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At State Amusement, It's all Fun and Games

by and on January 18, 2014 4:00 PM

For more than 50 years, State Amusement has served the needs of Centre County billiard players and game enthusiasts.

Founded in 1962 by Randall Miller, current owner Fred Wood joined the company in 1980. Not long after, State Amusement opened its retail store.

“We always sold pool tables for home use, so it was just natural to add some other products that would go into people’s recreation areas,” Wood says.

According to Wood due to the success of the store, State Amusement expanded and moved various times through the years before settling into its current location at 1358 E. College Ave.

There, a large showroom allows for the sale of not only pool tables, but video games, jukeboxes, air hockey tables, dartboards and dart accessories, poker cards and accessories, home-use slot machines and shuffleboard. Wood says if it can be in a game room, State Amusement carries it.

State Amusement is an Olhausen pool table supplier, carrying the 100 percent American-made billiard tables.

The game room store can even design pool tables and have them built to customers’ specifications.

“There are about 10,000 ways, and that’s not an exaggeration, to build your own pool table,” Wood says.

In addition to selling and designing pool tables, State Amusement sells billiard table cloth and can repair the tables themselves.

“We come to your home and repair your pool table, put on a new cloth if we need to,” Wood says.

Repairs to home jukeboxes and pinball machines are also available through the store’s service department.

This variety combined with quality customer is what Wood says makes State Amusement successful.

“We’re locally-owned. When you come in the store, 70 percent of the time you are dealing with the owner who can make the decisions,” he says. “We are very personable here. It’s a one-on-one customer relation.”

The ability to handle unusual items that aren’t available at big-box department stores and to deliver all across the United States is something that Wood said sets State Amusement apart from other game room stores.

Having delivered to places like Michigan and Alabama and as far away as California, Wood says there is no limit to where State Amusement will go.

“We don’t have a boundary. Those people that have second home in Tahoe, we can take care of their game room.”

But most importantly, Wood feels State Amusement offers a degree of quality and service that is unsurpassed, making the store a must-stop for all game-lovers.

“You can see, feel and touch our items rather than purchase online. We stand by our product if service ever is needed,” he says.

Click HERE to learn more about State Amusement or call (814) 237-0816.

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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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