Archive for Bowling

An Alley that Meets its Mark <br> The Timber Lanes Story

An Alley that Meets its Mark
The Timber Lanes Story

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald  When Rick and Kathy LeChette bought the old Oxford Strike ‘N Spare Lanes, they wanted to bring the longtime bowling alley back to life with a few added features for today’s generation. The couple started making this old-timey alley their own by not only changing the name to Timber Lanes and […]

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Ideas for Great Events<br> Party Advice for Bowling Centers

Ideas for Great Events
Party Advice for Bowling Centers

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold When hosting a birthday party, there are lots of things a bowling center can do to make it a huge success. Allison Jennings, general manager, WOW! Zone Family Entertainment Center, Mankato, Minn., schedules a host to work at each party. The host is responsible for keeping all activities on track, ordering food […]

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Gazing into the Crystal Bowling Ball <br>Trends and the Future

Gazing into the Crystal Bowling Ball
Trends and the Future

December 29, 2016 No Comments

By Pamela Kleibrink Thompson The new year might be time for a fresh look at your center and what it means to your community.  These center managers and owners share how they are serving their communities and meeting the needs of their customers. Terry Saracino, general manager of T-Bowl Lanes II in Wayne, N.J., has […]

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Bowling Centers: Getting Your Food and Beverage Sales on a Roll

Bowling Centers: Getting Your Food and Beverage Sales on a Roll

August 26, 2016 No Comments

At Big Al’s Inc., in Vancouver, Wash., everything needs to be giant and overwhelming—including food and beverage portions. “Our food matches our brand and has guests saying ‘wow’,” said Thomas King II, food and beverage director at the three facilities, which are an average 65,000 square feet in size. Names of food items on the […]

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Centers with Themed Elements to Spare <br> Trends in Bowling Center Design

Centers with Themed Elements to Spare
Trends in Bowling Center Design

May 25, 2016 No Comments

By Genie Davis From a retro-look to a knight’s castle theme, bowling centers nationwide rely on a wide variety of design and theming strategies to keep balls rolling down the lanes. Regardless of the decor choices made, the best bowling center designs appeal to customer demographics or offer unique attributes that make a center stand […]

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Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment

Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment

February 22, 2016 No Comments

Scott and Jenny Emley always dreamed of launching a family business. This past January, their dream became a reality with the launch of High 5 Entertainment in Lakeway, Texas, a multi-faceted recreation center that is a family business in all senses of the word — serving clients “from age 2 to 102,” said Scott Emley […]

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Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction<br> The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers

Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction
The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By June Allan Corrigan  Lighting can bring a whole new dimension to bowling. Some patrons prefer traditional illumination methods while others, particularly the younger generation and families, are always eager to try something new. Even bowling centers that decide to stick with the tried and true are updating their lighting systems these days for the […]

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Booking for Bucks  <br>Scheduling More Parties at Bowling Centers

Booking for Bucks
Scheduling More Parties at Bowling Centers

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold Parties are a major source of income for bowling centers. So how can center’s strike it rich by getting a surge in party bookings? At Jupiter Lanes in Jupiter, Fla., Christine Vitolo, owner, said front desk staff greet every customer that comes in, whether they are a league or open play bowler. […]

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How to Throw a Safety Strike
Tips on Choosing Bowling Insurance and Preventing Claims

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold As a business owner, you need to protect your investment. Obviously, you need to choose a good insurance company for the unfortunate times when something goes wrong. Several things should be top of mind when selecting an insurer for your bowling center. Mark Voight, president and CEO of seven bowling centers in […]

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A League of Its Own – New Family Entertainment Center Takes  the Concept to Exciting Levels

A League of Its Own – New Family Entertainment Center Takes the Concept to Exciting Levels

June 2, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold With 10 years in business and the completion of five entertainment properties in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and California, Entertainment Properties Group was no stranger to the industry. But the company’s executives yearned to do something a little different when considering their next venture. “We had been looking for a location for […]

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