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Pinball business making comeback

Back in the day, my day to be more specific, there was a game machine that we all loved to play that didn’t have anything to do with mobile apps or computers or virtual reality. I’m speaking of course, of pinball machines, which like so many other things retro, have been making a comeback. In fact, our next guest’s entertainment venue is dedicated to these pinball wizard wannabees. Mike Switzer interviews Fred Richardson, owner of the Bang Back Pinball Lounge in Columbia’s Five Points.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.