Many great times have been had at Down Memory Lanes and now the bowling alley with a long history in Golden has new owners who are ready to create a fun atmosphere around the alleys.
Karen and Lance Jones are both avid bowlers who took up the sport a number of years ago.
“I have bowled for 15 years and Lance has bowled for about five years. It all started when a friend of mine asked me if I would like to come spare for their team and I never left,” Karen said.
Both Karen and Lance were friends with the previous owners who made the decision to retire after a number of years running the business.
“We had a conversation one day and started thinking we may want to do this,” Karen said.
She went on to explain the sport has many things to offer people.
“Social. It is the socializing around it. You can come in and hang out with friends. It is a nice evening out where you can get a little exercise. If you are competitive you can be that way, if you are not competitive it can be recreational,” Karen said.
The building which was erected in the 1950s is filled with trophies from throughout the years. One of the trophies found was won by Karen’s brother and sister many years ago.
The new owners feel bowling is a great sport for children.
“I think it is a wonderful sport for kids. First of all it teaches teamwork. It teaches etiquette because you need to know how to act on the lanes. Again it can be recreational or competitive. There is a high school league they can join. It is up to a child and a team on what they will do,” Karen said.
They have also completed some renovations in the building to help make it their own space while complimenting the previous owners on the wonderful job they have done over the years.
The alley is going to be closed on Mondays to spend time with their family but there will be public bowling every day that will end on league nights at 6 p.m.