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Carlsbad’s only bowling alley and bar has been in Shawna Calhoun’s family since the mid-1980s.

Since then, Cal’s Shade Western or “The Shade” and the Cactus Lanes became a popular hangout not only for the 24 lanes of bowling it offered, but as the only bar open after midnight and on Sundays.

Oilfield workers, truck drivers and bikers congregated at the bar, one of the few standalone bars in Eddy County, known for its cheap drinks and late hours.

During the day it hosted birthday parties, quinceañeras and other family events at the adjoining bowling alley and arcade.

“The Shade” was one of the first recognizable watering holes on the way into town from El Paso, right after U.S. Highway 62/180 merged with Canal Street. 

But that could change soon as the business was