Owner Darlene Olson holds court over Merle Hay Lanes’ sleek bowling lanes, where the sounds of laughter and pins crashing fills the air. An Olson family heirloom since 1993, Merle Hay caters to amateurs and pin-toppling veterans alike with open bowling and league play for a variety of age and skill levels. Bowlers quench competition-induced thirsts at Bowlwinkles Lounge with a formidable lineup of drink specials. The bowling alley also plays host to a variety of special events including birthday parties and corporate outings, preventing coworkers from having to bowl in the alley behind the office.
In 2012, Bowlerama Lanes upgraded its equipment and emerged with its 28 lanes now covered in sleek synthetic material and bumpers that can be called into action at will. Overheard, 40-inch LCD screens flicker with scores that have been calculated on high-tech Qubica Bowland X auto-scoring machines instead of dad's trusty finger abacus. Between frames, bowlers can grab a bite or a drink at the snack counter, where they serve up a menu of sandwiches, pizza, and shareable snacks.
Premiere Bowling and Entertainment features 24 pristine lanes with 32-inch LCD screens and their own seating areas. Families and friends face off during 10-frame games as high-fives blend into the din of music and pin crashing, creating a lively, upbeat atmosphere. Things turn cosmic on weekends when Laser Bowl adds lasers, black lights, and fog machines to the mix until 2 a.m. Premiere Bowling also features optional bumpers to help kids compete and a sports bar for players to refuel with food and drinks.