Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Driving by Linbrook Bowl might inspire a double take. Not because of their classic and colorful neon signage, but because of what it advertises: the alley is open 24 hours a day. This means people can pummel pins or dance around like Fred Flintstone no matter what time it is. In addition to 40 lanes, Linbrook Bowl is equipped with an onsite coffeeshop that helps fuel players all day and night. Bowlers can also grab a drink or bite to eat at The Kopa Room, while watching a sports game on TV or listening to amateur crooners charm the crowd with karaoke.
Regal, plum-colored tapestries drift across The Yoga Stone’s windows, inviting guests to relax minds and muscles in preparation for their moving meditation sessions. Experienced instructors serve as sherpas, guiding students toward fitness and self-awareness with standing poses, sun salutations, and stretches that can strengthen bodies and the grease the gerbil wheels that power minds. During group sessions and private lessons, yogis of all levels breathe deeply as ancient poses help foster strength, balance, and flexibility. During advanced routines, students embark on physical challenges such as arm balances and inversions, which they can modify to accommodate injuries and vestigial pterodactyl wings. In addition to hosting yoga classes, the studio melts stress with therapeutic massages, which incorporate flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue bodywork, and myofascial-release techniques.
Upon stepping inside Hi-Tech Archery?s facility, you might think you?ve accidentally entered a king's hunting lodge. However, the sheer number of bows, mounted buck heads, and colorful bull?s-eyes tip visitors off that this is not just one man?s arsenal, but an entire shop of brand-name archery equipment. The store's staff stocks equipment for hunting, target shooting, and pro archery, offering advice on what works best when aiming at a house fly. In addition to equipment, they offer lessons that help clients learn how to properly handle their bow, as well as youth leagues to help kids build their discipline and find a fun, healthy hobby.