Meet Aina and Joe, the Creators of ThroGLo. The couple first met in Tuckerton, NJ on February 13th, 2019 and soon after were married in July of the same year. Aina and Joe were ready to start a new life together. Joe said, “I knew she was the one by the second date.”
Unfortunately, six months after their marriage, the Covid-19 pandemic struck the United States and within one month, Joe’s construction business was negatively impacted. Like many American’s, Aina and Joe began stocking up on food, stayed home and began social distancing to do their part to help slow the spread of the virus. Aina said, “We stocked up on food and just stayed home, we didn’t know what else to do”.
While they were stuck inside their house, they grew tired of playing video games, board games and watching TV, so Joe asked Aina if she wanted to play a glow in the dark game that he first thought of creating while working on a construction site in 2015. Aina obliged, so Joe grabbed the game from the back of his closet. Joe said, “The game was sitting in the closet for 5 years and I needed to install a fresh set of batteries, but once I showed the game to Aina she loved it so much”. She loved the game so much that she convinced Joe to finish creating the game. Aina said, “When I first saw the game I was impressed. I couldn’t believe how portable the game was and when I saw it light up and glow, I loved it even more”.
With the extra time on their hands, Joe and Aina quickly turned their garage into a warehouse and got to work adding the final touches to Joe’s 2015 creation. The result was ThroGlo, “The Ultimate Glowing Cone Game”.
The game is a lot of fun to play! It can be played inside, outside, day or night. The super bright, long-lasting rechargeable LED’s glow rings lasted for over 24 hours between charges. The game collapses down to 5 inches and weighs just over 5 lbs., and It fits nicely inside the carry bag, making it easy to carry and transport. Some of the best parts about ThroGlo are the game is portable, water resistant, requires no assembly and the rings can be recharged over 800 times. It is clear this game was designed to be durable, portable and fun to play.
ThroGlo will make a great addition to any backyard BBQ, tailgating event, day at the beach, camping trip or even while stuck inside during quarantine or on a rainy day.
The game has a solid feel. Each cone target is weighted with rubber blocks inside the base, so they stay in place while the game is in play. Joe said, “We designed ThroGlo with durability in mind. The materials we used will last for many years of play”.
Joe said ThroGLo is designed around an old game called, Quoits. Quoits is played with a metal discus and originates from ancient Greece. The game quoits was extremely popular in Joe’s hometown of Trenton, NJ. Joe said, “While growing up, my friends and I would play Quoits all summer long, we would play the game at just about every BBQ”.
It’s amazing how Joe’s love of the game Quoits and being surrounded by construction cones at work led to his new age creation of ThroGlo. Joe said, “In 2015, when I first thought of the idea, I wanted to finish making the game but work and life got in the way and it wasn’t until the pandemic that my wife Aina convinced me to finish the creation of the game”. The rest is history and ThroGlo is here.
Aina said Joe was nervous about starting a new business in the middle of a pandemic but she kept encouraging him to keep pushing forward. They built 150 game sets and officially launched their website www.ThroGlo.com at the end of June 2020. Within the first 2 weeks they completely sold out and since then, they have sold over 3,500 game sets nationally. Aina said, “I can’t believe it, but we have sold a ThroGlo set in almost every state, it’s amazing and surreal”.
It appears ThroGlo is quickly becoming one of the hottest games of the year and it turns out ThroGlo is more than just a game, it’s possibly a lifesaver. Joe keeps a game set in the trunk of his car just in case of a breakdown on the side of the road. Joe said, “A customer contacted us and told us they used the game set to warn traffic when their car got a flat tire. I thought the idea was brilliant so now I always keep a game set in the car”.