Luke Krueger, owner of Mandala Float Systems joined us this week to talk about his experiences in the industry. Luke started with a tank in his home before opening his own center (Deep, located in South Dakota), where he built his own tanks. He lives by the notion of “you either do it or you don’t”, so he went all in and started manufacturing open float tanks for others, as well as creating Ninja fans for tanks and cabins, and later Spout fans for pods – and these fans seem to have a cult following in the industry! [Read more…] about 153: Float Marketplace – Mandala Float
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