Bubbly Blaster: Here's What Happened After Shark Tank

If there is a celebration, there must be a bottle of champagne somewhere nearby waiting to be popped open and sprayed everywhere. While there's nothing quite like fizzy showers of champagne to mark a joyous event, the fun only lasts for a brief minute and even then it turns out to be an unfortunate waste of pretty darn good — and often expensive — sparkling wine. That is why, Stason Strong and Brad Hall invented Bubbly Blast: a champagne gun that easily latches onto a bottle of bubbly and turns it into a veritable champagne squirt gun. In blasting thin streams of champagne, Bubbly Blaster ensures that you still get the fun of spraying champagne but in a more efficient, controllable, and mess-free manner.

Before appearing on "Shark Tank" on Season 12, Episode 10, Strong was celebrating with his friends and family with a bottle of champagne when he felt the all-too-familiar disappointment of finding out that the bubbly had gotten over just as the fun had begun. Wondering how he could prolong the fun of spraying champagne, Strong used his background in mechanical engineering to come up with a nifty little champagne gun. What was meant to be a device for his own fun soon caught the attention of his buddies at SpaceX, and together they come up with a more professional 3D-printed version of the champagne gun. As Strong's invention quickly caught on, he teamed up with MBA graduate Hall to turn it into a proper business — and so Bubbly Blaster was born.

What happened to Bubbly Blaster on Shark Tank?

Bubbly Blaster had everything that the Sharks like to see in a new business. Strong and Hall had bootstrapped the company with a $120,000 investment – making the business entirely debt-free and free of outside investors. They had made $560,000 worth of sales from Amazon and Bubbly Blaster's website since its launch the previous year. Plus, with $18.50 in landed costs for a gadget that retailed for $99.99 — and the possibility of the cost dropping further down to $10 if production was increased — their impressive profit margin positively shocked the sharks.

To top it all off, the Sharks thought that the entrepreneurs' ask for a $120,000 investment in exchange for 20% equity, which put their valuation to $600,000, was quite reasonable as well. All-in-all, the Bubbly Blaster had everything it needed to walk out of "Shark Tank" with a sizeable investment and a Shark to go with it. Bubbly Blaster, however, did one better: It won over not one but two mighty Sharks. Strong and Hall shook hands with Mark Cuban and Alex Rodriguez who upped their investment to $180,000 for a split 30% stake in Bubbly Blaster.

Bubbly Blaster after Shark Tank

While the entrepreneurs and the Sharks celebrated the successful deal on "Shark Tank" with generous streams of champagne from the Bubbly Blaster, it's unclear whether the deal actually materialized after the show or not. Bubbly Blaster fails to appear on both Cuban and Rodriguez's websites under the portfolio of companies that they've invested in on "Shark Tank," indicating that the deal may have fallen through after the show for reasons that remain unknown.

Regardless of the seeming lack of investment, Strong and Hall carried on with their champagne gun after "Shark Tank." At the time of their appearance on the show, Bubbly Blaster's inventory was limited to its signature champagne gun in five colors, but Strong and Hall have since added more products to their collection. According to its website, Bubbly Blaster now sells several accessories to make spraying a bottle of champagne even more fun. 

There are rainbow-colored fin attachments for $19.99 that can be snapped onto the Bubbly Blaster to make it look more snazzy, as well as a video mounting device for $24.98 that enables customers to attach recording devices to the champagne gun and document their champagne spraying escapades. The website also sells three shades of snapback caps priced at $24.99 for those who'd like to deck themselves up in Bubbly Blaster gear.

Bubbly Blaster is still in business

When Strong and Hall appeared on "Shark Tank," their champagne guns were being sold on Amazon and Bubbly Blaster's own website. While the champagne guns are still available on their website for $99.99 along with other accessories — indicating that Bubbly Blaster is still in business — there are virtually no signs of the company elsewhere. One reason for this may be the stiff competition that the entrepreneurs faced following the show. Although Bubbly Blaster has trademarks and patents for its champagne-spraying device, a quick search on Amazon reveals pages full of knock-off champagne guns being sold for a small fraction of Bubbly Blaster's hefty price tag.

In addition to this, Strong and Hall originally entered "Shark Tank" hoping to secure an investment to expand their inventory and build on advertising to increase the demand for Bubbly Blaster even more. If their social media accounts are any indication, however, the entrepreneurs certainly don't seem to focusing on the latter anymore. Bubbly Blaster's Instagram account has been inactive since October 2022, and the last post made on its Facebook page was during the holiday season in December 2022.

What's next for Bubbly Blaster?

Beyond the products available on its website, there is little to no update on what Bubbly Blaster has been up to or what the future holds for its champagne guns and accessories. The entrepreneurs, on the other hand, have turned towards greener pastures. Since inventing and selling attachments that make champagne spraying more fun, Strong and Hall have channeled their abilities toward helping people sleep better with a brand new business: SONU Sleep System.

Dubbed "the world's first mattress designed for side sleepers" on the company's Instagram page, SONU Sleep System replaces traditional flat beds with mattresses that are designed to adapt to each sleeper's unique shape and reduce the pressure that falls on certain body parts while sleeping. Cavities in the bed also help side sleepers to slide their hands and shoulders inside the mattress which reduces muscle pain and discomfort from sleeping on them.

Strong and Hall seem to have retained the same positions that they had at Bubbly Blaster in the new business. Where Strong is SONU Sleep's inventor and co-founder, Hall serves as the company's chief executive officer. Judging by the reviews from several athletes vouching for the mattresses' ability to help with muscle recovery on the company's YouTube page though, the entrepreneurs' new business seems to be faring better than their champagne guns at the moment.