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#YeahTHATAgenda: Free Bowling in Greenville, Grand Bohemian, Carolina Panthers Moving, Bats in Brooks Center, New Fluor Field Apts, The Last Blockbuster

Mar 08, 2019 10:42AM ● By Chris Haire
Blacklight-Lit Bowling Alley Bowlero Opens on S. Pleasantburg: The humble sport of bowling is making a comeback in Greenville, 20 years after the comedy classic "The Big Lebowski" sparked a renewed interest in the rack 'n' roll pasttime.

A few years back, we got the swanky, local operation Stone Pin Company bowling alley, just below the Revel event space on Stone Avenue, while last year brought the bustling national operation Spare Time, which offers laser tag and escape rooms in addition to the standard lanes and arcade combo.

Now comes, Bowlero, another national chain -- this one a child of the Bowlmor, AMF, and Brunswick empire. Bowlero offers 32 lanes of black-light bowl, a festive atmosphere, TVs galore, an arcade, and a more contempary menu than the alleys of lore. For your eating and drinking pleasure: big burgers, and wings, wraps and salads, craft beers, and 18-ounce cocktails like Electric Berry Lemonade.

Located at 740 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Bowlero has been open since February, but tomorrow Sat. March 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., they will be hosting their grand opening, and "everyone will receive one free game of bowling, free shoe rental, and a $5 arcade card. Food and drink specials will also be offered," according to a spokesperson for the company. You can RSVP here.

Nationwide, revenue for bowling alleys has increased, with international market researcher IBISWorld reporting that "industry revenue is expected to increase an annualized 2.7% to $4.0 billion" after five years of decline. The reason: the expansion of bowling alley services.

Beyond the grand opening, prices for individual games at Bowlero range from $2.22 on their “$2.22 Tuesdays” to the maximum of $5.99 per person, per game, while shoes rentals are $4.54. Customers can pay for games in advance or leave a tab open. 
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Dennis Raines
City of Mauldin

Mayor Dennis Raines’ service to the City of Mauldin includes a wide variety of different disciplines. His first service to the community began as a volunteer fireman for 13 years. He has also served as president of the Mauldin Dixie Youth program for six years and on the Mauldin City Council from 1996-2001, where he chaired the Finance and Policy Committee for his last four years on council. His role as mayor began in 2012, and he was re-elected for a second term in 2016.

Raines is a native of Spartanburg County and is a graduate of Limestone College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.His professional career included 26 years at Kemet Electronics, where he served in various management positions in supervisory functions and staff management positions that included production manager and plant cost accountant. He currently serves as the vice president of finance for Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

Raines’ most rewarding community achievement has been that of serving as Director and founder of the Mauldin Miracle League for 11 years. The Mauldin Miracle League is a baseball program for children with disabilities in which the motto is “Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball.” He also serves on the executive board of the Municipal Association of SC as first vice president. He is a charter member of the Mauldin Civitan Club and serves on the Community Action Board of Upstate Warrior Solutions.