Do the CBC Dragon’s buy the curling company or did they buy curling stone pizza and cookies? Will Curling Stone Pizza be the new addition to Boston Pizza menu after Jim Treliving sees and tries them?
Internet Curling Club and it’s main working partner Danny Trites presents the company to CBC Dragon’s Den on November 17, 2010. Did the Dragon’s want the company or did Jim Treliving buy into the curling stone shaped pizza that was served to them on the show.
The real question on everyone’s mind, will Boston Pizza carry the new curling stone pizza in its restaurants in Canada. Curling has started to take main stage with many great curling events beign promoted, new curling TV show (Men with Brooms – CBC Sitcom), curling superstars and maybe now Curling Stone Pizza.
While taking his 15 hours drive to Toronto, and stopping in Montreal along the way to do some work, ” Trites said “ I was thinking about my approach. I thought Boston Pizza…hmm, we have these curling stone cookie cutters, so why can’t we use them to make curling stone pizzas?” The same company that manufacturs the Curling Hats we sell, also produces curling stone-shaped cookie cutters (CurlingHats.com). While still navigating the highway, Trites got a Boston Pizza in Oshawa, Ontario on the phone. Kitchen Manager Zaine loved the idea, and Trites stopped by along his route to watch the curling stone pizzas take shape. “They were delicious,” said Trites. “And the Dragons seemed to like them, so we will have to see”.
Trites admitted his presentation almost got off to the worst possible start. “I can’t wait to see the show because I tripped going down the stairs,” laughed Trites. “I didn’t fall on my face, but I stumbled. It could be cute or it could be funny.”
There are many big plans already underway with Internet Curling Club and the Curling Proshop. The appearance on the Dragon’s Den and the pitch is just one of the amazing things we will be bringing to the curling industry in Canada for 2011.
Trites has loved curling since he was a teenager. He holds national coaching certificates, and predicts that Canada’s role as a curling hotbed could be leveraged to make money from international curlers coming to Canada to understand and improve their games.
Our two websites already have the largest Internet distribution of curling products.
“The Curling Proshop will focus on helping curling clubs, curling organization and curling teams to improve the sport through training, business development and management. One of the key ways is that we will be offering some free services, such as free curling club website, club management and sport development, and much much more” Trites said.
So stay tuned for the Dragon’s Den show on Wednesday November 17, 2010 on CBC TV and the many new releases we will bring you this 2010/2011 Curling Season.
Danny Trites of Red Rapids, a small community north of Perth-Andover, will appear on the Nov. 17 episode of the popular reality show Dragons’ Den in the hopes of nabbing some Dragon dollars.
“This was one of the best experiences of my life, aside from the birth of my children and my wedding day,” Danny says. “I had dreamed of going there for a while, but curling wasn’t very mainstream on TV… (But) just meeting those people and the experience and the exposure has definitely been a plus.”
Danny traveled to Toronto last spring to make his pitch for Internet Curling Club and Curling Proshop (www.curlingclub.net and www.curling-proshop.com) for this season’s episode. The Internet Curling Club site has been on the web since 1999 and has helped curlers all over the world.
“The site helps mainly curlers in Canada and The United States with various aspects of the curling industry. I presented this site and our new concept company www.curling-proshop.com. Both companies will continue to focus on bringing curling information, curling news, product information and training to the curling industry mainly in Canada and the United States,” the entrepreneur said.
Contractual agreements prevent Danny from discussing the outcome until after the show is aired, but he said the entire experience was “a stimulating event.”
“It’s worth watching. They definitely look for innovative ideas, smart, intelligent presenters, confident presenters, and they are definitely helpful in their advice.”
To try to make inroads with the Dragons, Danny made a detour to an Oshawa-area Boston Pizza armed with a curling stone cookie cutter. The kitchen staff agreed to make curling pizzas and cookies.
“I wanted to feed (Dragon’s Den judge) Jim (Treliving, chairman of Boston Pizza) his pizza and cookies in the shape of curling stones.”
Danny has loved curling since he was a teenager, and advocates that curling is a game that requires both strategy and skill. He holds national coaching certificates, and predicts that Canada’s role as a curling hotbed could be leveraged to make money from international curlers coming to Canada to understand and improve their playing abilities. His two websites already have the largest Internet distribution of curling products.
“The Curling Proshop will focus on helping curling clubs, curling organizations and curling teams improve the sport through training, business development and management,” he says. “One of the key ways is that we will be offering some free services, such as free website, club management and sport development. With our new strategic partnerships, the Dragon’s Den show exposure and the increase in popularity of the sport following the 2010 Olympic Games, this will definitely be our biggest and best year ever.”
One of the biggest sellers on the website last year was a foam hat, shaped like a curling stone. The 5,000 hats created sold out in 2-1/2 months in 2009. Some curling fans proudly donned the novelty hat during televised matches at the Vancouver Olympics, and Danny even got the Dragons to don the unique apparel.
Internet Curling Club has been in operation since October 16, 2001.
We have seen some highs and lows over the last 9 years. But with the boom and the power of the internet over the last few years we have been experiencing some great times, but a little overwheliming with the all the work to complete. We have just completed the new updates to it’s curling site. We been working over the off season to bring you many new updates to our old looking and old functioning curling site. The new site will have many new functions that we will update you on in the next few weeks. We will still be tweaking some features and additions over the next two weeks.
Thanks for helping us grow.