MF AMENITY COMPETITION HEATS UP

CHICAGO—Multifamily developers once considered it sufficient to include a pool and clubhouse in new communities, but renters and buyers alike are beginning to expect more, and 2016 should see increased competition among builders to provide unique amenities.

“We’re seeing an evolution to more emphasis on overall wellness rather than strictly entertainment and recreation,” David Kennedy, principal at KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Chicago/Midwest office, tells GlobeSt.com. “And this is not just happening on the East Coast or West Coast; it’s a national phenomenon.”
“Our lives are so connected now that sometimes we need some separation between our home lives and hectic work lives,” he adds, and developers who can provide that separation will have a leg up on the competition.  “It’s great to have a party room, but it’s also essential to let residents have quiet spaces.”
Crescent Heights’ Walton on the Park apartment tower in downtown Chicago, for example, features a seventh-floor meditation garden. And Waterton included a new outdoor Zen garden in its redevelopment of the 1980’s-era Presidential Towers.
“We’re finding residents value substance over flash and are more likely to appreciate the many uses for a garden, such as meditation, yoga or reading, over a single-purpose space like a screening room,” says David Schwartz, chief executive officer of Waterton, which owns and manages nearly 20,000 apartments across the US. As reported in GlobeSt.com, the company recently combined its apartment and hospitality sectors, partly to help the apartment side tap into the expertise hospitality executives have in providing amenities.
Kennedy recently toured a new community where the developer reserved an entire floor for amenities.  “They could have put more units in there, but they opted not to,” and as the multifamily market continues to boom, he expects to see more developers to take this option. “After a while, all of these new buildings, even if they are in great locations, will begin to look alike, and they need someting that sets them apart.”
Related Midwest has decided to take the concept one step further for One Bennett Park, its new hybrid condo/apartment tower at 451 E. Grand Ave., and include an adjacent 1.7-acre public park. The company plans to complete the project in 2017.
“The tower and park are named after Edward H. Bennett, co-author of the Plan of Chicago, which stressed the importance of green spaces in the cityscape,” says Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest. “More than a century later, this balance is as important as ever.”

Source: Competition on MF Amenities to Increase By Brian J. Rogal | Chicago

TOP AMENITIES FOR LONG-DISTANCE DRIVERS AT TRUCK STOPS

In the age of “Cyber Monday” and virtual coupons, online shopping has slowly begun to edge out the drudgery of shopping in-store. We tend to see online shopping as easier, faster, and a welcome respite from the crowds during the season. Rarely do we think to peek behind the scenes…but there they are anyway, perhaps Santa’s most tireless helpers, the professional truck drivers who haul gifts from warehouses in droves for holiday shoppers.

It can’t be easy driving a truck around at all hours, for extended periods of time. One source of comfort and companionship for professional drivers is a pet, usually a dog…but with a dog, drivers have to contend with caring for him or her, even when they’re traveling. Luckily, there are systems like the Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash to ease some of the stress of caring for a pet on the go.

Lisa Markham, the Director of Marketing at White’s Travel Center, a popular stop for drivers, spoke with us about the key amenities White’s provides for road-weary travelers—including the Evolution Dog Wash.

Is there an increase in long-distance drivers at White’s during the holiday season?

No, or at least, not much. Truck drivers are on the road, typically—it’s their job. We’re not a vacation or holiday destination. We don’t see an increase.

What kinds of amenities does White’s provide for travelers?

Well, quite a bit! Some of the many amenities we offer:

  • Free parking (with a shuttle between the distant parking lots and the Travel Center)
  • Paid parking
  • Showers
  • Restaurants, including Iron Skillet; White’s Deli; Popeye’s; Caribou Coffee; Subway; and Burger King.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A pharmacy called The Medicine Shoppe®
  • A doctor on premises—Raphine Medical Associates serves professional drivers, as well as the public at large.

We also have some very exciting announcements for the 2016: We’re adding 300 more parking spots, a campground—not necessarily a driver’s amenity, but an amenity nonetheless—and a walking path, “StayFit”—which will be close to our pet exercise area. We’re very in-tune with drivers and their pets. “StayFit” will be nice for drivers who want to stretch and walk around, especially with their pets! Read more about White’s Travel Center News here. 

Wow! And do many long-distance drivers travel with dogs or other companion animals?

According to Road King—keep in mind that the article is from 2013; it’s two years old—over 45% of American households have dogs. More than 60% of truck drivers report having pets; more than 40% report traveling with them in their trucks.

How has the EVOLUTION Dog Wash benefited truck drivers and other long-distance travelers?

We have! It just opened on September 16th of 2015. We think it will really pick up and continue to grow—it already is growing. Many locals are also coming to wash their dogs. It’s beneficial to the community—not just the driver.

