Spare Time Bowl

Spare Time Bowl

  Name: Spare Time Bowl  
  Address: 3015 Bay Avenue  
  City: Hoquiam  
  State: WA  
  Zip: 98550  
  Phone: (360) 532-2695  
  Hours: Mon-Friday 4:30 – 10PM Sat !0:30 AM -11PM Sun Noon  
  Lanes: 16  
  Lane Type: Wood  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: Restaurant  
How Does Spare Time Bowl Rate?
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Comment Date: 3/28/2012 Name: Martha
Very nice. For an older center your place is very well run. Thanks for the service.

Comment Date: 3/15/2012 Name: Sammy
Thanks for going the extra mile for us. We appreciate the service that you give. Keep up the good work. 🙂

Comment Date: 11/17/2011 Name: Jake
This place s*cks

Comment Date: 7/22/2011 Name: Frequent Patron
The previous poster cannot be more wrong and incorrect about the staff or this center. As a frequent patron of this center I know for a fact that the center has been updated since the 80�s and continuously so. The staff is always presentable and courteous and friendly. This staff is the hardest working bunch I have ever seen.

Comment Date: 7/16/2011 Name: candice n.
I recently visited this place when I got a free game of bowling coupon, needless to say I wont be visiting here anytime soon.This facility is outdated and have been needed of upgrades since the mid 80’s. Staff appeared unkept themselves like the visual of this place is inside and out. Consumer beware this place is a “hole in the wall”. On the plus side Free games are a great idea. Keep up the ambition.

Comment Date: 7/10/2011 Name: Roy Otis
Dear “family”, maybe because Sparetime is better in the opinion of some people?

Comment Date: 6/26/2011 Name: Family
Just one question, why does Rainier Lane have only half a Star on their rating and Spare Time Bowl have four and a half Stars on their rating? Saw this on
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Comment Date: 6/2/2011 Name: peggysue
Well that’s darn shame

Comment Date: 5/25/2011 Name: Roy Otis
place is fine, treated well, will be back.

Comment Date: 5/19/2011 Name: peggysue
My degree is common sense, that’s ivy league to you. Your best bet is to keep driving pass this place or feel dirty by walking in

Comment Date: 5/2/2011 Name: Jeff M
Thanks for being open Sundsy for us. We enjoyed the service. We will be back.

Comment Date: 4/29/2011 Name: George
This place may be an older center but the help is the best around. If the economy was better I am sure they would have improvements done by now. By the way, peggysue, what is wrong with working another job? I heard the owner of this place is working for the state now and he plans on putting a boatload of money into this center. If I was you guys, Rainier, I would hold onto your hats because he is going to blow you away. They have the best service, the machines and scoring work fantastic and now with some extra cash for more improvement… WOW what a great thing for the harbor. Enjoy what you have for now. Oh, peggysue do you have a degree in analyzing businesses to determine weather or not they are fit for business? I don’t think so!

Comment Date: 4/29/2011 Name: peggysue
This place still isn’t fit for business matt

Comment Date: 4/28/2011 Name: Matt
I checked the web site and I do not see anywhere in the 1st paragraph or any paragraph that promotes bowling2u web site. I do, however, see wher they give credit to the bowling2u web site for the map and ask that people visit this site to leave comments about their center.

Comment Date: 4/18/2011 Name: Peggy Sue
Where is the proprietors head at? His website promotes which is great but comments on how he got the pictures for his site from this website… this site obtains its photos from the proprietors in the first place,duh. As a matter of fact the first paragraph on his sparetime website is all about this site. Now if the crowells worked for bowling2u it would be understandable but im sure the owner is too busy making deliveries for carquest, so im sure hes not on staff. His focus is childish and below sub par. The truth is this place is not fit for business. Maybe if they werent so self absorbed on how important they think their names are, they would infact be capable of running a healthy worthwhile business. My timber dollars wont support this business structure thats for sure.

