Archive for 2014

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

March 1, 2014 No Comments

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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Sacoa Playcard® Teams Up with Switch® Bowling

March 1, 2014 No Comments

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

March 1, 2014 No Comments

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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Sponsors

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Perfect Fry

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Laser Star

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Bulbtronics

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Rio Syrup

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Art Attack

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Extreme Engineering

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Poly Products

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

Store on Wheels

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Soft Play

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

Knight Equipment

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

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.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Aquaventronics

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sureshot Redemption

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Tear Repair

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Embed

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

American Changer

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys