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I wonder what center this is?  Brunswick masking units from the 60s, above ground ball returns.  Awesome!

This was from facebook and the caption read:


From the Bowlers Journal held in conjunction with the USBC Open:

The husband and wife duo of Robin and Billy Orlikowski of Grand Rapids, Mich., earned the Mixed Doubles title with an 1838 total, also a record at “The BJ.”

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My bowling center has the above ground ball returns as well. I prefer below ground personally, when the ball comes back it can be a distraction.
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I just heard back, the bowling center is called Wengers Bowling Center

Wengers Bowling Center

629 Leonard Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-4204
 
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This family-owned bowling center features 16 lanes and has a snack bar that provides a variety of food.
 
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Keith Kingston
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what bowling center are the Orlikowski's pictured in?
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Grand Rapids Bowling
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That is Wengers Bowling Center.
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Matt Roberts
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only one of thee 2 best bowling centers in grand rapids, wenger's recreation, still oiled by hand. the other beauty in the city is clique lanes. both 2 story gems, and great people running both places.
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I'm from the Detroit area, might have to take a trip up there soon to check it out. My buddy is from Rochester, NY, and they have a place called Parkview Lanes, which is very similar to Wengers, where they oil by hand, etc. It's a 8 lane house.
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Matt Roberts commented on Grand Rapids Bowling's photo:

 

"wenger's has 8 lanes up and down, so does the clique, but clique actually has underground ball returns now.  but both still have the old school metal masking units, and the clique has the light up amf pindicator, but the pin light ups aren't connected anymore, both have been computerized, so not completely retro."

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We have a 6-up, 6-down center here in Rochester...L&M Lanes.  I haven't bowled there since I was in the junior traveling league back in the 80s, but I hear it's still pretty retro.  I also hear they have a pretty good restaurant in there too.

And it's Parkview Bowl, not Lanes. 



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Yep my buddy Matt and I have bowled there on many occasions. Its a fun place to go. The guy who owns it used to drill some of my stuff. Nothing like good ole hand oiled lanes.


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Sorry Chris for calling it Lanes and not Bowl...which leads me to my question...why do some bowling centers have "lanes" in it, like where I bowl, Country Lanes....and why do other have "bowl" in the name, like where Chris bowls, Parkview Bowl?


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Personally I think it just depends on preference. Mostly how it sounds like with the other part of the name. Some places just sound better as a bowl then as lanes. Also there may be another center in the area that has one of the names so they try to distinguish the two. These are just my guesses.


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I'm pretty sure all AMF centers are called "Lanes".  There's a center around here that was called "Gates Bowl" before AMF took it over, and "Gates Lanes" afterwards.  Bowl sounds better, IMHO.



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