It’s funny how life somehow crosses the paths of the right people at the right time…
Stopping into an auto parts store to get a new car door handle, Nirvan Mullick met Caine, the owner of Caine’s Arcade in East L.A.
Caine’s Arcade has a variety of custom-built games ranging from a “pop-n-shot” style game, to a soccer game equipped with soldier goal tenders, to everyone’s favorite – the claw machine. Customers pay $1 for four turns at the arcade, or for $2 you can get a handmade “fun pass” that allows you 500 turns for one month. Sounds like a steal to me.
Caine built the arcade by hand using tools and materials found around his father’s auto part shop. Impressive, no? What’s even more impressive – Caine is 9 years old.
Every Saturday and Sunday, Caine opens the arcade hoping to draw in new business. Working hard and waiting patiently day in and day out, Caine finally got his first customer, Nirvan Mullick. Soon after, new customers came pouring in thanks to the help of one guy looking for a car part.
Mullick, a filmmaker asked Caine’s dad, George if he could make a documentary about Caine and his arcade. George was taken back saying “Well, actually, it’s kind of like a joke around here because you are his only customer.” Mullick changed that with the power of social media. Setting up a Facebook Event to draw in people to participate in a flash mob to surprise Caine, word spread like wildfire after being posted to Hidden LA, Reddit and a visit from a local news crew. Soon people worldwide were expressing their excitement for the event and disappointment that they couldn’t attend.
The day of the big surprise, a huge crowd came to play at Caine’s Arcade and made one young entrepreneur’s dream come true.
Caine had a vision that he turned into a reality. Through passion and dedication and the strange way life brings people together, he’s a successful business
For more, visit www.CainesArcade.com where Mullick has set up a scholarship fund for Caine and posted photos surrounding the big surprise.