In 1986, Scott Wells' friend introduced him to the world of automotive window tinting, and Scott became hooked on the benefits. As the decades went by, Scott found more applications for window tinting, including residential buildings and giants in need of sunglasses. His efforts paid off in 2003, when Scott realized the dream of opening his own business and created ProTint (formerly ARC Window Tinting).
The most popular reason for window tinting, Scott says, is to block out the heat. On the surface, this may seem a simple response, but a decrease in heat renders many ancillary benefits, including increased energy efficiency and decreased air-conditioning costs. The tints also guard against up to 99 percent of UV rays and can prevent shattering, helping protect homes from strong winds during tornadoes or hurricanes. Scott's products have cosmetic applications as well, and his crew can create frosted designs such as geometric shapes or written insults aimed at the sun.
When patrons step into Lanes, Trains, & Automobiles Entertainment Depot, playful noises jostle their senses: the crash of bowling pins, the decisive zaps of laser-tag guns, the thunder of colliding bumper cars. The center shelters a spectrum of friendly competition under one roof, but at the heart are 32 bowling lanes. During open-bowling hours and late-night cosmic bowling, touchscreens tally strikes and automatic bumpers shift up and down to accommodate different players in case they decide to somersault down the lane.
Nearby, up to 16 laser-tag soldiers duck behind barrels and walls splattered with neon paint in the 2,500-square-foot Lazer Station. In the Spinzone, black lights and colorful spotlights swivel around a central traffic signal, which dictates the stops, starts, and illegal U-turns of bumper cars.
In the arcade, patrons battle for champion status and pick of pizza toppings at air-hockey tables, skee-ball machines, and racing video games. Professional competitors face off on flat-screen TVs at Tailgaters, an on-site eatery slinging burgers and pizza. Eight VIP bowling lanes, a designated party zone, and a stage for live entertainment and karaoke act as peaceful dignitaries in the 4,500-square-foot restaurant as well.