When the Island Strikz and Village Sports Pub owners hired Mike Sealy as their new manager, they were anxious to make some big changes. When the former PBA athlete took over, the first thing he told the employees was that when a customer walks through that front door, they will be treated like a guest in your home. Everyone who visits the bowling alley and the Sports Pub has noticed that the atmosphere is light and happy, and the employees are extremely friendly and accommodating. Guests are greeted the minute they arrive, and everyone is guaranteed a grand ol time at Island Strikz. Impromptu lessons on bowling, proper shoe fitting, choosing the right ball, and correct gripping techniques are given upon request at no charge. Sealy said, “This is a place where we put the emphasis on the individual needs of each person who comes in. No matter their age, range of mobility or bowling prowess, we gladly offer any assistance we can, to make the guest’s experience more enjoyable. If someone needs help with learning the game, all they have to do is ask and someone here will run right over and give them a quick lesson. We also make it a point to offer daily specials, to help keep costs down during this stressful economic time.”
To better serve their customers, Island Strikz has added a Full Service Pro Shop where you can be fitted for your own ball. A trained technician will drill the holes and adjust them perfectly, while you wait. Special packages are available and you may order your own custom made ball as well!
Food and sports are a big part of the fun at Island Strikes. Located at 2302 East Pass Road in Gulfport, it is easy to find and parking is never a problem. You can grab a quick snack or enjoy lunch or dinner at the Village Sports Pub. The menu offers something for everybody, with a wide variety of choices. Twenty flat screen televisions line the dining area, with ESPN Game Plan and NFL Sunday Ticket always on tap. Specials for food and drinks will be available on game days and there are always daily specials. On Wednesday it’s $2 Day ($2 a game – per person, $2 shoes – per person, $2 large sodas, $2 hot dogs, $2 nachos and $2 fries.) Thursday is Steak Night – For only $9.99 you can get a great steak with fries, potato salad and bread! Then take advantage of the Cosmic Bowling Special, where you pay only $24.95 for your first hour, and $15 for every hour after that, 9 PM till close! There are simply too many specials to list them all, but you can call 228-896-1450 to get details.
Seniors can get “Lifeline screenings” during September, and league nights for all ages are regularly scheduled. There are so many to choose from: Seniors, Mixed, Special Needs, Youth and Ladies. You can join by contacting the staff at the number or websites below.
On September 15th, there will be a very special celebrity guest at Island Strikz, conducting a Youth Clinic and autograph signing session! Jason Couch from Clermont, Florida will be on hand to offer tips and meet young bowlers and their families. Couch has won 11 national titles since his 1990 PBA tour start, with 3 of those being “major” titles. September is also Heart Fund month! With that in mind, autographed bowling pins will be available for $10, and the proceeds will be go to charity.
Birthday and special event parties are always great fun at Island Strikz. Packages are offered at much lower prices than you would expect. Sealy added, “We love to do fundraisers and have big plans for September. ‘Bowling for Hearts’ and ‘Bowling Our Hearts Out’ are only a couple of planned events that you won’t want to miss.”
Just inside the front door you will find an arcade with over 30 games where tickets can be redeemed for lots of prizes. Reserve you lanes early and ask about the planned charity raffles, drawings and auctions in September by calling 228-896-1450 or by contacting Mike Sealy at http://www.islandstrikz.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kick back and enjoy the food, atmosphere and great bowling in a place where the staff is first rate…they are eager to please and want you to come back again, and again!