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Comment Date: 4/16/2011 Name: sport shot
You like sparetime congrats. On that note it doesnt matter what your opinion is. You know why rainier is the favorite? For the simple fact they have more amenities! Everything the sparetime owners touch becomes last place and exceeds in lower learning accomplishments. I hope sparetime stays open personally, someones gotta finish dead last.

Comment Date: 4/15/2011 Name: unarmed doggystyle
this is a bowling center? we thought it was a daycare with a nice aquarium.

Comment Date: 4/15/2011 Name:  worth your sparetime..not!
This place is outdated like a 1950’s bomb shelter. This is a candy bar under the water, no matter what you say or do it still looks like a turd. The lanes need redone. Its too dark inside. Godbless this site, so we can share the truth about eyesores like this dive

Comment Date: 4/15/2011 Name: Bill
😮 must be jealous of this place. Hard to beat a true family center where kids can be kids and everything works! That is why they are still in business. They put money where it needs to be so it will operate correctly and not into some loser of a coffee stand and chessy glow golf, hehe!! Be jealous, keep posting untruths. The locals know where to go to get treated right. I bowl here for that reason.

Comment Date: 4/15/2011 Name: Richard King
Happy Face 🙂 You need to change your signature this 😮

Comment Date: 4/14/2011 Name: happy face
Stay there you talk just like them

Comment Date: 4/13/2011 Name: Bill
Thanks for the Great season. I’ll will be back!!!!

Comment Date: 4/8/2011 Name: happy face
This center is el goochamundo. Lanes are a landfill, staff dont have heads on their shoulders.

Comment Date: 4/3/2011 Name: Health Department
This place is fine. We need to shut 🙂 down however.

Comment Date: 3/27/2011 Name: 🙂
Health department should shut this place down.

Comment Date: 3/25/2011 Name: Mike
Nice place. Thanks!

Comment Date: 3/18/2011 Name: Who dat crazy cat?
Spare Time is so filthy, Billy Mays couldn’t even clean it.

Comment Date: 3/15/2011 Name: 🙂
Hello. I do not own a business so please tell me who iam smarty pants. Also I do not have any hate, that would require caring and well sparetime is weak sauce so I dont care. you should feel privelaged this site gets the little action it does, without it youd have no life.

Comment Date: 3/13/2011 Name: The anti:)
Dear :), you really need to get a life. Its obvious who you are, you are fooling no one.
If you dont want to bowl at Sparetime, then don’t, its that simple, and those of us that do like Sparetime will keep going there. To trashtalk a small family owned business just to make your own business look better is weak sauce and small minded. Like someone else said, if you take care of your own business and do things the right way you wont have to worry about your competition, it really is as simple as that.
I dont get where all of your hate is coming from.
I’ve always been treated right at Sparetime, and thats why I’ll keep going back.

Comment Date: 2/26/2011 Name: 🙂
Lock the doors, turn the keys over to the transit station.

Comment Date: 2/25/2011 Name: Mikey
I forgot to send a message to :). You must be talking about yourself and the other place that you bowl at. Your statements about this center is way out of line and completly false.

Comment Date: 2/25/2011 Name: Mikey
This place Rocks!! Thanks for the Fun time we had last night. We will be back! Thanks for being open. Beats the other place hands down.

Comment Date: 2/24/2011 Name: 🙂
Nobody cares what you think. I live in aberdeen so i choose rainier. I would bowl in hoq. If i lived there. Ha and if rainier lanes was located in hoq. But its not. Im a patron, and i use my common sense when i spend my money. You talk about equal, ha your blind and have no common sense.

Comment Date: 2/23/2011 Name: out of towner, in the biz for a long time
Hey Rainier guys, why would anyone want to go to your center when you have to slander another center??? If you took care of business and did things right you wouldnt have to worry about what ANY of your competetion is doing. Been to both places in the past and both were pretty equal in my eyes, but the BS statements from your side would make me not want to go to your center.

Comment Date: 2/18/2011 Name: 🙂
You are a gutter ball and sparetime is the gutter.

