An unlocked door led to an unexpected booming start on Trek Bicycle Store's accidental first day of business. While readying the establishment for an official opening later in the week, a worker forgot to latch the front door, and a stream of customers poured into the shop, purchasing nearly 20 bikes in a matter of hours. The momentum has continued through the intervening six years as first-time customers become regulars, reveling in the attention heaped on them by a staff with backgrounds in street cycling, BMX riding, and mountain biking. Wielding skills acquired during 25 years of working with two-wheelers, Jeff, the store's cofounder, delights in explaining to guests the inner workings that make each piece of equipment function and the puppy that makes each handlebar basket necessary.
As patrons recline on couches in the lounge area, the store's crew embarks on fundraising rides or prepares to host customer-appreciation events beneath gleefully crowded racks of cruisers, road bikes, and mountain bikes. Organized jaunts around the area familiarize new riders with safe routes free of crossings for glaciers and other unpleasant obstacles.
At Invert Sports, the staff and owners have one goal: to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy the West's myriad scenic waterways. Whether at California's Lake Shasta or the Colorado River, Invert Sports's customers can rent jet skis, speedboats, wakeboarding boats, and houseboats. To enhance a day on the lake in a MasterCraft speedboat or ski boat, boaters can also rent paddleboards, tubes, water trampolines, or kneeboards. Party boats seat up to 18 passengers for floating festivities, and chartered boats leave the piloting to the professionals so boaters can relax and play gin rummy with a seagull.
Additionally, available tow vehicles allow boaters to get to and from destinations such as Utah Lake, and delivery and pickup services erase the need to hitch and haul cumbersome boats and jet skis. Invert Sports also rents ATVs for summer adventures and snowmobiles for exploring the rugged, snowy terrain surrounding the local lakes and rivers.
In crowded classrooms, it's easy for the needs of individual children to be overlooked. Despite the best efforts on the parts of teachers and students alike, all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Sylvan Learning Center's nationwide network of tutors and resources seeks to fill in educational gaps and keep flagging students from elementary to high school up to speed.
Whether children struggle with reading, writing, or solving the complex logarithms necessary to get their jetpacks airborne, Sylvan's learning gurus help them chart a course through learning roadblocks. Initial skills assessments determine where students fit into the Sylvan tutoring regimen with a series of tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews. With a greater understanding of the needs of each student, tutors create custom approaches to keep students engaged and in command of the fundamentals.
Glitties Nail Art puts fingers and toes in the limelight with its glitter-based nail polishes, powders, and do-it-yourself mani-pedi kits. The company's biggest claim to fame, however, is its specially formulated bonding and sealing formula, which adheres the sparkly shade to the natural nail and gives it the look, feel, and wear of a gel. When applied correctly, Glitties polishes can last 10 days on the fingers and four to six weeks on the toes, allowing customers to get professional results without stepping foot into a salon, where an amateur stylist might accidentally shave their head. Nail-art kits come loaded with everything necessary for a perfect pedicure, including enough bonding and sealing formula to yield 15 applications, and products can easily be removed using standard polish remover or acetone.
Family Storehouse's packs of food supplies and other survival materials help kinfolk prepare themselves for emergency situations and natural disasters. Sets of 72-hour food and equipment supplies for humans and pets arrive stocked with bandages, Swiss-style army knives, milk bones, and dehydrated food to keep hunger at bay for three full days when access to stores and pizza-delivery helicopters is limited. An array of freeze-dried food and pre-made meals pair nicely with glasses of water purified with portable treatment systems. Family Storehouse also stocks first-aid kits and other emergency supplies such as waterproof matches, dust masks, and butane fuel.
There are knives on the tables at Rib City Grill, but you won't need them if you order the baby-back ribs. These ribs are basted in signature barbecue sauce, smoked until they're fall-off-the-bone tender, and then slow-cooked over hardwoods. The eatery's cooks even back their baby-back ribs with a bold claim?if you have to use a knife, they're on the house.
Baby-back ribs aren't the only specialty at Rib City Grill. Diners can also chow down on St. Louis?style ribs, burgers, and pulled-pork sandwiches on jumbo buns. Sides such as three-cheese fries sprinkled with bacon bits and fried okra round out meals, along with glasses of beer.