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VRone Mobile Virtual Reality Arcade is a Las Animas, Colorado-based business specializing in bringing virtual reality experiences to communities in southeast Colorado. We sat down with owner Chris Headlee to learn more about why he started his business and his experience with CoverWallet.

What does your business do?

We are southeast Colorado’s premiere virtual reality (VR) arcade. We use the latest technology, like the Oculus Rift S and WalkOVR, to create an immersive experience for our customers. For example, with VR you can totally transport yourself to another world; we have a game that will show you what it’s like to walk around Mars. With VR our customers can also take a tour around museums across the world, something they most likely wouldn’t have the opportunity to do in real life.

In addition to VR we also offer tradition arcade games for those who want an old-school experience. Because the arcade is mobile I’m able to take it around to other communities that don’t offer much in terms of entertainment, especially for kids. We just had our grand opening this past weekend and the kids absolutely loved it! But it’s not just for kids, I would encourage people of all ages to try VR because it’s truly an amazing experience.

How did you discover VR?

Before opening my business I worked in law enforcement, first as a sheriff's deputy, then as a security officer at the local Social Security office. But I’ve always wanted the freedom that comes from owning your own business. I’ve always loved arcade games, I used to go all the time when I was a kid but I discovered VR more recently. It was about two years ago, my friend had just bought the Oculus VR headset and asked me if I wanted to try it. As soon as I put it on I fell in love with VR. It creates a whole-body experience for the user, as opposed to just playing on an Xbox or Playstation.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone else thinking of starting their own business?

Do your research! If you don’t you’ll come across roadblocks. That’s what happened to me in the beginning when I was trying to get insurance, and that’s how I found CoverWallet. I came across you guys while searching the internet. CoverWallet has been great in helping me get the insurance I needed to start this adventure.

You can find Chris, and book his mobile arcade here.