I have been absent the last few months, first I was organizing a surprise fundraiser for a dear friend. We held it the Sunday before Thanksgiving, a little pop-up boutique where we helped people start their Christmas shopping. It was an incredible event and I have never felt so much love in one room as I did on that day. My thanks and love to those of you who were able to make it and share the joy!
Secondly, Mike has been busy building his dream. While our flight simulation business, ACES, has been around for 18 years (?!?) the simulator Mike had always dreamed of creating was not yet in our store. He has been working on developing the idea for the past three years. We had to make a decision on whether to be done in the business, or take a huge giant leap of faith (both mentally and financially) and just go for it.
So that is what we did.
And over the weekend, we unveiled two of our brand new Surround View Simulators to the public.
This type of simulation is unavailable for public use, anywhere else in the WORLD. Kind of makes my head spin just to think of that. Mike has literally been working day and night the last few months to get these ready, and I couldn't be more proud of him. The Pioneer Press (one of two major newspapers in the Twin Cities) did a story on us this past weekend, you can read the on-line version here:
The reporter also has a blog, and wrote a more detailed version of Mike's story here: http://blogs.twincities.com/yourtechweblog/2012/12/01/new-mall-of-america-jet-simulators-are-strikingly-realistic/
We have had articles written on the store through the years, and I always find it so interesting that no matter how much time a reporter spends with you, or the amount of information that you give them, that they always have a couple of errors in the story. (We did not have a Grand Reopening at ACES over the weekend, if we had been planning one I surely would have had treats, and balloons!) But we are always so GRATEFUL when someone talks about us, and helps spread the word about our business, no matter the errors.
And if you have a minute to really see what it is all about, Mike produced this short video here:
So once again our lives have been a bit upside down, and will remain so until mid-January, but that's okay. It takes a lot of time and effort to make a dream come true.
(We are doing everything we can to spread the word about ACES this holiday season, what a fun gift to open! Please share our news with anyone who you think may find this exciting, thank you so much!)