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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Sponsors

Penny Press

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

American Changer

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water 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.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Max Flight

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Family Fun Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Extreme Engineering

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

Art Attack

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Poly Products

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

Knight Equipment

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Laser Star

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Rio Syrup

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.