Riverside Lanes in Colusa is under new management. First-time business owners, Lynda Silk and John Moral, recently purchased the bowling alley and celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting with the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 8, 2016.
Seeking the opportunity to own a family business and to build a legacy to pass on to future generations, Silk and Moral took to the internet to find a local bowling alley for sale.
“I came across the listing for Riverside Lanes and contacted Donna Phelan,” said Silk.
After negotiations, Silk and Moral were Bowling Alley owners.
“We love the charm of this place,” said Moral, “the vintage look and it’s one of the few bowling alleys to have a genuine wooden floor.”
Upon taking ownership, Silk and Moral kept the current staff; many have come to know.
“We have some great employees,” said Silk, “they help us a lot.”
Former owner Mike Wilkinson has helped assist the new owners with getting set up and getting to know the ropes.
“When Mike first started he had help getting started, and he wanted to pay it forward,” said Silk.
Since taking ownership, Silk commented that it has been a busy five months.
“The community has been supportive,” said Silk.
Looking to the future, Silk and Moral plan to bring back ‘Rock-N-Bowl.”
“It’s so fun to watch the kids out there bowling, dancing, having a great time,” said Silk, “The kids love requesting music.”
In addition to Rock-N-Bowl, Moral will be offering a free bowling workshop to be held April 24, 2016, at 1:30 PM for children aged 8 to 16. Signups are available.
“We want to keep the family atmosphere, and be the family entertainment hub,” said Moral.
Both Lynda and Moral commented that they would like to expand current leagues; however, their goal is to have still lanes available to the public.
This summer, Riverside Lanes will be offering a special season bowling pass for children and teens who are looking for something to do.
“We’ve heard there isn’t much for the kids to do during the summer, and we want to offer them a safe place to bowl, and not have to worry about paying for bowling each time – parents can purchase a season pass, and they are all set,” said Silk.
Longtime bowler and Pro Shop owner, Dennis Sanders commented, “John and Lynda are doing an exceptional job and are extremely efficient. They are active in the business and have a great desire to make improvements. They will fit in nicely here.”
Riverside Lanes is located at 420 Main Street in Colusa, and is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Wednesday, 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For information about bowling call (530) 458-8866.