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JACKSONVILLE, FL—April 26, 2016—Local resident, Amy Green, is excited to announce the grand opening of her new Kid to Kid store on Thursday, April 28 at 4 p.m. The grand opening will begin with a $50 giveaway right before the doors open—anyone who RSVP’s and is present at 4 pm is eligible to win, and giveaways will continue all through the evening. Some of the giveaways include tickets to Marvel Universe Live, a Pampered Chef gift card, and a Mumda gift box, just to name a few. There will be a balloon artist and magician at the event until 5:30 pm, as well as appearances from costume characters Cinderella and Spider Man after 5 pm.

All of these prizes and activities will be fun for guests at the event, but even more exciting will be the unveiling of high-quality, new and used items for sale at very appealing discount prices.

For several months, the store at 10601 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville has been open to the public to for buying gently used items. Once the doors open this Thursday, customers will be able to shop for new and like-new children’s items for up to 70 percent less than retail prices. The Kid to Kid store will continue to pay for second hand items after the day of the grand opening by offering customers cash or, even better, 20 percent more when they opt for in-store credit.

“I love that my store makes it easy for families to bring their items to sell to us. No appointment is necessary and we welcome anyone to sell anytime our store is open up to an hour before close,” says Green.

In addition to carrying hundreds of recycled items, the Kid to Kid Jacksonville store will also offer many new products including toys, shoes, hair bows and apparel.

Green always knew she wanted to open her own business, and is thrilled to own a store that is truly a part of the community.

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid (Jacksonville) on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

About Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With more than 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

Keller Texas Kid to Kid KELLER, TX—April 8, 2016—Kid to Kid Franchise System has awarded Store of the Month honors to Kid to Kid in Keller, TX. This store was selected from over 100 Kid to Kid franchise units in the US, Portugal, and Canada, and recognized for significant growth in both sales and the amount of product purchased from parents in the Keller community.

Kid to Kid pays families cash for the nice things their kids have outgrown. According to Franchise Support Director Joslin Wright, the Keller store increased buying from the public by over 60% in March. This has a significant impact on families in Keller and surrounding areas, as they recognize the benefits of recycling – both in terms of what they earn when they sell their children’s clothes, toys, and baby gear, and in the savings they experience when buying the things their kids need today.

The Keller store expanded last June and has more than doubled the space and product available for parents. Each size (infants to kid size 14) has nearly 1,000 unique items for parents to choose from as they create fashionable outfits for their kids. Most shoppers also come away with a toy or two, shoes to match their outfits, and a couple of bows for their girls. Store manager Laura Weaver explains, “Our customers are always telling us how amazed they are at the quality, the selection, and the unbelievably low prices in our store. Many of them shop multiple times a week just to see what we’ve put out new.”

In order to accommodate more parents selling their kids’ stuff, the store has put an increased emphasis on making it convenient to sell. Most sellers are in and out in about 30 minutes – with cash in hand. A large percentage choose to take payment in store credit because they earn 20% more, and they can use that money to shop for clothes and toys for their kids. Franchise vendor survey results show a 94% satisfaction rate with the selling experience. One happy customer reported, “The buying process is getting quicker”, while others reported that the girls taking in items were “friendly, helpful, and kind.” As Franchise Founder Shauna Sloan explains, “Our goal at Kid to Kid is to reward families emotionally and financially for recycling their kids’ stuff. The Keller store is doing a stellar job of providing that service to the lucky families who shop and sell at this great store.”

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid Keller on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

 

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April Fools’ Day is upon us! Feared by many and loved by some, make this your year to be on the giving end of the pranks. Just because you’re the parent, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. Here are a few fun and silly April Fools’ Day pranks to play on your kids that won’t result in tears.

Upside down house:
After the kids go to bed, turn as many things in the house as you can upside down, and watch the confusion across your kids faces as they come out in the morning. You can do everything from picture frames and kitchen utensils to coffee tables and ottomans.

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Stick googly eyes on everything in the refrigerator:
When the kids go to open the fridge for breakfast or their after school snack. they’ll be greeted with quite a surprise that is sure to make them giggle.

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Juice with a twist!
Instead of serving juice for dinner, put Jell-O in a drinking glass with a straw and watch them struggle to slurp up their sweet surprise!

