Meet Joe Frank, owner and proprietor at Fowling Warehouse, Cincinnati located at 2940 Highland Ave in Oakley.
The game of fowling:
If you haven’t heard of it, fowling is a cross between bowling and football. And it is an absolute blast! Pronounced like “bowling” but with an “f”, fowling rules are simple and fun: two teams set up bowling pins across from one another and take turns trying to knock each other’s pins down by throwing a football. The first team to knock down all of the opposing team’s pins wins.
Life should be fun
It doesn’t take much time with Joe to realize why this business is perfect for him. He genuinely loves the game and shares his enthusiasm willingly with anyone he meets. So much so that several years ago, he and a friend started an informal fowling league in their neighborhood, inclusive of local tournaments. The games were popular and continued to grow, so the two friends approached the originator of fowling in Detroit and convinced him to sell franchise rights in Cincinnati. Fowling Warehouse opened its doors in May of 2019
In his blood
Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Joe was destined to do his own thing. “It’s in my blood”, he admits, adding “both my grandfather and father were successful business owners. It’s how I grew up”. Remaining loyal to his roots, Joe attended Xavier University majoring in business with a focus on entrepreneurship. The end result of his years of study and play have given our city the gift of a new game! And for that we thank you!
Cincinnati’s Fowling Warehouse has 30 lanes in total: 15 are to the public and 15 can be reserved for private events. There’s also two bars, with hundreds of beers.
Just for fun:
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I met my wife Jessica in Spanish class at Xavier. Sometime after graduation, I decided to propose, so arranged for friend to let us into our old classroom where I popped the question. Romantic, huh!? We even won an award for that proposal in a contest called Best XU Love Story.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Cincinnati – or your immediate neighborhood, and what do you love there?
A: Tano Bistro in Loveland. They have the best stuffed salmon
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in your community?
A: I am inspired by Father Graham. He is the president of Xavier University, and I believe he is the example of goodness at time when there is a lot of focus on the negative.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
A: I would go to Italy.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Run a marathon in every state. I am up to 15. After every state, maybe every continent.
Q: What band, past or present, would you like to see in concert?
Q: What book are you currently reading?
A: A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman, a curriculum for those seeking to achieve spiritual transformation.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Live, Laugh, Love
Q: Choosing anyone alive or not: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why?
A: Wayne Dyer, I have recently discovered him and am fascinated by his perspective on life
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I would like to have a chain of Fowling Warehouses
Check out Fowling for yourself – it is a lot of fun!