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What: Made-to-order office parties

Who: Leanne Mumm Pardo and Christopher Hughes of Day Perks

Where: Seattle

When: Started in 2001

When Christopher Hughes heard his clients singing "La Bamba" in anticipation of their Cinco de Mayo party, he knew he was onto something. Hughes, 34, had recently co-founded Day Perks with business partner and friend Leanne Mumm Pardo, 40.

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