Comment Date: 2/18/2011 Name: clamdestine
Sparetime is a garbage can.

Comment Date: 2/17/2011 Name: Greg
I checked the other places Bowling2u comment page. They must be worse than this center because they don’t even have a picture of what that “Dead Stinky Fish” (as one poster stated) looks like inside. Maybe they are so ashamed that they don’t want anyone to know. I will stand by previous post. This place is the better place! Oh, so the owner works another day job. So what. Really. No really.

Comment Date: 2/12/2011 Name: 🙂
Dear Greg, we would take your word for it unfortunately sparetime put a picture up so everyone can see how unfresh and ghetto it is. At the end of the day theres nothing good To say about this place. Maybe if perry (owner) spent less time on the pc he wouldnt have to work at carquest to keep sparetimes doors open like hes doing.

Comment Date: 2/10/2011 Name: Greg
This place is so much better than the other place. Help is great and the place is clean. Bowled 4 games with no problems. No s*cking sounds at this centers. Previous poster must have thought they were on the other centers comment page.

Comment Date: 1/26/2011 Name: 🙂
Going down? You have a great life, spread rumors about the big fish that makes sense. Sparetime s*cks and so does the help!

Comment Date: 1/20/2011 Name: Grays Harbor Bowler
Just look at your name. That says a lot! And you also state a correct fact, “Sparetime has no competition”, that is true. You cannot beat the service and work that they do for you when you go to bowl there. Maybe you give them a try and then you would see why they are still operating and your place is going down…

Comment Date: 1/18/2011 Name: u r a reject
It hilarious that a new addition for family enjoyment hits the harbor and is popular you guys try to slander it. Sparetime has no competition because it has no class. Your worthless comments wont pursued readers to go to your establishment over another. Rainier wins best of the harbor every year! You guys are outcasts. Do us a favor and continue to enjoy your bowling alley because the rest of the harbor wont.

Comment Date: 1/15/2011 Name: Family Friend
SpareTime bowl is a true bowling ally when they see something is wrong or if someone is having troubles their there to help no matter what they are doing. Their lanes aren’t falling apart like Aberdeens and their machines work. Plus Sparetime has ALL of their lanes and didnt replace 4 or 5 of them for stupid GLOWGOLF! Crowells keep up the good work, You are a very good bowling center and keep it clean with great food!!

Comment Date: 1/9/2011 Name: ROFL Wondering
If you are “Higher Learning” you must be “High”! Need to go back to school, learn how to spell!
Maybe spend your time in a better way, like learning how to spell.

Comment Date: 1/5/2011 Name: higher learning
The bank wont even repo this place its so tradgic.

Comment Date: 12/29/2010 Name: nakneknorm
I read the sour comments and feel sorry that they relate to a wonderful family operation this way. The crowells put their heart and soul in this operation and make it work. Spare time does not need these silver spoon spoiled brats in their business model.. X

Comment Date: 11/21/2009 Name: A friend of the Crowell’s
This site should not let a comment like that get posted. Realizing that the monitors do not know that the fine folks that operate this fine center have a last name of Crowell I will give them the benifit of the doubt and let them fix it.
I will be checking back next week, hopefully thing will be changed. Business must not be very good at the competitions place in Aberdeen.
Must be very sad that you cannot compete with the excellent service that the Crowell’s give to their customers, Oh, I almost forgot, the machines and scoring work there too. No problems at all, jealous? You should be, they are a hard act to beat! A true family center!!!

Comment Date: 11/5/2009 Name: WTCrowellduh isgoingon
The fact is this place is a dump. Anyone with eyes see’s that. If you voice otherwise it doesn’t matter, your just {deleted}.

