Archive for 2012

Six Top Tips for Hiring and Training Great Order Takers and Servers

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Hire wisely. You can train nice people to do almost anything, but you can’t train people to be nice. Have an effective food delivery system. Make sure the staff fully understands it and is capable of executing the assigned tasks. Preach patience. Staff needs to be periodically reminded not to show frustration. Put guests first. […]

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Insights on Bowling Food Service

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Best Operating Tips from the Nation’s Centers Food and beverages typically account for a full one-third of bowling center revenues. Regardless if they are snack bars and luncheonettes or full service restaurants and lounges, all bowling centers face the challenge of serving customers engaged in bowling across many lanes. From menu selection to service models, […]

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New Fashion Prizes Are Available from Novelty Redemption

New Fashion Prizes Are Available from Novelty Redemption

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Your customers can stay fashionably on-trend with merchandise from Novelty Redemption. With a design team focused solely on product creation, the company can offer the latest trends in fashion accessories at low prices. The accessories line features popular new trends such as Titanium Athletic bracelets and necklaces, Bling Fashion Slapz Watches, Spiky Silicone Bracelets and […]

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A Study in Profits

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Examining the Audience to Succeed with Redemption Games For operators to be profitable with redemption games, they have to know the market they serve.  Games and prizes that work well in taverns and bars might not bring a sufficient return on investment in a venue that targets younger families. Operators, who understand their demographic, experience […]

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Keeping FEC Arcades Profitable

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Top Strategies from Coin-Op Machine Operators It is a techie-world, in which we live. In many homes, one can find any number of electronics, from Wii games, to iPhones to iPads. Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) have to bring in the best, most exciting games, in order to stand up to the challenge that in-home entertainment […]

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Bowling Center Renovations Bring New Amenities and a Modern Vibe

June 3, 2012 No Comments

A group of college students walks into a bowling center near campus, but rather than leaving after playing a few games as in the past, they kick back in a separate lounge area, eating snacks and watching a baseball game on a flat-screen TV set. At another facility, a group of women enjoy a friend’s […]

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Bowling Is Better Together – How Technology Is Reinventing the Game

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Bowling is arguably one of America’s most popular pastimes with almost 70 million people bowling at least one game a year over the past 10 years.  Bowling is a sport with few boundaries to its enjoyment.  Whether a person is 6 years old or 106 years old, they can enjoy the game.  With a little […]

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Locations Are Turning to Embed for Site Conversions

Locations Are Turning to Embed for Site Conversions

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Embed, a leading provider of debit card and point-of-sale systems for the amusement and family entertainment industry, has announced that more than 20 locations have converted their systems and switched to Embed in the last 16 months. The Embed Systems are used to manage the cashless operation of games as well as the extensive redemption […]

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Laser Maze Challenge at Wilderness at the Smokies

Laser Maze Challenge at Wilderness at the Smokies

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Funovation® has installed another custom Laser Maze Challenge. You can now “snake your way through the Copperhead laser maze” at Tennessee’s largest year-round water park resort, Wilderness at the Smokies.

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Creative Works Inc. Completes Eastern Shore Lanes Project

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Creative Works Inc., put its stamp on a new entertainment facility in Spanish Fort, Ala., that just opened its doors to the public in April. Eastern Shore Lanes, which sits just outside Mobile, is a multi-attraction facility that provides a number of different options for guests including bowling, billiards, an arcade and laser tag. Creative […]

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Sponsors

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Max Flight

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

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.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Soft Play

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

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.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Spectrum Sports

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

Perfect Fry

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

Rio Syrup

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

Tear Repair

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Poly Products

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Embed

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Penny Press

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Aquaventronics

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Formula K Raceways

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Knight Equipment

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

American Changer

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Bulbtronics

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.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Laser Star

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Art Attack

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Extreme Engineering

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Store on Wheels

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys