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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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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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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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ILLINOIS PROPRIETORS FACE UNUSUAL REOPENING RESTRICTIONS

Bowling center owners in Illinois are now being allowed to reopen by Governor J.B. Pritzker, but with perhaps the most unusual limitation yet seen in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Centers may open Friday at 9 a.m., but all will be limited to no more than 50 people at a time for bowling. The same […]

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PROPOSAL ON STADIUM, DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT TABLED

The Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority was scheduled to hear a formal proposal today by P3 Partners, detailing its plans to redevelop the stadium and the Reno Events Center as part of a major downtown redevelopment project that also would involve the construction of a non-casino hotel. However, at the request of P3 Partners, […]

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A CLEAN SWEEP FOR LUBY PUBLISHING IN IBMA WRITING AWARDS

Luby Publishing Inc. writers scored an unprecedented clean sweep in the 2019 national writing competition conducted by the International Bowling Media Association, claiming all 12 awards. Gianmarc Manzione, Editor of Bowlers Journal International and Senior Editor of Bowling Center Management, won top honors in the Feature division. Long-time BJI contributor and “Pro Bowling Insider” columnist […]

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BPAA HALL OF FAMER KEIJIRO NAKANO PASSES AWAY

A giant of Japan’s bowling industry, Keijiro Nakano, died on May 16 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 93. Known throughout the industry as “Mr. Nakano,” his Starlanes chain of bowling centers was among the most successful in Japan, and his Eastern Sports Ltd. company was a leading distributor for many years. Due to […]

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WAITING TO CANCEL JUNIOR GOLD WOULD HAVE MADE NO DIFFERENCE

Even before International Bowling Campus Youth Development announced the cancellation of the 2020 Junior Gold Championships Presented by Hammer on April 16, it had become apparent that the tournament would not be able to be conducted in Las Vegas this summer. That’s because Governor Sisolak has been slower than most governors in formulating a reopening […]

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