Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Monkey business may get a bad rap, but Fayetteville will learn how much fun monkeying around can be with the recent opening of Monkey Joe’s located at 182 Banks Crossing, in the JC Penney Shopping Center, in Fayetteville on Saturday, February 16. More than just a children’s party center, Monkey Joe’s is an inflatables-filled indoor play and party center that provides families with engaging activity and entertainment - all day, every day (no special occasion necessary – walk-in any time!). With more than 12,000 square feet of space where kids can ‘go bananas,’ Monkey Joe’s is more fun than a barrel of…well, you know.

Franchisees Eric and LaToya Kyle are bringing Monkey Joe’s to the Fayetteville area. “This will be the first Monkey Joe’s indoor inflatables-filled play center for children in the area. In a family-oriented city like Fayetteville, Monkey Joe’s is the perfect fit,” explains LaToya. “Monkey Joe’s brings families an entertainment option that incorporates physical fitness with playtime.”

In celebration of the opening, Monkey Joe’s will donate $1,000 of grand opening sales from Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 to the Fayette Samaritans organization. “Fayetteville has embraced us and we want to show our excitement and appreciation,” explains Kyle.

Monkey Joe’s caters to children ages 2-12 with an array of giant, air-filled play structures, jumps, slides, obstacle courses, and developmental games; a separate toddler area provides age-appropriate play for children who might not be so steady on their feet. Monkey Joe’s also features multiple private party rooms and party themes, with on-site party planning and concession items, including pizza, snacks, beverages and gifts.

Safety comes first at Monkey Joe’s as it has integrated the Code Adam program into its safety training for all employees. Code Adam is a six-point procedure for employees to quickly and effectively respond to a missing or lost child on-premises. This simple, turnkey program has been proven successful throughout 55,000 retail outlets nationwide.

In addition to the Code Adam program, all Monkey Joe’s locations have committed to full-facility sanitizing from Swisher, the country’s leading provider of commercial hygiene services. The service is intended to reduce exposure to germs and cross-contamination for all who visit and play at Monkey Joe’s, making it a cleaner environment than public playgrounds, schools, daycares and amusement parks.

“Safety for the families who enjoy our facilities is a top priority. From the time our guests enter and are processed through the Safety Access Child Control System to when they play on the first inflatable, we strive to offer peace of mind to parents by offering the highest standards of cleanliness,” explains Shonna Domitrovich director of marketing of Raving Brands, the parent company of Monkey Joe’s.

Monkey Joe's provides an unmatched and long-overdue component for parents: a parent lounge with comfortable seating, high-definition, big-screen TVs and free high-speed Internet access. In fact, the entire facility is wireless.

“We’re excited that the Monkey Joe’s concept is catching on so quickly with both kids and their parents,” says Domitrovich. “We want Monkey Joe’s to be a destination for the whole family, and open to them at anytime. The value of Monkey Joe’s is that it provides a safe and clean environment for children to engage in physical activity, no matter what the weather is like outside, and in a non-competitive setting where kids can simply enjoy themselves and get lost in the fun of it all.”

Monkey Joe’s is located at 182 Banks Crossing in Fayetteville. Operating hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The store phone number is 770-461-7529.

For more information including franchise opportunities, please visit www.monkeyjoes.com.
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