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Plant doughnut seeds
Before the kids go to school, tell them you found these new types of seeds that grow into doughnuts! Plant them together, water them, and put them in the window for sunlight. This one only works with a little follow-through. When they get home, surprise them with different varieties of doughnuts from their trees!
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Tiny gift, big expectations
Give your kids a tiny gift like a piece of candy, a sticker, or a new box of crayons, but present it in a BIG way! Wrap it in a box, and then wrap that box in another box, and repeat one or two more times until the gift is very large. Watch them have fun searching deeper and deeper for their little prize.

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Is the fridge running?
Ask your kid if they will do you a favor and go check to see if the fridge is running–it sounded kind of quiet. Here them giggle when they see that yes, in fact, it is!

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See, April Fools’ Day doesn’t have to be mean. We hope you have fun playing these crafty pranks on your kids! Do you have any other prank ideas for kids? Share them in the comments below!

 

 

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ARLINGTON, TX—March 8, 2016— Kid to Kid in Arlington, owned by local entrepreneur Debbie Farrar, was awarded Store of the Month for February, just weeks before celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes outstanding achievement exhibited by one of its more than 100 children’s resale locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal. One major factor that contributed to the Arlington store’s success was its consistent growth, despite being in the same market under the same management for 13 years.

“The Arlington store is a shining model of what a Kid to Kid store should be like – just on a super grand scale!” commented Kid to Kid founder, Shauna Sloan. “The organization, merchandising and product selection (both new and used) are superior – which is clearly the driving factor behind a sales increase of 29%,” she said.

At 15,000 square feet, the Arlington location is the largest in the system and has consistently ranked #1 in sales every year since Farrar purchased the store in 2003. Farrar and her team constantly push the limits of what is possible for the franchise, and with their strict focus on organization, efficiency, and innovation, they continuously reach new milestones unprecedented by any other store in the system.

Farrar says when she purchased the 7 year-old store in 2003, she “never looked back.” Having worked in the children’s resale industry for a number of years, Farrar knew she loved the business and jumped at the opportunity to work for herself. “I love being able to help families and kids have nice things,” she said. “I was a substitute teacher for years and with four children of my own, I couldn’t stand for kids to get made fun of at school when they didn’t have name brand clothing.” She saw the importance the resale clothing business was to her community in allowing families to find good quality clothing, toys and baby equipment at an affordable price.

Not long after purchasing the store, the local school district approached Farrar and asked her to carry school uniforms when a major retailer in town went out of businesses. Feeling this would be a good way to serve the community, Farrar added 1,000 square feet to the business to carry uniforms, and the sales followed. Farrar enlarged the store three times before finally moving to a larger location in January of this year, becoming the world’s largest Kid to Kid.

In addition to the growing store, Farrar expanded into other areas of the Dallas/Fort Worth market. In 2005, she opened another Kid to Kid location in Burleson, and then in 2013, she purchased the failing Weatherford location and completely turned it around. Farrar expanded even further that same year by opening the sister store, Uptown Cheapskate, a fashion resale store for teens and young adults.

When asked what Farrar loves most about owning a Kid to Kid store, she didn’t hesitate, “I love the employees, customers and other Kid to Kid owners,” she said. “I employ more than 70 employees between the four stores, and I feel I have a lot to teach them as they journey through their lives with our company or other businesses.” Farrar also loves that by owning her own stores, she is able to keep it a family business and work with her husband and children each day.

For more information about Kid to Kid Arlington, visit their website at kidtokid.com/Arlington, or find them on Facebook. For franchising information, visit kidtokid.com/franchising.

 

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AUSTIN, TX—March 9, 2016—Local resident, Michele Bass, is excited to announce the grand opening of her first Kid to Kid store on Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. The grand opening will feature drawings and giveaways, and the opportunity for the public to have first access to thousands of hand-selected children’s items at huge discounts. Customers that RSVP to the store’s Facebook event will be entered to win a $50 shopping spree. Located at 5300 #102B (MoPac at 290) in Austin, the Kid to Kid franchise buys and sells new and gently used children’s apparel, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing.

For several weeks, the store has been open to purchase customers’ gently used items. After the grand opening, customers will be able to shop for new and like-new children’s items for up to 70 percent less than retail prices. The Kid to Kid store will continue to pay for second hand items by offering customers cash or 20 percent more in store credit.

