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New business catering to kids bounces on scene

BubKat Bounce! opened its (bounce house) doors in early June. Greg Hays and his partners wanted to find a unique and kid-friendly business plan. Submitted photo.

BubKat Bounce! opened its (bounce house) doors in early June. Greg Hays and his partners wanted to find a unique and kid-friendly business plan. Submitted photo.

— While they were here in the ‘90s, Hays and Allen worked in the food industry, training that is shaping the menu for what will soon be more than your typical concession fare.

“We took jobs at The Cranberry Bog. We started there as dishwashers as teenagers and within a year or two we were promoted to line cooks,” Hays said.

By the end of the month they expect to offer a full menu, which will include specialty burgers. They also buy local foods whenever they can, such as from Sorrentio’s Deli and Market.

Hays is hoping to make an impact beyond what he can do at his own place of business, though.

“The bounce house industry is completely unregulated…there’s no insurance requirement, there’s no safety requirement. That’s a real problem and something that we’re actually working on getting a voice toward,” said Hays.

According to Hays, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are the only states with any regulations, and as such BubKat Bounce! adheres to those standards, which includes using lead-free equipment.

Hays and his partners are working with Event Planners Association, a national organization, so that they can form a local chapter for the Capital District.

“Part of what they do is lobby for different things in the industry and one of the things that’s important to us … is we want to be able to guide or be a part of that guiding force in terms of establishing set safety standards. These are our kids we’re talking about … cutting corners in that regard doesn’t make sense,” said Hays.

BubKat also features themes days such as Mommy Mondays, Toddler Tuesdays and WhoaDaddy Wednesdays, as well as daily and weekly food specials. They also provide bounce house rentals and a venue for birthday parties. For more information, visit the business online at bubkatbounce.com.

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