Business

No Bowlers Hurt in Gunfight Outside Florida Center

April 14th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

In what was described by police as “unforeseeable criminal activity,” one person was killed and two were injured in a gunfight in the parking lot of Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Sunday night. “Police told us,,, there is no reason to change our protocols,” Keith Baldwin, General Manager of the bowling center, told the Orlando […]


South S.F. Center Staying Put

April 9th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brentwood Bowl had been earmarked for a move and expansion across the street from its long-time location in South San Francisco. Plans called for a housing development on the original site, and for the center to re-locate in a vacated Century Theatres building, meaning the number of lanes could be increased from 16 to 39. […]


Holler House Advances to ‘Final 4′ in Historic Bars Bracket

April 1st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Holler House Advances to 'Final 4' in Historic Bars Bracket

Two Milwaukee bars with distinctive atmospheres — the Safe House and bowling’s beloved Holler House — were selected to be included in bracket competition for the title of “America’s Favorite Historic Bar.” The selections were made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which features an historic bar series on its blog. Research for that […]


Atlantic City ‘Playground’ to Include Bowling Venue

April 1st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

There hasn’t been much good business news coming out of Atlantic City in recent years, as a sluggish economy conspired with the nationwide expansion of gaming to shutter a number of the city’s iconic casinos. But now, Philadelphia-based developer Bart Blatstein has announced that he intends to redevelop Atlantic City’s Pier Shops at Caesars, rechristen […]


ReelzChannel, Strike Ten Ink Cross-Promotional Deal

March 27th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

ReelzChannel, Strike Ten Ink Cross-Promotional Deal

Strike Ten Entertainment has teamed up with ReelzChannel to launch the ReelzChannel Free Game of Bowling campaign to promote the Saturday, April 11, premiere of the new REELZ reality television series, Polka Kings. Running March 29-May 24, the campaign will encourage ReelzChannel fans to visit www.reelz.com/PolkaKings, where they can download a printable coupon for a […]


Storm Fills Technical Customer Service Position

March 26th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Storm Products’ Technical Director Steve Kloempken has announced that Chad McLean will be joining Storm in Brigham City, Utah, as the Technical Customer Service Representative, a role that became available last month when Mike Sargent left to pursue his passion for pro shop ownership and operation. In his new position, McLean will provide consumers and […]


Bowling Is Back in Trumansburg After 16 Years

March 26th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Village of Trumansburg in New York’s Tompkins County had been without a bowling center since April 24, 1999, when Tri-County Lanes was destroyed in a fire. But as of last night, bowling is back in Trumansburg, thanks to the opening of a new business called Atlas — a restaurant and a bar that uses […]


Changing Beer World Leads to New STE Deal

March 26th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Changing Beer World Leads to New STE Deal

The beer business has changed markedly in recently years. Once dominated by single brands, today it’s a mix of heritage brands, various levels of “light” beer, and an expanding “craft beer” category. That’s what makes the new two-year agreement between Strike Ten Entertainment and MillerCoors so compelling, not to mention timely. STE, which functions as […]


Lausanne Complex Welcomes World Bowling

March 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Lausanne Complex Welcomes World Bowling

World Bowling, the global governing body of our sport, has taken up residence at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland. In a media release, World Bowling said the move “marks a huge milestone in bowling’s history and signifies the beginning of an era of vast development for the sport.” On its website, the […]


Site of SoCal Bowling Awards Banquets to Be Razed

March 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Among the most popular Bowlers Journal features in recent years have been the “travel” pieces that have transported readers to historic and/or interesting bowling venues in Detroit, Milwaukee, Las Vegas and along historic Route 66. The next travel feature is scheduled for the May issue. Unfortunately, putting together such a piece on Southern California is […]



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