Jupiter’s Errand Bunnies: Day-to-day tasks for you… in hot pink Chevys


Jupiter High grads started Errand Bunnies in July

Two pink vehicles are moving billboards for Jupiter business

For $29.99 an hour, the owners of Errand Bunnies say they will simplify your life.

Lifelong pals since fifth grade at Jerry Thomas Elementary School, Eugenia Gonzalez and Lexi Stuart opened their Jupiter service business on July 17.

The co-owners do everything from their bright pink Chevrolet Sparks — answer the phone, water plants, food shop, pick up medicine, shop for clothes, collect mail, deliver documents for law firms, water lawns, walk dogs.

VIDEO: Sisters bringing their 6,000+ sneaker collection, business to Lake Worth

“Nobody has time to do anything anymore. We save them valuable time,” said Gonzalez, 20, who like Stuart, 21, lives with her parents in Jupiter. Both are 2014 graduates of Jupiter High School.

Errand Bunnies — “We hop so you don’t have to” is their slogan — started in the garage of Stuart’s parents. The two women had been attending Palm Beach State College, but left to start their own business.

The motivation was Stuart’s grandmother. Home bound, she needs help with day-to-day activities.

“There are lots of people like my grandmother who need assistance,” Stuart said.

The two pitched the concept to Stuart’s father Jim, who agreed to finance the operation. Jim Stuart is president of API, a Jupiter-based company that makes and supplies pool and spa equipment.

They bought two vehicles and wrapped them in bright pink with white lettering. They trademarked the name of the business, bought signs and business cards and paid a company to build their website.

“Jupiter is a strong market for a business like this.” Jim Stuart said. “The overhead is low — phones and gas. Plus, I believe in my daughter.”

Safety is a concern. That’s why the two women only take jobs during regular business hours. They do not stay overnight to take care of pets or houses and won’t transport people.

“We stay in constant phone and text contact with our parents,” Gonzalez said. “We are careful who we do business with. We have good instincts.”

But running a business isn’t easy, they learned.

“A Realtor hired us to plant about 250 flags in the ground in Jupiter Farms. She wanted to mark houses she was selling. It was a super hot day. It rained. It took us about three hours,” Gonzalez said, as the two rolled their eyes at the memory.

Errand Bunnies charges $29.99 per hour. If a job takes 20 minutes or less, it’s $10. Seniors get a 15 percent discount and students 10 percent.

Food shopping is about 75 percent of their business. They take the customer’s order, buy the food and deliver it to the customer, who pays them the cost along with the hourly fee.

Customers are finicky, they quickly learned. They make sure the lists are specific.

“We ask: How do you like your tomatoes?” said Stuart.

Promotion is big, they say.

They visit medical, legal, real estate and other offices to boost Errand Bunnies. They hand out white coffee mugs — embossed with their name and slogan — filled with candy and business cards. And their two pink Errand Bunnies vehicles are moving billboards as they roll through Jupiter.

“A security guard from Frenchman’s Creek stopped me one day,” Lexi Stuart recalled. “He brought me inside the gate. He introduced me to the head of the homeowner’s association. We met with him and have gotten some business.”

Future plans include adding staff and expansion to Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach. Franchising is on the horizon, the co-owners agreed.

“We don’t want to expand until we own Jupiter. People just don’t know they need us yet,” Gonzalez said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home
Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CTV reported Saturday. The Toronto Police Service is investigating the deaths as "suspicious." During a news conference Friday, Constable David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies. Hopkinson said police, fire units...
Taco Bell to add self-serve ordering kiosks
Taco Bell to add self-serve ordering kiosks

Taco Bell is ready to give its customers more access in 2018. The fast-food chain will be increasing its digital presence and will add self-serve ordering kiosks, The Orange County Register reported. Taco Bell, which operates more than 6,700 restaurants, said it has reached an agreement with its franchisees to fund new services that provide customers...
Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start
Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Ryan Lochte’s son and fiancee are clearly the lights of his life, and a new photo of his bouncing baby boy is proving that. Lochte, 33, regularly gushes about his 6-month-old son Caiden Zane and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid on his Instagram page. The highly decorated Olympic swimmer said he’s grateful for a fresh start after landing in hot...
Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science
Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple’s trying out something entirely new: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies...
Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities
Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

ST. LOUIS — Half-reclined and wrapped in a shawl, Lauren Underhill spins a sprig of red-blossomed pineapple sage with her left thumb and index finger. Under the shawl, a catheter tube connects to a vein infusing her bloodstream with a cocktail of anti-cancer drugs. Underhill, who has stage 4 colon cancer, spends up to five hours at the Siteman...
More Stories