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Pullmyfinger

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There's a large center in the Flint area that's dry. Bowled a tournament there as a junior and asked where the bar was because that was our "paddock" at most houses. I was told there was no bar because they were right next to a church. Don't know if it's still open, but I don't know how they could make it without one.

There's also a center in St. Clair Shores just off Lake St. Clair that doesn't have a bar. It's a small house about 16 lanes or so. There is a bar right next store so I asked the owner why he doesn't have a door to the bar and he said it would get him in too much trouble. Most of the leagues there are church leagues that don't want the booze around anyway so it works for him. It's been there quite a long time so it must be profitable. About 10 years ago or so he upgraded to automatic scoring (from paper, no telescores) and synthetic overlays. A few years later added a party room.  
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Harbor Lanes??
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Harbor Lanes??


Lakeshore Lanes. Jefferson and Masonic. 
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Prophet margin must be very low.
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I don't know what the profit margin is at Lake Shore Lanes but they have few leagues. They have lots of open play, birthday parties and group outings such at Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. The center is also used by Lake Shore High School P.E. classes. It's owned by two brothers and a sister (inherited from their father); they also own a realty company (presumably a very profitable one) that owns a number of strip malls. The center has been owned by the same family since opening around 1950; it was expanded from 8 to 16 lanes around 1960.
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The prophet sees all and no bar means little profit!
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Maybe they just love owning a bowling alley and profit doesn't mean anything. It could also be the loss leader in their corporate tax return to help lower total taxes.
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Tax guys are always thinking.  Good one Keith.
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Maybe they just love owning a bowling alley and profit doesn't mean anything. It could also be the loss leader in their corporate tax return to help lower total taxes.


I think it's a little of each.
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I first bowled ten pins at Bloomfield Lanes and took my dates there when I was in college. I bowled pot games against the best local bowlers (usually lost) and won a Kegler Bowling Club handicap tournament there in the mid-1970s. So many good memories.

I was so sad when I heard it was closing. 

If anybody has any old photos of the lanes, please let me know.
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I believe your host of this site Keith does. I know he has videos from there. 

West Bloomfield Lanes was our given sponsor for our team the first year I bowled in the Ward-Bonanza traveling league.  
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I bowled in the Little Bonanza league at Bloomfield in the mid-70s, also in a "classic" league with local bowlers like Jim Byrne, Lenny Sexton, Bob Tkacz, etc. Bloomfield was always my favorite center.

Over the years, I bowled in the All-Insurance league at Meadows and South Windsor, both also gone now. So sad to see so many centers gone.

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Pete, are you talking about West Bloomfield Lanes that was in West Bloomfield, MI?
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No, Bloomfield in the Hartford area of CT. Also South Windsor and Meadows in the Hartford area. Sorry for the confusion.
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Some centres here in the UK are converting from freefall to pins on strings to cut costs. Proprietors here think the game is more of a beer and skittles outlet. Also allowing out door shoes to be worn. It’s caused a few people to give up the game. It’s worth saying also that the national governing body here has lumped pins on strings alongside freefall using the same rules !
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