Archive for 2011

Collections Update: Trends in Cashbox Use and Security

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Coin-operated machines appeared in the United States in 1898 when New York train passengers first saw gum dispensing machines on boarding platforms.  Several years later came machines selling measured amounts of peanuts.  By the 1950s, electromechanical machines selling all types of goodies and amusement had emerged.  In the ensuing decades, technology, such as microprocessors, enabled […]

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Keeping the Coins Flowing: Strategies to Attract the Coin-op Machine Customer Base

November 2, 2011 No Comments

It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon at ABC Location. While the facility has a myriad of attractions, a steady stream of customers are immediately drawn to the brightly lit coin-operated games, with many spending a considerable chunk of change so they can win the “cool” prizes that had immediately caught their eye on their […]

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Game Patrol Offers a New FEC-2-GO Mobile Attraction

Game Patrol Offers a New FEC-2-GO Mobile Attraction

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Game Patrol from Creative Works Theme Factory is a new socially interactive mobile attraction that takes your message to the people and brings the fun and excitement of games and more to your customer’s door. Game Patrol fills a need in the marketplace and helps combat the effect mobile entertainment is having on FECs today. […]

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PartyCenterSoftware.com About to Release Two New Features

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Party Center Software, which offers online party booking and an event management tool designed to increase party bookings and eliminate unnecessary labor costs, has announced two new features coming later this year, The RSVP Module and Automated Email Marketing Integration. The RSVP Module will have both online and offline RSVP capabilities that will be wrapped […]

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Color-Your-Own Birthday T-Shirts Are Available from Sureshot Redemption

Color-Your-Own Birthday T-Shirts Are Available from Sureshot Redemption

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Looking for something unique to offer birthday parties?  Color-Your-Own Birthday T-Shirts are available from Sureshot Redemption. The shirts are designed with a birthday theme that can be designed and colored in and can also be used to write birthday wishes from party guests. Offered in small, medium, large and extra-large. Custom designs are available.

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It’s Tee-Time On The GolfCourt™ at Fort Sill

It’s Tee-Time On The GolfCourt™ at Fort Sill

November 2, 2011 No Comments

New Modular Golf Learning/Practice Center  Installed on a Tennis Court The once popular trio of tennis courts at the Fort Sill Army base just weren’t getting the traffic they once did. But with the increasing popularity of golf and the base’s revamped Golf Club, more practice area for personnel, their families and base patrons was […]

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10 Top Tips for Motivating Staff

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Be a leader and make your presence known – lead through experience and competence and not title or position. Strive to communicate effectively, including getting feedback and listening to staff. Give employees regular feedback and let them know when they are doing good work and when they are not. Lead by example and let your […]

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Appreciated and Motivated: Staff Training Tips from Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Facilities

November 2, 2011 No Comments

The success of almost business can usually be traced to providing great customer service, which fosters a high level of customer satisfaction.  In turn, ensuring this can be linked to motivated employees.  Too often, however, businesses assume that offering more money is the best way to motivate employees.  While there is no doubt that compensation […]

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Brunswick Outfits New Indoor Fun Center in the Heart of Outdoors Wonderland

November 2, 2011 No Comments

A Brunswick project, Moose Alley bowling and family entertainment center in Rangely, Maine, opened last spring as a 10-lane center that also houses a three-table billiards room with shuffleboard and darts, a prize redemption arcade, a private party room for gatherings of up to 50 people, and an extensive snack bar with full bar and […]

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The Untold Stories and the Unsung Heros: <br / >How Bowling Centers Keep Equipment in Top Shape

The Untold Stories and the Unsung Heros:
How Bowling Centers Keep Equipment in Top Shape

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Bowling. The word conjures up memories of lazy afternoons or energetic evenings spent amid the roar of the alley, surrounded by friends and family who cheer on the strikes and groan at the gutter balls.  Bowling is the top-ranked participatory sport in the United States, attracting nearly 70 million bowlers in 2009, according to the […]

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Sponsors

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Store on Wheels

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Soft Play

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Extreme Engineering

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

Embed

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

Rio Syrup

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Spectrum Sports

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Knight Equipment

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Aquaventronics

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Max Flight

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sureshot Redemption

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Poly Products

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Penny Press

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

American Changer

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

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.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Bulbtronics

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Tear Repair

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

Perfect Fry

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Art Attack

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Spectrum
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