Mack’s Family Entertainment & Sports Center
By Caitlin Switzer
MONTROSE—(February 19) Growing up in Montrose, Amanda Nokes loved the family-centered community and small town lifestyle. As a parent herself, Nokes and her husband Chris have chosen to raise their own two children right here. However, they have hopes of making Montrose even more friendly for families with young children.
“We have a nine-year-old and a three-year-old,” Amanda Nokes said. “We found there is hardly anything to do here! My husband and I both grew up here and we love it, but wouldn’t it be great to have a place for families and people of all ages to come and play?”
An RN by profession, Nokes enlisted the help of her general contractor husband and the Region 10 Business Loan Fund.“Region 10 made it all possible!” she said. “It can be so hard to get the funding for a startup business; (Region 10 Loan Fund Director) Vince Fandel was amazing. He made me re-write my business plan five times! Now, we are very confident about moving forward.”
Business Consultant and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor Lori Sharp, who has assisted the Nokes family with the startup, said that the Region 10 Business Loan Fund has definitely played a key role.
“Region 10 felt like a good partner for this project given the amount needed, the interest rate available, the turnaround time and the desire from the business owner to be able to pay down the loan as soon as they are able,” Sharp said. “Mr. Fandel’s experience was helpful in finalizing the business plan to ensure the greatest chance for success.”
The business, Mack’s Family Entertainment and Sports Center, will be located at 1865 East Main St., right next to the San Juan Cinema. The 9,000 square-foot space formerly housed an electrical business, and is currently in the demolition stages. Once complete, Mack’s will feature a 102-foot inflatable obstacle course, soft play equipment for toddlers, and a kid-powered scooter track. “We are also designing an Exploratorium, a small planetarium and virtual aquarium,” Nokes said. “We want to mix education in with the fun, to keep kids intrigued at all levels.”
Parents can take advantage of pool tables and WIFI, and will be encouraged to stay and play with the kids—although Nokes does hope to partner with the San Juan Cinema in offering special Parent Movie Date Nights. She also has a number of other package deals planned to make Mack’s an appealing option for busy, budget-conscious moms and dads. “We really want this to be a place for all ages,” Nokes said. “We will have an open kitchen, with a limited menu of things like pizza, sandwiches, and salads—we are still looking for the right person to run the kitchen, somebody who loves kids. The goal is to offer HEALTHY food that kids like, instead of junk and fast food—nothing fried. We will even have a smoothie bar, so your kids can get two helpings of vegetables in, and they won’t even know it.”
Mack’s Family Entertainment and Sports Center plans a soft opening March 1, with a Grand Opening on the following Friday. “We have been working on this for a year and a half,” Nokes said. “We hope that Montrose will support an all-inclusive place for families, at just one low price. We won’t have anything coin operated, and no additional fees—just a place to play, with our Exploratorium and food as the only extras.”
To learn more, contact Amanda Nokes at firstname.lastname@example.org.