The Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America is a trade organization comprised of duckpin bowling center owners whose goals are to promote the sport of duckpins and help the member centers improve their business. Some of the key membership benefits include the NDYA program, group buying opportunities, marketing programs and educational seminars.
Member Centers of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America
For more information call 410-356-0936
- Highland Bowl
1211 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410, 203-272-6500, www.cthighlandbowl.com
- Holiday Lanes
39 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT 06040, 860-646-2125
- Johnson's Lanes
2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514, 203-248-1563, www.johnsonlanes.com
- Laurel Lanes
266 Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098, 860-379-5391, www.laurelbowlinglanes.com
- Lucky Strike Lanes
185 Stafford Road, Mansfield Center, CT 06250, 860-423-8510, www.Luckystrikect.webs.com
- AMF Dundalk
1101 Merritt Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21222, 410-282-2000, www.amf.com/dundalklanes
- AMF Pikesville
1723 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, 410-486-1444, www.amf.com/pikesvillelanes
- AMF Southwest
4991 Fairview Avenue, Linthicum, MD 21090, 410-789-2400, www.amf.com/southwestlanes
- Glen Burnie Bowling Center
6322 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061, 410-636-3517, www.glenburniebowling.com
- Greenmount Bowl
1625 N. Main Street, Hampstead, MD 21074, 410-374-6211, www.greenmountbowl.com
- Mt. Airy Lanes
Center Street Ext., Mt. Airy, MD 21771, 301-829-0710, www.mtairylanes.com
- Patterson Lanes
2105 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21231, 410-675-1011, pattersonbowl.com
- Severna Park Lanes
840 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146, 410-647-0811, www.gobowlingsevernapark.com
- Stoneleigh Lanes
6703 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, 410-377-8115, www.stoneleighlanes.com
- Suitland Bowl
4811 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746, 301-669-6772, www.facebook.com/suitlandbowl
- Turner's Dual Lanes
1350 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-739-7858, www.turnerbowlingcenters.com
- Turner's Southside Bowl
17325 Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-582-1323, www.turnerbowlingcenters.com
- Walkersville Lanes
44 Pennsylvania Avenue, Walkersville, MD 21793, 301-845-2244, www.walkersvillebowling.com
- White Oak Lanes
11207 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904, 301-593-3000, www.whiteoaklanes.com
- Bowling Academy
354 Taunton Avenue. E. Providence, RI 02914 401-434-5839, www.bowlingacademy.2gobowl.com
- Dudek Recreation
409 Child Street, Warren, RI 02885, 401-245-9471, www.dudekbowlinglanes.com
- Mac's Bowlaway
890 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893, 401-828-3279, www.ridba.net/Mac's%20Page.htm
- Meadowbrook Lanes
2530 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889, 401-737-5402, www.bowlri.com
- Town Hall Lanes
1463 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919. 401-831-6940, www.townhalllanes.com
- Wickford Recreation
7565 Post Road, N. Kingstown, RI 02852. 401-294-9886, www.ridba.net/Wickford%20Page.htm
- Victory Lanes
2513 Victory Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA 23702, 757-487-1614
- Turner's Pikeside Bowl
2120 Winchester Pike, Martinsburg, WV 25401, 304-267-2042, www.turnerbowlingcenters.com
Bowling Academy Recognized in Bowling Industry Magazine
Jan 11, 2017
Bowling Academy in E. Providence, R.I. was featured in the January issue of Bowling Center Management magazine. Congratulations to Peter Capello, proprietor, and his staff on this article.
Local Articles Note Major Investment in Patterson Lanes
Sandi Thomas: A Force On and Off the Lanes
Nov 22, 2016
Sandi Thomas has been a duckpin bowling leader in the Nutmeg state since she started bowling in her teens. She has enjoyed a solid career on the lanes and is a key proprietor in the duckpin industry. She entered the business 29 years ago as a part owner of Johnson’s Lanes in Hamden and assumed sole ownership 10 years ago. Sandi has worked hard to promote duckpin bowling and currently serves as a Board member of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America and the National Duckpin Youth Association.
Some of her noted bowling accomplishments include six No.1 CT state rankings and 11 top twenty NDBC finishes. Her best season was 1993-94 when she averaged 144. Sandi has bowled eleven 200 games (225 high) and six 500 sets (538 high). She has won 32 tournaments, including three WNDA Pro Tour titles. She is a member of the Connecticut Duckpin, WNDA, and National Duckpin Bowling Congress Halls of Fame.
The Duckpin News asked Sandi about her career and thoughts about the duckpin game.
Q. How long have you been a proprietor?
A. I bought into Johnson's in 1988 and took sole ownership in 2007.
Q. How did you get into the business?
A. I started as a bowler, a coach for the Juniors, did desk work for a couple of years, and then bought into the business.
Q. What year did Johnson Lanes open?
A. Johnson's has been open since 1955.
Q. What do you enjoy about the business?
A. The variety, the customers who can make or break a day. I love working with the kids.
Q. What are your biggest challenges?
A. Being able to operate at a cost effective way, whereby I can pay my bills and not feel like I'm overpricing my customers.
Q. What changes or adjustments have you had to make over the years to meet customer needs and remain successful?
A. We offer more special pricing events, additional time at no cost, and free shoe rental.
Q. What role does Johnson Lanes play in your community?
A. We are a well respected member of the community. We provide gift certificates to school, church, or youth groups for their auctions. We have a 1-1 format, whereby special needs bowlers and their aides can come in and bowl for $5 each per session.
Q. Since your center is in an area that does not have many other duckpin centers close by, do you often get people coming in who have never seen or bowled duckpins and what is their response?
A. We tend to get a lot of walk ins by the nature of our being in a shopping plaza. So many wonder if we switch over to the big ball game at night. Once they try it, they find it fun and so much more challenging.
Q. What is your favorite duckpin memory?
A. I would guess being ranked No. 1 in CT in 1991-92 and my first Pro Tour win at White Oak Lanes when I went head to head against Pat Rinaldi. She is the No. 1 bowler in my book.
Q. What are your thoughts about the future of duckpins?
A. We need to work together as a single unit, not focusing on what was 20 years ago, but look to what we need to do today and more importantly, tomorrow. Customers are our lifeblood and we have to keep a clean, well run center. Polite desk personnel are a must. If we could get a universal program that would be available to all bowlers, whether they are in CT, MD, RI, VA, wherever, the offer would be honored at all centers. I know that's generic but there could be a Summer program where we don't give it away, but offer a reasonable discount.
Parkville Lanes Closes
Nov 6, 2016
Countless memories of fun and good times are being recalled in north Baltimore as Parkville Lanes announced it would not be reopening. The center had been closed recently due to ongoing HVAC problems and water damage to several lanes. A long time important fabric of their community, the owners and bowlers were lamenting the end of the business. Parkville Lanes was purchased 30 years ago by Edward Foreman, Brian Foreman, and Joe Closic. Parkville Lanes was a member of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors Association and the association was planning on reaching out to help place the league bowlers at nearby DBPA member centers.
2016-17 Board Members
Ken Staub (MD) and Alyson Rineer (MD)
Sandi Thomas (CT)
Kathy Lischio (RI)
Rich Fraielli (RI)
Mike Glennie (MD)
Hope Shull (VA)