Archive for February, 2012

Flights of Fancy – The Creation and Maintenance of Butterfly Gardens

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Delicate and graceful are two words often used to describe butterflies. And finding a balance between maintaining attractions that spotlight these poetic, winged creatures, as well as promoting them, can be a practice in all things Mother Nature. At CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, Calif., the butterfly garden may not be a major […]

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Business Strategies: Finding and Maintaining Relationships with the Best Food and Food Equipment Vendors

February 14, 2012 No Comments

Food service now ranks as such an integral component of, and profit generator for, many leisure entertainment facilities, making it more important than ever to offer high-quality fare. Finding the best food and food equipment vendors, as well as cultivating and maintaining long-term relationships with these entities, will help venues of all kinds to attain […]

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The $17,000 Rubber Band

February 14, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel There are times when a small item or incident can have a giant impact on people, whether at work or at home. I am always looking for lessons learned from such events. Here is one incident example for all of us to consider. Worker’s Comp A Worker’s Comp insurance representative told […]

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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.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Perfect Fry

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Art Attack

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

American Changer

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

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.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tear Repair

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Rio Syrup

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Formula K Raceways

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Spectrum Sports

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Max Flight

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Laser Star

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Knight Equipment

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Embed

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Aquaventronics

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Penny Press

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Store on Wheels

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Soft Play

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Poly Products

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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