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Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens In Boston Heights »

October 30, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOSTON HEIGHTS, OH - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will open its doors in Boston Heights to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world's first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Beginning Thursday, October 30th, residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls.
Sky Zone's wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes...

Locals Bringing 70 New Jobs To Cedar Rapids With Sky Zone Opening »

October 30, 2014 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Cedar Rapids Set To Open Trampoline Playing Court
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa  – Lifelong locals Dave and Jennifer Austin are now hiring more than 70 team members for their new Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, set to open this December. Sky Zone, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, will bring Awesome, Healthy, Family Fun to the area.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Cedar Rapids residents and visitors the ultimate active play experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball, SkyFit, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour and Ultimate Volleyball, a new activity taking the popular sport to the next level...

Spoiled Rotten® Photography Receives Royal Welcome In The Queen City »

October 29, 2014 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Spoiled Rotten® Photography

Charlotte Photographer Cathy Xiques Brings Unique School Portrait Franchise to North Carolina
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Charlotte -  As the Spoiled Rotten® Photography franchise grows and word spreads that it is changing the way that people look at the concept of "school pictures," it is also changing the way aspiring photographers look at themselves. Cathy Xiques – a happily married mom of two and Cornelius, NC resident – had always loved photography as a hobby, particularly once she left her career in the dental field to stay home with her children – Ava and Aiden.
"As far back as I can remember, I have cherished photographs," explains Xiques. "Recording life with my camera has been a lifelong passion...

The Great Big Christmas Book From Toys"R"Us® Is Here »

October 29, 2014 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Unfolding A Playful Story Of The Toys Kids Wish For This Holiday Season
Toys"R"Us Welcomes Families to Build Christmas Wish Lists and Experience the Hottest Toys of 2014 at "Ultimate Wish Saturday" Events in November; The World's Greatest Toy Store™ Makes it Easy to Give the Gift of Play this Holiday Season with Price Match Guarantee, Free In-Store Pickup, Better-Than-Ever Rewards"R"Us Loyalty Program and Free Shipping Offers
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced that The Great Big Christmas Book, the company's annual resource for wishers and wish-granters, has begun arriving in homes and will appear in newspapers nationwide on Saturday, November 1. This week, more than 8 million Toys"R"Us customers will receive a special edition of The Great Big Christmas Book, which features a unique cover that children can unwrap – just like a gift – to reveal the highly anticipated catalog, as well as a poster highlighting characters from the all-new and hugely popular Skylanders Trap Team™ game...

Bach To Rock Music Franchise Introduces Cutting-Edge Communication Technology For Students, Parents And Teachers »

October 29, 2014 at 9:43AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Proprietary Digital System Offers Live Streaming of Songs, Near-Instant Access to Homework, Teachers' Notes and Curriculum
BETHESDA, MD - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - The Bach to Rock music franchise is taking its transformative approach to music education to the next level in 2015 with the introduction of a proprietary digital communication system that empowers students, parents and teachers.
The interactive tool supports Bach to Rock's face-to-face music education methods with the ease and efficiency of touch-screen tablet technology. It brings the Bach to Rock curriculum to life in a way a parent can quickly understand, almost instantly showing them what their child has mastered - whether it's knowledge of a quarter note, the treble clef or key signatures...

L.A. Rocker Nate Beck Becomes Part Owner In Twin Cities School Of Rock Franchise »

October 29, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

St. Paul, MN, October 29, 2014 - (PR.com) - The School of Rock was founded in 1998 in Philadelphia PA on the premise that "taking music lessons and never playing a gig is like going to basketball practice and never playing a game. After a while, there's no point." So the School of Rock gets its students performing on stage – in a band - as early as 8 years old. "Not only does this teach them to play music," said Nate Beck. "But it teaches team work, it raises their self confidence….and it's a heck of a lot of fun!"
Beck should know. He is a graduate of the St. Paul School of Rock. Following High School graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute, where he formed a band that was nominated for an award in the Rock Single of the Year category in the Los Angeles Music Awards...

