ELLSWORTH — Local bowling alley D’Amanda’s has changed hands in a mother-daughter transfer of the business off Eastward Lane.
Franklin resident Autumn Mowery is 19 and has worked in the bowling alley owned by her mother, Amanda Thurlow, for the past two years, she said, and is keeping D’Amanda’s as the name.
“I was pretty much everywhere, mostly front desk and some lane maintenance as well,” Mowery said.
A full-time liberal studies student at Eastern Maine Community College, Mowery is also co-instructor in readying new students for college classes. Her educational goal is a doctorate in psychology, she said, and she does her classwork online, at night, after the alley closes.
But for now, she is working to get all the lanes operating at the bowling alley and has finally hired a bartender.
“When I took over, we only had four working lanes,” she explained. “Now we have about seven or eight lanes working, some automatic, some manual. I just want to make sure they’re good enough for leagues to be started.”
The focus of the new D’Amanda’s is on family fun and entertainment, she said.
“I like communicating and seeing everyone be happy and enjoying themselves,” she continued. “I’m trying to make it as family-friendly as possible.”
Until Mowery can find someone to manage the front desk, D’Amanda’s is opening mid- to late afternoon, but Mowery is aiming for an 11 a.m. opening. The earliest time to bowl right now is on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 2 p.m. And Friday night is kids’ night, she added. “I just do a lot of events for the kids,” she noted.
However, owning and operating a bowling alley does not automatically turn you into a skilled bowler.
“I really do like bowling, but I’m not good at it myself,” Mowery said. “It’s really the customers I love.”
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