Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

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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Bowling Center Special Events <br/>Building Business with Parties and Fundraisers

Bowling Center Special Events
Building Business with Parties and Fundraisers

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Bowling centers have a lot going for them as a party venue. Besides the popularity of the game itself, the odds of booking more parties increases with high-scoring efforts toward building a party-friendly reputation. Various companies occupy the 24-lane Cordova Lanes in Pensacola, Fla. Marketing and Events Coordinator Tim Shipman expanded that element to include […]

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Edible Entertainment
Making Food Fun at Bowling Centers

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The bowling industry is comprised of a diverse group of bowling centers that range in size from the intimate eight-lane centers to the mega family entertainment centers.  Bowling centers’ food and beverage operations range in size from snack bar settings to sports bars and even fine dining.  But no matter the size of the center, […]

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Facility Focus <br/>Branchburg Sports Complex, Branchburg, N.J.

Facility Focus
Branchburg Sports Complex, Branchburg, N.J.

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Opened in November of 2010, Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC) in Branchburg, N.J., is a rare kind of entertainment center. Part Family Entertainment, part Sports Complex and part Fitness Center, you won’t find many other facilities anywhere quite like this 78,000-square-foot monster! We recently spent some time speaking with owner Mark Lauber about his facility and […]

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Media Vision Inc. Spotlights Award-winning Products in a New Facility

Media Vision Inc. Spotlights Award-winning Products in a New Facility

November 1, 2012 No Comments

The September, 2012, opening of Media Vision Inc.’s Fun² family entertainment center location in Whitby, Canada, comes on the heels of 15 years of combat arena manufacturing and theming experience of the company’s Tom and Andy Appleton. The pair have successfully set up fun centers worldwide, and the locations are typically between 10,000 and 20,000 […]

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How to Approach Your Laser Tag Project or Renovation for Maximum Impact

November 1, 2012 No Comments

When approaching a new laser tag project or an upgrade to an existing one, which direction should you take? Are you focused on the right things or on what the salesmen may be trying to sell you? Let’s examine some of the major players you will need to examine and discuss how to properly evaluate […]

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Sponsors

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Store on Wheels

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Sureshot Redemption

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

Bulbtronics

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Extreme Engineering

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

American Changer

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

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.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Art Attack

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Johnny Rockets
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Funovation
Empex Water Toys