New bowling alley in Riverview beckons bowlers!

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Real Estate Agent with Smith & Associates Real Estate SL3194803

Its about time we start seeing more entertainment venues and restaurants coming to Riverview!  The Alley at South Shore is busy everyday!  I hope other entrepreneurs will take notice and bring more places like the Alley to Riverview!

Alley beckons bowlers with more than pins


By Traci Rader, Times Correspondent

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:53 PM

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RIVERVIEW -" The demographics and statistics told Jeff Boje that Riverview wasn't the best place for a new bowling alley. He didn't listen.

With that, the Alley at South Shore was born. The 42,000-square-foot complex opened March 3 at the southwest corner of Big Bend Road and U.S. 301.

"Riverview is not an area a big corporation would pick, but some place my family can manage. I wanted to build close to home, too," Boje said.

And it's far from your father's bowling alley: Sure, there's the usual bowling alley staples - a snack bar and pro shop - but that's just the start.

There's a corporate meeting room, ice cream parlor, tony pool room, sports bar and restaurant and a 5,000-square-foot game room, the biggest one south of Brandon's Chuck E. Cheese.

There's more: The Alley has a private bowling section with eight lanes, a private bar - and couches at the lanes.

The Alley will offer summer leagues starting this month and running through August. But you don't have to join a league to knock down a few pins: The Alley is drawing kids' birthday parties, company meetings and families looking for recreation.

Boje quietly opened the Alley in March but word got around fast and the place was busy within days.

"It's been hectic already. Friday nights, you can't even see the carpet," said Buck Barineau, who owns Bowlers Advantage pro shop inside the Alley.

For Boje, bowling alleys run in the family. He has owned Brandon Crossroads Bowl since 1979. Until his fifth child came along in 1998, he also ran the St. Louis bowling alley his father built.

There are 13 bowling alleys in the greater Tampa area, but the Alley is sweet relief for avid bowlers like Bob and Anne Bailey of Sun City Center.

The Baileys have been making the drive to Tampa to bowl.

"When our league is finished, we will be coming here. And the score panel is easy to operate. Even I can figure this out," Bob Bailey said. "

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