Hi-Joy Bowl's inner core gets a facelift

"Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard has been the home of Hi-Joy Bowl bowling alley since the 1950s. Although the building has undergone cosmetic changes before, the remodeling project that has been underway since May 2000 is one of the most noticeable additions to the business to date.This is the biggest one we've gone through lately, said Emmy King, manager at Hi-Joy Bowl.Owners of Hi-Joy Bowl, including Jackie Havill, spurred the idea for remodeling with the intention on updating the building for a new look.(We wanted) just to update some of the computers and make it a fun place, said King.Renovation features include an entirely new computer scoring system (The old one was a little bit outdated, said King), blacklight sensitive artificial lane surfaces, new carpeting, a magenta canopied desk area, and new lighting, which will be specifically evident during weekend Rock and Bowl sessions.During Rock and Bowl, the lanes actually glow, said King.Rock and Bowl, for those who don't know, is the name for 2-hour bowling sessions where players groove to a live D.J. that spins tunes and folks enjoy wild, vibrant lighting during their game. At Hi-Joy, Rock and Bowl runs Friday and Saturday nights, at 9:30 on Friday and at 9:30 and 11:30 on Saturday.It's a fun place to come in, atmosphere-wise, said King.The 32-lane bowling alley has been blanketed in vivid colors of purple, yellow, blue and pink to give the business a bright decor, and just in time for the bowling season, which begins in August and ends in May.It's really a whole new inside, said King. It gives a wide-open effect.After more than a year of remodeling, Hi-Joy doesn't seem to have lost a lot of business.Our customers were great, said Emmy King. Actually, people came in anyway just to check it out...watching the progress.Over 1300 league bowlers frequent Hi-Joy Bowl on a weekly basis, and customer numbers get higher including about 300-400 Rock and Bowl patrons a weekend.To celebrate the remodeling, Hi-Joy Bowl will host a grand opening for the week of Aug. 20-24.Each day is something new, said King.Monday is the date package where two people can bowl for the price of one; Tuesday is beach party, and folks who come to Hi-Joy in bathing suits can bowl for free; Wednesday is the music extravaganza, in which 15 minutes out of every hour will be devoted to Rock and Bowl; Thursday is bargain day, where an arm bracelet costs $5 and those participants can bowl and get shoe rentals for 25 cents each; and Friday is ballpark day, where bowlers wearing baseball caps can bowl for free and hotdogs cost 50 cents.It really is a fun place now, said King.Also during the grand opening, nightly drawings will be held at 7 p.m. for a prize basket, each of which will be directly related to the theme of the night.Overall, the remodeling seems to be a success, and when asked if the people of Port Orchard will recognize the new Hi-Joy Bowl Emmy King had a positive response.I hope so! she said. I'm hoping they'll enjoy it. "

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