As the days grow darker and colder, getting out and staying active can feel like a challenge. But at Silver Bowl, the start of winter means the start of bowling season, an activity that provides a great way for community members to come together and stay active through the coldest months of the year. Located in Silver Bay, Silver Bowl is the only bowling alley on the North Shore between Duluth and Thunder Bay. Logan and Joleen Fischer, the owners of Silver Bowl, seek to welcome people of all ages and skill levels to give bowling a try this winter.
The Fischers purchased the Silver Bowl property five years ago. Logan said he has always enjoyed sports and encouraging people to be active, so running a bowling alley was something that fit his interests well. When the property went up for sale, the timing was right and everything fell into place for the Fischers to become Silver Bowl’s new owners.
Upon purchasing the building, the Fischers put in many hours of work to renovate the building, including installing all-new machines and gutters, creating a party room, and repainting the entire interior.
“I had a full-time job when we were renovating, so between my jobs I was putting in 80-90 hours a week to get it ready to open,” said Logan.
It was a labor of love, and now Silver Bowl is a meeting place for bowling leagues, birthday parties, and first-time visitors alike.
Silver Bowl recently re-opened for the winter season and will hold regular hours until the last weekend of April. It has several bowling leagues, including a children’s league for kids in grades K-6 and High School Bowling for students in grades 7-12. A men’s league meets on Wednesdays and a women’s league meets on Thursdays.
“We have groups open for everyone at all different skill levels,” said Logan. “We have leagues that meet frequently for experienced bowlers, as well as shorter-term leagues for beginners and people not ready to commit to coming in every week.”
Silver Bowl is also open for people who want to stop by for a few games without joining a league. Hours start at 4 p.m. every day but Sundays and Tuesdays. While Silver Bowl is usually open until 9 p.m., sometimes they close early if no one shows up. If planning a visit later in the evening, it’s a good idea to call ahead. Silver Bowl does not hold normal hours during the summer months, but can open for groups who want to schedule a time to bowl.
“We try to never turn anyone away,” said Logan. “If you’re planning to visit, call us so we can do our best to make it work.”
Visit Silver Bowl’s Facebook page to learn more.