Archive for April, 2012

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Creative Interpretations of Retro Bowling Food

April 5, 2012 No Comments

For some bowling centers, a lucky strike is finding the perfect balance between the games and the food being served. But as more boutique bowling alleys pop up around the country – like the ultra-hip North Bowl in Philadelphia’s trendy Northern Liberties neighborhood – or even Lucky Strike in Los Angeles, bowlers are expecting a […]

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Digital Menu Boards <br />The Price Is Right To Add This Upgrade To Your Center

Digital Menu Boards
The Price Is Right To Add This Upgrade To Your Center

April 5, 2012 No Comments

I am so excited about digital menu boards, and for a very good reason!  First let me detail some of their benefits, and at the end of this article I’ll tell you why I’m so jazzed. The digital menu board is an ideal option when thinking about the replacement of your conventional light boxes or […]

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The Top Five Marketing Tools Your Center Should Have

April 5, 2012 No Comments

The path to creating excitement for your center has been changing lately. Are you keeping up? Here are five things your FEC should have in place to embrace the new promotional landscape: Modernize your website. Websites were never intended to be created and ignored. Are you keeping the content on your site fresh? Consider moving […]

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Meeting the Challenges of Smart Food Service Staffing and Training

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Tips for Good Decisions No matter the attraction, customers want to have a tasty, no-surprise food experience as part of the fun.  Regardless if they are cooks, frontline or wait staff, your staff has to deliver quality food all served up with a generous measure of consistently exceptional customer service. From hiring employees with the […]

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Food Served with Vision and Planning

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Having specific goals to bolster a broad vision and aid in business planning are the hallmarks of a forward-thinking roadmap for the future. In the quick-changing and sometimes unpredictable leisure entertainment industry, keeping an eye toward the direction of the industry and its many fluctuations represent an important mindset to launching successful brands and experiences. […]

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Business Strategies:
Top Tips For Handling Tokens and Redemption Tickets

April 3, 2012 No Comments

The handling of tokens and/or prize redemption tickets is a “necessary evil” for most, if not all, family entertainment centers, as well as for other leisure venues that have coin-operated games and attractions. Control over both components is most easily achieved through a few simple “best practices.” On the token side, operators whose facilities use […]

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Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Bulbtronics

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

American Changer

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM 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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Aquaventronics

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Penny Press

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Knight Equipment

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Soft Play

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tear Repair

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Extreme Engineering

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

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

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.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Formula K Raceways

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Perfect Fry

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

Store on Wheels

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Poly Products

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

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.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Rio Syrup

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

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Laser Star

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

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