“Our hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday,” Bass explained. “We pride ourselves in knowing that we make it easy for families to bring their items to sell to us. No appointment is necessary and we welcome anyone to sell anytime our store is open up to an hour before close.”

In addition to carrying hundreds of recycled items, the Kid to Kid store will also offer many new products including toys, shoes, hair bows and apparel.

Bass has always been interested in the idea of owning her own business. With a background in education and as a mother of a 3 year-old son, “Kid to Kid was an easy choice for me,” she said. Bass is excited to be a valuable resource to the south Austin community where families can repurpose and recycle their gently used clothes, toys, baby equipment and accessories. Bass said that with the help of the established franchise model, “Kid to Kid is able to take children’s resale stores to another level that I have not seen before in other similar resale stores.”

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid South Austin on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

 

About Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With more than 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

Winner of Store of the Month: Kid to Kid Arlington

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ARLINGTON, TX—March 8, 2016— Kid to Kid in Arlington, owned by local entrepreneur Debbie Farrar, was awarded Store of the Month for March, just weeks before celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes outstanding achievement exhibited by one of its more than 100 children’s resale locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal. One major factor that contributed to the Arlington store’s success was its consistent growth, despite being in the same market under the same management for 13 years.

“The Arlington store is a shining model of what a Kid to Kid store should be like – just on a super grand scale!” commented Kid to Kid founder, Shauna Sloan. “The organization, merchandising and product selection (both new and used) are superior – which is clearly the driving factor behind a sales increase of 29%,” she said.

At 15,000 square feet, the Arlington location is the largest in the system and has consistently ranked #1 in sales every year since Farrar purchased the store in 2003. Farrar and her team constantly push the limits of what is possible for the franchise, and with their strict focus on organization, efficiency, and innovation, they continuously reach new milestones unprecedented by any other store in the system.

Farrar says when she purchased the 7 year-old store in 2003, she “never looked back.” Having worked in the children’s resale industry for a number of years, Farrar knew she loved the business and jumped at the opportunity to work for herself. “I love being able to help families and kids have nice things,” she said. “I was a substitute teacher for years and with four children of my own, I couldn’t stand for kids to get made fun of at school when they didn’t have name brand clothing.” She saw the importance the resale clothing business was to her community in allowing families to find good quality clothing, toys and baby equipment at an affordable price.

Not long after purchasing the store, the local school district approached Farrar and asked her to carry school uniforms when a major retailer in town went out of businesses. Feeling this would be a good way to serve the community, Farrar added 1,000 square feet to the business to carry uniforms, and the sales followed. Farrar enlarged the store three times before finally moving to a larger location in January of this year, becoming the world’s largest Kid to Kid.

In addition to the growing store, Farrar expanded into other areas of the Dallas/Fort Worth market. In 2005, she opened another Kid to Kid location in Burleson, and then in 2013, she purchased the failing Weatherford location and completely turned it around. Farrar expanded even further that same year by opening the sister store, Uptown Cheapskate, a fashion resale store for teens and young adults.

When asked what Farrar loves most about owning a Kid to Kid store, she didn’t hesitate, “I love the employees, customers and other Kid to Kid owners,” she said. “I employ more than 70 employees between the four stores, and I feel I have a lot to teach them as they journey through their lives with our company or other businesses.” Farrar also loves that by owning her own stores, she is able to keep it a family business and work with her husband and children each day.

For more information about Kid to Kid Arlington, visit their website at kidtokid.com/Arlington, or find them on Facebook. For franchising information, visit kidtokid.com/franchising.

About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate

For over 23 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising, buy and sell gently-used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. With 45 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 110 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S., Portugal, and Canada, Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

Feeling pent-up indoors and the kids need something (besides watching TV) to do?

Here are some simple indoor-games that can help fight your cabin fever.

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Plastic Cup Construction

Supplies: lots of plastic cups

Want to stretch their creativity? Lighter than blocks and easy to condense for storage, “plastic cup construction” is a ridiculously simple activity that will get their brains working as they try to build  structures out of cups. Whether you challenge them to build a tower, a fortress, or a mini-colosseum—this creative, low-mess activity will keep your kiddos occupied for hours. (link)

 

 Tape Maze

Supplies: painter’s tape, (straws and ping pong balls optional)

Another fun and low-maintenance in-door game is creating a tape maze. Using tape, (blue painter’s tape works great) create a large maze on the floor. Then have the little ones try to solve the maze with toy cars or ponies. If you really want to make it fun, give them some straws and ping pongs balls, and have them guide the balls with puffs of air. Let them change up the maze and add toy obstacles to keep the fun going. (link)

Check out this cool variation here: (link)

 

What’s in the Bag?

