Indoor zip line / rec centeramong new area businesses

by BOB GAETJENS GATEWAY NEWS EDITOR Published:

Streetsboro -- Three new city businesses hosted or will host ribbon cuttings.

The largest facility -- ZipCity -- will feature five indoor zip lines, trampoline basketball, dodgeball and more when it opens Dec. 20. Hosting ribbon cuttings last week were The Jump Palace at Market Square plaza and Sears Appliance Showroom next to Giant Eagle in Streetsboro Crossings.

ZipCity, located in a new building just north of the CVS/Pharmacy on Route 43, will host its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Dec. 20.

"We are on construction schedule, and the only thing that could throw a wrench in the works is not getting our certificate of occupancy," said Scott Weiner, owner of ZipCity.

"It's the only trampoline and zip line club on earth," he said. "I have scoured the Internet to find an indoor zip line park, and I haven't found one."

Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Director Greg Mytinger said he looks forward to working on programming at ZipCity and The Jump Palace, an indoor inflatable playground which opened Nov. 23 at Market Square.

Weiner said he spent nearly $4 million on the facility and property. The ground floor of the facility is 17,600 square feet.

He said the park will employ 48 part-time employees and four full-time employees.

"There are a lot of things we're trying to do new," said Weiner. "We have a couple goals: One, be completely unique, and we've won that battle; second, everything we do, I want to at another level for entertainment parks."

He said he believes he'll be able to get 200 people through the zip lines in an hour when the facility opens and hopes that will increase to 250 an hour as employees become more familiar with their jobs.

Weiner also said he bought high quality harnesses and brakes for the zip lines. The brakes are actually designed for longer, steeper outdoor zip lines. There also are safety nets.

The Jump Palace is owned by Amber and Steve Gierke of Streetsboro.

The facility features four large inflatables, areas for toddlers, an eating area and two birthday party rooms

Amber said the facility will be similar to Pump It Up, but noted there will be more open hours and less emphasis on group events and parties.

The new Sears Home Appliance Showroom is one of four of its kind in Ohio.

Appliance sales consultant Ursula Simms said the store functions first as an appliance store, but also can special order anything from Sears and serve as a brick-and-mortar customer service resource on those special ordered items.

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