SEFFNER — Every new business has its ups and down, but few will have more than Jump Jungle.
In just the first few days of operation, Jump Jungle already has welcomed hundreds of kids who have bounced, slid and climbed through its 1,700 square feet of inflatable amusements.
"It's been great," co-owner and president Reggie Wood said. "Better than we expected. We had more than 300 kids in our first two days, and we haven't done any advertising at all yet."
Jump Jungle opened Oct. 1 in an outdoor area on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, about 1 1/2 miles east of Interstate 75.
Its outdoor play area is filled with slides, an obstacle course that includes a rock-climbing wall and "bouncers." Everything's inflatable, and there will always be at least one attendant so kids can jump, run and generally cavort with little chance of injury.
Wood said that he and his partners got the idea for Jump Jungle after renting similar equipment for their grandchildren's birthday parties. The cost for one day often ran hundreds of dollars, he said, and it was sometimes uncomfortable having strangers come to their homes.
Now, parents can bring kids to Jump Jungle and pay $12 for a day of unlimited bouncing.
That $12 is the admission price for one child between ages 2 and 13. One adult gets in free with each child; additional adults can pay a reduced fee. (Adults are free to bounce if they are so inclined.) Group rates are available. Older kids can get in if they're part of a party or group. Anyone who wants to bounce should wear socks and shoes that can be taken off and put back on easily.
Jump Jungle, at 1214 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (813) 448-6390 or visit jumpjungletampa.com.
Brandon man to sell odor-fighting products
BRANDON — For several years, Frank Lapniewski said, all branches of the U.S. military have been using products from a Manatee County company called Lektro-Tech.
Now, for the first time, Lektro-Tech products — GON, an acronym that stands for General Odor Neutralizer, and Super Corr — are available to the private sector. Lapniewski's new company, Corrosion Pro, is the exclusive distributor of those products.
GON does pretty much what its name implies. It eliminates any kind of organic odors, without covering up the odor with another scent. Lapniewski said he recently sprayed GON into a particularly stinky garbage can, and 15 seconds later he stuck his head into the can and couldn't detect an odor at all.
Super Corr stops corrosion from forming on metal and also creates a watertight seal on any electrical connections.
Lapniewski said his goal is to interest major industrial and corporate clients in the products. Restaurants and hotels, for example, could use GON, and cruise ships and airplane manufacturers would be natural customers for Super Corr. He'd also like to sell the products to retail outlets and other distributors. And since there are many different kinds of corrosion, he said his company can create a version of Super Corr tailored to any client's needs.
While he's getting the business off the ground, he's selling to individuals and small businesses.
For details, call (813) 447-1026 or visit corrosionpro.com.
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