#2- The 3rd Degree – Having Fun Across America with Barry Zelickson: From Outdoor Haunts to Big Thrills and Baking-Inspired Ventures

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Hey there, LBXers! Welcome to another episode of our 3rd Degree podcast. Today, we’re joined by a remarkable trailblazer, Barry Zelickson, the creative brain behind Next Exit Entertainment and the engaging Fun Across America YouTube series. Barry’s journey is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride through a medley of industries, from the nitty-gritty of finance and marketing to the exhilarating realm of Location Based Entertainment.

In this episode, we’re hitching a ride with Barry across the vast entertainment landscape of the US, unveiling the tales behind his show and the charismatic individuals he’s crossed paths with. We’ll delve into the nitty-gritty of operating outdoor attractions, the pivot to the indoor adrenaline haven of Big Thrill Factory, and the cherished memories made along the way, like the heartwarming visit to Give Kids the World Village and the vibrant filming experience in Chicago on Mexican Independence Day.

Barry’s past rendezvous with Spooky World and K-Tel International, along with his present-day saga at Border Foods, paints a vivid picture of his versatile expedition in the entertainment cosmos. And when you think the adventure is tapering, Barry whips out a new card from his sleeve with BZ Baking, a sweet venture whipped up amidst the pandemic’s baking boom. We’ll knead through the challenges of culinary innovation, relish in the essence of differing opinions with his better half, Lisa, and sift through Barry’s golden nuggets of advice for the budding entertainpreneurs.

Grab your favourite comfy spot, tune in, and get ready to be whisked away on an enlightening and entertaining journey with Barry. This episode is brimming with delightful stories and sage advice, a narrative fiesta you surely wouldn’t want to miss.

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