IslandTime Treasures Launches National Franchise Expansion

Much like Build-a-Bear Workshop® - IslandTime Treasuresmakes school and church fundraisers, events, fairs, weddings, and parties a truly unforgettable experience by providing a unique, hands-on art experience for people of all ages.

(Ellenton, FL) May 4, 2012- Helgerson Franchise Group announced today the national franchise launch of IslandTime Treasures, a new brand that provides a unique sand impression art experience for customers to build their own treasure. IslandTime Treasures opened their first corporate location in November 2011 that services the Bradenton Florida area. Riding the success of their first location, the founders are now awarding mobile unit and retail kiosk or cart franchise opportunities to qualified individuals nationwide.

While visiting their home states of North and South Dakota last year, franchising veteran Lonnie Helgerson and his wife Linette, helped their children make plaster stepping stones for Grandma’s garden. And from that, the concept of IslandTime Treasures was borne. “We wanted to create a business that enshrined our family’s love of spending time on the Gulf Coast islands where we live in Florida, while at the same time, have a business that our entire family would enjoy. We have four kids age two through eleven, and with the exception of our two year old, all enjoy working IslandTime Treasures. It is truly a family business!” said Lonnie Helgerson, Brand President. “Given my franchising background, we quickly found out that IslandTime Treasures hit a sweet-spot for national expansion, as it provides an extremely unique product experience that customers rave about, operates part-time and mostly on weekends, is home based, and is a relatively low initial investment.”

IslandTime Treasures affordable ($10 - $40 per item average) sand impression art experience provides the ability for a customer to build their own treasure in three short steps. Step 1: The customer chooses a treasure form in a variety of shapes. Step 2: The customer decorates the sand impression with Island Bling, including shells, sea glass, rocks, or tons of other cool items. Step 3: Proprietary Island Mud plaster is poured into the form, and 15 minutes later... voila! Their project is done and ready to go!

The IslandTime Treasures franchise opportunity is available as a mobile unit and a retail kiosk or cart, depending on business needs and goals. Franchise investment levels start at an affordable $15,900 and include a comprehensive startup kit that includes everything a new owner needs to begin scheduling events and making money. Mobile unit owners provide the IslandTime Treasures unique product experience for birthday parties, events, fairs, school and church fundraisers, plus many other venues. Mobile unit owners receive a minimum protected territory of 200,000 in population and can also grow sales in their territory through the ownership of additional retail kiosks and cart units. For resorts, camps, theme parks, zoo's, malls, cruise lines, and other public venues, the IslandTime Treasures retail fixed kiosks or mobile carts are "customer magnets" and can provide excellent incremental income. IslandTime Treasures kiosks and carts are customized to fit each facility and can be operated part-time or year-round, depending on the venue requirements. Kiosk and cart locations do not receive a protected territory and are restricted to doing retail business at the installed location.

To learn more about franchise ownership opportunities with IslandTime Treasures - visit IslandTimeTreasures.com or contact Lonnie Helgerson at [email protected] or (727) 455-0056.

About IslandTime Treasures

Much like Build-a-Bear Workshop® - We make school and church fundraisers, events, fairs, weddings, and parties a truly unforgettable experience by providing a unique, hands-on art experience for people of all ages that are as entertaining as they are educational. Our affordable sand impression art experience provides the ability for a customer to build their own treasure utilizing our mobile sandboxes. www.IslandTimeTreasures.com

About Helgerson Franchise Group

Helgerson Franchise Group, LLC is a platform company that owns and operates franchise brands. Founded by franchising veteran Lonnie Helgerson, CFE and based in Sarasota, Florida, the company provides scalable centralized management, operations, and development for its franchise brand IslandTime Treasures, and other brands that are in development. In addition, Helgerson Franchise Group provides outsourced franchise services for new, emerging, and mature franchise systems. Helgerson Franchise Group is an active member of the International Franchise Association, the Franchisor Association of Florida, and a strong supporter of Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran). www.HelgersonFranchiseGroup.com