A bundle of ribbon cuttings and new business openings are scheduled in the coming weeks in Streetsboro.
The largest facility -- ZipCity -- will feature five indoor zip lines, trampoline basketball, dodgeball and more when it opens Dec. 20. Also hosting ribbon-cutting ceremonies are The Jump Palace at Market Square plaza at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sears Appliance Showroom located next to Giant Eagle in Streetsboro Crossings at noon Friday.
ZipCity features fun, safety, comfort
ZipCity, located in a new building just north of the CVS store on S.R. 43, will host its ribbon-cutting ceremony 3 p.m.
"We are on construction schedule, and the only thing that could throw a wrench in the works is not getting our certificate of occupancy," said Scott Weiner, owner of ZipCity.
Weiner said the facility will be one-of-a-kind.
"It's the only trampoline and zip line club on earth," he said. "I have scoured the Internet to find an indoor zip line park, and I haven't found one yet, so we may be the only indoor zip line park in the world, as well."
Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Director Greg Mytinger said he looks forward to working on programming at ZipCity and The Jump Palace, an indoor inflatable playground which opened Nov. 23 at Market Square Plaza.
"We look forward to collaborations on anything we can do to utilize their services," he said.
Weiner said he spent nearly $4 million on the facility and property. The ground floor of the facility is 17,600 square feet.
He said the park will employ 48 part-time employees and four full-time employees.
"There are a lot of things we're trying to do new," said Weiner. "We have a couple goals: One, be completely unique, and we've won that battle; second, everything we do, I want to at another level for entertainment parks."
He said he believes he'll be able to get 200 people through the zip lines in an hour when the facility opens and hopes that will increase to 250 an hour as employees become more familiar with their jobs.
Weiner also said he bought high quality harnesses and brakes for the zip lines. The brakes, he said, are actually designed for longer, steeper outdoor zip lines.
There are also safety nets, he said.
"We put in $10,000 worth of netting beneath the zip lines; I don't ever think it's going to be used," he said.
Jump Palace targets younger set
Also opening soon is The Jump Palace, which is owned by Amber and Steve Gierke of Streetsboro.
The facility opened Nov. 23 with hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., said Amber. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.
"When we do the ribbon-cutting ceremony, we'll have half-off [admission] and free pizza for kids who come," she said.
The facility will feature four large inflatables, areas for toddlers, an eating area and two birthday party rooms, she added. It's located at Market Square Plaza off Market Square Drive.
Amber said the facility will be similar to Pump It Up, but noted there will be more open hours and less emphasis on group events and parties.
Gierke said she believes The Jump Palace and ZipCity will benefit from their close proximity.
"I think it's great that they're opening," she said. "I don't think that we're going to hurt them or they're going to hurt."
Mytinger said he agrees each business will appeal to a "niche market."
Sears store one of four in Ohio
A new Sears Home Appliance Showroom, one of four of its kind in Ohio, had a soft opening Oct. 3, and is planning its grand opening Dec. 6 and 7, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 6 at noon, said Ursula Simms, an appliance sales consultant at the store.
The store is located next to Giant Eagle at Streetsboro Crossing Plaza.
"The soft opening response has been good, but we're looking forward to the grand opening," said Simms.
She said the store functions first as an appliance store, but also can special order anything from Sears and serve as a brick-and-mortar customer service resource on those special ordered items.
Simms said the store employs six, including a mix of part- and full-time workers.
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