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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Poly Products

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Laser Star

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Embed

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Soft Play

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

American Changer

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tear Repair

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Penny Press

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Art Attack

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Formula K Raceways

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Max Flight

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Perfect Fry

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Bulbtronics

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Aquaventronics

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

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Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.