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News and views from John Lutter, owner and chief kite pusher for Kite Stop

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A Resignation from Adulthood

on Wednesday, November 09, 2016

A resignation from adulthood and pledge to play: Kevin Carroll at TEDxOU (plus a resignation letter you can all use)


The Importance of Play

on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We've all heard the saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." This proverb dates back hundreds of years, and refers to the idea that without time away from "work" a person becomes bored and/or boring.


Viral Kites... How can I get one?

on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Facebook and social media are great for sharing pictures and videos of kites. Sometimes a video or photo goes viral, and people become enthralled by an exotic kite and call to see how can they get one. Unfortunately, many of the kites you see online are custom made or are one-of-a-kind works of art... That is what makes them special.


Showing off kites at the Glazer Children's Museum

on Saturday, May 21, 2016

Our friends with Kiting Tampa Bay and World's Greatest Kiting help to decorate the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa Bay, FL.


Why do I sell kites?

on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Every once in awhile, I ask myself why I sell kites. There are hundreds of businesses out there that I could be running, and probably a few that could be much more lucrative. But then I reflect on some of the emails I've received over the years.


What makes a good kite?

on Friday, September 06, 2013

I often get asked "What makes a good kite?" and this can be as varied an answer as there are styles of kites. But I'm going to try and break it down into the most basic parts : Fabric, Frame, Visual Appeal, and Flight.


New Smyrna Kite Festival (June 2013)

on Monday, June 10, 2013

Awesome event put on by the New Smyrna Beach Visitor's Bureau, the Southern Stone Group, Kiting Tampa Bay, Central Florida Kite Club, and Kite Stop.


Fusion: My life as a professional kite pilot

on Friday, March 22, 2013

When I received an email from the Region 4 Director of AKA trying to find available stunt kite pilots in the Orlando area to fly in a lagoon show at Sea World, little did I know what I was getting into. This was a dream opportunity. How often do you get a chance to fly kites AND get paid for it.


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