Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Food for Thought: Listening to the Fun Food Experts

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Increasing food sales at miniature golf and go-kart parks requires taking inventory of more than just the food items on hand.  It starts with evaluating your food service operation and the type of attraction it complements to balance the menu with the venue.  Customers want quality, taste, price and interesting items.  From getting the most […]

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Retail Space: The New Frontier

April 1, 2011 No Comments

At one point in our industry, finding the right space at the right price was often the most difficult part of opening an indoor Family Entertainment Center – harder in some cases than attaining the financing. Obviously, the more built-up areas, which have the highest populations and best demographics, suffered from this issue the most. […]

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Safety and Security Questions You Might Not Want to Hear

April 1, 2011 No Comments

What does safety mean to a family fun center? Oh boy, you should not have asked me this question. This could be a two-day seminar, not an article. This article is not for the weak, or timid. The questions below should be read only after taking some Pepto Bismol or something equivalent. I am not […]

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Customer Service Translates into a Perfect Game for Pro-Shop Owners

April 1, 2011 No Comments

If  Tony Reyes had to point out what makes a pro-shop successful, he would say customer interaction. As a PBA athlete and pro-shop owner at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., he knows that his customers count on him not only for the right equipment but for tips and instruction on how to be […]

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Pro-Shops Offer Bowling Center Customers Both Sound Equipment and Sound Advice

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling centers know that if their customers enjoy the game, they will come back for more. To inspire their customers to become better bowlers, many centers have added a pro-shop.  Run as independent entities, the pro shop offers bowlers advice not only on what equipment to use, but also advice and sometimes coaching on how […]

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Food at Bowling Centers: Advice to Maximize Your Profits

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Consumer discretionary income has dwindled with the economy, and furthermore has been divided by even more cost-effective and attractive offers from your competitors.  Consumers are developing into better shoppers and have become much more conscious of how they spend their money.  As a businessperson, it is vital to put your establishment at the forefront of […]

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Off-Season Maintenance – Tips to Make the Most of Winter

February 2, 2011 No Comments

When golf balls quit rolling on the mini course and go karts slow to an idle and stop in the pond after Labor Day, activities in the park don’t wind to a halt just because the patrons are gone. It just changes and shifts from recreation to renovation, presenting challenges to overcome and maintenance steps […]

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Rolling a Strike with Food and Beverage – Making Real Money With Real Food

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The beauty of bowling is you don’t have to be a pro to throw a few games and have some fun. Bowling also packs a lot of value into one activity, it’s interactive, gets you moving and is still relatively affordable. Adding to its widespread appeal: you don’t even have to leave the building for […]

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Financing In The Brave New World

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Now that our economy is beginning to pick up some steam, many project developers have become re-engaged in the process of launching new entertainment projects. In actuality, the time couldn’t be better, as a combination of a depressed commercial real estate market, an eager construction industry, and an aggressive supplier-pricing environment provide an exceptional foundation […]

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Advice for Creating Memorable Moments

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The Signature Move Owners and mangers, create your very own signature move to leaves a powerful impression. Guests recognized by owners and top management feel extra important. Picking out the birthday child and showing off your signature move adds a deposit to the TLC (tender loving care) bank account that birthday parties are all about. […]

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Sponsors

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Sureshot Redemption

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Store on Wheels

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Art Attack

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

American Changer

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Bulbtronics

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

Laser Star

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

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