Archive for March, 2014

Sacoa Playcard® Teams Up with Switch® Bowling

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Developer of the Playcard® system, Sacoa has announced the conclusion of an integration project with Switch® Bowling. The Switch® Bowling terminal can now accept credits stored on a customer’s playcard as payment as well as check card balances in real time. It also adds credits to the customer’s card, accepting cash or other forms of […]

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Brooklyn Bowl Hires Brunswick Bowling for London and Vegas Locations

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Brooklyn Bowl has partnered with Brunswick Bowling & Billiards to provide bowling design, equipment and installations for two new venues. The combination of top-notch music, memorable food and bowling was the key to success for the Williamsburg flagship, which opened in 2009. Founders and owners Charley Ryan and Peter Shapiro are looking forward to introducing […]

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Word-of-Mouth Advertising: The Drawbacks

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“You reach a bigger audience when you go outside of your own circle. When you don’t, the size of your audience is limited to people who are already customers.” – Karen Kleber, manager, East Windsor Bowling and Recreation Center “I believe that a customer is more willing to express a bad experience than a good […]

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Connecting with Customers  <br/>Best Promotional Strategies

Connecting with Customers
Best Promotional Strategies

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Holden Slattery The focus of the bowling industry’s marketing efforts is shifting away from print advertisements and mailed coupons and toward e-mail marketing, website content, and social media activity. What has not changed is the towering level of importance that bowling center owners place on providing great customer service and creating a fun atmosphere. […]

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Rides that Offer the Most Family Fun

Rides that Offer the Most Family Fun

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All rides are fun, but which one stands out as the all-time favorite at waterparks around the country? At Big Surf Waterpark, the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool is fun for everyone. “For 44 summers, families have enjoyed this great wave pool in a variety of ways including body surfing, rafting, boogie boarding and even surfing,” […]

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Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

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By Karen Appold A trip to a waterpark should be fun for the entire family. With this in mind, waterparks design rides that the entire family can enjoy together. Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook, Ill., which has about 125,000 visitors a year, has four water slides (two body and two tube slides) outdoors and two body […]

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Special 2014 Large Parks Preview

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By Chad Emerson Over the last two decades, the domestic large park industry has largely stalled in terms of building new theme parks.  While there are several exceptions like the 1999 opening of Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, domestic large park expansion has primarily been limited to mini-parks inside existing parks (think Universal’s Wizarding […]

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Paul Jacobs Joins Gold Standard Games/Shelti

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Gold Standard Games/Shelti has announced the appointment of Paul Jacobs to the position of Vice  President, Sales and Marketing.  Jacobs will oversee the sales and marketing of Gold Standard Games’ full line of pool tables, air hockey tables, foosballs and dart machines for both the coin-op and home markets.  Jacobs will be assisted by the […]

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Funovation Adds Guatemala to International Locations

Funovation Adds Guatemala to International Locations

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With the installation of the Laser Maze Challenge® at Divermax inside the SanKris Mall, Funovation is proud to add Guatemala to the list of countries where it is creating smiles. The unique shape of the maze is sure to challenge even the most seasoned player and is even more fun for friends playing together, according […]

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News Flash on Micro Markets

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Betson Enterprises Announces Distribution Agreement with Three Square Market Betson Enterprises, a leading world-wide distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment and coin operated parts and service, has announced that a distribution agreement has been reached with Three Square Market, a leading provider and innovator of micro market technology. As an authorized distributor, Betson will […]

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Sponsors

Penny Press

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

American Changer

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Extreme Engineering

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Max Flight

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

Laser Star

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Spectrum Sports

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Rio Syrup

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Store on Wheels

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Embed

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sureshot Redemption

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

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.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.