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While visiting their homes states in North and South Dakota, Lonnie Helgerson and his wife Linette helped their children make plaster stepping stones for Grandma's garden. From that, the concept of IslandTime Treasures was borne. Building upon that idea, Lonnie and Linette set out to create a home-based business that captured the lifestyle of the Gulf Coast islands where they live in Florida, and at the same time, have a business that they and their four kids could enjoy. In 2011, the family opened the first IslandTime Treasures location that services Manatee County and the surrounding area in Florida.
The response to their new business was overwhelming and in late 2012, the IslandTime Treasures franchise program started growing the brand nationally. Initially conceived as a home-based mobile operation for birthdays, fairs, festivals, school/daycare fundraising, and other public venues - IslandTime Treasures is now also expanding into amusement parks, family entertainment centers, resorts, malls, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, and many other public venues with carts and/or kiosk locations, or mobile location partnerships.
Our Business Model
Much like Build-a-Bear Workshop® - IslandTime Treasures provides a unique and entertaining build-your-own sand craft product experience for children and parents alike. IslandTime Treasures hits a sweet-spot for veterans and other potential business owners, as it provides an extremely unique patent-pending product experience that guests rave about, operates part-time and mostly on weekends, is home based, and is a relatively low initial investment.
10 Reasons to Own an IslandTime Treasures Business:
It is a hugely fulfilling lifestyle business.
It is an extraordinarily high-margin business.
It is easy to market because of our unique experience!
We have a proprietary and patent-pending process.
We have no national competition.
It can be operated either part-time or full-time.
It is a low investment, with little to no financing required.
You have a low operating overhead because it is home-based.
We are a green business.
Our management team has a track record of success!
Three Business Models to Suit Your Growth Goals
Mobile Unit Franchise
Enjoy the freedom of a part-time or full-time home based business to make money! IslandTime Treasures owners (aka Island Guides) provide our unique product experience in a mobile fashion for birthday parties, events, fairs, school and church fundraisers, plus many other venues. Mobile unit owners receive a minimum protected territory from 200,000 to 600,000 in population. Additionally, Mobile unit franchise owners can grow sales in their territory through the ownership of additional retail cart units. The Mobile Unit franchise investment includes everything you need to begin scheduling events and making money.
Fixed Retail Cart Franchise
For resorts, attractions, family entertainment centers, amusement parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, theme parks, malls, and other public venues, our retail fixed kiosks or mobile carts are "customer magnets" and provide excellent income. IslandTime Treasures carts and kiosks can be operated part-time or year-round, depending on your requirements. Cart and kiosk locations do not receive a protected territory and are restricted to doing retail business at a geographic location.
We are seeking qualified individuals that would like to help us grow - and financially share in that growth with us. As a Regional Developer you will be assigned a protected territory to recruit and support individual Mobile and Fixed Retail Cart owners. In return, you receive 50% of the initial franchise fees and operating royalty generated by the owners in your territory.
Our Model of Success:
Complete turn-key Startup Package is included with your franchise fee. Package includes equipment, inventory, supplies, marketing materials, and much more.
Territory partner analysis with attractions, theme parks, waterparks, resorts, entertainment facilities, zoos, aquariums, and other exciting locations.
Territory growth and business assessment with schools, daycares, and other opportunities.
Full marketing assistance.
For cart or kiosk, real estate selection assistance and lease review is provided.
New Business setup manual.
Training & Support
A seasoned management team with nearly 30 years of building national brands.
Distance learning on business setup prior to initial training.
2-days Initial Training for mobile or cart, or 3-days Initial Training for Regional Developer. Initial Training is held in beautiful Sarasota, Florida.
On-going training and support is provided by your Regional Developer, home office, webinars, and conferences.
Annual franchise owner conference.
Online Operations and Regional Development Manuals.
Online centralized purchasing system.
Back office “cloud based” system includes, email, support, manuals, calendaring, contacts, and document storage.
Our monthly newsletter - The Sand Paper.
A localized Facebook page for your business.
On-going operational best practices sharing.
Franchisee and Marketing Advisory Council.
We’re growing a franchise mega-brand and we’d like to have you on-board! Contact us today for territory availability.