Making A Bounce To The Malls
Paul Sailor bounces his bounce houses around the Islands for parties, and now he has two indoor locations where families can bring their children to play: Windward Mall and Pearlridge Center.
“Whenever it rains, we are packed,” says Sailor, who offers all-day and monthly passes as well as a two-hour party package at 808 Bounce locations, where families also can bring their own food.
Children ages 2 to 12 from churches, schools and other organizations come in and jump, slide and ride to their hearts’ content. There is a computer with wireless Internet available for parents to use while the kids are having fun, but the adults still need to keep an eye on their keiki.
Bringing his bouncer indoors was not something Sailor was planning at first.
“I was actually trying to see if I could find a place to sell some flowers at Windward Mall just for Valentine’s Day,” says Sailor about his innocent inquiry. “I was thinking of having a seasonal kiosk open maybe the week before Valentine’s so some of the last-minute people could get flowers.”
The flower idea didn’t work out, but General Growth Management did have some space open at the mall, and in November 2008, 808 Bounce had its first indoor location. The Pearlridge location opened in June 2009.
Sailor continues to deliver bounce houses to parties across the Islands, and he also can include some tables and chairs. He acknowledges that the success of his business has a great deal to do with the friends and family who support him, especially his five employees who are on time, friendly and good with the customers.
One of the things on Sailor’s agenda is to do his best to make sure every client is happy.
“I answer this phone 24/7,” he notes. “I figure if I can take care of it immediately, that will be the best.”
Sailor, a former Marine who was stationed at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, previously had a mobile detailing business. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Sailor’s diverse background includes training horses. For the 808 Bounce business, he handles the operations and management. His wife, Emmanuelle, handles the marketing and social media, in addition to running her own business, The Press Release Company. The couple’s daughter Mikayla gets to enjoy the fruits of her parent’s labor.
They will be having holiday specials where they will partner with other businesses to help make something special for customers. Plans are in motion for a Halloween celebration. In the future, they hope to expand the business to the Mainland.
At Windward Mall, 808 Bounce is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. At Pearlridge, hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 366-6055 or log onto 808Bounce.com.
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