October 4, 2023


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Paducah Leisure Business YaYa’s Island Established To Near Owing To Monetary Losses From Pandemic

An indoor children’s leisure center in Paducah will near this weekend thanks to fiscal losses brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

YaYa’s Island payments itself as the “premier kids’ participate in area in the western Kentucky space.” The facility delivers bounce residences, tree homes, trains, slides, an arcade, laser tag and extra for young children. Organization administration posted their intent to shut the facility Friday on Facebook.



YaYa’s Island Proprietor Jessica Pace informed WKMS the decline in revenue as a end result of COVID-19 security issues was devastating for her business. 

“There’s not a great deal of purchaser self-assurance right now in the household amusement and cafe field,” Speed claimed. “Unfortunately, COVID’s not heading away and there’s so a great deal uncertainty about the total point that it’s just really complicated right now.”

Speed explained the initial shutdowns purchased by Governor Andy Beshear in March brought on “hurt” for YaYa’s Island, with the adhering to months continuing a grim image that necessary Pace and her spouse and small business associate Dave Tempo to dip into price savings to maintain the facility afloat. She explained that wasn’t a sustainable organization program.

“We’ve just exhausted our assets attempting to maintain it likely. We despise this. I love all my workers like my have young children and for them to shed their work at Xmas time is just devastating to me,” she mentioned.

Speed said community reaction to the closure has been overpowering, with many social media people expressing regret in excess of the circumstance. Marshall County mum or dad Jessica Scillian frequented YaYa’s Island Friday and located out about the impending shutdown even though in the creating.

 “We went [to YaYa’s Island] in all probability the moment a month. I have a kindergartener and a initially grader, and we have been there nowadays for two and a 50 % hours,” Scillian claimed. “It’s one particular of the only inexpensive sites that you can go. They do not dollar me to death there.”

Scillian stated she hasn’t advised her little ones about the closure nevertheless and she expects them to be seriously upset. 

YaYa’s Island match cards, present playing cards and retail store credits must be employed this weekend in advance of the organization is fully shuttered.