Bands, politicians or actors needing a portable, affordable high-tech soap box can check out the new Stage Toter, the most recent product designed by Mike Graham, creator of the Spa Toter.
The Spa Toter is a trailer that carries several spas at once for display at conventions, fairs or other retail opportunities.
The Stage Toter combines the primary element of the Spa Toter – portability and easy setup – with the features of a stage. The trailer unfolds to reveal a 20-foot by 24-foot platform with a 14-foot overhead aluminum truss for mounting lighting and sound equipment.
Graham recently finished the prototype Stage Toter, which had its public debut at the Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival in Fayetteville.
The idea for the new product came last year, when Graham realized the basic design for the Spa Toter could be applied for a mobile stage.
About eight months later, the prototype was finished and plans were under way to construct several units to lease out in the four-state area, Graham said. Lease prices for the trailers will start at about $1,500 for one night and $2,000 to $3,500 for a weekend.
Prices to purchase a Stage Toter will run between $65,000 and $75,000, depending on the options included.
Graham now also has a larger 53-foot Spa Toter available, and plans to introduce a 53-foot Stage Toter in about six months.
Although there are other options for portable stages, the Stage Toter is easier to use than most. However, Graham holds the patent for the Spa Toter.
Though he didn’t disclose any numbers, Graham said his revenue for last year was 300 percent more than the year before and he hopes to double revenue every year for a while.