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Retail Tipsheet: Bellingham’s Trampoline Zone aims for Dec. 18 opening

Now that the wet winter weather is back in Whatcom County, residents soon will have another option for indoor fun.

Equipment installation is underway for the Trampoline Zone at 4201 Meridian St., Suite 107, in a warehouse behind the Pro Golf Discount store. Owner Rajiv Malhan said he plans to open by Thursday, Dec. 18.

The 18,000-square-foot facility will have plenty of ways for people to have fun with trampolines, including a ninja course that has a wall and a rope swing, foam pits, dodgeball court, an area for dunking balls and four party rooms. The facility also will have a separate area for smaller children to play.

Malhan has opened two of these facilities in Oregon and the Bellingham Trampoline Zone will be his third in Washington state. While popular with children, Malhan has found that a lot of adults also enjoy trying out the trampolines.

“It really gets your heart working,” Malhan said, adding that it’s a great way to release some of that pent-up energy, especially during the winter months when it is tough to get much outdoor exercise because of the weather.

He acknowledges that like any physical activity, injuries are possible. To reduce that risk, the company will have a detailed list of rules in place - and employees wearing referee shirts and whistles will be on hand to intervene when rules are being broken.

Rules at Trampoline Zone include limiting activity to one person jumping in the foam pit at a time and other guidelines to avoid collisions. The facility also will follow ASTM International standards for the equipment (ASTM was formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials).

For those content to watch the action, the facility will have an upper-level observation area. Televisions also will be in the area to catch sporting events.

Cameras and monitor screens will be in the foam pits, where customers can use a trampoline to do somersaults and other jumps into the pit. The screen has a 10-second delay, so they can see how their jump looked after completing it.

Dodgeball also tends to be popular, Malhan said, with customers able to start or enter league competitions.

Customers will be charged by the hour and wear wristbands. Children under 46 inches in height will be charged $6 an hour on weekdays and $9 an hour on weekends, while those taller than 46 inches will be charged $8 an hour on weekdays and $11 an hour on weekends. Snacks will be available for sale but not meals. The party room can have meals.

A website, trampolinezone.net, is expected to be up this week with details on the Bellingham facility.

FAIRHAVEN RESTAURANT CLOSES

The Fairhaven restaurant Extremes Sports Grill & Pizzeria closed in late November.

Owner Carl Schuessler said the sales numbers weren’t good enough to justify keeping the restaurant open at 1304 12th St. Extremes replaced the Big Fat Fish Co. in that space in February 2014.

Schuessler said the original Extremes, which is at 4156 Meridian St., is still doing fine after more than eight years in business.

For details about the restaurant, visit extremesgrill.com.

OTHER TIDBITS

-- The Black Cat is continuing to renovate its space in the Sycamore Square building in Fairhaven. According to its Facebook page, the owners are aiming for a mid-December opening.

-- With some final details that needed to be finished, the Electric Beet Juice Co. pushed its opening date to 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8. The juice bar is at the Bellingham Public Market at 1530 Cornwall Ave.

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