Love House Outreach Ministries received its business licenses for the Community Bowling Center just before 5 p.m. Nov. 22. With no advertising, the doors opened Nov. 23 for the first day of bowling since Ribaut Lanes closed last year.
Word-of-mouth brought in 270 people.
That word spread quickly and quietly. On Tuesday, Beaufort County Parks and Leisure brought in several dozen children from Bluffton for an afternoon of bowling. Pastor Theresa Roberts said they didn't know the children were coming until the van pulled up in front of the building at 1140 Ribaut Road.
"I love listening to the children laugh," she said, beaming at the kids knocking down pins. "Children, they just have a belly laugh that is wonderful."
Love House bought the center, which AMF closed in July 2012, in September and spent the last several months renovating. The intent, Pastor Randy Roberts said, is to create an inexpensive center with not only bowling but other activities for children, families and seniors.
All arcade games will be free for the first few weeks, Theresa Roberts said. Bowling costs $3 per game.
The center's main hours will be 1 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and senior activities will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
There will also be special events, such as free supervised lock-ins for middle and high school students, Theresa Roberts said. The lock-ins will last from 11 p.m. Fridays until 7 a.m. Saturdays. The plan is to start with one a month and add more if they catch on, she said. Organizers are seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, and lock-ins will include performances by local musicians, dancers, poets and speakers.
"This is really outreach for us," Theresa Roberts said. "This is really serving the community."
Information: 843-379-2695, www.facebook.com/BeaufortBowls
In other changes about town:
- Gadget Resq repair shop is preparing to open at 1908 Boundary St., the former location of "A" Bail Now! Bail Bonds Inc., which closed this fall. It will specialize in iPad, iPhone, iPod, game-console repairs and many other electronic repairs, according to its Facebook page. Information: 843-379-0544, www.facebook.com/GadgetResQ
- A ground breaking for the new Publix grocery store on Lady's Island is expected before the end of the year, according to city of Beaufort planning staff. The new store will be at 12 Inlet Road across from the current location at 163 Sea Island Parkway. The new store will be about 54,000 square feet, as compared to the 37,000-square-foot current location, and it will have entrances and exits at Lady's Island Drive, Inlet Road and Ferry Drive.
- Lady's Island Dockside has completed a waterfront deck expansion that provides room for 10 additional tables and about 40 additional seat, more than doubling its outdoor seating capacity. Information: 843-379-3288, www.11thstreetdockside.com
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