Supplies: a bag, objects found around the house

Caution: this game may not be for the faint of heart—depending on how “creative” your child can be. Give the child a bag and allow them to collect five things from around the house. Have them bring the bag back to you or another player. By feeling the objects inside the bag (no peeking!), try and guess what’s inside. (link)

 

Simon Says

Supplies: a large room, 3+ people

A grade school classic, Simon Says is a game that teaches the players to listen carefully before they act. One person who is in charge gives out any kind of command, such as, “pat your head,” “jump three times,” or [insert silly action]—except they should only do the action if the person in command (i.e. Simon) says “Simon says” before. This game can get a little competitive but it’s great to play if you need to kill some time with a group of little ones and you don’t have any props. (link)

 

 Balloon Paddle Ball

Supplies: paper or plastic plates, tape, Popsicle sticks, balloons

For reasons unknown, kicking a balloon in the air can entertain for hours—especially with a toy paddle. Create a paddle out of a plate and a popsicle stick, blow up a balloon, and tell them the balloon cannot touch the floor. (link)

 

Portraits made by Sara Caldwell for The Augusta Magazine on Friday, September 13, 2013.

Portraits made by Sara Caldwell for The Augusta Magazine on Friday, September 13, 2013.

EVANS, GA—January 21, 2016—BaseCamp Franchising is pleased to award the Kid to Kid Store of the Month award for December to Shannon Unger, owner of the Evans Kid to Kid location. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes outstanding achievement exhibited by one of its more than 100 children’s resale locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal. Unger’s store continually ranks among the top three Kid to Kid locations for sales every year due to her strong management skills, her love of the business, and her genuine compassion for the people she serves.

One of the most impressive successes of the Evans store is its continuous growth. Sales were up 21 percent in December, and it attracted more than 400 new customers despite the fact that the store has been open for 10 years. This is a testament to the impact Unger’s store makes in her community each day, allowing thousands of families to stretch their budgets without sacrificing style or quality. “Shannon is winning Store of the Month because she does amazing things with her management skills, and serves the community in a very significant way,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid.

Unger says the best part of being a Kid to Kid owner is she gets to do what she loves while being there for her family. “I love my life!” she said. “I get to work with great people and help out the community at the same time. It’s fun to provide a service for families and individuals who are looking for a great deal on fashionable clothes. And the items we don’t sell we donate to local charities. It just feels good.”

Unger first opened her store in Evans in 2006, and has become one of the top franchisees in the Kid to Kid system. “As a single mom of five kids, I understand how expensive it can be to raise a growing family,” Unger said. When her Evans location grew so busy that she worried about being able to properly serve the community, she opened another Kid to Kid store in Augusta. Between the two stores and her two Uptown Cheapskate stores (a buy and sell fashion exchange for teens and young adults), she benefits thousands of families each year.

“Shannon is really a leader in our franchise system,” said Sloan. “She not only ranks in the top spots for sales for both Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, but she continually imparts her knowledge and experience to other franchisees to improve the entire brand. She is an inspiring business owner, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to award her with the Store of the Month designation.”

To learn more about Kid to Kid of Evans, visit http://www.kidtokid.com/evans or find them on Facebook.

Why Less is More : How reducing your child’s toy collection is a positive thing

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Toys, toys, toys! Now more than ever kids have a plethora of toys to choose from. But “toys are not merely playthings.” They are tools for molding children in their development. Toys “form the building blocks for our child’s future, teach our children about the world and about themselves.” Beyond that, they are a means of sending messages and communicating values. Therefore, it is important that parents think about how effective their children’s toys are and what foundation their toys are laying.  (Why Fewer Toys will Benefit Your Kids)

Many child psychologists support the idea that ‘less is more.’ Studies show that fewer toys will benefit children in the following ways: kids learn to be more creative, develop longer attention spans, establish better social skills, learn to take greater care of things, develop a greater love for reading, writing, and art, become more resourceful, argue less with each other, learn perseverance, become less selfish, experience more of nature, learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store, and live in a cleaner, tidier home.