Comment Date: 7/23/2009 Name: James
The only place that is a cold sore is that place across town during the winter. So damn cold couldn’t hold onto my bowling ball. To cheap to pay the heating bill.
I, too like the wheel of bargains. If you actually bowled there you would know what the heck the wheel of bargains was.
Why don’t you take your star ship and warp drive to a planet not yet explored instead of calling names on good honest working centers like SpareTime. I too like SpareTime over the other place. No comparison! Sorry Capt. but that the truth.

Comment Date: 7/22/2009 Name: Capt. Kirk
WTH is the wheel of bargains? This isn’t a bowling center its a cold sore.

Comment Date: 7/14/2009 Name: George
I love your Wheel of Bargains. Thanks for being there for our community. We love SpareTime!

Comment Date: 7/14/2009 Name: George
I also signed up for your Tuesday Night League.

Comment Date: 2/26/2009 Name: 1 Star
Financed for next season lol, take this place off life support. The harbor needs change and this place closing is going at it in the right direction.

Comment Date: 2/24/2009 Name: Big Gary
Came bowling Saturday Night with my family. Glad to hear you got financed for the next season. I like this place. Five Star.

Comment Date: 2/19/2009 Name: Gary Hurst
New to the area and I don’t approve of this place

Comment Date: 11/7/2008 Name: Grizzly
I bowl here and I am a winner! They treat you right. Keep up the good work.

Comment Date: 8/13/2008 Name: Grizzly
If you bowl here, your not a winner your a loser

Comment Date: 7/23/2008 Name: John S.
Came bowling there the other weekend. Had a GREAT time. The help was the best I had in quite some time. Lane scored very well. The little time that I had to wait to get on a lane was well worth the time. We visited the cafe and got some really good food at VERY REASONAL PRICES. Thanks for the experiance, we will be back. John S. – Tacoma.
Beats the other place hands down!

Comment Date: 7/22/2008 Name: Konan just proved he’s a dip
Why should anyone have to move out of state? Won’t help the other place if they did that, it s*cks!!!

Comment Date: 7/20/2008 Name: konan
close this bowling center up and perrys move out of state

Comment Date: 7/14/2008 Name: Konan is a dip
Man this is not a dump. at least you have no pot heads and drug heads out in the parking lot. like the one place is scaberdeen.

Comment Date: 7/10/2008 Name: Konan The Bowler
Drive by this place, and you’ll see whats up. THIS IS A DUMP! Worst center in Washington!

Comment Date: 7/6/2008 Name: A
This place beats Rainier and their wavy lanes. The owners at Spare Time bust their tails.

Comment Date: 7/4/2008 Name: Missin SpareTime in my sparetime
Moved from the harbor and happy I did; however, I still miss this place… one of the only places left with a REAL family atmosphere and GREAT customer service. The owners of this place do what they do because they love it and care about the people who bowl there, they are not open so they can treat others like they are better them, discriminate to others, and serve minors….in 20 years we’ll see what you all have to say then….

Comment Date: 7/3/2008 Name: A Star A Star
Looks like a fine bowling center. That doesn’t look like a Circus. Side shows don’t run the Circus, a Ring Master does. Sounds like all they need would be some Clowns, maybe you should apply, then they would have a Great Show.
By the way, it is not Christmas. (Do you see what I see)

Comment Date: 7/1/2008 Name: El Mucho Crudo
Red White and Green, Thats one place thats far from home. VIVA MEXICO!

Comment Date: 6/24/2008 Name: Do you see what I see
You know what… Thats a picture of what its like under that circus tent. The side show acts are running whats under that big top. All the postings that are in favor of this show are from the carnies.

Comment Date: 6/23/2008 Name: Nice
You know what… that is a fine looking bowling center. dont know what your talking about.

Comment Date: 6/20/2008 Name: Closed Captioned
Thank you for adding a photo of your bowling alley. You saved me gas money, wow that is a dump.

