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Brighton’s Rollerama Skating Center celebrates 50 years in business

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Rollerama Skating Center celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

The Rollerama Skating Center opened its doors on Oct. 6, 1972. Last Thursday, owners, employees and community members celebrated 50 years in business.

“It’s crazy. A lot of businesses don’t withstand that much, let alone being shut down for COVID,” owner Jennifer Decator said. “It’s just, we appreciate the Brighton community just being here and keeping it going. If it wasn’t for the customers, we wouldn’t be here.”

The prices were slashed from $12 for admission and $5 for skate rental to $1.25 admission and 50-cent skate rental, the same as when the business opened in 1972.

Over the course of 50 years, the business has gone through many owners. About 10 years ago, Jennifer Decator and her husband Dave as well as Mike Hamade bought the skating center, along with other locations, after the business went through bankruptcy.

One of the owners of Rollerama Skating Center, Jennifer Decator, stands with a plaque given to her by the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the center on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

Aside from the eight months they were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the location has remained open.

“We’ve had generations of families through here,” Jennifer Decator said.

Additionally, in the last 10 years, there’s been a myriad of improvements and updates with more to come.

“We remodeled the whole facility. It’s always a work in progress, but we started pretty much right when we started, so in like 2013,” Jennifer Decator said. “It’s 80 by 160 and it’s still the original hard wood maple floor, we just painted it.”

In terms of what has kept them open all these years, she said she attributes it to the hobby of roller skating and additional attractions.

“You pretty much have to have more than one attraction in a roller skating rink nowadays,” Jennifer Decator said.

In 2014, additional attractions such as the play zone and bumper cars were added.

Brighton Resident Caitlyn Fischer skates backwards across the floor at Rollerama Skating Center on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

For many, Rollerama Skating Center is like a second home. Kaylee Brogan has spent the last six or seven years coaching roller figure skating and competing before that for 11 years, more than two of those on Team USA.

“When I was six years old I started skating here. I’ve been skating here for 18 years,” Brogan said.

Others who owe a lot to the center are Rollerama Skating Center employee Joshua Brian, who has worked at the establishment for the last six years, but started out at the center at 10 years old playing floor hockey.



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