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New Business - Pump It Up of Hagerstown

Pumped up for parties

Pumped up for parties

May 10, 2009

Name of business: Pump It Up, The Inflatable Party Zone

Owners: Kim and Kevin Cunha

Address: 10310 Governor Land Blvd., Suite 6015, Williamsport MD 21795

Opening date: April 2009

Products and services: Private parties for children ages 2 to 17 years old; field trips; team parties; and youth group outings. Parties are two hours in length and include 90 minutes in the inflatables play area and 30 minutes in the party room for food and cake. Inflatables area includes four oversized inflatables, two slide/obstacle course combinations and a moonbounce. Party extras include goodie bags, balloons, invitations and satellite music options.

Market area: Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and Martinsburg, W.Va.

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?: Kim is a stay-at-home mom who moved to the area last year with her husband and children. She was familiar with the Pump It Up franchise and said she felt this area could use a "clean, safe, climate-controlled, yet very fun and active, facilty for kids." She said her hope is that families will enjoy the facility together.

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Previous business experience: Kim was a store manager for Bath & Body Works and worked in visual merchandising for The Gap.

Number of employees: About 20.

Hours: Private parties by reservation. Pop-In Play sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis by age group and are listed on the Web site.

Phone number: 310-223-6633

Web site: www.pumpitupparty.com

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