Build-A-Bear Workshop Opens New York City Pop-Up Store In Times Square In Advance Of Holiday Season »

October 28, 2014 at 10:46AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 28, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop® today announced the opening of a new store location in Times Square in New York City. This seasonal pop-up shop will be located at 1619 Broadway, in the historic Brill Building. The Times Square Build-A-Bear Workshop store will encourage families to share in a new holiday tradition by selecting and customizing a furry friend from a unique assortment of proprietary products, the latest licensed properties and New York City-themed merchandise.
Sharon John, Build-A-Bear Workshop’s chief executive officer, commented, "Our new Times Square pop-up location provides a great opportunity for us to increase our brand reach, allowing a broad range of consumers to engage in the Build-A-Bear experience and create special memories this holiday season...

Children's Lighthouse Signs Franchise Agreement To Expand Near Houston »

October 27, 2014 at 10:28AM PDT | Source: Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers

Eleventh Learning Center in Houston Market to Offer More Local Families Educational Childcare
October 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // SPRING, Texas – Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education childcare provider in the United States, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Tony Overman and Zach Rogers to open a new location in Spring, Texas. The entrepreneurial team will open the Houston area's eleventh Children's Lighthouse Learning Center. The future school is slated to hold its grand opening in spring 2015 at 20004 Champion Forest Drive in Spring, Texas.
"There is no denying the growing demand for educational childcare here in the Houston area...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces Preliminary Results »

October 27, 2014 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

Projects Revenue Growth Over 60% and EBITDA of $1.6-$1.7 Million for Fiscal 2014; Revenue Growth for Creative Learning Corporation over 60%
St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, Challenge Island® and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, today announced preliminary results for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning, commented, "We continued to generate very strong top and bottom line growth. I am pleased to report that we currently anticipate revenue in the range of $7.7 to $7.8 million, and EBITDA in the range of $1.6 to $1.7 million for fiscal 2014...

Creative Learning Corporation To Present At The FireRock Conference In NYC »

October 27, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

FireRock Conference includes presentation from Creative Learning Corporation
St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, today announced that management will present on Tuesday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m. EST at the FireRock Conference at the Springmills Landmark Building located at 104 West 40th Street, New York, NY.
FireRock Capital is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Los Angeles and Israel. The company’s annual micro-cap conference is an invitation only event that attracts hundreds of high net worth investors and financial leaders...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces Management Change »

October 24, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, today announced that effective October 22, Richard Nickelson is no longer the Company's Chief Financial and Accounting Officer.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning commented, "We appreciate the contributions of Mr. Nickelson in his role as Chief Financial and Accounting Officer. We are in active discussions with a number of very strong candidates and look forward to announcing an appointment in the near future."
About Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation, operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz® and Challenge Island®, offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Increased Sales And Earnings For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

October 23, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop


Consolidated comparable store sales increase 0.8% following a 6.4% increase in the 2013 third quarter
Retail gross margin expands 360 basis points to 43.7% from 40.1% in the 2013 third quarter
Net income of $1.8 million compares to a net loss of $1.4 million in the 2013 third quarter, an increase of $3.2 million
Earnings per diluted share improve to $0.10, or $0.15 excluding $0.05 per diluted share in management transition and store closing expenses

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the fiscal third quarter and first thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2014...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Partners With Macy's, Inc. To Open Shop-in-Shop Locations For The Holiday Season »

October 23, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Five Interactive Shop-in-Shop Locations to be Added Within Leading Macy's Stores
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced a strategic partnership with Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to open licensed shop-in-shop locations in select major markets in anticipation of the 2014 holiday season. Build-A-Bear Workshop® will bring its emotional, interactive retail experience to Macy's rich heritage and storied holiday tradition with the opening of five locations within leading Macy's retail stores including Herald Square in New York City. Build-A-Bear will also be showcased in Macy's famed Santaland® at select stores and will again feature a themed float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®...

The Little Gym Expands Partnership With Nickelodeon To Host Official SpongeBob SquarePants Parties »

October 22, 2014 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Little Gym

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - "Are you ready, kids?" "Aye-Aye Captain!" The Little Gym International today announced that children can celebrate their birthdays SpongeBob-style at The Little Gym as the experiential learning and physical development center is introducing "SpongeBob SquarePants"-themed Awesome Birthday Bash parties at participating U.S. locations.
The Little Gym's curriculum for its new "SpongeBob SquarePants" parties, designed for children up to age 12, is being developed by the company in partnership with Nickelodeon. The birthday parties will take children on an undersea adventure inside their local The Little Gym, as children engage with characters like Patrick, Squidward and Mister Krabs in an interactive and imaginative story that gets kids moving, climbing and tumbling through active play...

