Grand Blanc’s Galaxy Lanes marks 20 years

GRAND BLANC — Galaxy Lanes is celebrating 20 years of business in September.

Owner Ken Hochstein, who also happens to be a professional bowler, owns multiple bowling alleys across Michigan with his father Ted Hochstein.

He said the business of bowling has had some rough times but that he and his father have managed to adjust to the changing economy.

“League bowling has been on a decline for roughly 40 years now,” said Ken Hochstein. “But open play has been on the incline.”

Open play is when patrons come in to bowl randomly.

Birthday parties on the weekends and glow bowling, or also called cosmic bowling, have helped Galaxy Lanes thrive during these hard economic times.

Glow bowling is a family fun event that incorporates disco lights, black lights and speakers with music over the lanes.

“Glow bowling has helped the business and we are looking for ways to try to improve our business,” said Hochstein.

Hochstein and his team attended a seminar in Lansing last week to come up with new ideas to keep the business going.

One new idea in the works is a kids league for this Fall. The event is called 8 for 8. It costs each child $8 for eight weeks. Each participant will get their bowling certification paid for and will get a bowing ball at the end of the session.

Hochstein plans on doing an adulttype event with the same offer that will not include a bowling ball.

He also is planning a ladies night for the Fall as well.

Galaxy Lanes offers a snack menu bar with takeout available. The menu consists of backed pizza, sandwiches and breakfast in the morning.

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