Sunday, February 22, 2009

Grand Ribbon-Cutting Opening for New Businesses to Gainesville

I think I do what I do because:
  1. I find it challenging,
  2. I'm good at it, i.e., have met the challenge,
  3. I enjoy helping people, and
  4. I get to see the tangible results of my hard work.
Many of the people I work with are opening up new businesses and often are leasing or purchasing commercial space for the first time. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to see them realize their vision and open their doors to the public. So I was particularly thrilled to attend the Prince William County/Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce grand-opening ribbon-cutting event last Tuesday, co-hosted by the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, for the business owners I worked with who are now located at the Piedmont Commercial Center in Gainesville.


Kid Drop Zone AKA as The Nut House is a large indoor playground where parents can drop off their kids for a few hours. Parents have the options to drop and go, stay and play, or just hang out in our parents-only room. Here kids can do all the things they can't do at home such as jump on the beds and swing from the chandeliers all within a supervised environment. Their build-out, including all the things to climb up, jump on, slide down, or swing from, as well as the party and parent rooms, was done by John Parsons of Commonwealth Construction.

Run under the capable hands of husband and wife, Mike & Shelby, and their business partner, Jen, they have seven girls, ages 1 to 8, between them. They saw a need for the service they now provide: a fun but safe place to leave your children for a few hours while you run errands or enjoy a 'date night'.


Brain Zoom is an extended learning center for children ages 3 to 11. They offer workshops that explore science and technology, foreign language, and healthful cooking (fun foods combined with nutritional awareness) as well as the more traditional math, reading and writing. Conceived by husband and wife, Patrick and Carolette, their business concept grew from their passion to create a stimulating, fun, creative environment to enhance a child's love of learning.

There are a number of rooms dedicated to these various themed activities, all organized, inviting and brightly colored. They also offer themed birthday parties in the party room, summer and holiday camps and a retail store full of creative play things. Their doors are now officially open!


Zed's brother, Tam, who is also the chef, did the official honors at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Zed's Bistro and Wine Bar, for which a full review can be read here.

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