Archive for April, 2011

Fresh Snacks Fast: Insights into Food and Beverage Vending

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Vending machines are a welcome sight for those who crave a snack or beverage.  Operators must not only keep track of customer tastes but product freshness as well if their machines are to remain popular at commercial and industrial locations. As controller of City Vending Company in Fort Worth, Texas, Tom Elich monitors more than […]

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Spotlight on Critical Business Decisions: Selecting a Vendor

April 1, 2011 No Comments

As an employee of the International Laser Tag Association, no matter how hard I try to avoid it, someone always pulls me aside at trade shows to ask the golden question: Which laser tag company is the best? Here’s the answer: There isn’t one because there is no best product for every facility. In fact, […]

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A Message from ILTA Membership Services

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Dear Readers, Spring is here and change is in the air! Speaking with our members, laser tag facilities are still cranking along making profits and business is growing in most parts of the country. With a plethora of conventions and seminars these past few months, many operators are trying out all kinds of innovations they’ve […]

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Food for Thought: Listening to the Fun Food Experts

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Increasing food sales at miniature golf and go-kart parks requires taking inventory of more than just the food items on hand.  It starts with evaluating your food service operation and the type of attraction it complements to balance the menu with the venue.  Customers want quality, taste, price and interesting items.  From getting the most […]

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Retail Space: The New Frontier

April 1, 2011 No Comments

At one point in our industry, finding the right space at the right price was often the most difficult part of opening an indoor Family Entertainment Center – harder in some cases than attaining the financing. Obviously, the more built-up areas, which have the highest populations and best demographics, suffered from this issue the most. […]

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Safety and Security Questions You Might Not Want to Hear

April 1, 2011 No Comments

What does safety mean to a family fun center? Oh boy, you should not have asked me this question. This could be a two-day seminar, not an article. This article is not for the weak, or timid. The questions below should be read only after taking some Pepto Bismol or something equivalent. I am not […]

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Customer Service Translates into a Perfect Game for Pro-Shop Owners

April 1, 2011 No Comments

If  Tony Reyes had to point out what makes a pro-shop successful, he would say customer interaction. As a PBA athlete and pro-shop owner at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., he knows that his customers count on him not only for the right equipment but for tips and instruction on how to be […]

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Pro-Shops Offer Bowling Center Customers Both Sound Equipment and Sound Advice

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling centers know that if their customers enjoy the game, they will come back for more. To inspire their customers to become better bowlers, many centers have added a pro-shop.  Run as independent entities, the pro shop offers bowlers advice not only on what equipment to use, but also advice and sometimes coaching on how […]

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Food at Bowling Centers: Advice to Maximize Your Profits

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Consumer discretionary income has dwindled with the economy, and furthermore has been divided by even more cost-effective and attractive offers from your competitors.  Consumers are developing into better shoppers and have become much more conscious of how they spend their money.  As a businessperson, it is vital to put your establishment at the forefront of […]

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A Divine Place to Be:<br />Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

A Divine Place to Be:
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Just as Mount Olympus was the divine kingdom of the Olympian gods and the most worshipped place in Greece, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, located in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is quickly making its mark in history, one mile at a time.  The Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park complex covers a total area of […]

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Sponsors

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Embed

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Poly Products

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

Store on Wheels

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Penny Press

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

Laser Star

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rio Syrup

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Knight Equipment

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Extreme Engineering

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Max Flight

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

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.

Art Attack

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

American Changer

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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