Objects of play must be simple and safe and allow a child’s’ imagination to flourish. The best toys to assist in healthy development are the ones that allow kids to “fill in the blanks.” Blocks, plain dolls, art sets, musical instruments, balls, household objects, things from nature, etc., allow the child to determine what that object is and how they want to interact with it. The child is empowered to define what the ‘toy’ is and how to play with it.
One main consideration to contemplate when bringing toys home is a toy’s “play value”. Liat James, author of ‘Raising Children’ states that play value is the most important aspect when it comes to toys. In an article from bbc.com, James breaks down the three factors that make a brilliant toy and how to decide what to keep, what to buy, and what to pass on:

  1. Social Value: play that teaches sharing, patience, and healthy social skills
  2. Versatility: toys that can “be” anything
  3. Durability: Long-lasting and safe

To help other parents in their journey of cutting back, share your experiences and ideas by commenting, liking, and sharing!

Topics to get you started:

What’s the most imaginative toy your child has made out of an everyday object? 

What toys do your children love and play with over and over again? 

What art supplies or musical instruments are the best to have in the home?

 

LOCAL FAMILY-OWNED STORE WINS STORE OF THE MONTH

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SANDY, UT—January 8, 2016—Kid to Kid in Sandy, Utah, owned by Holly and Rob Aguero, a local family-owned franchise was selected from over 100 Kid to Kid stores across the United States, Portugal, and Canada to receive the Kid to Kid Store of the Month award for November 2015. Although the Agueros have only owned the Sandy Kid to Kid for less than a year, they have already made notable changes in the store and management of the staff that are resulting in significantly improved customer experiences.

One of the reasons the Sandy location was chosen for the award was its impressive growth. Sales for November were up 28 percent.  Over the past year they have been working on a complete remodel of the store which has included new flooring, slat wall and floor resets, and new fixtures. These additions have allowed for a dramatic  increase in the selection of gently used children’s clothes,  maternity wear, toys and baby gear.

The Agueros attribute much of their early successes to experience and management style. Unlike many new franchises, the Agueros have experience in the children’s industry and children’s retail. Rob held the role of National Sales Manager for Boon Inc/Keen Distribution and Holly worked in management for national retailers “Giggle” and “Right Start” before moving to Utah to manage the Kid to Kid store in Salt Lake. Holly loved the feel of the Kid to Kid franchise so much that when the opportunity arose, she and her husband Rob (who actively manages marketing and social media for the store) purchased the Sandy location – which was the original Kid to Kid store in the whole franchise.

Franchise founder Shauna Sloan comments, “Holly is one of the best managers I’ve ever seen.  She understands what’s important and conveys that to her team.”  Aguero credits her employees for her success. “I’ve managed employees for 13 years, and I’ve never before had a team so motivated, dependable, hardworking, and great with customers.” Though she feels lucky to have found such wonderful employees (several of whom are still teenagers), Aguero’s strategy in managing her employees really stood out among Kid to Kid franchises. She sets clear expectations each day and holds the team accountable. Each employee knows their task and doesn’t deviate, resulting in increased efficiencies and streamlined processes. Aguero said she focuses on treating the employees well, recognizing and utilizing their personal strengths and reinforces a sense of team daily.  This attitude quickly translated to the customers, and more and more customers are noticing how friendly and helpful the staff has become.

The Agueros purchased the Sandy location in April of 2015. In Holly’s eyes, running the children’s resale store has been the most rewarding businesses decision they could have made. “I love it,” she said. “It’s been the best thing for our family. I work fewer hours each week than when I worked for other companies. I get to spend so much more time with my husband and 2 year-old daughter.” On top of the extra time free time, Aguero said one of the best parts of owning a Kid to Kid franchise is how fulfilling it is to work for herself, “I love seeing the results of my own work. Before, I’ve always worked for someone else, but now I get to really see my full potential as a business owner. It’s a very satisfying feeling.”

To learn more about Kid to Kid of Sandy, visit http://www.kidtokid.com/sandy or find them on Facebook.

About Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With more than 100 locations throughout the U.S., Portugal and Canada, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid and BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

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