SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – There’s a new business in town turning heads, called “Sometimes Spouse.” It’s not an escort service, so what is it?
Most people have rented a car or a DVD, but probably not a spouse. The husband and wife rental service has been up and running in Springfield for about three days, but it’s probably not what you think.
Husband and wife duo Brooks and Danielle Milioni answer the phone true to brand: “Thank you for calling Sometimes Spouse, would you like to rent a husband or a wife today?”
The truth is, you don’t have to be single to need a little help around the house. In fact, most of Sometimes Spouse’s husband and wife rentals are already committed to a family of their own, like the Milioni family who owns the Springfield franchise.
“As long as it doesn’t require a permit or a license, we do it all,” Brooks Milioni said. “So pretty much anything on the house except electrical or plumbing we will tackle.”
They’ll do nearly anything on your honey-do list that you don’t want to do or don’t have time for. But the flirty name can cause a little confusion.
The couple often gets questions hinting at whether or not they do “more” than just cleaning. To that, they’ve perfected their response.
“I’ll respond, ‘Yeah we also do handyman services too. Give us a call sometime,” Danielle Milioni said.
Sometimes Spouse has a trained staff to do anything from dog walking to stripping bathroom tile.
The company started franchising in Texas 10 months ago. It now has 45 locations in Texas. The Springfield franchise is the first to open in another state.
One of the founders, Christy Ogle, thinks the company’s unique business model is to thank for its success.
“We don’t focus on the money, we focus on family first, which is our culture at Sometimes Spouse,” Ogle said.
It’s certainly something the Milioni’s can appreciate.
“Our oldest is five and then we have a two year old and four month old,” Danielle Milioni said.
Her husband says he knows their kids won’t stay small forever.
“There are 940 Saturdays between the time your children are born and the time they go off to college,” Brooks Milioni said. “We’re just giving you more time to spend with your children so you don’t have to paint the deck this weekend.”
Sometimes Spouse isn’t stopping in Springfield. The founders plan to have franchises nationwide next year and worldwide by 2020.