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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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Sponsors

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Penny Press

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Sureshot Redemption

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tear Repair

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

American Changer

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

Knight Equipment

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Store on Wheels

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Laser Star

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Formula K Raceways

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Extreme Engineering

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

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.

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.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Aquaventronics

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Max Flight

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Soft Play

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Art Attack

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Bulbtronics

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

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