Comment Date: 6/8/2008 Name: Sandbagger
this alley s*cks wow they painted the place. you know you polish a turd its still a turd

Comment Date: 5/24/2008 Name: Minimum Wage
Yea open up later Like 1, so we all can get drunk with Marty while bowling

Comment Date: 5/20/2008 Name: marty
you guys should open up later than 1 30 you guys should open up at 1 00 cuz ull get more money

Comment Date: 5/20/2008 Name: marty345
who ever says this bowling ally s*cks ill kick there a**es lol im just jk

Comment Date: 5/15/2008 Name: Heineken
Stop defending a turd! Close this dump up

Comment Date: 5/12/2008 Name: Love the place!
Should have been voted best in 08 too!
Great service and Fun place to be at.
You are doing a fantastic job, keep it up!

Comment Date: 5/7/2008 Name: long time fisherman
Yea voted the best of the Twin harbors in 97 LOL

Comment Date: 5/6/2008 Name: Grateful Bowler
Thanks for being there for us. Your place is the best!!!! Keep on doing the GREAT JOB!

Comment Date: 5/5/2008 Name: Feel it
You s*ck

Comment Date: 5/3/2008 Name: Been There
Nice place for an older center. Very friendly customer help. Can’t beat the prices. Hope they don’t close.

Comment Date: 5/2/2008 Name: Say who…
Are you sure you are talking about this place?? From what I have been hearing about the other place it’s falling apart.

Comment Date: 5/2/2008 Name: Says Who
This is a terrible place. Close it up.

Comment Date: 4/19/2008 Name: i’m an awesome bowler
i have 300’s give me a call and we’ll meet
{phone number deleted}

Comment Date: 4/10/2008 Name: ????

Comment Date: 4/10/2008 Name: BAD DOG
Still crying over a top center that is ‘Rainier Lanes’ get into the act and clean that dump up
maybe you could get some bowlers in to pay your next payment not the family and a friendly place hell if you are so great of a center where are all
your leagues full leagues not 3 teams per nite
Rainier Lanes full 6 nites a week
See you next week

Comment Date: 4/9/2008 Name: visitor
ive never had a bad experience at spare time bowl. Everything works great

Comment Date: 3/27/2008 Name: Wondering
Are you still open?

Comment Date: 3/18/2008 Name: stop whining
If you ever bowl one with a bowling ball and not your WI, let me know and show me the rings.
It’s amazing that you all make fun of somebody by acting simple, when the real way to make yourselves look good would be to beat him heads up.
But I know that hasn’t happened yet.

Comment Date: 3/18/2008 Name: Whos whining
Dear stop whining, Have you shot any 300’s? How can I show you the rings when you don’t leave your name?

Comment Date: 3/16/2008 Name: Local
Sparetime Bowl Rocks! Their new On Site Coach has me bowling 900’s too. Heres his video Aide. Thanks Perry! {Link deleted – Sorry, no links allowed – B2U Staff}

Comment Date: 3/6/2008 Name: Whos whiining?

Comment Date: 3/5/2008 Name: stop the whining and shoot your own score
I have never seen such a bunch of whiners.
Just because somebody else is having a great season and has worked hard at his game doesn’t mean you have to put him down at every chance you get.
When was the last time anybody shot an award score at Sparetime bowl? It is called sparetime for a reason!
The owner does the lanes and he can’t even shoot 300.

Comment Date: 2/25/2008 Name: I’AM A BETTER BOWLER
How many quarters does it take to shoot your next honor count? lol

Comment Date: 2/20/2008 Name: Good Job Awesome!
Yes, Your 900 on video games counts, USBC will sanction anything anymore.
900 on a video game is tough.
Way to go!!!!

Comment Date: 2/13/2008 Name: Im An Awesome Bowler
I wish i could have some unsanctioned 900s
i wonder if mine on video game bowling counts

Comment Date: 1/24/2008 Name: Rainier Lanes Joe.
Hey Perry.. I agree… your Bowling alley is just older but doesnt mean that its crappy or anything.. I had fun bowling there in the Us vs Them. Its something new for me to have a knack of challenging! =D Keep up the good work!