JumpBunch Partners With Riverhead Parks Department »

October 22, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: JumpBunch

Holbrook, NY - October 22, 2014 - (PR.com) - JumpBunch of Southeast Long Island, a well-known global sports franchise, is proud to announce that it has expanded its programming into Eastern Long Island by offering children's sports programs through the Parks and Recreation Department of Riverhead, New York.
Jump Bunch owner/operator Winkie Schultz says, "All programs are non-competitive and based upon the love of sports and fitness. By introducing children to a wide variety of sports at a young age, it is our hope that they will continue playing sports throughout their adult lives. Active, healthy and fit kids usually make for active, healthy and fit adults."
JumpBunch Pee Wee clinics are offered at Stotzky Park in Riverhead, New York, during the spring, summer and fall...

The Little Gym® Creates Harmonious Partnership With Kindermusik® »

October 22, 2014 at 5:52AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Programs Led by Licensed Kindermusik Teachers to Begin at The Little Gym in January
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Early music education has been shown to help develop memory and learning skills, so music has always been integrated into classes at The Little Gym, the premiere enrichment and physical development center for children. Beginning in January 2015, The Little Gym will add stand-alone music and movement classes through an exclusive partnership with Kindermusik, the world's leading provider of such classes for young children.
Kindermusik classes at The Little Gym will be offered for children newborn through 4 years, with parents and children participating together through age 2. The 45-minute music classes, which will be taught by Kindermusik educators and The Little Gym Kindermusik-certified instructors, will include Cuddle & Bounce, Sing & Play, Wiggle & Grow, Laugh & Learn, and Move & Groove...

GapKids Launches Limited-Edition Collection With Kate Spade New York And Jack Spade »

October 21, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Continuing Gap's trend of like-minded designer collaborations for GapKids and a first foray for the Kate Spade & Company brands into childrenswear.
NEW YORK - Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gap is thrilled to launch kate spade new york and Jack Spade for GapKids, a limited-edition girls' and boys' apparel and accessories collection for Holiday 2014. This marks kate spade new york and Jack Spade's first foray into childrenswear as well as the first time the Kate Spade & Company brands will partner together.
Launching in select Gap stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Japan and on gap.com on October 30th, the childrenswear collection, which will be available for two weeks only, embraces child-like imagination with festive and whimsical styles in toddler and kids sizing...

Wade Yarbrough Leaves Corporate America To Purchase Mathnasium »

October 21, 2014 at 8:23AM PDT | Source: Mathnasium Learning Centers

First-time Entrepreneur Blends Roots in Math and Business Ownership
Apex, N.C. (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 - Wade Yarbrough grew up in an entrepreneurial environment that valued mathematics - his father owned a business that Yarbrough also worked in, and his mother was a geometry teacher. Now, after spending more than 30 years in corporate America in the health care software industry, he’s ready to take on entrepreneurship himself.
"I wish I had done it 10 years ago," Yarbrough said of his decision to purchase an existing Mathnasium franchise. "My favorite part of business ownership is being able to make all of the decisions regarding the operation of my franchise."
Mathnasium is a math-only education center that teaches grade-schoolers mathematics in a way that makes sense to them...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Timonium »

October 20, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Timonium Set To Open All-Trampoline Park
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // TIMONIUM, Md. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 100 employees for its new park in Timonium, MD. Set to open in November, Sky Zone Timonium will become Maryland's second Sky Zone trampoline park with nearly 16,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 28,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Timonium residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Master Franchise In India »

October 17, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) ) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce that BFK Franchise Company, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded a master franchise in India, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz franchises to 36. "With the addition of India, our footprint has expanded, greatly. Abhishek and Neha Rungta of the Rungta group will be leading the development of Bricks 4 Kidz in India," stated Jeff Pappas, Creative Learning Corporation’s Business Development Director. The introduction of Abhishek and Neha Rungta to Bricks 4 Kidz was facilitated by Arunahb Sinha of Franchise India...



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