Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Seven Top Tips for Smart Equipment Buying

April 4, 2013 No Comments

  Know your market and who you want to be in terms of food as it relates to your attraction. Define what your market will support in terms of food operations. Look for ways to leverage your location to expand food operations. Right build: Don’t over or under equip your kitchen. Consider all costs, including […]

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Food Equipment to Get Eatery Earnings Rolling

Food Equipment to Get Eatery Earnings Rolling

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Whether putting or racing, patrons are attracted to the sight and smell of great food—no matter if the facility offers basic snacks or something more comprehensive. What’s offered, of course, depends on a number of factors, ranging from demographics and layout to location. One element that is common across facilities, though, is the need for […]

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Food At the Bowling Center:
Aiming For the Perfect Game

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Serious bowlers know that getting the right spin on the ball depends on using the right ball. A game of skill, a product, a service, is only as good as the sum of its parts and that goes for food, too. Satisfying hungry customers boils down to finding the best ingredients, achieving the right style […]

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Finding the Best of the Best
Vendors that Keep Laser Tag Operations Humming

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The laser tag industry has some of the most political and confusing sales strategies in the entertainment world. I mentioned last year that there were some ways of dealing with the hype and pushing through to find what works best for your business. This year we’re going to spend some time dissecting what is really […]

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Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers: <br/>Ensuring the Best Coverage

Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers:
Ensuring the Best Coverage

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For those of entrepreneurial spirit, owning a business can be quite rewarding. Business owners enjoy many perks such as being their own boss, hiring their own team of workers and, hopefully, reaping the rewards of all their hard work. There are, however, risks involved when it comes to business ownership and entrepreneurs must make it […]

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Changing Lanes <br/> FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

Changing Lanes
FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Family Entertainment Centers around the nation are known for offering everything from go-karts to laser tag. But many companies are turning to one of the most traditional family activities to increase revenue: bowling. A main reason why Family Entertainment Centers believe bowling is a key to their future success is that so few new bowling […]

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A Simple Snack Solution
FEC Vending Machine Trends

February 10, 2013 No Comments

As more and more bowling centers increase their snack bar offerings or convert snack bars into full restaurants, managers and owners are keeping it basic when it comes to vending machines. There was a time when bowling centers featured a wide variety of vending machines, including food and drinks and even bowling supplies ranging from […]

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Training to Withstand the Test of Time

Training to Withstand the Test of Time

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Time and time again when I am out in the field visiting sites, I notice when a site has poor staff training and it directly affects the guest experience for first-time customers. This is something my predecessors have also noticed in the past, and if this sounds like your center you are losing money! Staff […]

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The Top Benefits of Staying Inside

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The greatest and most obvious benefit of operating an indoor course is that the weather does not impact the business. “You don’t need to worry about the cold, or it being too hot, or wind, rain, sleet or snow, so you have the potential for a year-round business,” said Rob Stevens, owner of Shankz Black […]

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Inside Information <br/>How to Find Success with Indoor Miniature Golf

Inside Information
How to Find Success with Indoor Miniature Golf

January 3, 2013 No Comments

When one thinks about playing miniature golf, images of windmills and complex landscaping usually pop up, but a new wave of indoor mini-golf courses has given a new generation a different way to putt the ball into the hole. Today, black light, glow-in-the-dark, 3-D courses are all the rage and as more people experience them, […]

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Sponsors

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

American Changer

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Sureshot Redemption

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Store on Wheels

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

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.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Bulbtronics

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Laser Star

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Art Attack

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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Spectrum Sports
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