From celebrity chefs to kids, everyone needs a potty
June 07. 2013 6:00AM
Michael Gross is resisting the urge to offer used paper towels for sale on the Internet. After all, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has used them.
Gross is the owner of Lacey’s Rentals, a portable toilet business in the Corson Development Park. Last week, his deluxe model was in Pipestone, Minn., where Ramsay was recording an episode of his TV show “Hotel Hell.”
Gross is proud of the unit, which is a trailer that includes a men’s area with one stall, three urinals and a sink on one side for men, and four stalls and two sinks on the other side for women.
“For them, I put fresh flowers in,” Gross said.
Gross is proud of his business, which opened in Brandon in late February. Last week, the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce formally welcomed the company with a ribbon cutting.
Gross proudly gave a tour of his facility, knocking his fist on one of his double-wall units that trap a layer of air between the walls, keeping the porta-pot cool. Right now, he told Chamber visitors, the company has 400 units out on sites.
Lacey’s will have 140 units at JazzFest in Sioux Falls in July. Gross remembered an incident at last year’s JazzFest where a man dropped his car keys into the commode. Gross had to retrieve them and clean them up before returning them to their owner.
Part of the job, he said.
Gross likes to scent each porta-pot to match the event. For example, at a harvest festival event last year, he added apple and cinnamon scents to each unit. He might add bubble gum scent to a child’s birthday party celebration.
Each of Lacey’s units has a hand sanitizer, and larger units include a diaper-changing table.
Gross and his wife, Jessica own the business. They have four children, and the company employees three.