You have to admire small business owners that take on Herculean tasks and sometimes equally large risk, to develop a business that focuses primarily on family entertainment. This week’s Doers and Dreamers, A.J. and Cathy Uhl, own and operate a sprawling facility that includes a go-kart track, miniature golf, batting cages, and ice cream stand. That means keeping a lot of mechanical things in working order, cutting a lot of grass, and taking care of a whole bunch of fun-loving customers of all ages.
Your name: A.J. and Cathy Uhl
Business or organization: The Sports Cone , 180 Sawkill Rd., Kingston, NY
What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
We both come from a strong family background and try to incorporate that into our business. Especially trying to keep the cost reasonable so that Kingston families and visitors can enjoy time together. We also wanted to be able to be with our children while we work. Our older kids work with us and the younger two enjoy the activities. We all enjoy the ice cream.
Where are you from originally?
We are both from this area originally.
What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
We were both born and raised here. The former, John’s County seat, across from the county office building, was an inspiration for our business. John Dodig kept the prices reasonable, the food simple and the company outstanding.
What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
Ball parks, basketball courts lax and soccer games and parks with our kids. Sunday dinners with extended family.
When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
NYC! Our family loves the museums, subways, popular sites and excitement of the city.
Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
I grew up on a dairy farm!