Archive for 2014

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

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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

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

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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

March 1, 2014 No Comments

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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Sponsors

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Sureshot Redemption

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

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.

Spectrum Sports

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

American Changer

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Tear Repair

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Perfect Fry

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

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.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Formula K Raceways

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Art Attack

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Penny Press

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

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Laser Star

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Rio Syrup

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

Bulbtronics

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Knight Equipment

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Embed

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Extreme Engineering

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Aquaventronics

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Poly Products

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Stoelting
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys