ATASCADERO — In order to provide a safe and carefree environment for children of all ages, David and Laurel Shepherd of Paso Robles will be jumping from bouncy house rentals to an entire building of bouncy houses. The new destination and party place for children, which will be the same as the rental business, “Hop’s Bounce House,” will open next spring. The bounce center will be located in the old Mattress Outlet building on El Camino Real in Atascadero.
“We’re planning at least seven different types of inflatables. From slide bounce houses to obstacle courses,” said Hop’s owner David Shepherd. He said the new center will have arcade games, a sports room with TVs and couches to watch games, vending machines, a private birthday area and a private nursing room for babies and their mothers.
“We hope, during the week, to have story times,” Shepherd said. “It’s still in development, but there will be something for everybody and inexpensive enough to where we’re not catering to one type of person. We want to have access for every single child in this county for sure.”
The nearest bounce center to Atascadero is located in Lompoc.
David and Laurel Shepherd both come from customer service background. For ten years David Shepherd was in upper level management in corporate healthcare before starting the Hop’s Bounce House rental business last summer. Laurel Shepherd works in event planning and will keep her job part-time when the new business opens. Hop’s rentals has gotten excellent reviews online, and David Shepherd said he believes the community appreciates the great customer service he and his wife provide. They plan to continue catering to both children and their parents.
The couple has two daughters, ages three and seven. “Trying to find things that are accessible to them during all the seasons has been difficult,” Shepherd said. After visiting a bouncy house center in Long Beach, the Shepherds were amazed and inspired. “We figured there’s nothing like this over here so we decided maybe we could get this thing going over here.”
The Shepherds chose Atascadero as a location after a tough time looking for a building that could accommodate their business. They needed very high ceilings that could hold 15-foot bounce houses and were hoping to have a location that would be easy to get to. It was not an easy feat.
“Atascadero has welcomed us with open arms,” Shepherd said, mentioning the wonderful support they were given by Atascadero Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish and the Atascadero Planning Division through the development process. “We’re very proud and happy to be coming to Atascadero to a place that really wants us to be there and be part of the family.”
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