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AN ICONIC 4-LANER — A FORMER SPEAKEASY — PREPARING TO CLOSE

The year was 1929. The United States was nine years into what clearly was becoming a failed social experiment known as Prohibition. In New Jersey, on the town line between Paterson and Clifton, a new business opened. It featured four bowling lanes, and beer was sold covertly out of buckets of ice. By definition, that […]

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Cyber Report #1123

E-dition No. 1,123 • Friday, August 21, 2020 Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com) Iconic Orange County Center Goes Up for Sale Rumors have been swirling about Fountain Bowl, the 60-lane center in Fountain Valley, Calif., which has hosted PBA, PWBA, PBA50, U.S. Open and countless other tournaments through the years. One rumor is that the center […]

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A BOWLING PROPRIETOR’S MOST UNUSUAL SIDE BUSINESS EVER?

Through the years, we’ve heard about lots of “side businesses” operating inside bowling centers, everything from the common pro shops to the less-common hair salons, barbershops and even travel agencies. The leased space provided a nice source of dependable revenue for proprietors. But when Village Lanes in Leesburg, Va., reopens after remodeling and post-pandemic, it […]

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‘COVID-19 BOWLING SEASON FINALLY BEGINS IN WASHINGTON

At long last, the bowling industry in the state of Washington is being allowed to welcome back customers. “It has been a long wait,” said Greg Olsen, Executive Director of the Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association. “The waiting is now over.” Effective immediately, bowling centers will be permitted to re-open as a “Phase Two” business, […]

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Cyber Report #1122

E-dition No. 1,122 • Friday, August 14, 2020 Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com) BPAA and STE Unveil ‘Go Bowling America’ Campaign To commemorate National Bowling Day this past Saturday, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and Strike Ten Entertainment launched a nationwide league bowling program called “Go Bowling America” to encourage consumers to come back to […]

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Cyber Report #1121

E-dition No. 1,121 • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com) New Classification Helps Reopen Centers in Illinois Is bowling a sport or recreation? That question has been at the forefront of bowling’s Olympic Games quest for decades. And now, the answer to that question has become an important element in the reopening of […]

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Cyber Report #1120

E-dition No. 1,120 • Friday, July 31, 2020 Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com) Mandated Closure Claims Cloverleaf Family Bowl The COVID-19 pandemic claimed perhaps its highest-profile center to date when, on July 24, the Chambers and Hillman families announced that Cloverleaf Family Bowl in Fremont, Calif., would not be reopening. In an open letter to the […]

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2020 NATIONAL BOWLING DAY SET FOR AUG. 8

National Bowling Day will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 8, and to commemorate the event, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and Strike Ten Entertainment will launch a nationwide league bowling program called “Go Bowling America” to encourage consumers to come back to the lanes where centers have reopened and when they are ready to […]

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Cyber Report #1119

E-dition No. 1,119 • Friday, July 24, 2020 Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com) 75 North Carolina Centers Reopen… Then Are Shut Down Again Considering BPAA Past President Nancy Schenk is North Carolina Legislative Chair of the Bowling Proprietors Association of the Carolinas and Georgia, it should come as no surprise that the 75 BPAC/GA-member centers in […]

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