Life in the fast lane

There’s fun to spare this summer at Shenandoah Lanes with owner Josh Grewal offering young people the chance to bowl for free six days a week.

[cleeng_content id="677079444" description="Read it now!" price="0.15"]“We’ve had more than 300 families sign up already,” said Grewal, whose bowling alley is located at 107 Keyes Ferry Road, not far from the U.S. 340 entrance to Gold’s Gym.

Charles Town resident Blake Berry, 10, bowls every chance he gets.

Grewal – who was born in Waynesboro, Pa., and grew up in Inwood and Winchester, Va. – said the free games have reminded kids and parents alike how much fun bowling is. “Maybe people haven’t gone bowling for awhile, but they come in when it’s really hot or when it’s raining and have a great time,” he said.

An adult who registers at www.ShenandoahLanes.com can bring up to five children, each of whom gets two free games Monday through Saturday. The offer starts at noon and patrons need pay only for their shoe rental.

Grewal admits he borrowed the free bowling idea after seeing how popular such deals proved for bowling centers in Frederick, Md., and other parts of the country.

Across much of the United States, more people are having a ball this way as the game enjoys a surge in popularity not seen since its heyday of the 1960s.

The sport, which in some form can be traced to 13th century England and perhaps back to early Egypt, had its “golden age” starting after World War II after the invention of the automatic pinsetter and other modern innovations.

Interest in bowling began to wane starting in the 1970s, but in recent years, bowling alleys have added sound systems, glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling and other enticements to become community entertainment centers.

“It’s been wonderful to see people get excited about bowling again,” said Grewal, whose father along with several business partners helped to debut Shenandoah Lanes in 1984.

After graduating from Handley High School and earning a degree from William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Grewal joined the family business. He has been a part of Shenandoah Lanes’ day-to-day operations since 2006, helping to oversee a comprehensive remodeling of the facility with the addition of a new scoring system, new seating and other improvements.

To keep regular bowling outings affordable for families and others, Grewal offers a variety of specials, including the free summer games for young people.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, kids can bowl two free games until the business closes at 10 p.m. On Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, the free bowling for kids offer concludes at 6 p.m. when other specials kick in.

Monday evenings, Shenandoah offers Pizza Bowl. From 6 to 10 p.m., anyone can pay $10 for an all-you-can-bowl deal that also includes shoe rental and all-you-can-eat pizza.

On Fridays, when the free kids’ deal ends at 6 p.m., the special is a Family Pizza Bowl where a fee of $30 per lane includes a 16-inch pizza, a pitcher of soda, two hours of bowling and shoe rental. Shenandoah Lanes then hosts $1.50-per-game cosmic bowling from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.

“Our all-you-can eat and all-you-can-bowl deals are really popular,” Grewal said. “Once people know we’re here and come in and give us a try, they see what good family fun this is, and that’s it’s not more expensive than other kinds of entertainment.”

Saturday nights, Grewal’s specials include an all-you-can-bowl deal from 6 to 9 p.m. The fee of $9.95 per person includes shoes and a seven-inch pizza.

Later in the night, a DJ is on hand to entertain and there’s a special deal for women 21 and older. They can bowl for free, including free shoe rental, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. while others bowl for half-price during that time.

Throughout the week, Grewal offers $1 games for senior citizens weekdays until 5 p.m. and $1.50 games, shoe rentals and deals on food available from noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Birthday parties for 10 or more, league bowling, team-building outings for businesses and corporate events are among the other lures of Shenandoah Lanes. For more on the bowling center, go to www.ShenandoahLanes.com or call 304-725-0412.

Another part of Grewal’s business that’s also thriving these days: the Tap Room adjacent to the bowling center.

The sports bar is home to more than an ever-growing list of craft beers, including eight varieties from Flying Dog in Frederick, Md., as well as drafts brewed right here in West Virginia – at Mountain State Brewing in Thomas and most recently beer from Bridge Brew Works in Fayetteville.

“We just added eight more drafts so now we’re up to 52,” Grewal said. “We’re always looking for the latest, best beers so there’s always some excitement there.”

The Tap Room also serves mimosas and other cocktails and ciders. Its menu includes wings, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and more. The business also hosts popular Steak Night every Thursday and Saturday evening.

Want to Go?

What: Free bowling for kids (two free games daily)

Where: Shenandoah Lanes at 107 Keyes Ferry Road, Charles Town

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Mondays; Noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

How much: Kids who sign up at www.ShenandoahLanes.com can get two free games each day through Sept. 3. Shoe rental isn’t included.

To know more: Call 304-725-0412  or go to www.ShenandoahLanes.com.

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