SPRING BRINGS NEW MODEL, ECOMMERCE STORE AND WEBSITE FOR EVOLUTION DOG WASH

At Evolution Dog Wash, we have some exciting news to share as we welcome in Spring! Even though our Evolution Dog Wash system is considered the “gold standard” dog wash in the industry, we’re not resting on our laurels. We are constantly working on ideas of how we can expand our product line to benefit our partners, and we never stop looking for ways to improve our products with features that provide both our business partners and our pets with added benefits. This Spring, we are excited to announce that Evolution Dog Wash has news on both fronts: We have introduced a new model of Evolution Dog Wash, and we’ve made an eCommerce improvement that will enhance your customer experience with us!

 

Introducing A New Model Of The Evolution Dog Wash

The newest Evolution Dog Wash model, the Evolution EZ is ideal for those who want a more affordable version of the Evolution Dog Wash, without losing the features that make the Evolution Dog Wash the best in the world. The Evolution EZ is constructed using the same 304B Aircraft-quality stainless steel material as the original, and includes the same one-year warranty, and interactive 3D modeling, but does away with touch screen controls and additional electronic functionality to save your business money up front, while still helping you generate income.

 

The New Evolution EZ & CE Dog Wash Models For Your Business

With the Evolution EZ, customers will benefit from our triple-filtration drain system, contoured non-skid platform, low maintenance easy-to-clean basin, and they’ll be able to use all the same conditioning, shampooing, drying, and specialty treatments as our other models. Since the new Evolution EZ functions just as any other Evolution Dog Wash machine, minus the electronic controls and monitoring, we expect businesses such as veterinary clinics and smaller apartment complexes to get the best use out of the new EZ model. For businesses that like the savings of the Evolution EZ, but would require an add-on feature such as a credit card reader or coin and token acceptor, those additional options are still available with the new EZ model.

For our overseas customers, we’re proud to offer the updated Evolution CE Dog Wash model. This updated model offers all of the features you’ve become accustomed to from our U.S. model, but with additional support for a variety of European currencies.

 

Purchasing Supplies and Evolution Dog Wash Machine Parts Just Got Easier

We are proud to now offer online shopping as part of our website. Now our customers can conveniently order supplies by the bottle or by the case using our new online store. And ordering additional or replacement parts just became easier with our eCommerce store where customers can buy anything from additional tokens and leash attachments to replacement pressure gauges. Of course, you can still contact us at anytime if you need customer service assistance.

 

Learn More About The Evolution Dog Wash System

We are excited about expanding our line without compromising the quality of our dog wash system or our customer’s experience. Use our online form or call Evolution Dog Wash today at 1-800-426-0760 to learn more about our premier dog wash system and how it can benefit your business.

CHECK OUT EVOLUTION DOG WASH AT THE MIAMI NEW CONSTRUCTION SHOW AND THE 2016 FAA CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW

While the fall is bringing cooler temps to most of the country, things are just heating up at Evolution Dog Wash as we approach the end of the summer this year. Because our state of the art self serve Evolution Dog Wash is not just another dog wash, we are always eager to have the opportunity to bring the Evolution Dog Wash system to different locations so people can see our high quality dog wash first-hand and learn more about what the team here are all about.

Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash State-Of-The Art Features:

At Evolution Dog Wash, we take our relationships with clients seriously and regard you as not only a customer but also a business partner. We are always working to improve the features of The Evolution Dog Wash not just for efficiency, but so that businesses can improve their income and their service to their clients. Just a few of the great helpful technological additions to the Evolution Dog Wash include:

  • The Evolution’s Real Time Monitoring gives business owners live data so they can track their machine’s income, product levels, and operating status.
  • Our dog wash features a user-friendly interface with cascading lighted buttons so that your users can use the dog wash machine with ease and no frustration.
  • Our clients appreciate our 3-D model which is helpful for ordering your Evolution Dog Wash and for installation.

 

Fall 2016 Will Bring Evolution Dog Wash To Conferences

We are excited this fall to have the opportunity to attend a few major conferences where we look forward to allowing attendees to get a first-hand look at the great features of the Evolution Dog Wash. At these conferences, people get the chance to not only see the Evolution Dog Wash, but they can also ask questions and learn all about how our dog wash system can work in various ways to benefit their specific business. You can find us at the following conferences:

 

  • Miami New Construction Show on September 29-October 1, 2016 at the Broward Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale. At this premier real estate show, visitors can experience all of South Florida’s real estate market and see various real estate projects. You’ll be able to visit with prominent developers, investors, real estate specialists, and other industry-related professionals.

 

  • The 2016 FAA Conference and Trade Show on October 5-7, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Visit us along with over 750 multifamily housing industry professionals to make connections in the industry, share insights, and to learn from a number of keynote speakers.

 

Does A Self Serve Dog Wash Make Sense For Your Business?

Apartment communities and other multi family communities see the Evolution Dog Wash as a popular amenity that residents appreciate. Other types of businesses that use our dog wash system include car washes, vet clinics, pet stores, and travel centers. Visit our partners page to get even more ideas. If you’d like to learn more about how the Evolution Dog Wash can help your business earn more income while improving your customer service, visit us at one of the conferences listed above, or feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-426-0760.