Jump­ing into a new ven­ture

DAILY GRIND

Auckland City Harbour News - - CLASSIFIED -

Tucked away be­hind the Grey Lynn shops is a room made of tram­po­lines – and Ezra Fantl wouldn’t want to work any­where else.

Up­town Bounce, the lat­est tram­po­line park to open in New Zealand, set up shop just over three weeks ago.

Fantl joined forces with his mother, brother and an­other busi­ness part­ner to start the ini­tia­tive af­ter see­ing the way the fun parks were blow­ing up world­wide.

And the at­mos­phere is elec­tric, he says.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is com­ing in to have a re­ally good time.

‘‘It’s their high­light of the week so there’s a lot of smiles.

‘‘They’re at their most ex­cited and it brings you up, def­i­nitely.’’

The health and fit­ness world is where Fantl feels most at home.

The Pon­sonby res­i­dent played bas­ket­ball in the United States af­ter high school be­fore work­ing for Les Mills In­ter­na­tional.

Co-own­ing a busi­ness is no easy feat when you’re 26 years old and Fantl is putting in 12-hour days to get Up­town Bounce on its feet.

He wrote the pro­gramme for the ven­ture’s first fit­ness class on Fe­bru­ary 17.

‘‘You’re work­ing out hard with­out re­al­is­ing it, that’s the big­gest thing. I’m al­ways look­ing for some­thing to make peo­ple health­ier.

‘‘This is ba­si­cally just get­ting peo­ple of all ages mov­ing.’’

Cen­tral Auck­land is familiar ter­ri­tory to Fantl af­ter grow­ing up in the area.

The busi­ness popped up quickly af­ter the part­ners found the per­fect venue – the old Civic Video premises at 565 Great North Rd. A quick trip to Australia in Novem­ber to re­search other tram­po­line parks ce­mented the idea, he says.

Up­town Bounce is a ‘‘bou­tique’’ park which is a lot smaller than parks around the world with a real fo­cus on de­sign, Ezra says.

A cafe has been in­cluded for par­ents to re­lax in while their kids hit the tram­po­lines.

Res­i­dents living in sur­round­ing ar­eas can get a ‘‘hood’’ dis­count to use the fa­cil­ity, he says.

‘‘We’re lo­cal, we’ve known this space for a long time.

‘‘It’s an awe­some lo­ca­tion and we saw the high ceil­ings and th­ese tram­po­line parks have been blow­ing up all over the world ... It all hap­pened so quickly but it’s work­ing.’’

Go to up­town­bounce.co.nz.

Com­ing up: Ezra Fantl says Up­town Bounce has a dif­fer­ent take on the world­wide tram­po­line park phe­nom­e­non.

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