Summit County duo celebrate anniversary of bubbly business
August 19, 2013
This weekend a Summit County business celebrated its one-year anniversary.
But Tim Drager, owner of Tumble Bubbles, was motivated by a different set of circumstances when he originally set out to launch a business geared toward amusing children.
A former environmental cleanup consultant, Drager spent the majority of the last 11 years traveling the country and living hotel room to hotel room. Although it wasn't a bad job, Drager said he struggled to balance his professional life with the responsibilities of raising four daughters.
"Then everything changed," Drager said. "I sent two of my four daughters to Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. Only one of them came back. That's why I do this."
“Then everything changed. I sent two of my four daughters to Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. Only one of them came back. That’s why I do this.”
Owner of Tumble Bubbles
Losing a daughter has a way of altering a man's priorities, Drager said. Rather than continue a life on the road and away from home, Drager sought to start a business his whole family could participate in, including his brother, Bruce.
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A veteran schoolteacher for close to 30 years in Seattle, Bruce now spends his summers in Summit County helping Drager with Tumble Bubbles, a concept brilliant in its simplicity, Bruce said.
Essentially, Drager and Bruce travel around the county with inflatable orbs. Kids climb in the middle and can walk around on the surface of a pool or a lake.
"This is the most innovative attraction I've ever seen," Bruce said. "Kids have enjoyed the bubbles in pools, but this is the first time anyone has done something like this on a natural body of water."
And it's a pleasant departure from his day job, Bruce jokes, where he is more accustomed to tormenting children.
"Tim's motivation, and my motivation as a teacher, is to do something kids love," Bruce said. "We're committed to the community and we enjoy providing a source of entertainment to the kids."
Tumble Bubbles operates Saturdays out of Maggie Pond in Breckenridge, during Breckenridge rodeos and at the Dillon Farmers Market. On Tuesday the brothers will be at the finish line of the USA Pro Challenge.
People weighing 180 pounds or less can take the Tumble Bubbles experience for $8. During the winter the Drager's offer a similar indoor experience for $7.
For more information, visit http://www.tumblebubbles.com.
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