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

March 1, 2014 No Comments

“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

Rio Syrup

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

American Changer

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

Perfect Fry

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Bulbtronics

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Extreme Engineering

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Tear Repair

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Store on Wheels

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Max Flight

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Art Attack

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Poly Products

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Penny Press

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

Embed

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Knight Equipment

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Aquaventronics

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Laser Star

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Soft Play

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Johnny Rockets
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys