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Learning Express Toys Announces Its Vendor Award Winners »

July 25, 2014 at 6:00AM PDT | Source: Learning Express

July 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // Devens, MA – Annually in various locations, Learning Express Toys hosts a franchise-wide Convention. The entire Learning Express Toys family, including store owners, store managers, home office employees, and vendors, gathered in Palm Springs, CA, last month. While there, LE Toys presented its top vendors with awards.
"Learning Express Toys is fortunate to work with wonderful vendors who understand our business and are interested in being true partners," says Lisa Visco, Vice President of Merchandising at Learning Express Toys. "The Awards Banquet is one of our favorite events of the year and allows us to showcase and recognize all that our vendors do to help make Learning Express Toys a special and fun place for our customers...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Operating Improvement With Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results »

July 24, 2014 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

First six months pre-tax income of $1.3 million, a $7.3 million improvement from a pre-tax loss of $6.0 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013Company ends the second quarter with $41.8 million in cash and no debt
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 24, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the 2014 second quarter and twenty-six weeks ended June 28, 2014.
Second Quarter 2014 Highlights (13 weeks ended June 28, 2014):

Consolidated net retail sales were $75.4 million while operating 10 fewer stores at quarter’s end compared to $80.4 million in the fiscal 2013 second quarter, a decrease of 7.7%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange;
Consolidated comparable store sales decreased 4...

Rockin' Jump - Jumps Back To The East With An Exciting 6 Unit Agreement! »

July 24, 2014 at 6:29AM PDT | Source: Rockin' Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Park®

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. - July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Rockin' Jump – the Ultimate Trampoline Park brand - headquartered in Pleasanton, CA - is celebrating an exciting new multi unit franchise agreement for the Maryland market. This six (6) unit agreement includes the territories of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Charles County and Howard County, MD.
After achieving success with their first four corporate locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rockin' Jump began offering franchises in June of 2013. With their first franchise location opening this past May, 2014 in Trumbull, CT. Rockin' Jump is continuing to realize excellent growth with this latest agreement bringing the total number of franchise units sold to 27 with 4 corporate units...

Bach To Rock Music Education Franchise Targets Growth Markets On The Atlantic Seaboard »

July 23, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock
Bach to Rock Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Music Education Franchise Grew 61% from 2009 to 2013
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bach to Rock, the nation's leading music education franchise, today announced 11 metropolitan hubs as targets for expansion in 2014-15. The target areas run alongside the Interstate 95 corridor on the Atlantic Seaboard and include Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Northern New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; Richmond, Virginia; and Savannah, Georgia. Four cities in Florida - Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami - are also target cities on I-95.
For a music education franchise, Bach to Rock has a unique - and remarkably effective - approach to learning music. Students are encouraged to have fun while they explore and learn the kinds of music they love, whether it's rhythm and blues, jazz, classical, punk or pop...

NEW: Special Veteran Benefits Offered To Military Veterans From My Music Skool Company »

July 22, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: My Music Skool
My Music Skool Opportunities Available

<p>July 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // My Music Skool Company just announced that Special Discounts are available to Qualified Military Veterans. As a new member of VetFran, My Music Skool is committed to helping military veterans.</p>
<p>If you're a military veteran who wishes to have a kick start at an exciting opportunity to own My Music Skool in any State listed below, you should contact My Music Skool Corporate Office at, (303)953-1731 or email, franchise@mymusicskool.com.</p>
<p>To ease your entry into this exciting business model, you will receive 25% off of Initial Franchise Fees when you become our franchisee. In addition, you will be supported to serve your neighborhoods by offering special discounts to your local veterans...

Goldfish Swim School Makes A Splash With Silvercrest Advertising’s Localized Media Automation Platform (LMap) »

July 22, 2014 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Goldfish Swim School

July 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, California – Today, Goldfish Swim School dove into local marketing by introducing Silvercrest Advertising's state-of-the-art Localized Media Automation Platform (LMap) to its 17 franchisees across the country.
Goldfish Swim School initially selected this highly innovative and intuitive platform to maximize promotional outreach in the communities surrounding their existing locations. LMap's ability to grow with the company was also a deciding factor as Goldfish Swim School continues to add qualified franchisees to their nationwide network.
LMap's user-friendly system allows franchisees to create personalized, geo-targeted marketing campaigns using franchisor-generated promotional offers that ensure brand consistency and integrity...

