June 19, 2019IMLAY CITY — If all goes according to plan, youngsters and their families will have an opportunity to "jump for joy" at the new 'JUMP City' family fun center coming to the Belle Valley Plaza.
In late May, Imlay City Planning Commissioners approved a special land use permit as the precursor to the creation of a "family fun center" at Belle Valley Plaza site.
The new business concept is being proposed by Anthony and Ina Gavrilovski, a Macomb County couple whose plans are to open "JUMP City," an indoor bounce house, in the 8,700-square-foot facility last occupied by Nick's Warehouse.
The Gavrilovskis envision a family-friendly environment for both children and families to enjoy; to include multiple large bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides and arcades.
Both Ina, 29, and Anthony, 31, work at Imlay City's Silver Grill restaurant, which is owned by his parents.
Anthony and Ina Gavrilovski are enthusiastic about making Imlay City a 'JUMP City.' photo by Tom Wearing.
Anthony tips his hat to Ina for the inspiration and coming up with the business plan.
"It was her idea," he says, "but we both think this is something that is much-needed in this area."
Anthony says JUMP City will offer separate rooms for private parties, along with a parent's lounge equipped with wi-fi access.
"I take my own kids to bounce houses all the time where we live," says Ina. "There is nothing like this in Imlay City or in Lapeer. I've wanted to invest in something and we think this is an idea that will work."
Anthony says the business will offer basic concession items, such as soft drinks, chips and snacks; along with pizza from a local business.
Additionally, catered food will be available for customers interested in hosting private parties.
Ina notes that the safety of children will be a priority of the establishment.
She points out that guests will first enter into a vestibule, before gaining access to the play areas.
"Children must be accompanied by a parent or with supervision by an adult," she says. "The kids' safety is paramount."
Anthony says the couple is shooting for an August soft opening, to be followed later by an official grand opening.
He adds that JUMP City will offer daily "jump passes" and a membership program for frequent users of the facility.
Parties may be booked online at jumpcityplay.com.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.