While the café is busiest on rainy days, its offerings are attracting a strong following rain or shine.
Three rooms, one of which doubles as a dance studio, are available for birthday parties and other private celebrations.
A cheery classroom is used for morning preschool and afternoon enrichment classes in art and science.
The café at the figurative heart of the facility is busy serving up healthy kids and adult meals, salads, snacks, sandwiches and, of course, steaming lattes.
Next up on her “to do” list is an outdoor play area.
“I’m trying to be the one-stop shop where children can play, learn, eat and celebrate,” said Quain, the mother of 5-year-old twin girls.The two reviewed the various sales categories and service offerings, determined the costs associated with each, estimated revenues by category and created a timeline for launching the various revenue streams.They defined the equipment needs for the café, reviewed the layout and design, reviewed the lease, estimated building-out costs and discussed loan packaging and pro-forma financial documents. Building a business focused on play is a lot of hard work, but Quain said it has been satisfying as well.Before Playdate Café opened, she said, she estimates she spent more than 10,000 hours over three years on researching the industry, working in similar businesses to gain hands-on experience, writing a business plan, getting a loan, finding a location, executing the build-out and hiring staff.Her Excel spreadsheet records more than 1,000 separate tasks completed en route to opening the doors.“I’m overwhelmed by the positive response” to the business, Quain said.She’s also near-to-overwhelmed by the amount of work involved in launching a small business.The Washington SBDC (https:// receives major support from Washington State University and the U. Shockley’s office is on the campus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash.Shockley said Quain’s business plan was one of the best he’s ever seen during his years with the SBDC.She always knew she’d make it to the finish line, but the question was whether someone else with a similar vision would make it there first.In fact, while she was meeting with banker after banker and then touring possible locations throughout Puget Sound, several indoor play centers did open.