Humankind's existence hinges entirely around the number five, as evidenced by the five senses, the cent-value of nickels, and the actual number of moons circling the planet earth minus six. Crack further penta-codes with today's Groupon: for $5, you get three games of five-pin bowling and a shoe rental at Grandview Lanes (a $12 value) on Commercial Drive.
Sail choppy seas of waxed hardwood with three games of five-pin bowling at Grandview Lanes, owned and operated since 1947 by the Marino family. From the shoelaced sanctity of a pair of rental bowling shoes, bowlers can take aim on pins at lane's end, letting balls roll in anticipation of the sweet cacophonic crumble that only accompanies the knocking over of bowling pins or parrot-filled pinball machines. Grandview Lanes is one of the only bowling alleys in the area to offer three types of bowling—five-pin, 10-pin, and glow-in-the-dark five-pin. Customers can combine two Groupons for three games of 10-pin bowling ($14) or glow-in-the-dark cosmic five-pin bowling ($13), though they risk upsetting the ghost of Thomas F. Ryan, the inventor of five-pin bowling and a hater of all things glow-in-the-dark or cosmic.
Grandview Lanes' recently renovated kitchen offers treats and eats for consumption between strikes and gutter balls, with beer and cider available for post-victory skyward hoisting. Let your heart-moth drift toward the neon glow of Grandview Lanes for three games of pin pummelling.
Yelpers give Grandview Lanes four stars, saying:
Rolling strikes is in the Marino family’s blood. The family has presided over Grandview Lanes for three generations, ever since Louis Marino established the alley back in 1947. In those days, the pins had to be set by hand, a task Louis's son, George, remembers all too well. As he told Westender reporter Mary Frances Hill, "You'd have 40 women bowling during the day (in the 1950s), and only two pin setters […]. So we'd run around like crazy."
Today, machines act as the alley’s pin setters, but the Marinos are still around and running the show. George's daughter, Tammy, manages the modernized alley, where automatic scoring makes things easier for a younger generation that has never seen a real wooden pencil. Some things haven't changed though. Bowlers can still visit the lunch counter once run by George's mother, fuelling up between frames with burgers or pizzas laden with a dozen different toppings. And, of course, the game remains relatively unchanged. Downstairs, guests choose between 5-pin or 10-pin bowling, and upstairs, black lights and neon wall murals set the psychedelic stage for the sport's most modern update—glow bowling.
Aside from providing a hub for clean, family-friendly fun, Grandview Lanes actively supports the community by helping the fundraising efforts of organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis.
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