Archive for January, 2011

A Wireless Credit Card Kit is Available from American Changer

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Increase your sales by accepting credit cards on the American Changer token dispenser for a great price. The kit features wireless credit card processing, remote monitoring of all credit card and cash transactions, alert and e-mail notification if the machine needs service and PCI compliant components and PA-DSS gateway software. The kit includes: external credit […]

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Expert Advice:
How to Keep Coin-Op Machines Clean and in Working Order

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Jeffrey Smith and Phil Adams share something in common. They both work with clients to help maintain coin-operated machines—everything from jukeboxes and video games to vending machines and dartboards. These longtime experts sat down with Tourist Attractions and Parks to discuss some of the lessons they’ve learned over the years when it comes to keeping […]

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January 16, 2011 No Comments

Starting and operating a bulk vending business may sound like an easy proposition, but there’s more to it than buying a few machines and expecting them to deliver profits as readily as they do the merchandise contained within them. Perseverance, hard work and flexibility are the keys to success in this arena. “It’s not a […]

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Facility Focus

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Facility: The Web Extreme Entertainment Location: Westchester, Ohio Owner: Jerry Weber With many industries suffering in today’s economy, most laser tag facilities have been holding steady and even reporting an increase in sales over last year. With the continued growth and health of these locations, some operators are actually opening multiple facilities or expanding their […]

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International Laser Tag Association: <br />Marketing Outside Your Target

International Laser Tag Association:
Marketing Outside Your Target

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Laser tag facilities are often thought of to be strictly birthday or group destinations. While most facilities tend to focus on the most common group elements: birthday parties, church or scout group, corporate teambuilding, lock-ins and casual walk in traffic, there are whole other virtually untapped markets. With some creative ingenuity and a little effort, […]

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When the Product Is Fun
How to Increase Birthday Party Revenue

January 16, 2011 No Comments

While revenue is the bottom line in any business, you cannot lose sight of the product you are selling. And one of the products roller skating centers sell are birthday celebrations. How do you keep the birthday good times rolling while making a larger profit? Two Roller Skating Association International members shared some insight regarding […]

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Creating the Perfect Place to Play: <br/>Color and Music at Bowling Centers

Creating the Perfect Place to Play:
Color and Music at Bowling Centers

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Today’s bowling centers are a hub for corporate events, birthday parties and social get-togethers. To attract such a diverse following, bowling centers have to be about fun and entertainment.  Everything from the décor to the music that plays throughout the center has to express a sense of fun. As owner of Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment […]

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Bowling is Poised to Strike in 2011

January 16, 2011 No Comments

By numbers alone, the bowling industry can be very upbeat about its future.  The number of people who bowl is up.  More than 71 million consumers annually take to the lanes to bowl, an increase of more than 4 and-a-half percent over the previous year and the fourth year in a row of continued growth […]

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From Date Night to Family Time: <br />Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

From Date Night to Family Time:
Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Beverly Hendricks has witnessed the romantic magic of miniature golf. Recently, Hendricks and her colleagues at Embassy Miniature golf in San Antonio, Texas, had the chance to host the ultimate “date night”: a proposal on the 18th hole of the course. “He sent us an e-mail, explaining that he was about to pop the question,” […]

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A Dozen Main Considerations to Picking the Right Mix of Arcade Games

January 16, 2011 No Comments

There are many subtle considerations to take into account simultaneously when picking the right mix of games for an amusement entertainment center or game zone. I have divided games into the four general categories: Redemption (ticket dispensing), Merchandise Dispensing, Video (must have a monitor), and Novelty (a catch-all that includes everything else remaining such as […]

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Sponsors

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.