Pinball wizards have a new place to play in Grain Valley, with Main Street Pinball opening at 518 S Main on April 1st.
Owner Matthew Heard is a life-long pinball enthusiast and is excited to bring his passion for the hobby to Grain Valley. Players of all ages are welcome to sharpen their pinball skills on all the machines on site, and pinball collectors can buy, sell, and trade machines.
Heard said the hobby has only become more popular, and it's the combination of the game itself and the memories they capture that make pinball machines so collectible.
"Once you get one, you start playing it, and each one of them captures a point in history," Heard said.
Heard jokes, "The addiction is real. You buy one, then just another one, then another one...But, the great thing about them is it's never the same game no matter how many times you play a machine."
Games will be based on an hourly or day pass, so no need to hunt for quarters. Memberships are $50/month and offer a number of perks, including discounts for friends. Wednesdays will be buy-one-get-one free.
This is not Heard's first entrepreneurial effort in Grain Valley, having previously owned Pizzideo's Pizza. Heard owns the building where Main Street Pinball is located, and felt the space was perfect for this unique entertainment venue.
"It's something neat to bring to the community that not a lot of places have," Heard said.
For more information, visit Main Street Pinball on Facebook.
Main Street Pinball opens April 1st at 518 S. Main. Photo credit: Valley News staff