Archive for March, 2014

Five Tips for a Blue Ribbon Prize Counter

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Stay in Eyeshot: Keep merchandise in customers’ line of sight. Place children’s items lower and prizes for adults up higher. Make Choices Count. Keep your redemption counter full and stocked with a variety of items. Hang Prizes High. Colorful items are ideal choices to hang from the ceiling to draw customers’ attention to the redemption […]

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Family Entertainment Center Operational Tips
The Redemption Toy and Prize Picture

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Jessica Leigh Brown Family entertainment centers have a little something for every guest to enjoy, from bowling alleys to driving ranges to go-kart courses, depending on the facility. But playing a few rounds of Skee-ball in the arcade is an ever-popular activity, and after showing off their skills, guests get a handful of tickets […]

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Arcade Game Report
Fun Diversions to Keep Minds and Bodies Moving

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Alison Levin With technology advancing at lightning-fast speed, at-home gaming systems provide users the opportunity to get lost in a world of alternate reality. The ability to play these games from the comfort of one’s own sofa, forces amusement and vending machine operating companies to have to face a reality of their own: uncovering […]

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Laser Tag: Creative Works Holds Educational Event

March 1, 2014 No Comments

The most recent LaserTAG360 EVENT from Creative Works was held in early February in Indianapolis, Ind. Entrepreneurs and current business owners from all over North America attended the two-day educational session to learn about adding a laser tag attraction to a new or existing entertainment facility. It was the seventh time the company has organized […]

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Laser Tag: Big and Small Changes to Improve the Bottom Line

March 1, 2014 No Comments

The fun of laser tag games is holding steady for customers of all ages nationwide. But each laser tag entertainment arena has their own tips and techniques to improve their bottom line. At Rascals Family Fun Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Manager Glen Peterson focuses on mainly locally based customers of all ages with his South […]

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Roller Skating: Setting the Scene for Success  <br/>Tips for Best Music, Lighting, Carpeting and Paint Practices at Roller Skating Centers

Roller Skating: Setting the Scene for Success
Tips for Best Music, Lighting, Carpeting and Paint Practices at Roller Skating Centers

March 1, 2014 No Comments

While many skating centers feature new lighting technology like lasers and black lights, VanHouten said that the disco ball is still king of the rink. “The old standard is still the disco ball,” she said. “Everybody always wants to make sure the disco ball’s going.” Moonlight Rollerway has made some advancements in lighting, according to […]

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Six Tips to Sell More Food

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Get the Picture. Remember that people respond to visual cues. Show pictures of your food choices on big screen TVs and post food posters and photographs throughout the center. Go All Out. Line baskets with wax paper for a fancier look, and make sure paper plates are good quality for food with a higher perceived […]

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Tips to Keep Food Sales Simmering
Best Menu and Food Equipment Additions

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Undoubtedly, mini-golf courses and go-karts attract customers to family entertainment centers, but offering guests the right foods will make their visit more enjoyable and boost a center’s bottom line. Classic Foods Much like golfing and spring in the Garden City of Augusta, Ga., go hand in hand, so do classic foods and fun at Putt-Putt. […]

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Allied Bowling Corp. Meets Industry Needs Large and Small

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Allied Bowling is a new and used capital equipment manufacturer of full-size and mini-bowling products. Specializing in supplying the WOW Factor for new family entertainment centers and bowling lounges, the company is focused on the latest and greatest in energy efficient LED products to enhance the customer experience. From LED lit gutters/capping  and pit lights, […]

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Allied Bowling Corp. Adds Alex Gonzalez to the Team

Allied Bowling Corp. Adds Alex Gonzalez to the Team

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Allied Bowling Corp. has announced the addition of Alex Gonzalez to its team. As one of the top string pinsetter mechanics in the nation, Gonzalez brings 25 years of industry experience as a master mechanic rebuilding and installing pinsetters and scoring. Additionally, Gonzalez will be responsible for technical support, will head up the pinsetter remanufacturing […]

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Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

Tear Repair

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

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.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Knight Equipment

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Max Flight

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Art Attack

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Embed

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Family Fun Corp.

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

American Changer

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Poly Products

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending 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.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Spectrum Sports

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Laser Star

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

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