I’m Tami, and I’m the owner of Gymboree Play & Music of Lafayette. I took over my site in June 2018, and I’ve loved it ever since! My journey to ownership is very similar to many other Gymboree owners – I started out as a Gymboree mom! All 3 of my children did the Gymboree program and I just adored it.
So why did this work for me? Well, I loved getting to know families and chatting with new parents. This is an environment where we can really build community, and that’s an integral component of how I run my business. I really believe in what Gymboree does and I know that it has helped me in raising confident and curious children.
Hillary Flowers of Oakland, California is making a difference at Gymboree Play & Music of Oakland. She remains very excited since taking over ownership last summer,but she has known the benefits of playbased learning for many years. Ever since stepping into the Lakeshore Avenue site 9 years ago, the first-hand experience of infant and toddler exploration was experienced. She now finds herself the new owner of the Oakland location on Lakeshore Avenue, excited and honored to be delivering Play, Art, and Music classes to Gymboree families every day!
She and her family are thrilled about this new adventure and truly believe the changes will make Gymboree Play & Music of Oakland all the more special!
Gymboree Play & Music is not a business; it’s a lifestyle. As a Gymboree parent, some of our family’s most precious memories were at DC Gymboree. The opportunity to work for the Gymboree Play and Music came at a time in my life when I was traveling extensively for work and wanted to spend more time with family. My wife got an email from the current Gymboree owner and forwarded it to me. The owner informed us that they were selling the franchise and encouraged me to explore the opportunity.
Discovery Day in San Francisco was informative and fun. I was very impressed by the values of the organization and the dedication of its loyal team. I am thrilled with my decision to become a Franchisee. Gymboree has given me a fantastic challenge and rewarded me with personal flexibility and financial profitability. If you care about early childhood education and are willing to roll up your sleeves, then come join Team Gymbo!!
The first time I visited a Gymboree Franchise, I was in the military, and a first-time mom in a foreign country and desperate to meet other mothers and find a place that met my infant son’s abilities. That very first visit hooked me.
The following summer, my son and I visited TN and I lamented to my mother about how we missed Gymboree – the activities and the “mommy-comradery.” Jokingly she responded, “Well, you need to just open one, I guess!” And although it started as a joke, soon after her comment I began discussions with Gymboree HQ. I was already a believer in the company, I knew I couldn’t be the only one in town seeking a safe place in which to play with and educate their little one.
In 2018, my new adventure as a Franchisee began.While I had military experience and a business degree to fall back on,this was still new territory and I was grateful for the in-depth introduction and preparation I received from the Corporate Office.Meeting like-minded Franchisees and members of the company with years of institutional knowledge, furthered my commitment to see Gymboree succeed in Clarksville, TN.
As an active mother of two kids with an entrepreneurial spirit, I could not imagine a more perfect business than Gymboree Play & Music. Being a Gymboree Play & Music franchisee has given me the work-life balance that fits me and my family.
I’ve been a franchise holder for about 12 years, and I have had the privilege of being a part of thousands of families’ lives as they entrust our program to provide the best early childhood development, classes. When I first started, I was eager and I felt it would be fun to run a business that was beneficial for kids. Each day at Gymboree Play & Music brings a new and exciting adventure. Children are delighted to explore and engage with friends and instructors; parents are proud and excited to witness their little ones’ accomplishments. Lasting friendships and connections are formed within our community right here on our play floor. Being a part of these special moments has made “work” at Gymboree Play & Music never feel like work at all.