TGA Premier Youth Tennis Launches First Franchise In The State Of Oregon »

July 22, 2014 at 8:41AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Former banking executive brings innovative school-based program in partnership with USTA to southern Oregon.
July 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Medford, OR – TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA), the national after-school youth sports franchise company, has established its first franchise territory in the state of Oregon.
Jeremiah Paladino, a former banking executive, has acquired the geographic rights to TGA Premier Youth Tennis in southern Oregon, which will cover the Medford and Eugene areas.
TGA's innovative school-based activation model and tennis enrichment curriculum was developed in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The program introduces the sport in schools and supports the USTA's "10-and-Under Tennis" initiative before transitioning them to USTA programs, tennis facilities and USPTA Professionals nationwide...

Gap Inc. Announces Global Expansion Plans »

July 21, 2014 at 11:23AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Gap Brand Set to Launch in Slovenia and Austria
SAN FRANCISCO - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Continuing to deliver on its global growth plans, Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today announced that it will introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners. Magistrat International, a new partner, has been selected for the launch of Slovenia and Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch Austria.
"We are thrilled to be opening in Slovenia and Austria and can't wait to meet customers when we open our doors for the first time in each capital city. One of the best things about opening in a new country is the incredible welcome that Gap receives and the buzz that generates for our teams and our customers alike," said Ismail Seyis, Vice President of Gap Franchise...

Winmark Corporation Announces Second Quarter Results »

July 18, 2014 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - July 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq:WINA) announced net income for the quarter ended June 28, 2014 of $4,280,800 (or $.82 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,336,900 (or $.83 per share diluted) in the second quarter of 2013. For the six months ended June 28, 2014, net income was $8,832,700 (or $1.67 per share diluted) compared to net income of $8,394,400 (or $1.61 per share diluted) for the same period last year.
"Our franchising business continued to show steady growth in both royalties and new stores during the second quarter, while expenses increased as we continue to invest in our new Style Encore concept," noted John Morgan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Profits from our leasing business were lower when compared to last year due to the timing of customer activity in our portfolio, which is unpredictable and will vary from quarter to quarter...

Kumon Franchise Expands In Major U.S. Markets »

July 17, 2014 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Kumon Math & Reading Centers

World's Largest After-School Program Seeks Entrepreneurs to Open Learning Centers
TEANECK, N.J. - July 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Kumon, the world's largest after-school enrichment program, launched expansion plans to meet the growing demand for supplemental education services throughout the United States. Attractive business incentives are available to new franchisees who want to open in the following fast-growing markets:
New YorkNY Arlington, VA Dallas, TXSan Fernando Valley, CAElkins Park, PAMiami, FLDenver, COSan Francisco, CACambridge, MANashville, TNSalt Lake City, UTSan Diego, CAAtlanta, GAHouston, TXSeattle, WAPhoenix, AZ
"We offer business incentives up to $18,500 related to start-up costs. Our $2,000 franchise and materials fee is the lowest in the industry," said Larry Lambert, vice president of franchise recruitment at Kumon North America...

Sky Zone Awards Three Franchise Locations In Louisiana »

July 17, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

First Sky Zone All-Walled Trampoline Playing Courts to Open in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans
July 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline park, announced it has awarded its newest franchises in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans, La. with plans to open all locations in the next 18 months. With over 70 open locations, 90 additional parks under development and 20 which are projected to open by the end of 2014, Sky Zone is the ultimate WoW experience for teens, parents and kids to jump, leap and defy gravity on the patented trampoline playing court.
Sky Zone provides guests with the pure joy that comes with flying during activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines, Sky Slam which gives guests the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Fall Enrollment Opens At Primrose Schools® »

July 17, 2014 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

Premier Preschools Providing the Right Foundation for Future Learning and Success
ATLANTA  - July 17, 2014 / PR Newswire / - Back-to-school is around the corner, and Primrose Schools, a family of accredited, early education and care schools, is accepting enrollment for Fall 2014. With more than 280 schools in 20 states across the country, Primrose provides high-quality education and care to more than 60,000 children ages 6-weeks to 6-years-old.
Primrose blends the best practices from a variety of early child care approaches, including Maria Montessori, Arnold Gesell and Jean Piaget, into a program that was the first in the country to earn accreditation from AdvancEDTM, the world’s largest community of education professionals...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces Roll Out Of Sew Fun Studios - Its Third Franchise Concept »

July 17, 2014 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Sew Fun Studios
Sew Fun Studios Opportunities Available

July 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce the roll out of its third franchise concept – Sew Fun Studios®. The Sew Fun Studios® model introduces the art of sewing to children and adults by utilizing basic and advanced sewing techniques. Sew Fun Studios® has been operating for over five years in Charlotte, NC under the trade name Sew Fun Parties®. When Creative Learning Corporation acquired the rights to franchise Sew Fun, the Company changed the name to Sew Fun Studios. Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, "We are all very excited with the launch of Sew Fun Studios...

