

A restroom trailer is one large unit which contains a few to many individual restroom stalls. You can rent a basic trailer to one of our most presidential functioning trailers. Trailers offer more space for your guests than an individual portable toilet unit does. Restroom trailers are a climate controlled environment.

Each Don’s Johns trailer come with dual audio sound systems and television screens to keep up with the outdoor engagements. You’ll also have large Corian or granite countertops, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, hot and cold running water, and other beautiful amenities included. Restroom trailers are an excellent investment for large, formal events.

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Benefits of Portable Restroom

A portable restroom is a single unit meant for one person to use at a time. They also offer complete privacy, something individuals at certain gathers may appreciate more. If you are having a standard event or are budget conscious, portable toilets are a good way to go. You may also upgrade to Don’s Johns VIP Flushing Toilet with Sink.

How Long Will the Event Be For?

The first thing you want to consider is how long your event will be for. A one or two-day event is perfect for portable toilets. However, if you will be hosting an event for a few days, restroom trailers are an excellent choice. They have large holding tanks that do not need to be frequently changed.

Where is the Event Located and What Type of Guests Will Be Present?

Make sure to arrive at your event location and find out where you can set up your portable restroom or trailer units. That may determine which you can have on-site.

You’ll also want to factor in which your guest will appreciate more. An entire wedding party would not appreciate trying to squeeze into a single portable restroom to help each other dress for an outdoor wedding.

What are the Weather Expectations?

In addition to considering where your event will be, what is the weather expected to be like? If you are hosting an event outdoors, and there is a chance of rain, your guest will appreciate having a restroom trailer to retreat into. Guests can refresh themselves and hang out until the downpour is over if needed. If it’s extremely hot outside, you and your guests will appreciate being able to retreat to a burst of cool air.

What is Your Event’s Budget?

Don’s Johns has a variety of restroom trailers and portable restrooms. We have standard porta potty restrooms and you can upscale to our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer. You can be as fancy as you want. There is a unit for everyone though that can accommodate your needs and budget.

As you can see, there are a number of factors that affect your decision to rent a restroom trailer or a portable restroom. Contact our friendly representatives at 888-331-6323 today so we can find a unit to match your needs.

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4 Reasons Don’s Johns is Excellent to Have in Case of Emergencies

4 Reasons Don’s Johns is Excellent to Have in Case of Emergencies

24 Hours a Day ● 7 Days a Week ● 365 Days a Year
Don’s Johns knowledgeable and trained staff is available anytime day or night to provide emergency portable restrooms, restroom trailers, shower trailers, and pumping services. Call us at 888-331-6323, extension 701 for immediate service.
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Don’s Johns certainly does not thrive in emergency situations. After all, we are residents of the greater DC area also. However, when disasters strike, we are here to help you through any situation. Let Don’s Johns keep you in a clean and proper state. The following four reasons are why Don’s Johns is excellent to have in case of any emergencies.

The Main Water Line Breaks

Some emergencies seem small, but they are a trying time to live and work through. If a water line break in a residential area, hundreds of people are left with no hygienic option of bathing, sanitizing their utensils for eating, or eliminating waste. Don’s Johns has portable restrooms and sinks. For example, the DJ2000L Luxury Restroom Trailer  is equipped with a 300 gallon waste capacity, of which Don’s Johns staff will keep changing it regularly. Each portable sink provides clean, hot and cold running water, which can be used for cooking and cleaning.

First Response Teams Need Access

In situations where first response teams are necessary, they too need clean restrooms to keep going through the long days and nights. Our DJ Shower Trailer restrooms are energy efficient, come with an 800 gallon shower capacity, attached dressing areas, and are temperature regulated. So no matter if they are responding to a local flood, train wreck, fire, or there for a major catastrophe, they have a sanitized environment to break way to for just even a moment.

Prevents Business Interruption

Should a fire occur in the building or neighborhood, it could take many businesses down. As you may have a backup generator for electricity, what about clean water and restrooms? Our DJ5000L Luxury Restroom Trailer is the solution to preventing your business from shutting down. It provides a way for employers to keep employees on site, maintaining proper hygiene and able to use a clean toilet.

Don’s Johns is a Proud Member of the PSAI

The Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) is the largest trade association in the industry, which sets the bar for companies that offer Portable restroom facilities and accessories. They ensure that anyone can get sanitized restrooms in a disastrous situation. So, Don’s Johns makes sure we adhere to their regulatory requirements. We do this by providing clean services such as portable restrooms, hand washing stations, hand wipe and foam wipe stations, hand sanitizers, and hot and cold water portable sinks.

Although Don’s Johns is available 24/7, you can always plan ahead. You can purchase a used portable toilet from us and store away just in case. Contact Don’s Johns at 888-331-6323 today, to inquire about a plan to keep you and your family safe should a disaster strike.

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I Plan to Have Luxury Restroom Trailers in DC for Every Event I Host

Dear Don’s Johns,

As a newbie event planner, I can tell you all sorts of horror stories. But none are as worse or embarrassing as the graduation event I threw. A bunch of parents from a private high school decided they wanted to throw one large graduation party since many families were so close. This was a huge event because families had their relatives and friends coming from out of town to this event. If I made a great impression here, other opportunities would open to me, such as:

  • Proms
  • Weddings
  • Anniversary parties
  • Retirement parties
  • Reunions

Being such a large scaled events, we held it outside. The weather was excellent. I had a summer theme with plenty of finger foods for the appetizers so the guests could mingle around. I coordinated with a local culinary school as many of the students from this school had an interest in culinary schools. Although it was an event for the graduates, we did use the on-site bar. We had plenty of entertainment also, which I knew would keep the party attendees engaged and stay all night.

To my surprise, I let one important amenity slip through my fingers. I saw a long line forming near the entryway to the cultural center. The entire event was outside so I went to investigate as to what was going on. Well, everyone was lined up for the restrooms! As I approached, I heard a few people state they were going to have to leave early because their children could not hold it. Some people had a lot to drink and waiting in line all night was not the way they wanted to celebrate their loved ones big night.

One of the parents pulled me aside and asked me where the next nearest restroom was. I had no idea. Another parent pulled me aside and gave me the number to Don’s Johns. I told her I wasn’t too sure that blue portable potties were what this event needed. She said they had luxury restroom trailers in DC. I never thought that would be something affordable, but I gave them a call.

Not long after, I was on the phone with a Don’s Johns specialist explaining the luxury restroom trailers in DC they offered. Talk about a lifesaver! Soon, they had the DJ5000L Luxury Restroom Trailer set up with a valet attendant. The inside of the restrooms were beautiful corian counters and hardwood flooring. There were three stalls for the women and two stalls for the men. The restroom lines were dramatically cut, and people stopped trying to leave because of this. I decided to order a few hand wipes & foam stations as well.

I now know to always make an early call to get at least one of the luxury restroom trailers in DC booked for my next event.

THANK YOU!