Area business scores BIG in Our Town!

By Anna Carrera

Published 06/19 2014 03:41PM

Updated 06/19 2014 06:52PM

SAVOY -- People are looking for fun ways to stay cool during the hot days. So, some of them are excited about the chance to score some strikes and spares. But, even if you don't like bowling, there's a lot more than that at Old Orchard Lanes. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera checks out this Our Town hot spot.

When most people come to Old Orchard Lanes, they're here to bowl. So, you better believe owner Scott Lutz keeps pretty busy.

Lutz says, "I've been doing it for so long. I try to fix just about everything that goes wrong."

He's been working here for 39 years, but one day, in particular, left its mark.

Lutz says, "That was lane six over there, when I was about 18. I was working on it one night and just got it in the wrong place. It's a learning experience for these guys now."

Down a finger, Scott still has his sense of humor and he's got his fair share of fans.

Bruce Carroll, of Savoy, says, "Scott's a great guy and I think the women who work here are absolutely fantastic."

A lot of the women who work here are related to Scott.

Lutz says, "My wife works for me. She does most of it actually. My mom works there, my sister. I've got two nephews, a daughter-in-law. It's just kind of a family business."

And, if you're not in the family, you become part of it when you get here. Even though the lanes are kept up nicely, that's not everyone's excuse to stop by.

Richard Rohr, of Champaign, says, "I don't bowl. I just [come] for the food and pizza and maybe a little beer."

Some of the guys have an unspoken lunch date here every week.

Carroll says, "Every Thursday. We just have a good time together."

That's been going on for a long time.  

"I don't know. I'd say 20 years, 30 years," said Carroll.  

But, if you don't come for the food, maybe it was for the mini-golf.

Lutz says, "We built the golf course which was twelve years ago. That was a good memory."

Scott's wife worked on the landscaping and there are plenty of obstacles in each of the two courses. Scott says it's just another option when it's nice outside.

Lutz says, "'Course, when it's too hot, they go inside."

Carroll says, "It's a very relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes, it's a little noisy, but we enjoy it."

So do many others. Scott says he's not a very good bowler, but his kids are and he's the one who taught them to play.

Old Orchard celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer.

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