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The Hot Spot to bring high tech entertainment to all ages

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By Carol A. Clark

Along with her new real estate venture, entrepreneur Tracy Langford and her son Andy are set to open the first wireless Internet and multi-media entertainment center in town. The Hot Spot, a wireless Internet center with sound-proof gaming rooms, will open toward the end of the month at 1247-D Central Avenue. “The Hot Spot is a new, fresh idea for Los Alamos,” Langford said. “It will be a fun, safe and enjoyable environment where people can come by and enjoy our wireless environment and mind boggling gaming adventures.”The idea for the business evolved in part because Langford had trouble finding the right sized space for her new real estate company, The LA Real Estate Group. She finally settled on the Central Avenue location, which is much larger than needed. During brainstorming conversations with her son, The Hot Spot, which the Langford’s describe as “metro-retro,” was born and will fill the additional space.“One of the greatest things about creating the business is that I’ve had the opportunity to do this with my son,” Langford said.Andy, 22, is an economic major in Provo, Utah. He and his two brothers grew up in the Langford household playing computer games. “Being in a college town where wireless access is everywhere, then coming back here where it isn't gave us the idea for the Internet center,” Andy said. “The idea expanded further to include the multi-media center, which will offer a new activity for a younger Los Alamos community.”The center will have large flat panel HDTVs in sound-proof rooms with the “latest, greatest” computer video games and top-of-the-line “comfy” gaming chairs. The Langfords said they are striving to provide the ultimate gaming experience for their customers. “We're hoping to partner with Microsoft before Christmas so we can launch and sell all their new games and equipment at The Hot Spot,” Langford said. “We also intend to host local, state and national gaming competitions here.”Rules will be set to keep the atmosphere fun yet controlled. “We want to provide a healthy, safe, clean and friendly place for kids to go after school and on weekends,” she said. “We’ll have a dress code and we’re using the most sophisticated software in the world to track which websites kids are visiting - my contribution from being a mom and wanting to know where my sons go on the Internet.” In order for anyone under the age of 17 to use the games and computers, a parent or guardian must sign and personally deliver a permission form to The Hot Spot in advance. The form states which games, with which ratings and for how many hours the child may play. The facility will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 10-midnight Saturday.Langford said the public should watch the Diamond Drive overpass for a banner announcing the opening day of The Hot Spot, which she said is tentatively set for Nov. 19.For information, access www.thelahotspot.com or call 661-4005.