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Business Buzz: Fleetway rolls out site for climbing, sliding fun
Writer: Hank Daniszewski

More fun has been added to Fleetway.


London’s oldest family entertainment venue recently held a grand opening for Fleetplay, a massive indoor space centred on a five-storey tall structure


Designed for kids 12 and under, Fleetplay is 929 square feet of climbing, sliding, hanging fun.


The design incorporates elements that support children’s physical and cognitive development .


Fleetplay has 50 metres of slides, including three that are more than four metres tall. There are 70 different fun play activities including a toddler area. The structure also has two transfer stations for people with wheelchairs.


The open layout allows parents to keep an eye on their kids from a number of angles with the help of cameras and viewing monitors.


The play structure is one of the tallest in Canada and broadens the appeal of Fleetway beyond bowling and other traditional attractions.


“Our goal has always been to provide recreation for the whole family in a single location — and now, that means including activities for those much younger family members too,” said Harvey Katz, one of Fleetway’s owners.


Admission to Fleetplay for children ages three and under is $5.95 and $9.95 for ages four to 12. Parents and caregivers are free.


Fleetway is a family-owned business that’s been serving London since 1959. The 60,000-square foot family recreation centre at 720 Proudfoot Lane features five and 10-pin bowling, indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf, billiards, Playdium Lite games room and two restaurants — Dairy Queen and the new Pizza Projekt.


Boochapalooza


The third annual Boochapalooza & Friends event will be held on Thursday this week.


Booch is an Ontario craft kombucha brewery making traditional healing kombucha with a new age twist.


The event is sponsored by Shannon and Shawn Slade, co-owners and co-founders of Booch Organic Kombucha (“Booch”), along with Rokhsana Purdy of Purdy Natural and Tony Saddy of Shangrila Yoga. The event takes place at Purdy Natural, 111 Mount Pleasant Ave. from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.


It’s billed as a celebration for all those who shop local in London and includes yoga, live music, vegan fare from Plant Matter Kitchen and Glassroots, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), activities, and shopping from Illbury + Goose and The New New Age.


Last year’s event drew more than 1,000 people.


“Boochapalooza & Friends is an opportunity to celebrate London’s vibrant community,” says Shannon Slade,


Proceeds from Boochapalooza & Friends 2017 will go to ReForest London and their Million Tree Challenge campaign.


Mobile-first strategy


The London location of Source For Sports is playing a key role as Canada’s largest sporting goods retail buying group launches a new e-Commerce platform www.sourceforsports.com and www.lasourcedusport.com.


Source For Sports is a national sporting goods retail brand with 149 locations across Canada, but the London location at 406 Wharnecliffe Road S. will be one of only five distribution centres.


The new website works on mobile, tablet and desktop.


Source For Sports has adopted a mobile-first strategy as online traffic is now dominated by mobile users.


The site is designed to replicate the in-store experience offering extensive tips, advice and “how to” information to elevate your game, along with the opportunity to purchase products online.


The London store has another claim to fame. Brad Hause, president of Sports Distributors of Canada, the parent company of Source of Sports, was a former manager in the London store from 1993-98.


Local designers


The Empower Your Curves Fall and Winter Fashion Show by local designers Rakhee Chopra and Nicole Snobelen will be held on Sept 21.


All proceeds from the Fashion Show will go to Power of Hope, which provides support to families in need throughout the local community. The fashion show will take place on at the German Canadian Club in London. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.


Wildfire relief


Libro Credit Union has made a $5,000 contribution to the Canadian Red Cross toward the British Columbia wildfire relief efforts.


More than 14,000 people have been forced from their homes by the fast-moving fires.


Donations will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing, and personal needs.


New digs for lawyers


After five years on Talbot Street, Elizabeth Goldenberg has moved her family law office and The New Family Law Centre to another downtown location.


Effective this week Goldenberg will be renting space at Innovation Works 201 King Street, which is just west of Clarence Street and only two blocks from the former location.


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This article was first published in London Free Press.