$110 pledged of $375,000 goal
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By Charles Massie
$110 pledged of $375,000 goal
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About

 

Located just outside the city of Glasgow, Kentucky and only 8 miles from Interstate I-65, FunZilla will be housed within a 30,000 square foot building, situated on 3 acres of open land. The funding drive will help us gather the financing to secure the purchase of this location. Projected opening will be in July, 2017. If the funding goal is not met by the expiration date, no pledge amounts will be charged and the fund drive will end.

The site itself was formerly a horse riding academy, well-known to the residents of the neighboring communities. The cost of this site will be $600,000 with a $200,000 down payment and the balance mortgaged through U.S. Bank Corporation. This down payment is included in the startup expenses. 

The golf course will be constructed by the Amusement Construction Company (ACC) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will be custom designed specifically for our location. Other attractions will be installed by a dedicated crew of gaming specialists. FunZilla will be an experience that will give you a sense of total exhilaration, satisfaction and a feeling of their money being well spent. 

The center will not only be a place to unwind and relieve yourself from the pressures of day to day responsibilities. It will also be a place for individuals and social groups alike to find a common ground; to have Fun! 

FunZilla provides numerable activities and events for everyone to find interest in. We call it the “Disneyland Effect”. Most importantly, this also provides strong reasons for you to return regularly to the center for casual fun, special events and concerts. This will not be a “been there done that” experience.”- Charles Massie (Founder) 

Here are just a few of the features that will make FunZilla the play destination for South Central Kentucky: 

 • Gorgeous themed attractions incorporating interactive technology. These attractions include an 18-hole miniature golf course, a video driving range and video batting cages, a rock climbing wall, and an amusement arcade of the latest games. 

• Tasty, healthy, and sustainable refreshments in our snack bar. 

• Café Lounge with Wi-Fi 

• Comfortable seating with a view of the play area

• Plenty of Free Parking 

• Flexible admissions and membership options

• Birthday parties 

• Special events 

• Friday & Saturday date night drop-off (by appointment)  

• Weekday drop-off program (by appointment)

• Latest practices and technology for security and safety 

• Highest standards for cleanliness and health 

 And there is more in the works! Future expansions will include a laser tag course, a trampoline court and mobile miniature golf. With FunZilla, our hope is to create a spectacular space that will be exciting, convenient and comfortable for kids and adults alike.

The idea for FunZilla came about during a very hot and relentless Kentucky summer, when founder Charles Massie, a retired businessman, realized that a family-friendly, climate-controlled entertainment center didn’t exist in the immediate area. His research showed that while miniature golf courses did operate in the area, the equipment tended to be outdated and time worn. 

Only one other center in the community offered a variety of attractions, but these were limited to bowling lanes and skating rinks. There was no place one could engage in physically active and challenging play. And since Kentucky experiences a variety of seasonal extremes, this lack of indoor active play space continued to be felt during weeks of hard gusting wind and rain in the fall, snow storms and below-freezing temperatures over the winter, and a symptom-laden allergy season in the spring. 

Local families he knew and visitors he met all wished there was someplace nearby and indoors to burn off a little energy in a family environment. Additionally, Charles noted that a lack of jobs because of a poor economy and the sheer boredom of limited entertainment facilities, could be counted as a contributing cause for the rise in drug use and other crimes by teens and young adults. 

With his overall goal of helping to bring the family unit back together, the concept of FunZilla began to take form. He wanted to create a cost-effective solution that would appeal to all age groups and function as a leader in the community. He learned that finding a great place to host a child's special celebration can be tricky. Not to mention that some existing venues may book up far in advance and allow for only small gatherings. 

FunZilla will be a solution, offering awesome and easy to reach parties for groups of many sizes. And future plans include an even greater menu of party options, attractions and family enticements. Parents can join in the fun with their children, or simply enjoy watching them frolic from a lounge with a set of viewing windows. 

An adjoining snack bar will offer healthy food, competitively priced and an attached arcade can provide hours of fun for those interested in coin operated and redemption games. Whether you like the state-of-the-art Video Driving Range or Video Batting Cages, or the physically challenging Rock Climbing Wall, FunZilla will set the standard for entertainment centers. by having everything self-contained in a safe, clean environment.

FunZilla proposed Floorplan (30,000 S.F.)
FunZilla proposed Floorplan (30,000 S.F.)

 

 

The funding goal is $375,000, which is designated for:

• Deposits for site acquisition, equipment and utilities

• Fixed expenses like advertising, legal, signage and operating cash

• An escrow account to cover operating expenses for 6 months

The balance of the site acquisition will be mortgaged with U.S. Bank Corporation or another certified lender. We expect a positive cash flow from day one, and total payoff of expenses after 4 years.

Each pledge will be a part of this exciting project and receive an equity position in FunZilla, proportional to their pledge. Below is a summary of the Startup Expenses.

 

Startup Expense Summary
Startup Expense Summary

 

FunZilla is committed to doing business well, as well as doing good with our business. We will follow ethical, sustainable, and transparent practices to make sure that we have the best social and environmental impact possible. We love Kentucky, and want to do our part to help FunZilla thrive as a community and world-class destination.  

See you there!

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Risks and challenges

Every risk is a challenge. We have a solid business plan and have lined up suppliers. We have located an 30,000 sq ft facility in a metropolitan area.

When news of this indoor play place gets out and parents see that it is not a "children's casino" that parents have to continuously feed coins to the machines, they will keep coming back again and again.

We are looking to open in the summer of 2017. If the funding goal is not met, the program will end and no pledge amounts will be charged.

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Funding period

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