Comment Date: 1/7/2008 Name: Jeff
I think that out of ten i would give Spare Time a 10 because everything in there is done right the owners are very friendly and boy do they have good food their cook is awesome. If you want a great bowling alley to go to you should choose Spare Time.

Comment Date: 1/3/2008 Name: Perry
Thanks Bill. I am glad someone has enough backbone to leave their name.
What a bunch of balony those other posts are. Like we are a dump and I need permission to place my signs at my buddys place of employment. I don’t believe that is “Bush” league to me. I would call that opportunistic!
BTW, I fail to see where that post should be on this site because it has nothing to do with the rating of our center. It is someones view of where I should or should not place league sign up signs. Last time I checked this is America which is a Free country with free enterprise. As long as people have permission to place signs on other peoples property they may do so. So if you think that is bush league so be it. As I stated above, this is America and you are entitled to your opinion.

Comment Date: 1/2/2008 Name: Anonymous
Friendly and Fun! I am going to bowl there more often. Machines worked too!!

Comment Date: 1/1/2008 Name: RJ
This is the place to go Spare Time Bowl is one of the best place bowling alley on the harbor i dont know why all these people are saying this place is a dump it isnt easy running a bowling alley you always have to have money to either fix the pinsetters or the bowling alley it self but you guys just need to go and try this bowling alley out.. Thanks

Comment Date: 12/29/2007 Name: George James
I just Bowled at this place last night. No dump there. Lanes were great shape and the machines worked perfect. I did have one ball call but that happens sometimes. One time in two hours is not bad at all. Thanks Sparetime keep up the great work.

Comment Date: 12/29/2007 Name: William
I din’t know what center you are talking about. Sparetime is not a dump. It is a well kept older center that has “wood” lanes that are maintained correctly. If you are used to that other stuff yopu might have trouble bowling at this center…but you know how to adjust this is a very high scoring center.
Oh, by the way I have enough guts to sign my name,
William “Bill” simpson

Comment Date: 12/28/2007 Name: Bowling for $$$$$
Are you sure you’re in the right centers comment page? Aren’t you talking about Rainier Lanes or should I say Rainier Pains?

Comment Date: 12/28/2007 Name: Perry Crowell III
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I invite anyone who reads this to visit our center to see for themselves. Print out this page and bring with you for “One free game with one paid”. You need at least two game to see for yourself how well our machines work and to adjust to our lane conditions. We do condition with a Kustodian machine with the suggested pattern for our lane surface.
I also know that most of these posts are from employees and owners relatives of the other centers in our area. To those folks our response is this: We have been in operation for 21 years as of this posting, we have a very loyal bowler base. That is how we have survived 3 owners of the place across town in the last 8 years. Obviously we must be doing something right or we would be out of business. It is nice to know that you are loyal to your place of employment. I doubt that posting negative comments about our center on this will have an impact our business at this time.
I will check back to see if anyone have a response and the backbone to post their real names.

Comment Date: 12/27/2007 Name: RJ
Hey these lanes are good at Spare Time Bowl and i help out over there so you guys need to be nice to them that is a good place to bowl at least there is no drugies hanging out over there like rainer lanes

Comment Date: 11/18/2007 Name: Anonymous
What a dump!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment Date: 1/15/2007 Name: 1TRUE Anonymous
LOL that last posting I couldnt Help but to laugh!
Sounds like SpareTime Is exercising capital spent on advertiseing! Something Rainier Fails to do that I’ve noticed around the Harbor! That doesnt sound to “Bush League” to me! ….
Bush league Def. Bush league is a general term used to describe an action or thing as being amateur, inferior or crude.
Having seen the prior post, I hope this person doesnt attempt to operate a business! Im sure his company would be subject for the pictures on the Meth, “The DownWard Spiral” For businesses.

Comment Date: 4/11/2006 Name: Anonymous
what a difference a couple years makes!
This place is a mess.

Comment Date: 11/5/2004 Name: Anonymous
Clean friendly center. Always seems to have a good shot on the lanes.

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