After his security team escaped unscathed from an attack during a refueling mission, AJ Reyer received an ARCOM medal with valor from the US Army. He served eight years, during which he flexed his teaching muscles by training 140 soldiers in convoy security. When AJ returned home in 2005, he became a law-enforcement officer, patrolling Minnesotan streets and eventually joining the department's SWAT team.
He channels these experiences into classes at Protection and Security Services. While his beginning students learn gun safety and shooting techniques, his advanced pupils participate in real-life SWAT training scenarios that incorporate room clearing, hands-on self-defense, and firing airsoft replica handguns while moving. When he's not teaching his students, AJ and his team dole out subpoenas, run private investigations, and supply security services for corporations, weddings, and large red buttons.
Drafts of cool air usually clue homeowners in to air leaks around windows or doors. But larger, more problematic air leaks may be hidden in attics, basements, ductwork, and crawlspaces, leaching the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Elite Energy Efficiency's experienced, BPI-certified technicians find the leaks during home energy audits, which they conduct using diagnostic tools such as infrared cameras. Techs can then seal the leaks with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping. These services reduce energy bills and may qualify clients for further rebates from energy companies.
Camp Bow Wow Burnsville’s pooch paradise resembles a cabin in the north woods, with wood counters and accents backed by a painted mural of dogs in the wilderness. Whether being dropped off for a day or an extended overnight stay, each pup gets the chance to play with other dogs all day in the spacious indoor and outdoor spaces. The watchful camp counselors set up playgroups based on each dog’s energy level and temperament, ensuring that young pets can tumble and race while the elders discuss the particulars of their treat pensions. Owners can keep an eye on their four-legged friend with the Camp Bow Wow Camper Cams, which provide a live stream of the indoor and outdoor play areas.
Building off the camp theme, dogs can retire to the camp lounge to relax in cozy beds, or race up and down the playground-style terrain. Each dog is provided with their own cabin, though they only visit them during meals and bedtime stories. The boarders also offer grooming services such as baths and nail trimming.
Pump It Up's Inflatable Party Zone balloons kids’ excitement with an enormous playspace that welcomes open-play sessions and private parties. Tots 34" and taller run and leap in huge bounce houses, soar down an inflatable slide, and practice for future zero-gravity triathlon events in a bouncy jousting arena and basketball court. Various open-play sessions give kids of all ages free rein to the fun zone while accompanying parents stand by to officiate bounce-house property-line disputes. Pump It Up also boasts myriad celebratory and special-event shindigs, with friendly staffers supervising jumpers, and serving pizza and favors in a vibrant party room.
Viking Blinds is a family-owned-and-operated provider of quality custom window-coverings from Hunter Douglas. With quality wood ($122 for a 36"x36" value blind; $136 for premium) or two-inch aluminum blinds ($116 for 36"x36"), you can suspiciously survey the neighborhood riffraff before letting go with a satisfying snap. Or perhaps you'll find joy performing shadow-puppet shows on soft honeycomb shades ($111 for 30"x30"; $126 for 36"x36") before an audience of tomato-stuffed mason jars. Make sure with today's deal your window-coverings block out the platinum-fringed leaves in the forest homes of obscenely wealthy squirrels, which also shut out the harsh rays of the sun at their convenience.
Certified personal trainer and all-around fitness buff Trevor Hoha sculpts bodies into Renaissance-worthy works of art in group boot-camp classes and one-on-one personal-training sessions. Calories begin to spontaneously combust as Trevor and his fellow trainers shout words of encouragement to push small groups of students through one-hour workouts that combine weightlifting and functional cardio movements. As students burn calories and gain muscle cycling through push-ups and rapid plyometric exercises, the hawkeyed trainers keep sentry for half-hearted efforts and the use of weights that look suspiciously like balloon animals.