Steve and Jane Hanson have big plans for Clintonville Lanes and some of those plans are already becoming a reality.
Since becoming co-owners at the bowling alley, the Hansons have been working to improve the lanes, arcade area, bar, restrooms, and banquet facility. An extensive background in the bowling business is helping them navigate a path to success.
“We first owned a bowling alley in Colby, Wis., which we purchased in 1986 and operated for 20 years,” explained Steve Hanson. “That was an eight-lane facility. Then, I was hired as a manager at Wagner’s Lanes in Eau Claire, so we sold the alley in Colby and I worked in Eau Claire for five years. After that, I was hired as a bowling consultant for Strike Power Centers in Durand, Wis. I worked in Durand, Horicon, and Wabasha, Minn. We’ve been in Horicon the last two years, and then Gary and Bill Hilbert asked us if we wanted to be co-owners of Clintonville Lanes. We accepted, and we have a plan in place to buy them out in five year or less.”
Hanson says the biggest news for Clintonville Lanes is the installation of synthetic lanes, which will be completed shortly after Labor Day.
“We are doing a big overhaul on the lanes,” he stated. “Synthetic lanes are easier to maintain and more cost effective for us as owners. They also offer bowlers a more consistent shot and better scores, we hope. New bumpers will also be installed on all 12 lanes for kids bowling and birthday parties.”
Future upgrades include improvements to scoring, a remodeling of the concourse area, and improvements to the kitchen area. The Banquet Hall is scheduled to be re-decorated by next summer, and restroom facilities will be upgraded. Hanson said events like Fifth Quarter and the Doug Jirschele Sports Award Banquet will continue to be held at Clintonville Lanes and Banquet Hall.
Direct TV and NFL ticket will be offered at Clintonville Lanes, so football fans can watch any team play on Sunday. Hanson says food options are being upgraded, and a popular Friday Fish Fry-complete with salad bar-is being offered from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Drink specials are offered daily, along with Packer and Brewer specials.
Sign-up is now open for individuals and teams interested in playing in a league. On Mondays, a business league meets once a month. Tuesday is ladies league. Hanson is hoping to start a farmer’s league/late league on Wednesday nights, if there is enough interest. Thursday night is mens league, and Friday is cosmic bowling. Saturday is couples league.
Registration for youth leagues will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 to noon for students in Kindergarten through high school. Hanson is also working closely with the high school bowling club, which will compete in the region and hopefully head to the state meet in March.
Hanson said tournaments will also be held, including 9-pin and scratch tournaments. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are also open for all-you-can-bowl, which costs $8, shoes included. Sunday is family day-bowl two games, get one free.
“We look forward to working with community groups-churches, schools, or other groups-to help them do fundraisers or fun events,” Hanson commented. “Stop by and bowl a few games!”
To learn more about Clintonville Lanes and sign up for a league, visit www.clintonvillelanes.com, or call 715-823-6555.