Posted Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
By Robert Cadwallader

Mansfield residents on the lookout for the next big thing may soon be jumping for joy.

Among the latest retail businesses to make Mansfield their home is Urban Air Trampoline Park, currently remodeling a 32,000-square-foot building next to Big Lots on Walnut Creek Drive.

It will be the largest of Urban Air’s three locations, the others being in Southlake and Frisco.

“Mansfield has been on our radar for a long time,” said Michael Browning Jr., who co-owns the business with his dad. “We feel that – I think everyone would agree – that Mansfield is exploding, growing like crazy, and it has a great school district.”

Urban Air will be putting in nearly twice as many trampolines as its other stores – more than 200, plus two dodge ball courts and enough party and/or corporate accommodations for about 600 guests.

The trampolines, including the largest – 7,000 square feet — are set within the floor at walk-on level, so no climbing aboard, Browning said.

He projected the store will open in early November.

Urban Air charges $12 for the first hour, then $8 per hour after. But there are regular specials, including Thursday Family Night, when a family of five can pay $35, which includes jump passes, bottled water and a pizza.

“What I’ve been amazed by is how many people in Mansfield say they go to play on that thing every week up in Southlake,” said Scott Welmaker, the city of Mansfield’s economic development director.

Browning said the business, not quite two years old, has brought a joyful change of pace for both owners. Junior was head of global marketing for a healthcare company, and senior was a home builder for 25 years.

“I just kind of got burned out on the corporate world, and the housing market took a turn,” said Browning, who called those bad tidings “a blessing, timing-wise. It’s awesome to wake up every day and bring joy to everyone and see their smiling faces. We love it.”

Here is the latest on other new businesses:

Einstein Bros. Bagels, a sandwich and treats shop, is remodeling and moving into the former Wienerschnitzel on U.S. 287 just north of FM 157, next to Starbucks. “They’re going to town on it,” Welmaker said. “So they’ll probably open in a couple of months.”

Rosa’s Café and Tortilla Factory has purchased a site in the northeast corner of Matlock Road and East Broad Street. Construction is planned to begin in September or October.

BFF Bakery and Bistro, which features French Vietnamese fare, is now under construction at Villas & Shoppes di Lucca, 1601 E. Debbie Lane, and is expected to open in November, Welmaker said.

Poured, a wine bar, will start its finish-out at di Lucca in two to three weeks, said Kim McCaslin-Schlieker the developer of the mixed-used retail/residential complex.

Welmaker added that three other restaurants “are in the process of finalizing” deals to open in Mansfield. He said details likely would be announced before year’s end.

Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641 Twitter: @Kaddmann

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