Small Business Saturday, Featuring Springfree Trampoline
If you’re not new here, you probably know by now that we can’t shut up about products we love- products or companies that make an impact on us, make our live easier, make our kids happy, and give us the chance to support local. One of those companies is undoubtably Springfree Trampoline and its local branch right here in Katy in LaCenterra.
Springfree was invented by an Engineer who happened to also be a dad who wanted a SAFE trampoline for his kids. Dr. Keith Alexander needed something he felt safe letting his kids play on and his original prototype and invention is why Springfree is now the safest. most trusted trampoline in the world.
We chose Springfree for our family not only because of the design and safety features, but also the superb local customer service we got from the entire team here in Katy led by Chad Varndell, who we can now call a friend!
We wanted to sit down with Chad and ask him questions about Springfree and about being a business owner here in Katy, so you guys can see why we’re so passionate about working with this team and why we’d never choose another brand for our family!
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Katy?
I am originally from the Humble area in northeast Houston. I have been with Springfree in Katy for about 15 months.
You’re a dad yourself! Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to my wife Amanda and we have one beautiful daughter, Addison.
What was the inspiration behind Springfree Trampoline and its inventor?
The inspiration behind Dr. Keith Alexander’s original product was to produce a safe backyard product that lasted. He was a father himself, and he wanted to design something that he and his wife would be comfortable allowing their children to use. It took almost 15 years of development to deliver the current Springfree Trampoline. It is engineered for safety and built to last.
Why did the company decide to bring the concept to Katy?
For the past 5-10 years, Katy has been one of the fastest growing areas around Houston. The area is filled with both new families and established families that can benefit from having our unique backyard product.
What did you do before opening the Katy store and what year did you open in LaCenterra?
Before working with Springfree, I worked with Academy Sports and Outdoors at their corporate office in Katy doing marketing. We opened our Springfree Trampoline store in LaCenterra in October of 2016.
Tell us about the services you provide and what makes your trampolines unique?
We provide many services in addition to just a great product. We can come out and put the trampoline up in your yard, we can measure your yard to make sure you get the perfect size, and we can even take down and re-assemble your trampoline if you decide to move to another home in the Houston area. Our trampolines are unique because we do not use any metal springs. We use a fiber-glass composite rod to support the jumping surface and provide the bounce. This unique design eliminates hard edges around the jumping surface as well as prevents rusting and injuries.
If someone walks in to the Katy store, what can they expect?
You can always expect to be met with a smiling face as soon as you enter. Our staff loves to educate people that may have never seen or heard of our company before and will be able to answer any question you may have. We are a retail company, but offer a unique free jumping experience to all that want try our trampolines before you buy.
Springfree focuses on safety- why are these the safest in the world?
The first thing that makes our trampolines the safest in the world is no metal springs. Kids can get their hands/fingers/ankles caught in between the metal springs. The second way our trampolines are safe is our vertical fiberglass rod design. This design eliminates the need to have a hard metal frame directly support the jumping surface, allowing jumpers to use our trampoline without fear of falling onto a hard edge. Finally, our net rods are flexible which prevents injuries both inside and outside the trampoline as it is nearly impossible to make contact with one of those rods while you are jumping.
Can you tell us about the Springfree mission to get families outside and moving together?
At Springfree Trampoline, we want the backyard to be a fun and safe place for the family to play. I have mentioned safety multiple times as it is very important to our brand, but fun and exercise are also vital to our mission. Our innovative tgoma game system incorporates the visual aspects of a video game and combines it with the active elements of jumping on a trampoline. The result is an experience that pulls kids away from their couch and outside enjoying fun exercise in their backyard. Also, trampolines should not just be for kids. Studies have shown that jumping for 10 minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to taking a 30-minute run.
If a mama is having reservations about the price of these trampolines, what would you tell her?
We understand that our product is more expensive than a typical traditional trampoline. However, this is mainly due to the quality of the individual parts. Our trampolines use stainless steel frame that is stronger and more durable than aluminum frames. Our fiberglass composite rods will not rust and should last 7-10 years in any weather. You are investing in a product that gives you peace of mind, knowing your children are safe and can use it for many years to come.
How many Springfree stores are there across the country?
Currently, we have 12 stores within the United States.
What’s your favorite thing about being a business owner in Katy?
We have built a great relationship with other businesses around Katy, especially around our location in the LaCenterra shopping center. Also, it is great to support many local events around Katy through bringing our trampolines out for kids to jump on.
How has the Katy community impacted your business?
One of the best sales generators for us has been word of mouth. In the Katy area, we have received numerous sales opportunities based on people telling their friends about us and our product.
Greatest joy about getting people set up with their Springfree trampoline?
It never gets old when you get to see a child come outside and see a Springfree Trampoline for the first time. This is especially amazing around Christmas time. We get so much great feedback around this time each year from families that are so excited they decided to finally purchase a trampoline from us.
Future plans for your business?
In the future we hope to slowly expand into even more areas of Houston. Of course, Katy will continue to be our cornerstone location for Houston.
Any current discounts our Katy Moms can look out for?
Our current promotion gives every customer a free Flexrstep and $99 delivery and installation with any trampoline purchase. However, we are also in the middle of our demo sale blowout and have many demo trampolines up for sell. These trampolines are sold at a discount of between 10-20% off and include free accessories. Both of these promotions are valid through January 31,2019.
For more information on Springfree Trampoline, please visit their Website: https://www.springfreetrampoline.com/