This week, Dana Highfill joins the crew to give an update on Float North, the latest center preparing to open in the Portland area. Dana recently hosted an Open House to invite the public out to see her space and learn about floating. She shares how she handled the event itself, and the highs and lows that came immediately after. Her grand opening is just a few days away, and she’s mostly ready. [Read more…] about 143: Float North is Opening! Guest Dana Highfill
She’s back! Amy Grimes, our beloved co-host is back from a little leave spent opening her second location in Tennessee. She recaps the challenges of her opening, including going several months past their target date, being over budget, getting through challenging inspections, strained relationships, an unreliable and unethical contractor, and learning and taking over new modalities. Easy peasy stuff, yes? She shares the lessons they learned and how they survived all of the stress of nearly hitting financial rock bottom, and she talks about the reality of all that comes with this process when things go off track, including the tough emotions and the need for support. [Read more…] about 142: Amy Grimes is Back!
It’s a float podcaster party! Graham and Ashkahn from Float Tank Solutions/Float On/The Float Conference join us this week. With Dylan, they discuss the current hot topic of the Float Tank Association (FTA) and the need for the organization. They’ve been on the road, attending different health department events to discuss float tank water sanitation with the health inspectors and experts across several states.
They hold nothing back as they hit another favorite topic: Groupon. They talk about when they think it’s a good idea to run a campaign, and how we should be cautious about coordinating efforts with other centers. The conversation evolves to exploring the growth in the industry and how centers differentiate themselves when multiple businesses are in the same city. [Read more…] about The Graham & Ashkahn Episode!
Bek Houghton of the Weeded Warrior project joins the crew again to provide updates on the project and how her life has evolved. The Weeded Warrior helps veterans and their families who’ve experienced service-related trauma to overcome PTSD through holistic modalities.
Since she was last on the show, Bek has moved to Portland and now works at The Float Shoppe with Dylan. In addition to some personal decisions, she wanted to continue to grow the project, and some of the culture in Australia doesn’t support their vision for incorporating cannabis as a treatment method. She shares how floating has helped her, and how she struggled at times to get in the tank. [Read more…] about 127: Bek of Weeded Warrior joins the Float Shoppe
Kevin McColloch, one of the organizers of the upcoming Rise Float Gathering joins us this week to talk about the second annual event scheduled for April 21-22. He was a guest on the show about a year ago, just before the first event, and he’s back again to reflect on that experience and set the stage for the next Gathering, scheduled to take place in just over three weeks from the recording date of this episode.
Kevin talks about the difference between The Float Conference and the Rise Float Gathering, with the key differentiating factor being a focus on stories. It’s a blend between conference interaction and community-building, even a bit of a retreat feeling. Kevin shares details about some of the experiences attendees should expect – not just focusing on the business and operations of running a float center, but also the personal development and enriching opportunities for owners who often focus so much on creating healing for others, that they rarely find time to create that same space for themselves. Dylan reflects on his experience from last year, affirming that his experience of connecting with others was a highlight.
The team behind the Rise Gathering hopes to bring a wide variety of opportunities to learn from and hear different perspectives on topics and from some well-known leaders in the industry, and they’re offering a unique workshop centered around heart-centered leadership. Given that we all tend to get inspired at an event, but then fall back into the routine of things, Kevin and his team will be creating follow-up touchpoints to ensure participants are able to take away AND implement what they learn at the workshop (scheduled one day before the Gathering begins).
This week, Amy is out because she’s working hard to get Float Alchemy’s doors open… at least partially! She’ll be back next week to give an update on the latest progress, and it definitely holds some positive news. Since all float center construction seems to involve delays of some sort, Brian shares about some challenges he’s been facing on some personal projects.
Dylan and Brian discuss the recent happenings of security and data issues on Facebook and how that may impact float center owners and their marketing efforts, as well as what individuals should check to ensure their information is kept as private as possible.