BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN
Thunderbird Bowl owners Trevor Peters and Debbie Nadon stand outside Huggy’s Sports Bar. The family-run business, now located at 2140 Currie Blvd., is celebrating 50 years of operation.
Fifty years has brought a lot of changes to one of the longest family-run businesses in town.
Thunderbird Bowl is marking its 50th season in business. Back in 1962, Thunderbird Bowl, which is now located at 2140 Currie Blvd., opened with 16 10-pin lanes and a Salisbury House, in 13,000 square feet, with no parking.
In 1973, Alex Peters, who had been working at Thunderbird Bowl since it opened, bought the ownership of the bowling alley and restaurant with a small group of partners.
Soon after, Peters bought out the partners and became the sole owner of Thunderbird Bowl. Peters’ children, Trevor and Debbie, worked at the bowling alley throughout their childhood and then became owners of Thunderbird Bowl themselves in 1994.
"We really have a unique working relationship," Trevor Peters said of his sister and business partner, Debbie Nadon. "I have friends that tell me they don’t know if they could work with their brother or sister for 10 hours a day unless Debbie was their sister. We work well together. We’re close."
The changes over the years for Thunderbird Bowl have been huge.
"We started with paper and pencil and now we have a fully automated system. Technology changed everything. We went from wood lanes to synthetic lanes," said Peters said.
Peters said the Thunderbird Bowl of today is 20,000 square feet, features both 5-pin and 10-pin lanes, full restaurant and bar (Huggy’s Restaurant and Huggy’s Sports Bar), Pizza Place and a children’s play structure. Not to mention a huge parking lot.
Thunderbird Bowl offers a variety of children, youth and adult programs, birthday parties, a pro shop and more.
Check them out online at thunderbirdbowl.ca for hours, information and reservations or call 204-726-2695.
Here comes Peter Cottontail … Brandon Photographics, located at 848 18th St., will once again be hosting a bounty of bunnies for its annual bunny picture fest from March 5-16.
The bunnies are on loan from a local farm and make for wonderfully cute pictures with your little ones.
"Some torment the bunnies, others are a bit scarred, others try to pick them up … it’s cute as all heck," said Brandon Photographics owner David Pschetter of the children photographed with the bunnies.
If you’re planning on a sitting with Mr. Cottontail and your little one, you’d better book it fast. Pschetter says the bunnies book up quick; even though they’ve extended the length of time the special event will be happening.
Brandon Photographics is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information or to book an appointment, call 204-727-3263.
Gulliver’s Grill, located at 1630 Park Ave., wants to let its customers know that it’s still business as usual until March 3, despite the fact renovations have started on the exterior of the restaurant.
To show their appreciation for all their customers, Gulliver’s is giving $5 off coupons with every bill, so that customers can visit again before Gulliver’s closes in March.
Chad Wallin, one of Gulliver’s owners, said that there will be more exciting specials at the restaurant as closing day nears.
Gulliver’s is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, call 204-728-5930.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 2, 2013