Featured Business of the Week: Prairie Lanes Bowling Alley

FEATURED BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: Prairie Lanes Bowling Center

Prairie Lanes has been operating in Yelm since 1967 and is the perfect spot for family outings, date night and just good old fashioned fun! COVID-19 really hit them hard and forced them to close their doors from March 16th to September 1st. After 5 long months, owner Mickey Beadle, was able to reopen the bowling alley to leagues, club members and food-drink services.

According to Beadle and Manager Kathy Kruize, they are going above and beyond to ensure that they are following COVID-19 health guidelines and offer the safest experience possible. There are currently 7 staff members, all who help ensure that health and safety rules are being followed by patrons. Masks or facial coverings are required during play, limit of 2 bowlers per lane, shoes and balls must be sanitized between use and no spectators are allowed. The 6-feet social distance rule must also be applied. But, all of this is worth it if it means they are able to stay open and start generating revenue again. They are currently operating at 20-25% and have been relying on grant opportunities from the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant, Thurston Strong and the City of Yelm to help them get through this time.

Despite everything that has happened this year, Beadle and Kruize say they are thankful for their staff during this difficult and unpredictable time. “We understand that all of this can be a lot for them and very stressful.” They also want to thank customers for being patient and understanding while they are doing what they can to stay open.

Prairie Lanes is currently open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for league bowlers, club members and for food and drinks in their upstairs viewing center or outside on the patio. They are encouraging people to sign up for the club membership and make reservations on their website (https://yelmprairielanes.com/Reservations) or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/YelmPrairieLanes/).