Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In my wildest imaginings, I would NOT have thought of this!

An invitation last week came for a "soft opening" of a new business in San Miguel.  It was a great surprise!

In my wildest imaginings, I would not have thought of the possibility of this business opening in San Miguel.
Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, yes, but San Miguel, no.

What is it?  Take a look!
                                                              A multi-lane bowling alley!
                                                               Great new equipment!
                                                         A play area for the littlest of kids!
                                                         AND, a roller skating rink!

A trifecta of fun for kids of all ages, even my age.  It has opened at the Luciergna Mall on the outskirts of town.  It is located at the end by Soriana and the Consulate office.  It is called 300Bowling.  For further
information and to speak to the manager, call Adriana at 044 415-101-0411. 

The designer of the interior space was Paco Rosendo.  I was impressed with his choice of colors and finishes.

I'll be there Saturday for Matilda's Seventh Birthday party.  I'm sure I'll be posting more photos with people roller skating or possibly bowling as well.  Note:  You will NOT see me roller skating.  Those days are over.

But, as a kid in Chicago, when my parents and big brother and sister were avid bowlers, I went to the bowling alley with them from time to time.  It might be fun to see if I can still get a ball straight down an alley....and not fall over.

Only time will tell.  In my humble opinion, although I would never have thought of this in San Miguel, it will be a very fun thing to have available here.  It seems it will be a "slam dunk" or "rolling good time" success. Congrats to the people who came up with the ideas.

See you there. 


Peter Kouwenhoven said...

Looks like great fun! As for skates of any kind, I can put them on, but not stand up.

Steve Cotton said...

I am -- speechless.

Calypso said...

Wow! Would love to have a bowling alley here. COOL.

Babs said...

Peter, Steve and John - I'm glad to know others are as surprised as I am about this.
I think it will be a big hit! I wonder if Mexicans have bowling alleys in DF or elsewhere?

Shannon said...

Sun of a gun. Who knew? I must go and check this out, although may roller skating (and possibly bowling) days are over as well. Still I must see this!

Babs said...

Shannon, I know I'll never skate again, or probably bowl, but what fun to watch the shenanigans...

Fun to see!

Droelma said...

I know of three bowling alleys here in the capital ( in Colonia del Valle and Condessa, which are my neighborhoods) that over the last 15 years or so came and went in the shortest of time, like a year or so. One of them turned into a " Planet Hollywood ", but also did not survive.
I am aware of three other places in my area and in Polanco ( all the same owner: AMF) and the one closest to me in Colonia Narvarta charges 99.- pesos an hour p.p. with nothing included. They also have a package that is 300.- pesos p.p. and entitles a person to bowl for two hours with shoe rental included.
There are also two coupons for either a slice of pizza, or a Club sandwich as well as a beer or a soft drink. For the average Mexican not exactly an economical family outing.
The place in Narvarte ( I pass there when Millie my dog and I go for longer walks on the weekend ) seems to make their money with packages for Corporate Parties, Children's parties and events for adults like birthdays, Stag parties and lately also " Divorce " parties.
Since I am from a non-bowling culture, I have never paid more attention than this and have no idea how it looks in other areas of the D.F.
I can however imagine that if bowling is not really successful in the areas of Polanco, Coyoacan, Del Valle or Condessa, that it will be even less so in other areas.

Babs said...

Thanks for sharing all the info Droelma. I had no idea. Maybe with a roller skating rink and a bowling alley this will work. Only time will tell.....

Droelma said...

I think it might very well work in SMA, because American culture is
much more engrained there on a individual level, mostly due to the
many American citizens who live there.
Here in the capital American culture is mostly confined to fast food
restaurants and places like Marie Calenders, Cheers, Hooters, TGIF
just to name those in my direct surroundings.
I personally think that bowling and skating is good fun ( and exercise
! ), but also understand that it is difficult to adopt, if it is not
part of the original local culture.
The only thing that kind of surprised me a bit was that I remember SMA
to be more of a place for those of the " tercera edad " ( those over
60 ) and I don't relate that with bowling and skating, but might very
well be wrong.
As I am staring 70 right in the face neither of the two activities
would even be a consideration for me.....and to be honest, it was not
at 60 or 50

Babs said...

There are probably more ex-pats in DF then in San Miguel where,contrary to what realtors say that we have 16,000 Expats, that is false. INM says we have about 6400 and of that about 3000 full time.
Another thing is that starting about 10 years ago, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s are moving in to raise families and to live. At 73, I'm now a grand dame, ha. Today I had lunch with a 52, 62 and 65 year old friends. I, was the oldest, which is common. I would bowl now but doubt I would roller skate again.....

Droelma said...

Of course, Mexico City has more Americans living here than in SMA. But considering that this very spread out city has way more than 20 million inhabitants, I can easily imagine that the percentage is less than in SMA, where people also live closer together, which makes supporting and maintaining any kind of unusual business easier.
Just an example: Years ago we had a real German/Swiss bakery and I was happy and willing to travel the 30 minutes to get there and another 30 minutes to get home again.
All of a sudden it closed, even though the bread was excellent. Thousands of Europeans live in the capital, yet they were not enough to maintain the bakery, I was told. I had a hard time believing that, but at the German School's Christmas Bazaar found out, that most people just did not want to travel that far to buy bread. I personally think that it is not the absolute number of people who could support a business, but the number of people close enough to support a business easily. I think that applies to SMA much more than to Mexico City, even though there are definitely more Americans here than in SMA.