MINSTER – Doug Davidson, one of the new owners of Community Lanes at 356 E. Third St. in Minster, said he and his co-owners will keep many things about the bowling alley that people are familiar with plus add some state-of-the-art innovations.
Davidson, and his partners Lori Davidson, Steven Henry and Mike Henry, said they will keep the name Community Lanes “because this is what this facility is … a place for the community to meet.”
They still will offer the regular bowling leagues and rental space for parties but will revamp the menu and the kitchen, add a carry out window and rebuild the pin centers. They also are keeping the current website of https://communitylanes.com/.
Innovative ideas include online food ordering and reservations. They also anticipate readily available pro shop supplies because they are also the owners and managers of the Bowler Store in Versailles. The Bowler Store is both an actual pro shop, with supplies and a two-lane alley to test balls, but also a warehouse and shipping department to serve their online company.
Davidson said he sincerely thanks the Community Lanes Board of Directors for keeping the bowling alley open after the first sale fell through last year, maintaining the facility and running the league bowling until Davidson and his partners came in.
“Without them, we would not be here today,” Davidson said. “It’s hard to restart bowling leagues once they are stopped.”
On May 3 there will be an open house that, according to Davidson, will include a special surprise guest. There also will be the board of directors and a Professional Bowlers Association player. Activities will include the throwing of the first ball as well as acoustic music and one-hour bowling packages for sale. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Davidson said owning a bowling alley has full-filled a lifelong dream.
“We are bowlers,” Davidson said. “We understand the business.”
Davidson worked at McBo’s Lanes in Versailles and has maintained several pro shops, including one at the Community Lanes between 2006 to 2010. For a time, he bowled professionally and is a United States Bowling Congress Silver Certified Coach.
Davidson said bowling is getting a stronger following.
“Fox Sports and streaming service Flobowling are broadcasting PBA tours,” he said. “As a matter of fact, the Bowling Store is the sole sponsor for the PBA Coldwater competition Aug. 21 to 23.”
Reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 419-628-2717. Community Lanes also can found on Facebook at MinsterCommunityLanes.