Archive for 2013

Quick-Coin Snacks <br/>Food and Beverage Vending at Zoos and Aquariums

Quick-Coin Snacks
Food and Beverage Vending at Zoos and Aquariums

February 10, 2013 No Comments

When you’re at a zoo or aquarium and hunger hits, it’s not always convenient to find a nearby food kiosk or concession stand, and if all you want is a quick snack or a bottle of water, waiting on line for 20 minutes or more can be tiresome, especially with children in tow. That’s why […]

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Tokens Direct Has New Conservation Token Designs in Stock

February 10, 2013 No Comments

TokensDirect has available new conservation token designs available from stock for faster shipment.  Ideal for use with “Quarters for Conservation” programs, these attractive tokens feature a penguin, a giraffe or a jaguar on the front with wording to direct them to vote for a conservation project on the back.  These standard designs can be minted […]

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After Dark Lights Up Interest for Universal Space (UNIS)

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Launched in Europe early this year at the EAG London, After Dark from Universal Space (UNIS) is a well-priced, top-of-the-range deluxe video machine with motion platform that is creating high interest. Aimed at young teens and above, this video game offers a fully functioning steering wheel, guns with motion and a motion platform (DLX version).  […]

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Barron Games Exhibits the X-Puttt Nano

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Barron Games International exhibited the X-Putt Nano at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., early this year. This is a new addition to the company’s product line that was first debuted at IAAPA 2012. The X-Putt Nano incorporates the same great features as the original X-Putt, but is over 50 percent smaller. The size […]

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Apple Industries Hires Industry Veteran Paul Jacobs as Vice President of International Sales

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Paul Jacobs has joined Apple Industries as vice president of International Sales and Marketing, where he will lead the company’s ongoing sales and marketing of its line of advanced Face Place digital photo booths to Europe, Asia and Latin America. “The presence of Paul Jacobs, whose leadership has been known and respected worldwide in our […]

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The Outlook for New Games
How Operators Are Facing Today’s Challenges

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The amusement and vending industry continues to go through changes and challenges. In the past few years, improving technology with home gaming systems, smoking bans in bars and taverns and population changes have forced operators to think outside their comfort zone to ensure their businesses’ survival. As owner of Antler Amusement Company in San Antonio, […]

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Finding the Best of the Best
Vendors that Keep Laser Tag Operations Humming

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The laser tag industry has some of the most political and confusing sales strategies in the entertainment world. I mentioned last year that there were some ways of dealing with the hype and pushing through to find what works best for your business. This year we’re going to spend some time dissecting what is really […]

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Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers: <br/>Ensuring the Best Coverage

Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers:
Ensuring the Best Coverage

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For those of entrepreneurial spirit, owning a business can be quite rewarding. Business owners enjoy many perks such as being their own boss, hiring their own team of workers and, hopefully, reaping the rewards of all their hard work. There are, however, risks involved when it comes to business ownership and entrepreneurs must make it […]

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Changing Lanes <br/> FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

Changing Lanes
FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Family Entertainment Centers around the nation are known for offering everything from go-karts to laser tag. But many companies are turning to one of the most traditional family activities to increase revenue: bowling. A main reason why Family Entertainment Centers believe bowling is a key to their future success is that so few new bowling […]

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A Simple Snack Solution
FEC Vending Machine Trends

February 10, 2013 No Comments

As more and more bowling centers increase their snack bar offerings or convert snack bars into full restaurants, managers and owners are keeping it basic when it comes to vending machines. There was a time when bowling centers featured a wide variety of vending machines, including food and drinks and even bowling supplies ranging from […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Aquaventronics

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

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Bulbtronics

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

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.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Knight Equipment

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

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Art Attack

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Tear Repair

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Embed

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Rio Syrup

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Max Flight

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Laser Star

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Penny Press

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Spectrum Sports

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Soft Play

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

American Changer

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Spectrum
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