Owner Ted Fuller surprised by the amount of boards he’s selling right now
By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Most people have more time on their hands these trying times. And at least one local business is likely benefitting because of it.
Owner Ted Fuller says his Crokinole Canada business, at 5 Industrial Road in St. Marys, may sell twice as many boards and accessories this month as a normal April. He runs the business with his wife Alanda.
“We are getting a steady stream of business on-line through our web-site www.crokinole.ca,” Fuller told the Independent last week. “Or they can google Crokinole Canada and they’ll find us right away.
“We’re busier than we expected to be, for this time of the year in April. We’re selling about 40 to 50 boards a week. A normal April, like last year, it was probably 25 to 30 (a week). We’re almost doubling that total this month. We were not expecting this. It’s just a real roller-coaster right now, with everything going on.”
Local residents can purchase a crokinole board on-line, through the business website, and can pick it up at the Crokinole offices on Industrial road or have it delivered free of charge.
“The showroom isn’t open right now,” Fuller says. “People can’t walk in at this point due to the COVID-19 stuff. They can text my phone number, 519-276-8030, if they want to pick it up. We will leave it outside, and there is no shipping charge.”
Can ship world-wide
Fuller says he’s still able to ship their products world-wide.
“Residents can’t ship letters in the mail to different countries, but we can still ship as a business. We can ship to the United States and all over the world, so that’s a real plus.”
Fuller predominantly sells tournament specification and traditional crokinole boards.
“A tournament board is a round board and a traditional board is an octagonal (eight-sided) board,” he explains. “Many people play with wooden cues and shuffleboard wax for fast action ricochet shots and rebounds off our rubberized bumpers.”
Ted Fuller started his business in 2017 after attending the World Crokinole championships in Tavistock. Their boards are made from premium Maple, Baltic Birch, Ash, and other woods.
They are open six days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Sundays.
“The mennonites just outside of Elmira make the boards, and I market them for them,” he says.
Traditionally, “about one-third” of his business is done at Christmas time, Fuller says. So the extra business at this time of year has certainly put a smile on his face.
“We’re blessed to have steady sales,” he says. “I know that many people are not experiencing this kind of uptick in business, so my sympathies and prayers are definitely with those who have it harder at this time.”
–Ted Fuller’s crokinole business sold approximately 1,500 boards last year. More than half of those sales were in November and December, and 55 per cent were to residents in the U.S.
–Crokinole boards range in price from $100 to $500.
–Fuller is starting another company called Carrom Canada (www.carrom.ca). Carrom is often called ‘finger pool’ because it is played with the finger and is very similar to billiards. “We hope to market the product to those from India living in Canada, especially to places like Toronto,” he says.