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April / May 2011

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Food Service Spotlight AZA Report – Controlled Quality: Keeping Food Service Payroll Costs Down Observing and anticipating attendance and sales patterns is a crucial aspect of controlling food service payroll costs at zoos and aquariums. Although certain events – such as spring break or a new exhibit – may be “no-brainers” in terms of staffing […]

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February/March 2011

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It’s a Wrap: Halloween 2010 <br/>Reflections on Last Season and the Future

It’s a Wrap: Halloween 2010
Reflections on Last Season and the Future

February 2, 2011 No Comments

For thrill-seekers desiring to look fear in the eye, the Halloween season is eagerly anticipated. Across the country, haunted attractions aim to provide the most intense, heart-thumping experience to spook these gluttons for terror.  A look into the 2010 season reveals some hits and misses of this past year and sheds light into new ways […]

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How Amusement Rental Companies Help Clients Get the Party Planning Right

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Matt Gershaw, general manager of All Season Rent-All in Greenwood Village, Colo., frequently deals with the customer demographic affectionately known as “Bridezilla.” Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Gershaw considers patience to be the most important attribute in a party planner. “Patience and a willingness to listen are definitely important,” said Gershaw. “You have to […]

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Harnessing Technology to Improve the Guest Experience at Zoos and Aquariums

Harnessing Technology to Improve the Guest Experience at Zoos and Aquariums

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The Internet, social media and smart phones are common tools for obtaining information in everyday life. However, technology is also helping zoos and aquariums inform and educate their guests and the public on animals that live both on land and beneath the sea. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre in British Columbia, Canada, has always […]

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Industry Trade Shows and Training Seminars – Making a Solid Choice for Life-Long Learning

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During challenging economic times there are usually more opportunities to make money by creating a niche market or by just simply increasing your market share. The reasons are quite simple to understand, most people are afraid of change or are just plain lazy and complacent—even while they are witnessing first hand their business revenues decreasing. […]

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Advice to Improve Your Business Outlook

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The leisure entertainment and amusement business is an evolving industry where the chance to learn and grow as an owner, manager or staff member is always present, a fact pointed out in this issue’s Business Strategies column. It’s very true that the poor economy has in no way spared out-of-home entertainment, but it also presents […]

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February / March 2011

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Waves 18    Imagine, Build, Play – Creating Interactive Water Attractions The dictionary defines “interactive” as simply “acting one upon or with the other” or “providing output based on input from the user.” Yet when you combine the concept of interactivity with water attractions, you open up a new world for children and adults to be […]

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Starting an Inflatable Party Rental Business
What to Embrace and What to Avoid

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Flexibility and a large, varied target market make starting an inflatables rental business a viable option for many would-be operators. “Done right, it definitely works,” said Richard Atchison, owner of 3-year-old Jump N Bounce Fun in Naugatuck, Conn. “The money can be incredible.” Atchison believes that doing his homework truly helped him to put Jump […]

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Stoelting Teams Up with Discovery Ice Cream to Create Robotic Dessert Experience

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Stoelting Foodservice Equipment has collaborated with Discovery Ice Cream to offer a new experience in ice cream consumption. The Discovery Ice Cream Robotic kiosks have been developed over a five-year period by a diverse team of leading engineers, innovators and robotics and ice cream experts. With this new collaboration between Stoelting and Discovery Ice Cream, […]

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Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

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Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Penny Press

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S&S Worldwide

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Adventure Glass

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Commercial cooking equipment.

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

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Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

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Perfect Fry

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Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Spectrum Sports

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R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Art Attack

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

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Funovation
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