Bowling balls will soon be heard again rolling down the lanes and crashing into pins at Bole-Mor Lanes in Pipestone.
After being closed for just over a year, the business is hosting a grand opening on Sept. 16 from 2 to 11 p.m. under the new ownership of Taya DeRycke, 20, of Pipestone.
While DeRycke doesn’t have a specific number of people she expects to attend the grand opening, she hopes to see both familiar and new faces.
“I’m hoping a lot of people will come out and support the place,” DeRycke said.
Local businessman Preston Stahl helped fund the reopening of Bole-Mor Lanes by purchasing the building. DeRycke will own the business and pay Stahl rent.
DeRycke started working at Bole-Mor Lanes in 2012 as a sophomore at Pipestone Area Schools. Former owner Stan Sabie passed away at the end of September 2016 and the business was already for sale at the time. In October 2016, DeRycke created a page on the crowd-sourcing website GoFundMe, in hopes of raising money to purchase the business. That’s when Stahl stepped up to buy the place for her to run.
“I never thought I’d be owning a business at 20,” DeRycke said. “I figured I’d still be in theater college and traveling, but it feels nice because there are a lot of people my age that have no idea what they want to do with their life and they’re still trying to figure everything out.”
DeRycke has spent the past several months preparing to reopen by completing maintenance and upgrades to the facility.
“We got the lanes refinished and the approaches,” she said. “We have a brand new monitor system, which is the automatic scoring screens and new regular televisions and speaker system.”
DeRycke recently got her food license and her liquor license, which includes Sunday sales, was approved at the Tuesday, Sept. 5 Pipestone…