5 Solutions For Overcoming The Picky Eater Blues »

July 17, 2014 at 6:32AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Are your kids picky eaters? The Little Gym shares 5 solutions for overcoming those picky eater blues.
Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 - As parents, we all want our children to have healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. However, as many can relate, what we want and what we settle for are often two very different things. According to a study from Contemporary Pediatrics, nearly two thirds of parents described at least one problem with their child’s eating habits.
Could there be a solution to picky-eater blues? With these 5 simple solutions, your picky eater will be interested in her food in no time.

Make food fun. Get creative and make a design or animal out of your child’s meal. Try using cookie cutters to make fun shapes out of fruit or sandwiches...

The Little Gym Shares 4 Ways To Help Your Child Become A 'Social Butterfly' »

July 17, 2014 at 5:10AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Some children struggle with shyness and social anxiety. Your friends at The Little Gym share 4 ways to help them break out of their cocoons to become social butterflies.
Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 - The fact of the matter is that not all children are social butterflies. Some children have anxiety about interacting with other kids, especially in a new and unfamiliar setting. As parents and caregivers, we need to set our children up for social success. The best way to do this is to encourage and teach children to interact with their peers. Whether at your local The Little Gym, at school, or on the playground, it is important for children to have social interaction with kids their own age. Here are 4 ways you can help your child become a 'Social Butterfly':

Be Kind: Teach your kids the importance of kindness...

Children's Education, Movement & Fitness Franchise Expands In Orange County, CA »

July 16, 2014 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

Local Franchisee Lily Vo and Christine Nguyen announce additional location.
Continuing in its fight against childhood obesity, Kinderdance® and its five movement programs are now available at the following new site.
OC Montessori Academy 8372 Mc Fadden Ave Westminster Orange County CA
Ongoing classes are also available at OC Kinderdance Studio located at Old World Village in Huntington Beach Ca.
July 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // "It is exciting to be in this community to educate children who learn how to learn while they learn how to dance," said Lily and Christine, Franchisees of OC Kinderdance® for Orange County. "For young children, movement, music and dance are natural tools for fitness, learning and communicating while expressing their feelings...

Doodle Bugs! Opens In Palm Beach County »

July 16, 2014 at 5:13AM PDT | Source: Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers

New education-based child care center arrives in Lake Worth.
Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 - Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers, a leading early childhood education provider, has officially opened their doors to their first Florida location in Lake Worth. Founded more than 20 years ago by siblings Anthony, Clarine and Anna Insinna, Doodle Bugs! has remained family-owned and operated since its first center in East Amherst, NY opened with 24 students. Today, the company operates more than 13 corporate and franchised locations from upstate New York to Pennsylvania, and has expanded its "doodle community" to more than 2,000 families.
The center is located on Hypoluxo Road, between Military and Haverhill Roads. The Lake Worth school can accommodate 185 children, infancy through age 12, and employs an experienced team of over 30 that includes a center director and credentialed teachers...

TGA Premier Junior Golf Launches First Franchise In The State Of Oregon »

July 16, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Junior Golf

Former Banking Executive Brings School-Based Junior Golf Model to Southern Oregon
July 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Medford, OR - TGA Premier Junior Golf, the global after-school youth sports franchise company, has established its first franchise territory in the state of Oregon.
Jeremiah Paladino, a former banking executive, has acquired the geographic rights to TGA Premier Junior Golf in southern Oregon, which will cover the Medford and Eugene territory.
Paladino has been an active golfer most of his life and developed a strong passion for the game after his father and grandfather introduced it to him at age five. That passion carried through college, where he played golf for Missouri State University and later while he worked at a golf course teaching the game...

Kinderdance® Announces Kinderdance Of The Tri-Valley® »

July 16, 2014 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education to Young Children in Across the USA
Melbourne, FL, July 15, 2014- Kinderdance International Inc. has been steadily expanding since its founding in 1979. Celebrating 35 years Kinderdance franchisees have taught Kinderdance programs to hundreds of thousands of children in the US and Worldwide.
Kinderdance® proudly announces the grand opening of Kinderdance of the Tri-Valley® located at 7748 Dublin Blvd in Dublin Ca.
The grand opening begins July 12th thru July 13th, 10-3pm
Kinderdance of Tri-Valley® is owned and operated by Terrie Guevarra. Terrie has grown up in the Bay Area and currently lives in San Ramon with her husband, Karlo and her two wonderful boys, Maxwell, 12, and Mateo, 8...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Sarasota »

July 15, 2014 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First All-Trampoline Walled Playing Court Is Coming To Town
July 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Sarsota, Fla. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announced it has awarded its newest franchise in Sarasota with plans to open their doors in December 2014. For a WoW experience, the brand new 30,000 square foot facility, being built from the ground up will include courts for Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, SkyRobics and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Sarasota 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...



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