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Braymiller Lanes to close briefly for new lane installations

THAT’S A STRIKE — Pictured is Howard Braymiller Jr. of Braymiller Lanes, a family owned business that has stood in the village of Hamburg since 1942. The lanes, which were installed in 1956, will be replaced, this May. Photo by Alicia Greco.
HAMBURG — Since 1942, Braymiller Lanes has been located at 39 Buffalo St. in the village of Hamburg. The wooden lanes, which were initially installed in 1956, will be replaced, this May.

The current lanes, which are made from pine and hard maple, will be cut into sections and taken away. Replacing them will be a new synthetic material, which Howard Braymiller Jr. said is supposed to be more durable.

According to Braymiller, the new lanes, which will be installed by a company called Gold Crown, “seem to hold up better and give it better scoring” for an “overall better bowling experience.”

Braymiller Lanes is a family owned business that spans three generations. The original owner was Braymiller’s father, Howard Sr. Currently, Howard Braymiller III owns the establishment, along with his father.

Historically, the building was home to a shop for horse-drawn carriages. In the 1920s, it housed a Studebaker automobile dealership. In 1942, the previous owner, Henry Bruce, sold the establishment to Howard Braymiller Sr., where it has remained a bowling alley for more than 70 years.

A significant piece of the village, Braymiller Jr. and his son estimated that over the years, the current lanes have served approximately 4 million games. That number was calculated since installation, if each lane has seen 10,000 games per year, since 1956.

During bowling season, leagues patronize the bowling alley, and come summer, recreational bowling will take place. Additionally, the alley is home to Hamburg High School’s boys and girls varsity bowling teams for practices and home games.

Braymiller Lanes will be closed for two weeks, beginning May 19, as the new lanes are installed, which Braymiller said is a quick turnaround.

In 1956, the lanes were placed and nailed in, board by board. “It just took them forever,” he said.

The pins will be replaced as well, which is done every year.

An unveiling for the lanes will take place after Braymiller Lanes is reopened for business, post-construction. Details on that event have yet to be determined.

Are local customers excited for the upgrade?

“Oh yeah, very much so,” he said.

Braymiller Lanes is located at 39 Buffalo St. in the village of Hamburg. For more information, visit www.braymillerslanes.com or call 649-1413.

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