Bouncing Into Fun
By Brandon Bosworth
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and for many, that means trips to the mall to shop for gifts. For parents with young children, this can be a challenge.
If you happen to do your shopping at Pearlridge Center (or Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo), 808 Bounce Indoor Fun Centers offers a solution. “We provide children and parents with a safe play area in a comfortable indoor, air-conditioned setting,” said co-founder Emmanuelle Sailor. “The play facilities provide a fun outlet to bored children and a resting area to parents while shopping.”
808 Bounce is packed with massive and brightly colored inflatables, providing a fun, safe way for kids to burn off energy and get a bit of exercise, too. Children get a wristband and can come and go all day. Adults receive free entry if accompanying children. The facility welcomes children up to 12 years old. According to Sailor, mornings are best time for younger kids to visit.
To maintain a safe environment, safety rules are posted inside the stores and on the website. Parents can’t drop off their children and go shopping. “At least one parent or guardian must stay and supervise their children,” Sailor said. “We require parents or guardians to supervise their children. We do not offer day care services at this time.”
The concept of 808 Bounce formed while co-founder Paul Sailor was serving in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps. A helicopter mechanic by trade, he tossed around several business ideas. Upon returning from overseas, he and his wife, Emmanuelle, bought bouncers and started a delivery business on Oahu. Six months later, they opened their first location.
With the holidays fast approaching, Sailor anticipates quite a bit of activity at the centers. “School breaks are very busy for us,” she said. “After going from store to store with their parents for hours, kids needs to release some energy and parents need a break.”
During the summer, 808 Bounce hosts several field trips, and has accommodated as many as 70 kids. “We are also the perfect place for a one-of-a-kind birthday experience, family gathering or school/group excursion,” Sailor said. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, and customers booking a party package are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, as well as party decorations. A refrigerator is available onsite.
808 Bounce is currently hiring for the upcoming holiday season. Sailor looks for people with “a genuine enjoyment of working with children, strong communication and interpersonal skills, patience and a sense of humor.” She described the work atmosphere as exciting, adding the company offers “a good mix of slower shifts during the week and fast-paced weekends when work hours fly by.”
New employees are trained on how to use a cash register, report sales and pleasantly deal with customers to ensure satisfaction.
They are also trained on safety measures and the importance of keeping the stores and inflatables clean and sanitized daily.
Sailor hopes to open new 808 Bounce locations in the future. “We are operating Indoor Fun Centers at Pearlridge Center on Oahu and Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo on the Big Island,” she said. “We plan on expanding our business to other neighbor islands and Northeast Florida.”
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COMPANY: 808 Bounce LLC
LOCATION: Pearlridge Center, Aiea (also Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo)
FOUNDERS: Paul and Emmanuelle Sailor
YEAR FOUNDED: 2007
BENEFITS: Flexible work schedules, retirement plan, reduced rates for daily passes and party packages
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