Old school gaming in style at Party Pad

Published 12:09 am Saturday, January 7, 2012

Yes, teens of the ‘80s, there is a Ms. Pac-Man tournament in Troy.

Once a month you can find players dueling for the top title and two rounds of putt-putt golf at The Party Pad on Brundidge Street.

“We have old school games because we couldn’t afford the fancy things,” said owner Vicki Hagler. But it’s the old school games that are a big draw for most. Customers can play a good-sized selection of vintage arcade games, skeeball, and putt-putt golf at the new family entertainment center.

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Hagler said the business opened the first weekend in November without much fanfare because she wanted to be up and running before large crowds came in.

The Party Pad boasts two rentable party rooms in the back of the facility, a toddler play area, costumed characters and a magician.

“When we would go to other cities, we would look for something fun for our little one to do and we always ended up in places like this,” Hagler said as she looked around. “The timing was just right for us to open up one in Troy.”

Hagler said that most customers who have come in so far have just noticed the business as they drove by, or heard about it through word of mouth.

“We are busiest on the weekends,” Hagler said. “We are grateful for every person who walks in that door.”

In addition to the games customers can try out, the Party Pad hosts three magic shows each Tuesday and Thursday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. for $1 per person.

Hagler, who is a teacher, said that she and her husband, Dennis, hope to one day be self-sufficient off of the business.

But Hagler added, “Right now, we’re just looking to share some fun.” For the entertainment center’s prices and more information about the Ms. Pac-Man tournament, call 334-770-GAME, or stop by The Party Pad at 1005 South Brundidge St. in Troy.